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Checking In On Former Bowie Baysox Pitchers Jason Garcia And Jesus Liranzo

 

Since the last update on RHP Jason Garcia and RHP Jesus Liranzo on May 6th it has been a tale of two different pitchers, one on the way up and one on the way down.

Fortunes are on the way up and potential is being realized while other fortunes are falling and the struggles continue.

Over the past two weeks, Liranzo has appeared in 3 games and pitched a total of 5.1 innings.  He faced 21 batters and surrendered 3 hits (1 double) while walking 2 and striking out 7.  Two of the games were save opportunities, which he converted.  Liranzo held Altoona Curve opponents to a .158/ .238/ .211 slash line.

On the season Liranzo is 0-0 with 4 saves in 4 opportunities.  He has a 0.00 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and an opponent’s batting average against of .167 in the 9 games in which he has appeared.  In 12.0 total innings pitched he has given up 7 hits and 3 walks while striking out 18.

The past two weeks have not been as kind to Garcia.  Appearing in 5 games for the Hartford Yard Goats, Garcia has pitched 6.1 innings in which he surrendered 10 hits, 10 runs (all earned) and 9 walks.  He struck out 3 but allowed a homerun and an opponent’s slash line of .400/ .559/ .680 while producing a 14.21 ERA.

On the season Garcia has a record of 2-1, is 0-1 in save opportunities and has a 9.64 ERA and 2.25 WHIP.  Over a span of 15 games he has allowed 27 hits, 23 runs (20 earned), 3 homeruns and 15 walks.  He has also hit a batter and has allowed a .365 batting average against while striking out 17.

It is good to see Liranzo doing well but it’s sad he didn’t do that well during his time with the Baltimore Orioles organization.  Garcia, on the other hand, is struggling mightily and the hope is that he turns it around sooner rather than later; his struggles are tough to watch.

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Where The Orioles’ Affiliates Stand As Of Sunday, 5/20/2018

The Road To Birdland

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 5/20/2018:

DELMARVA SHOREBIRDS (26-15):  2nd place, 1.0 GB, in the South Atlantic League North Division

FREDERICK KEYS (18-24):  4th place, 5.5 GB, in the Carolina League North Division

BOWIE BAYSOX (19-23):  4th place, 4.5 GB, in the Eastern League Western Division

NORFOLK TIDES (22-18):  2nd place, 4.0 GB, in the International League South Division

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

Reyes

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Top-5 Prospect, 3B Ryan Mountcastle Performing Well Since Returning From DL (from @BabyBirdland)

Ryan Mountcastle

Baltimore Orioles third-base prospect Ryan Mountcastle is back in Bowie (Class-AA) with a lot to prove. As an Orioles’ top prospect (#2 by MLB Pipeline and #3 by Baby Birdland), it is not his worthiness that he has to prove but rather, that he has moved beyond how his Spring Training ended.

As you may recall, Mountcastle received a non-roster invite to Orioles’ Spring Training. He appeared in 13 games during the spring and produced a slash line of .292/ .320/ .667 with 7 hits, 5 runs scored, 3 doubles, 2 homeruns and 5 RBI. In addition, Mountcastle walked one time and struck out nine times during his spring appearances.

Upon reassignment to the Orioles minor league camp in March Mountcastle was given the stern advice from manager Buck Showalter to improve his plate discipline; he was told to be less of a free-swinger and to increase his walk totals (he walked 17 times in 127 games in 2017).

Any designs Mountcastle had on achieving those goals, as well as his spring, ended two days after his reassignment. Mountcastle was hit in the right hand during an at-bat in a Class-AAA game against the Minnesota Twins; he suffered a hairline fracture of that hand. Projected to miss 4-6 weeks, Mountcastle returned to game action with the Baysox on May 10th.

Mountcastle definitely made his presence known in his season debut. He went 3 for 4 with a run scored and a RBI against the Hartford Yard Goats in that debut. As of last night (the completion of Monday’s suspended game and the suspended scheduled game), he is slashing .429/ .458/ .524 with 9 hits, 4 runs scored, 2 doubles, 4 RBI, 2 walks and no strike outs.

He has hit safely in 5 of the 6 games he has played in this season and has reached base safely in all 6 of them. Additionally, Mountcastle has scored a run in 3 of the 6 games he has played in.

Keeping in mind the small sample size, Mountcastle’s batting average and on-base percentage both currently lead the Baysox.

Since the injury was to his throwing hand, it will be important to keep an eye on Mountcastle’s fielding. His current fielding percentage is .875 as he has handled 8 total chances while committing 1 error.

Six games is such a small sample size but the early indications are that Mountcastle is back. All eyes will be on him as he sets out to prove that he is both healthy and ready to put Showalter’s advice into action. Should Mountcastle prove those things he should, at the very least, finish 2018 as a member of the Norfolk Tides (Class-AAA) infield.

** 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 They Stand As Of Sunday, 5/13/2018

The Road To Birdland

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 5/13/2018:

DELMARVA SHOREBIRDS (24-12):  Tied for 1st in the South Atlantic League North Division

FREDERICK KEYS (15-22):  Last place (5th), 7.0 GB, in the Carolina League North Division

BOWIE BAYSOX (17-18):  4th place, 3.5 GB, in the Eastern League Western Division

NORFOLK TIDES (19-15):  2nd place, 1.5 GB, in the International League South Division

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