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Where The Orioles’ Affiliates Stand As Of 7/8/2018

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Every Sunday evening I will update where every Baltimore Orioles Minor League Affiliate is in their respective standings.

As of 7/08/2018:

 

DSL ORIOLES (21-10):  1st place, 2.0 Games up, in the Dominican Summer League Baseball City Division

GCL ORIOLES (6-11):  4th place, 5.0 GB, in the Gulf Coast League South Division

ABERDEEN IRONBIRDS (11-12):  3rd place, 3.5 GB, in the New York-Penn League McNamara Division

DELMARVA SHOREBIRDS (46-39):  Finished 1st half of season 35-32 in 4th place, 5.0 GB

Currently 11-7, 0.5 Games up in 1st place in the South                                                                Atlantic League North Division

FREDERICK KEYS (39-48):  Finished 1st half of season 35-34 in 2nd place, 3.0 GB

Currently 4-14, 7.5 GB in 5th place in the Carolina League                                                             North Division

BOWIE BAYSOX (39-49):  6th place, 11.5 GB, in the Eastern League Western Division

NORFOLK TIDES (46-41):  2nd place, 4.5 GB, in the International League South Division

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Highlighting Baltimore Orioles 2018 MLB Draft Picks: 33rd Round Pick, SS Zachary McLeod (from @BabyBirdland)

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In the 33rd round (985 overall) of the 2018 MLB Draft the Baltimore Orioles selected 6’ 1” shortstop Zachary McLeod out of Colorado Mesa University.

The 22 year-old McLeod, who signed for a reported $2,500 on June 12th, comes to the Orioles after slashing .325/ .399/ .526 with 37 runs scored, 7 homeruns and 44 RBI in 54 games for the Mavericks during the 2018 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference season..

A two-time All-Region selection, McLeod has a career slash line of .323/ .372/ .490 with 122 runs scored, 16 homeruns and 140 RBI. His 710 career at bats set the Colorado Mesa career record for that offensive category. Defensively, he finished his collegiate career with a .953 fielding percentage.

McLeod was assigned to the Gulf Coast League (Rookie) where he has appeared in 11 games as of Monday for the Orioles. He currently has a slash line of .333/ .391/ .405 with 3 extra-base hits, 5 runs scored and 5 RBI. He has drawn just 4 walks while striking out 9 times on the season.

In Monday’s game against the GCL Twins McLeod went 0-4. The batting line is significant in that it ended an eight game hitting streak. Despite having ended the streak, McLeod has hit safely in 9 of the 11 games he has played for the Orioles.

Defensively, McLeod has seen time at second base, shortstop and third base. He has committed 3 errors in 43 total chances and has a .930 fielding percentage. It is still early and the sample size is small but second base appears to be his best position.

It is too early to project but it would seem to me that what the Orioles have gotten in McLeod is a solid glove, good bat middle infielder. Should he maintain his pace with the bat, a move to Aberdeen (A-Short) could be in the offing later this summer.

Some in the industry call this a roster filler pick; former Orioles pitcher and current MASN analyst Dave Johnson call a pick like this just an organization guy. It is premature to label Mcleod as he is a player pursuing his dream of playing in the Major Leagues who has signed a professional contract.

The ability is there or he would not have been drafted. McLeod has potential just like any other draft pick; the goal now is to harness and realize that potential through development. With any luck, McLeod could join fellow Colorado Mesa alum Sergio Romo (Tampa Bay) in the Major Leagues-only time will tell.

** To read more from Josh Michael (founder/editor Baby Birdland), Nick Stevens and myself about all levels of the Baltimore Orioles minor leagues please visit Baby Birdland **

Where The Orioles’ Minor League Affiliates Stand As Of 7/01/2018

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Every Sunday evening for the remainder of the season I will update where every Baltimore Orioles Minor League Affiliate is in their respective standings.

As of 7/01/2018:

ABERDEEN IRONBIRDS (8-8):  3rd place, 3.0 GB, in the New York-Penn League McNamara Division

DELMARVA SHOREBIRDS (41-37):  Finished 1st half of season 35-32 in 4th place, 5.0 GB

Currently 6-5, 1.5 GB in 4th place in the South                                                                                 Atlantic League North Division

FREDERICK KEYS (38-42):  Finished 1st half of season 35-34 in 2nd place, 3.0 GB

Currently 3-8, 4.0 GB in 5th place in the Carolina League                                                             North Division

BOWIE BAYSOX (36-45):  6th place, 10.5 GB, in the Eastern League Western Division

NORFOLK TIDES (41-39):  2nd place, 5.5 GB, in the International League South Division

Highlighting Baltimore Orioles 2018 MLB Draft Picks: 19th Round Pick, OF Andrew Jayne (from @BabyBirdland)

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The Baltimore Orioles made 41 selections in the recently completed MLB Draft. Of those selections, 11 were high school players with the remaining being collegiate players.

In the 19th round (565 overall) the Orioles dipped into the high school ranks and selected 6’ 4” outfielder Andrew Jayne out of Terry Sanders High School in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Jayne was a two-sport star at Terry Sanders and had signed a National Letter of Intent with Davidson College for football. He chose instead to sign with the Orioles for a reported $125,000 bonus.

Jayne’s prep career spanned three seasons and produced a .352 batting average with 28 extra-base hits, including 6 homeruns, with 53 RBI and 82 runs scored. His most recent season may provide a glimpse into what the Orioles may get in him: .418 batting average and .607 on-base percentage with 10 doubles, 1 triple, 6 homeruns, 34 RBI and 46 runs scored.

The Orioles assigned Jayne to their team in the Gulf Coast League (Rookie) as is the norm. He is there with six of his fellow 2018 high school draftees and is getting his first taste of professional baseball.

To date, Jayne has appeared in 4 games for the GCL Orioles and is slashing .182/ .438/ .273 with 1 run scored, 1 double, 2 walks and 6 strikeouts. His first hit was that double and came in a game against the GCL Red Sox on Tuesday (6/26).

It will take time and development to see the type of player that Jayne will become. The fact that he was a two-sport star bodes well. Physical maturity and experience will certainly aid in Jayne’s development as well.

Jayne is one of several 2018 Orioles’ draftees who are trying to find their way in the professional ranks. It will be a fun summer watching them develop in the Gulf Coast League.

If things go right and Jayne lives up to his prep numbers he could possibly find his way to Aberdeen (A-Short) by season’s end.

** To read more from Josh Michael (founder/editor Baby Birdland), Nick Stevens and myself about all levels of the Baltimore Orioles minor leagues please visit Baby Birdland **

Highlighting Baltimore Orioles 2018 MLB Draft Picks: 14th Rounder Doran Turchin (from @BabyBirdland)

Doran Turchin

The Baltimore Orioles hope that they have tapped into a power source with their 14th round draft pick in the recently completed MLB Draft. The team selected University of Illinois outfielder Doran Turchin with the hope that the flashes of power he showed for the Illini translate to power in the professional ranks.

Turchin comes to Baltimore as a 4-year college junior who produced a career slash line of .259/ .355/ .443 with 21 homeruns and 76 RBI that was accompanied by 165 strikeouts and 78 walks.

The 2018 season was his best with the Illini as he hit .272/ .387/ .503 with 9 homeruns and 32 RBI. Additionally, he stole 11 bases and walked 34 times while striking out 49 times (a career low).

The 6’2” 195lb. Turchin earned a spot on the All-Big 10 third team and was named the Big-10 Player of the Week on March 12th.

Drafted 415th overall, Turchin signed with the Orioles on June 15th for a reported bonus of $125,000 and was assigned to the Aberdeen Ironbirds of the New York-Penn League (A-Short). He has appeared in 10 of Aberdeen’s 11 games as of Monday night.

Turchin currently owns a .189/ .231/ .378 slash line with 4 doubles, 1 homerun and 3 RBI to go with 2 walks and 19 strikeouts. He homered to left field in the home half of the 4th inning on Sunday in a game that was his best of the young season. Turchin went 3 for 4 with a run scored, a double, the aforementioned homerun and 3 RBI in Sunday’s game against the Vermont Lake Monsters (Oakland).

His previous best came against Staten Island (Yankees) when he went 2 for 2 with a run scored, 2 doubles and 2 walks.

Despite those two highlight-worthy games Turchin has struggled as he begins his professional career. The hits have come in 4 games while he has struck out at least twice in 7 of the games he has played in.

The pedigree and ability are there for Turchin; he proved it playing for the Illini and has provided a glimpse of it in Aberdeen. During the six game span from his first professional hit through his first professional homerun he hit .333/ .391/ .667 in 24 plate appearances with 7 hits, including 4 doubles and 1 homerun, with 3 RBI and 2 walks while striking out 10 times. He also had an amazing .600 average on balls in play.

The early indication, based on the numbers, is that Turchin is an all-or-nothing type of hitter. His collegiate record says otherwise and I am confident that the production will level out once he gets used to the daily grind of professional baseball.

It is still way too early to draw any conclusions about what the Orioles may have gotten in the 14th round but let’s hope it is a solid player with power.

** To read more from Josh Michael (founder/editor Baby Birdland), Nick Stevens and myself about all levels of the Baltimore Orioles minor leagues please visit Baby Birdland **

Where The Orioles’ Minor League Affiliates Stand As Of 6/24/2018

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Every Sunday evening for the remainder of the season I will update where every Baltimore Orioles Minor League Affiliate is in their respective standings.

As of 6/24/2018:

ABERDEEN IRONBIRDS (5-5):  3rd place, 3.0 GB, in the New York-Penn League McNamara Division

DELMARVA SHOREBIRDS (37-34):  Finished 1st half of season 35-32 in 4th place, 5.0 GB

Currently 2-2, 1.5 GB in 5th place in the South                                                                                 Atlantic League North Division

FREDERICK KEYS (36-37):  Finished 1st half of season 35-34 in 2nd place, 3.0 GB

Currently 1-3, 2.0 GB in 5th place in the Carolina League                                                             North Division

BOWIE BAYSOX (33-41):  6th place, 8.5 GB, in the Eastern League Western Division

NORFOLK TIDES (37-35):  2nd place, 3.5 GB, in the International League South Division

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