By Contributing Writer: Chuck Boemmel Jr. Norfolk Tides (Class-AAA) right-hander Jimmy Yacabonis is a player Baltimore Orioles fans should become familiar with. His performance so far in 2017 is making him worthy of a call-up and a spot on the 40-man roster.Photo: Nick Stevens The Tides roster currently lists 16 pitchers: 3 on the DL, 9 on…
By Contributing Writer: Chuck Boemmel Jr. Delmarva Shorebirds (Class-A Low) first baseman Preston Palmeiro struggled in 2016 and is continuing to struggle at the professional level in 2017.Photo: Patrick CaveyI first took a look at Palmeiro, the Baltimore Orioles 2016 seventh round draft pick, during the off-season on the heels of a season at Aberdeen…
By Contributing Writer: Chuck Boemmel Jr. Bowie Baysox (Class-AA) southpaw John Means is off to a strong start in 2017. If he maintains his current pace he may earn a promotion at the Eastern League All-Star break in July if not sooner.Photo: Chuck Boemmel Jr.Means has been a dominant force for the Baysox so far…
**UPDATE: Named Orioles Organizational Pitcher of the Month for April 2017**
By Contributing Writer: Chuck Boemmel Jr. Bowie Baysox (Class-AA) left-hander Tanner Scott is off to a solid start in 2017. While starting every fifth day, the hard-throwing southpaw is projected as a late inning reliever if not a closer. His numbers so far suggest the ability to close out games.Photo: Patrick CaveyMLB Pipeline currently lists…
Hello Orioles fans, here is my prospect report for Monday.
Just to refresh, I am following three Orioles prospects this season: RHP Jason Garcia (#22 per MLB Pipeline), OF Cedric Mullins (#19) and 3B Jomar Reyes (#10).
I will keep track of their progress daily and let you know how the performed.
Jason Garcia: at Erie Seawolves, 3.1 IP, 59 pitches, 5 R (4 ER), 6 H, 3 K, hit batter
Cedric Mullins: at Erie Seawolves: 3 for 5, 2 RBI, 1 R, HR (3), 1 BB season slash line: .545/ .583/ 1.091 ** has hit safely in all 5 games**
Jomar Reyes: vs Potomac Nationals: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB season slash line: .500/ .529/ .563 **has hit safely in all 4 games**
Come back here every day for news and notes on how the three prospects I have my eyes on are performing and don’t forget to visit BabyBirdland for more news, notes and analysis on the entire Baltimore Orioles Minor League organization from its’ hard working staff.
Hello, Orioles fans and fans of the Minor Leagues. As you may or may not be aware I am a contributing writer to BabyBirdland where you can get all the news and notes you need on the Baltimore Orioles Minor League system. If you are on Twitter you can follow @BabyBirdland and if you do Facebook you can Like its page.
I joined BabyBirdland in late August of last year and spent the off-season writing about prospects and reviewing the 2016 season for many in the Orioles system. In those pieces, I tried to look ahead to this season and where I thought the players would continue their development; my predictions if you will.
Let me set the record straight. I am in no way an expert on the minor leagues (I still have a lot to learn) and I have no problem poking fun at myself. Since I dislike writers/bloggers who make predictions and do not revisit their prognostications or even pen opinions later that contradict their predictions I am going to take a look at how I did in regards to what I predicted.
A flip of the coin would have done better!
In total, I wrote about 33 players in the off-season and opined where I thought they would land. Of those 33 I got 15 (45.5%) right; 5 are undecided due to the Aberdeen Ironbirds (Class-A Short) roster not being finalized. I will say that 7 of my “misses” went to a level higher than I thought. I am proud and happy to say that one of those misses was Cedric Mullins who skipped a level and went to the Bowie Baysox (Class-AA). He is on the fast track and is a favorite of many of us at BabyBirdland. Three of my “misses” went to a lower level and one is awaiting assignment as he is on the DL and in extended spring training. I also never anticipated one player becoming a player/coach (Cam Kneeland at Frederick).
There you have it: my report card on myself. Expect an update once the Ironbirds roster is set later this season.