Struggling Prospect, 3B Jomar Reyes Facing Pivotal Season in 2018 (from @BabyBirdland)

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Once considered a top organizational prospect, Frederick Keys’ (Class-A High) third baseman Jomar Reyes needs to produce in 2018. He is facing a crowded field of third base candidates as well doubts about his ability to move up the system.

As of Thursday’s games, Reyes is slashing .243/ .262/ .313 with 35 hits and 23 RBI in 35 games. He has 1 homerun among his 8 extra-base hits and is simply not driving the ball as his 2.6 ground ball to fly ball ratio illustrates. Reyes has struck out 26 times on the season and has only walked 5 times; the early numbers for him are average at best.

The 2018 season is the third that Reyes has spent in Frederick and he simply must improve his numbers if he expects to move up to Bowie (Class-AA). Reyes’ first year in Frederick, 2016, saw him slash .228/ .271/ .336 with 51 RBI. Last year Reyes had an injury-shortened season in which he slashed .302/ .333/ .434 with 21 RBI in just 50 games. It was last year’s injury that has possibly raised questions about Reyes’ ability to move up; he broke his hand after he punched a wall (after a game that he got 2 hits and 2 RBI).

Reyes has several other third basemen ahead of him in the system: Drew Dosch and Renato Nuñez in Norfolk (Class-AAA) and Ryan Mountcastle, Anderson Feliz and the suspended Steve Wilkerson at Bowie. Additionally, he has Trevor Craport in Delmarva (Class-A Low) nipping at his heels from below. It is now a numbers game, Reyes needs to improve this year in order to stand out among this group of corner infielders.

Despite being listed as the Baltimore Orioles’ #19 prospect by MLB Pipeline, Reyes has fallen off of Baby Birdland’s Top 15 list. No one has ever doubted the potential that Reyes possesses. The frustration comes with the lack of him fulfilling that potential.

The 2018 season is Reyes’ fifth in the organization and he may be running out of time to develop into the player the Orioles expected when they signed him out of the Dominican Republic in 2014. He does have youth on his side however, as he is just 21 years old.

Reyes has the raw power as well as an above-average arm. He needs to simply put those attributes on display. This season could prove to be a pivotal one for his career; time will tell. I for one, hope to see him do it.

 

 

 

 

 

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Five Prospects to Watch, A Chat With Director of Player Development Brian Graham (from @BabyBirdland)

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The sole purpose and mission of Baby Birdland is to provide the readers a “one-stop shop for all Orioles’ minor league news, notes and analysis”. We strive for that every day as we cover the big names such as Austin Hays, Ryan Mountcastle and Hunter Harvey as well as the lesser known names like Jose Lizarraga, Max Knutson and Brandon Bonilla and everyone in between.

We write about the players and try to let the readers know who deserves a look and who is worth the time to follow. That may not be enough for some; a more authoritative voice may be needed. Keeping that in mind, I reached out to Mr. Brian Graham, Director of Player Development for the Baltimore Orioles and asked him to give me the names of five minor league players that fans should keep an eye on this season. Mr. Graham was gracious enough to give me five names as well as his thoughts on them.

Here are the five he thinks fans should keep an eye on and are, as he says “a little bit lesser known but definitely good prospects”.

Keegan Akin, LHP, Bowie Baysox (AA)

Akin currently owns a 4-4 record with a 3.22 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and .224 batting-average-against in 8 games (44.2 innings). He has struck out 46 and walked 17. Akin leads the Baysox in both wins and starts.

Mr. Graham says of Akin, “fastball, slider, change, 91-95 (mph range), commands the fastball, pitches inside well, good competitor, good slider for strikes that looks like a tight curve ball at times, solid average change for strikes in all counts…true starter but could pitch in any role”.

Michael Baumann, RHP, Frederick Keys (A-High)

Baumann, who was just promoted to Frederick, pitched to a 5-0 record for the Delmarva Shorebirds (A-Low) with a 1.42 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and .180 batting-average-against in 7 games (38.0 innings). He struck out 47 while walking 13 and was the Shorebirds’ leader in wins, starts and ERA among the starters.

Mr. Graham’s comments: “big RH starter, first full season, started the year in Delmarva, promoted to Frederick…plus fastball, 91-95 (mph range), good downhill angle, curve ball, slider and change, four good pitches for strikes, great make-up, tough kid”.

Luis Gonzalez, LHP, Bowie Baysox (AA)

Gonzalez, a member of Bowie’s bullpen, has no record on the season but has converted all four of his save opportunities. He owns a 2.00 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP in 18.0 innings over 12 appearances. Gonzalez has struck out 24 while walking just 4.

Of Gonzalez, Mr. Graham says: “LH relief pitcher in Bowie, fastball, slider change, three pitches for strikes, 91-96 (mph range), challenges hitters, good stuff, interesting pitcher”.

Brenan Hanifee, RHP, Delmarva Shorebirds (A-Low)

Hanifee has started for the Shorebirds and owns a 4-1 record with a 2.56 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and .223 batting-average-against. He leads the team in innings pitched (38.2) and has struck out 27 batters while walking 8.

Mr. Graham’s comments: “RH starter in Delmarva, sinker, slider, change, great feel to pitch, plus sinker, throws strikes with all three pitches, really good strike thrower, plus ground ball ratio, three pitches for strikes”.

T.J. Nichting, CF, Frederick Keys (A-High)

Nichting, who was promoted to Frederick on May 15th, had a .326/ .359/ .431/ .790 slash line with 20 RBI and 12 extra-base hits. Since his promotion he has appeared in two games for the Keys and is 2 for 8 in those games.

Mr. Graham had this to say: “switch hitting outfielder, good defender, can play all three outfield positions, runs well, can steal a base…high energy, tough out, aggressive approach, good swing both sides of the plate, good baseball player”.

There you have it fans, five Orioles’ prospects to keep an eye on and Mr. Graham’s candid analysis of them. Please keep in mind that this list is not in any way his favorites nor the organization’s favorites, it is simply five players he says are worth watching.

The Baltimore Orioles organization is full of players who are worth watching and following and you can count on Baby Birdland to report on all of them all year long.

I would like to thank Mr. Graham for taking time out of his busy schedule to provide this list and analysis for myself and the readers of Baby Birdland.

 

Cedric Mullins Only Prospect To Play: The “Just One Fan’s” Prospect Report for 5/18/2018

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Cedric Mullins

Hello Orioles fans, here is my prospect report for Friday, May 18th, 2018.

**BREAKING: Frederick Keys RHP James Teague announced his retirement on Wednesday (5/16/2018)**

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TEAM SUMMARY:  

The Shorebirds game with Hagerstown was postponed due to inclement weather.

The Keys game with the Pelicans was postponed due to rain; a double-header has been scheduled for Sunday, 5/20.

The Baysox got just one hit (from Cedric Mullins) in a 2-0 loss to the Thunder.

The Tides endured a slightly over one hour rain delay and lost 4-2 to the Bats.

 

BACKGROUND:  Last season I began the Prospect Report in an effort to highlight the daily performances of several Baltimore Orioles’ minor league players.  They were all players that have caught my eye and that I am interested in; I thought I would use this platform to help other Orioles fans get to know them as well as follow their progress.  I am continuing that work this season and have added a few new names to the list; two players from last year’s report are now with other organizations.  In addition, I asked readers to suggest who they would be interested in following daily and based on those suggestions, I added a reader’s section below.  I hope you enjoy this effort and that you will provide feedback on it; I am open to any suggestions on how to make it better as well as any criticism of it.  Let’s engage in a dialogue about the players; they are the future of the Orioles.

#TheRoadToBirdland

This season, I am highlighting five Baltimore Orioles minor league prospects; these players are personal favorites of mine.  The players are C Ben Breazeale (NR per MLB Pipeline), OF Cedric Mullins (#6), RHP Yefry Ramirez (#17), 3B Jomar Reyes (#19) and RHP James Teague (NR).

In an article for Baby Birdland, I explained the reasons why I am watching one of them (Reyes); one (Breazeale) was my first face-to-face interview for Baby Birdland.  I also had the opportunity to conduct a face-to-face interview with another (Mullins) early this season.   Each day here you will find a summary of their game performance.

Thanks for reading!

 

Ben Breazeale (Delmarva Shorebirds, 25-13): POSTPONED due to rain vs Hagerstown SUNS

 GAME
 SEASON 24 GP

.225/.347/.375

12 Runs

18 H

6 2B

2 HR

 11 RBI 13 BB

19 K

Cedric Mullins (Bowie Baysox, 18-22): LOST 2-0 @ Trenton THUNDER

 GAME 1-3 1 BB 1 CS
 SEASON 38 GP

.268/.319/.471

24 Runs

41 H

10 2B

3 3B

5 HR

19 RBI

11 BB

23 K

4 SB

1 CS

Yefry Ramirez (Norfolk Tides, 20-18): LOST 4-2 vs Louisville BATS

 GAME Scheduled to Pitch 5/22
 SEASON 8 G (1-2)

3.80 ERA

1.05 WHIP

42.2 IP 32 H 18 R (ER) 13 BB

48 K

1 HBP

1 WP

.203 BAA

Jomar Reyes (Frederick Keys, 16-23): POSTPONED due to rain vs Myrtle Beach PELICANS

 GAME
 SEASON 35 GP

.243/.267/.313

10 Runs

35 H

 7 2B 1 HR

23 RBI

5 BB

26 K

James Teague (Frederick Keys, 16-23): POSTPONED due to rain vs Myrtle Beach PELICANS

 GAME  RETIRED
 SEASON 10 G  (1-2, 2-3S)

7.07 ERA

1.71 WHIP

14.0 IP 15 H 11 R (ER) 9 BB

15 K

.283 BAA

                                                                                                                                          

READER’S REQUESTED PLAYERS

Cole Billingsley, OF (Frederick Keys, 16-23): POSTPONED due to rain vs Myrtle Beach PELICANS

 GAME
 SEASON 38 GP

.229/.339/.326

20 Runs

33 H

6 2B

1 3B

2 HR

16 RBI

23 BB

26 K

11 SB

Tyler Erwin, LHP (Frederick Keys, 16-23): POSTPONED due to rain vs Myrtle Beach PELICANS

 GAME
 SEASON 13 G (0-1, 2-4S)

0.87 ERA

0.87 WHIP

20.2 IP 10 H 3 R (2 ER) 8 BB

28 K

.145 BAA

Randolph Gassaway (#27), OF (Frederick Keys, 16-23): POSTPONED due to rain vs Myrtle Beach PELICANS

 GAME  On The 7-Day DL
 SEASON 36 GP

.272/.395/.376

18 Runs

34 H

10 2B 1 HR

14 RBI

24 BB

37 K

Adam Hall (#18), INF (Extended Spring Training)

 GAME
 SEASON

Come back every day to keep up with how my five prospects and the reader’s four prospects are performing; for more news, notes, and analysis on the entire Baltimore Orioles Minor League system, including a daily roundup of all the affiliates’ games, go to BabyBirdland and read the work of its’ hard working staff.

Don’t forget to follow both @BabyBirdland and @CoachNick_14 on Twitter.

On This Day In Baltimore Orioles’ History: 5/19/1983 #35thAnniversary

Dan Ford

The Baltimore Orioles began a short, 4-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays in Toronto on this day in 1983.  The Orioles defeated the Blue Jays 2-1 for their fourth consecutive win.

Scott McGregor started for the Orioles and pitched 8.1 innings giving up 1 run on 6 hits while walking none and striking out 4.  Tim Stoddard and Tippy Martinez combined to finish the game, McGregor’s 4th win on the year and Martinez 4th save as well.

Dan Ford continued his hot streak for the Orioles by going 2 for 4 with a run scored, a double, a homerun (his 4th) and 2 RBI.  Once again he represented all the offense Orioles’ pitchers would need in securing a win.

Mike Morgan started the game for the Blue Jays and surrendered 2 runs on 6 hits and was saddled with the loss, his third without a win.

SEASON RECORD: 23-13

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Rain Alters Some Schedules: The “Just One Fan’s” Prospect Report for 5/17/2018

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Hello Orioles fans, here is my prospect report for Thursday, May 17th, 2018.

**BREAKING: Frederick Keys RHP James Teague announced his retirement on Wednesday (5/16/2018)**

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TEAM SUMMARY:  

The Shorebirds were postponed due to inclement weather.

The Keys beat the Hillcats 3-1 behind Alex Wells’ 5.0 innings of 1 run work.  The second game was postponed.

The Baysox lost big in Trenton 11-5 despite collecting 12 hits.

The Tides were limited to 3 hits in a 6-0 loss to Indianapolis.

 

BACKGROUND:  Last season I began the Prospect Report in an effort to highlight the daily performances of several Baltimore Orioles’ minor league players.  They were all players that have caught my eye and that I am interested in; I thought I would use this platform to help other Orioles fans get to know them as well as follow their progress.  I am continuing that work this season and have added a few new names to the list; two players from last year’s report are now with other organizations.  In addition, I asked readers to suggest who they would be interested in following daily and based on those suggestions, I added a reader’s section below.  I hope you enjoy this effort and that you will provide feedback on it; I am open to any suggestions on how to make it better as well as any criticism of it.  Let’s engage in a dialogue about the players; they are the future of the Orioles.

#TheRoadToBirdland

This season, I am highlighting five Baltimore Orioles minor league prospects; these players are personal favorites of mine.  The players are C Ben Breazeale (NR per MLB Pipeline), OF Cedric Mullins (#6), RHP Yefry Ramirez (#17), 3B Jomar Reyes (#19) and RHP James Teague (NR).

In an article for Baby Birdland, I explained the reasons why I am watching one of them (Reyes); one (Breazeale) was my first face-to-face interview for Baby Birdland.  I also had the opportunity to conduct a face-to-face interview with another (Mullins) early this season.   Each day here you will find a summary of their game performance.

Thanks for reading!

 

Ben Breazeale (Delmarva Shorebirds, 25-13): POSTPONED vs Hagerstown SUNS

 GAME
 SEASON 24 GP

.225/.347/.375

12 Runs

18 H

6 2B

2 HR

 11 RBI 13 BB

19 K

Cedric Mullins (Bowie Baysox, 18-21): LOST 11-5 @ Trenton THUNDER

 GAME 2-5 2 Runs  1 2B  1 K
 SEASON 37 GP

.267/.315/.473

24 Runs

40 H

10 2B

3 3B

5 HR

19 RBI

10 BB

23 K

4 SB

Yefry Ramirez (Norfolk Tides, 20-17): LOST 6-0 vs Indianapolis INDIANS

 GAME Not Scheduled to Pitch
 SEASON 8 G (1-2)

3.80 ERA

1.05 WHIP

42.2 IP 32 H 18 R (ER) 13 BB

48 K

1 HBP

1 WP

.203 BAA

Jomar Reyes (Frederick Keys, 16-23): Gm 1 WON 3-1, Gm 2 POSTPONED due to rain @ Lynchburg HILLCATS

 GAME 1-3 1 RBI 1 2B 2 BB 1 K
 SEASON 35 GP

.243/.267/.313

10 Runs

35 H

 7 2B 1 HR

23 RBI

5 BB

26 K

James Teague (Frederick Keys, 16-23): Gm 1 WON 3-1, Gm 2 POSTPONED due to rain @ Lynchburg HILLCATS

 GAME  RETIRED
 SEASON 10 G  (1-2, 2-3S)

7.07 ERA

1.71 WHIP

14.0 IP 15 H 11 R (ER) 9 BB

15 K

.283 BAA

                                                                                                                                          

READER’S REQUESTED PLAYERS

Cole Billingsley, OF (Frederick Keys, 16-23): Gm 1 WON 3-1, Gm 2 POSTPONED due to rain @ Lynchburg HILLCATS

 GAME 0-2 1 BB
 SEASON 38 GP

.229/.339/.326

20 Runs

33 H

6 2B

1 3B

2 HR

16 RBI

23 BB

26 K

11 SB

Tyler Erwin, LHP (Frederick Keys, 16-23): Gm 1 WON 3-1, Gm 2 POSTPONED due to rain @ Lynchburg HILLCATS

 GAME  Did Not Pitch
 SEASON 13 G (0-1, 2-4S)

0.87 ERA

0.87 WHIP

20.2 IP 10 H 3 R (2 ER) 8 BB

28 K

.145 BAA

Randolph Gassaway (#27), OF (Frederick Keys, 16-23): Gm 1 WON 3-1, Gm 2 POSTPONED due to rain @ Lynchburg HILLCATS

 GAME  On The 7-Day DL
 SEASON 36 GP

.272/.395/.376

18 Runs

34 H

10 2B 1 HR

14 RBI

24 BB

37 K

Adam Hall (#18), INF (Extended Spring Training)

 GAME
 SEASON

Come back every day to keep up with how my five prospects and the reader’s four prospects are performing; for more news, notes, and analysis on the entire Baltimore Orioles Minor League system, including a daily roundup of all the affiliates’ games, go to BabyBirdland and read the work of its’ hard working staff.

Don’t forget to follow both @BabyBirdland and @CoachNick_14 on Twitter.

On This Day In Baltimore Orioles’ History: 5/18/1983 #35thAnniversary

The Baltimore Orioles won their third consecutive game on this day in 1983.  The Orioles shutout the Chicago White Sox 1-0; it was the team’s second shutout of the Pale Hose in a row.

Storm Davis (7.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K) and Tippy Martinez (1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K) combined on the 4-hitter with Martinez getting the win, his second.  The pair combined to scatter the 4 hits among 16 White Sox batters.

Dan Ford provided all the offense the Orioles needed with his 8th inning homerun off of White Sox starter Richard Dotson who took the loss, his fourth of the year.

SEASON RECORD: 22-13

BOX SCORE

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