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The “Just One Fan’s” Prospect Report for 7/25/2017: @Thesushi07 Solid, @cedmull30 Keeps Hitting

Hello Orioles fans here is the daily prospect report for Tuesday, July 25th, 2017.

To Recap:  This season, I am highlighting four Baltimore Orioles minor league prospects. These players are personal favorites of mine.  In an article for Baby Birdland, I explained the reasons why I am watching one of them.  The players are: RHP Jason Garcia (NR), RHP Jesus Liranzo (#22 per MLB Pipeline), OF Cedric Mullins (#5) and 3B Jomar Reyes (#17).  Each day here I will provide a summary of their game performance.

 

Jason Garcia (Bowie Baysox): lost 4-3 @ Erie SeaWolves: DNP                                     Season stats: 24 games, 5-3, 0 for 1 in saves, 2 holds, 51.0 IP, 6.53 ERA, 1.90 WHIP, 39 R (37 ER), 65 H, 32 BB, 45 K, 4 HBP, .311 BA against

Jesus Liranzo (Bowie Baysox): lost 4-3 @Erie SeaWolves: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (ER), 3 BB, 5 K, 1 WP                                                                                                                                                 Season stats: 24 games, 1-3, 8 starts, 2 for 4 in saves, 3 holds, 4.67 ERA, 1.51 WHIP, 44.1 IP, 38 H, 24 R (23 ER), 3 HBP, 29 BB, 53 K, .232 BA against

Cedric Mullins (Bowie Baysox): lost 4-3 @ Erie SeaWolves: 2 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 BB       Season slash line: .323/ .360/ .538 with 36 runs scored, 14 2B, 1 3B, 8 HR, 25 RBI, 13 BB, 5 SB, 5 CS                                                                                                                                                     ** named Eastern League Player of the Week (4/6-4/16) **

Jomar Reyes (Frederick Keys): won 4-3 @ Lynchburg Hillcats: currently on the 7-day DL (right hand)                                                                                                                                 Season slash line: .321/ .361/ .436 with 6 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 10 RBI, 1 SB

 

Come back every day to keep up with how these four prospects are performing and 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.

The “Just One Fan’s” Prospect Report for 7/24/2017: @cedmull30 Doubles In Win

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Hello Orioles fans here is the daily prospect report for Monday, July 24th, 2017.

To Recap:  This season, I am highlighting four Baltimore Orioles minor league prospects.  These players are personal favorites of mine.  In an article for Baby Birdland, I explained the reasons why I am watching one of them.  The players are: RHP Jason Garcia (#21 per MLB Pipeline), RHP Jesus Liranzo (#14), OF Cedric Mullins (#17) and 3B Jomar Reyes (#9).  Each day here I will provide a summary of their game performance.

 

Jason Garcia (Bowie Baysox): won 5-1 @ Erie SeaWolves: DNP                                    Season stats: 24 games, 5-3, 0 for 1 in saves, 2 holds, 51.0 IP, 6.53 ERA, 1.90 WHIP, 39 R (37 ER), 65 H, 32 BB, 45 K, 4 HBP, .311 BA against

Jesus Liranzo (Bowie Baysox): won 5-1 @Erie SeaWolves: DNP                                             Season stats: 23 games, 1-3, 7 starts, 2 for 4 in saves, 3 holds, 4.79 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, 41.1 IP, 37 H, 23 R (22 ER), 3 HBP, 26 BB, 48 K, .239 BA against

Cedric Mullins (Bowie Baysox): won 5-1 @ Erie SeaWolves: 2 for 5, run scored, 1 2B, caught stealing                                                                                                                            Season slash line: .317/ .354/ .536 with 36 runs scored, 14 2B, 1 3B, 8 HR, 24 RBI, 12 BB, 5 SB, 5 CS                                                                                                                                                     ** named Eastern League Player of the Week (4/6-4/16) **

Jomar Reyes (Frederick Keys): lost 6-4 @ Lynchburg Hillcats: currently on the 7-day DL (right hand)                                                                                                                                 Season slash line: .321/ .361/ .436 with 6 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 10 RBI, 1 SB

 

Come back every day to keep up with how these four prospects are performing and 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.

The “Just One Fan’s” Prospect Report for 7/23/2017: @cedmull30 Returns, @jgar1121 Solid

Hello Orioles fans here is the daily prospect report for Sunday, July 23rd, 2017.

To Recap:  This season, I am highlighting four Baltimore Orioles minor league prospects.  These players are personal favorites of mine.  In an article for Baby Birdland, I explained the reasons why I am watching one of them.  The players are: RHP Jason Garcia (#21 per MLB Pipeline), RHP Jesus Liranzo (#14), OF Cedric Mullins (#17) and 3B Jomar Reyes (#9).  Each day here I will provide a summary of their game performance.

 

Jason Garcia (Bowie Baysox): lost 5-3 vs Altoona Curve: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 K                       Season stats: 24 games, 5-3, 0 for 1 in saves, 2 holds, 51.0 IP, 6.53 ERA, 1.90 WHIP, 39 R (37 ER), 65 H, 32 BB, 45 K, 4 HBP, .311 BA against

Jesus Liranzo (Bowie Baysox): lost 5-3 vs Altoona Curve: DNP                                             Season stats: 23 games, 1-3, 7 starts, 2 for 4 in saves, 3 holds, 4.79 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, 41.1 IP, 37 H, 23 R (22 ER), 3 HBP, 26 BB, 48 K, .239 BA against

Cedric Mullins (Bowie Baysox): lost 5-3 vs Altoona Curve: 1 for 5                                           Season slash line: .315/ .352/ .534 with 35 runs scored, 13 2B, 1 3B, 8 HR, 24 RBI, 12 BB, 5 SB, 4 CS                                                                                                                                                     ** named Eastern League Player of the Week (4/6-4/16) **

Jomar Reyes (Frederick Keys): game 1 won 4-3, game 2 won 2-1 vs Wilmington Blue Rocks: currently on the 7-day DL (right hand)                                                                               Season slash line: .321/ .361/ .436 with 6 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 10 RBI, 1 SB

 

Come back every day to keep up with how these four prospects are performing and 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.

I Play GM for A Day: My Orioles Youth Movement.

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Sitting at Oriole Park at Camden Yards Saturday night and watching the Baltimore Orioles help cure what has been ailing the Chicago Cubs got me thinking about the future of the home team.  The non-waiver trade deadline is fast approaching and as fans are aware, major changes loom at the end of the 2018 season.

The Orioles have contracts expiring both after this season and next season and face major decisions.

As of this morning (Sunday, July 16th), the Orioles are 42-48, 5.0 games behind the Boston Red Sox in the American League East.  They sit 5.0 games behind the New York Yankees in the race for the second Wild Card spot in the American League; 5 teams stand between the Orioles and the Yankees for that spot.

Orioles General Manager Dan Duquette has proclaimed the team will be buyers as the deadline approaches (story).  In my opinion, the allure of that second wild card promotes this type of misguided thinking.  I don’t know about you but I am not interested in seeing this team sign a marginal player or two to maybe make the wild card.  I know, the retort is “you just have to make the tournament”.  Sorry fans, this is not a playoff caliber team and I for one am not interested in seeing a one-and-done just like we did in 2016.

Allow me to play General Manager for a moment and look at what the future of this team could look like.  Keep in mind, the Yankees went with youth last year and has had some success.

Right now I would trade both Zach Britton and Brad Brach for prospects; Britton would have to bring 4 prospects in return based on the Cubs-Chicago White Sox trade for Carlos Quintana.  Brach would bring lesser prospects but that’s okay.   You could replace them with Chris Lee and Tanner Scott or even Richard Rodriguez.  The one caveat to this is that these players need to be assured that they are up here to stay.  The Norfolk shuttle has to play on these pitcher’s minds; if they’re thinking that if they don’t do well or they’re sent down cannot be conducive to success.

I previously proposed an outfield of Adam Jones, Cedric Mullins and Austin Hays Read it HERE and I stand by that.  Release or trade Hyun-Soo Kim since you are not playing him much.  Seth Smith’s contract is up at the end of this season so he could be let go.

Catcher could be a sticky position as Welington Castillo has a player option for 2018.  His opting to stay here an additional season would hinder Chance Sisco’s progress to the big club.  He could be traded by the deadline if you wanted to go full youth movement, however.

I would also let JJ Hardy walk at the end of the season as it looks like his vesting option will not kick in; injuries have left him a shell of his former self. I would then move Manny Machado to shortstop and promote Drew Dosch from the Norfolk Tides.

This infusion of youth could breathe some new life into the club and rejuvenate our veterans.  Baseball would be fun and exciting in Baltimore for sure.

So to recap, here’s what I have:

Outfielders: Adam Jones, Trey Mancini, Cedric Mullins, Austin Hays and reluctantly, Joey Rickard

Designated Hitter: Mark Trumbo

1B; Chris Davis

2B: Jonathan Schoop

SS: Manny Machado

3B: Drew Dosch

Catcher: Chance Sisco, Caleb Joseph

Pitchers: Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman, Chris Lee

Relievers: Tanner Scott, Darren O’Day, Mychal Givens

That leaves 7 spots on the 25-man roster that can be filled for 2018 either by free agent signings or with some of “our guys” (Miguel Castro, Richard Bleier, Donnie Hart).  More youth options could be evaluated during Spring Training in 2018.

For right now, I give Chris Lee and Tanner Scott a chance and bring the rest of the Baby Birds up in 2018.  This team needs to get younger and they can’t do much worse than what the team is doing right now.  Realistically, this team is not a playoff team and we need to admit that and move to the future.  It may hurt for a bit but it will be worth it in the end.

I’d like to hear what you fans think.  Youth (and if so, whom), stand pat or buy?

My Conversation with Washington Nationals’ Prospect and @GBSARays Alumni @ArmondUpshaw7

 

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Today I highlight Washington Nationals prospect Armond Upshaw, a centerfielder for the Auburn Doubledays (Class-A Short).

Previously I posted an article that introduced readers to several players from the Georgia Baseball and Softball Academy’s Triton Rays travel program.  I was fortunate enough to have a conversation with DJ Neal of the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays (Toronto) and recently I had the pleasure of a conversation with Upshaw.

As of today (7/13), Upshaw is slashing .134/ .318/ .179 with 2 RBI, 2 extra-base hits and 13 walks in 18 games for the Doubledays.  He has stolen 4 bases in 7 attempts.  The National’s organization likes Upshaw’s speed both on the bases and in the field defensively and I am certain that factored into the team selecting him in the 11th round of the 2016 MLB Draft.

Here is our conversation:

When did you first realize that you had a chance to play professionally?  “I think I first realized my senior year of high school when I began to get draft questionnaires and a few scouts started talking to me.”

Is there an aspect of pro ball that you didn’t expect?  “I think I had a pretty good idea of everything esp(ecially) with having guys like Cedric Mullins (Class-AA Bowie Baysox, Baltimore) and Mason Davis (Class-A High Jupiter Hammerheads, Miami) already going through the process.”

What is the difference between the Gulf Coast League and Short Season A ball?  “I think the biggest difference is actually playing in a stadium with fans.  Also playing night games versus waking up early and playing at noon.  Also you see more mature pitching and guys able to throw more pitches for strikes.”

What adjustments, if any, are you making in your game?  “Just mainly trying not to miss my fastball when I get it and defensively I play deeper than I did in the GCL because guys are stronger.”

How did playing for @GBSARays prepare you for all of this?  “It did a great deal of preparation, being able to play with guys of pro caliber in travel ball. It was very competitive, we challenged each other every day and it helped bring the best out of everyone one the team.”

Who had had the biggest influence in your life?  “Definitely my parents, they pushed and believed in me like no other, even when I didn’t myself.”

Is there anyone on the Doubledays who has taken you under their wing as it were and is mentoring you?  “My hitting coach Mark Harris, who has coached newly switch hitters like Billy Burns (Kansas City), works with me everyday and also our hitting coordinator Troy Gingrich.  Also my manger Jared Head knows a lot about the game (and) he feeds me information.”

How do you balance the game and the business of the game?  “I just go out and try to control the things I can which are effort and intent.”

Is there anything you would have done differently in your career so far? “I’m a firm believer in everything happens for a reason.  I may have (taken) a more difficult route but it’s made me the player and person I am today.”

I hope you enjoyed my conversation with Armond Upshaw and the glimpse into life as a professional baseball player.  I want to thank this young man for taking the time to answer my questions and I wish him nothing but future success.  I will say that based on my conversations with both Upshaw and DJ Neal, The Georgia Baseball and Softball Academy is living up to it’s stated mission: Educating, motivating, and inspiring young athletes to build foundations for success on and off the field.  Those two young men, as well as Cedric Mullins, are certainly the embodiment of that mission.  GBSA is doing wonderful work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Conversation With Toronto Blue Jays Prospect and @GBSARays Alumni @thereal_djneal

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I first wrote about Toronto Blue Jay prospect Dexter “DJ” Neal a few weeks ago in a piece I did which featured Cedric Mullins’ (Class-AA Bowie Baysox) baseball “brothers” from the Triton Rays of the Georgia Baseball and Softball Academy.  You can read it HERE.

Neal, a rightfielder, was drafted in the 26th round of the 2017 MLB Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays.  He previously was drafted in the 32nd round of the 2015 MLB Draft by the Atlanta Braves but chose to attend the University of South Carolina Sumter instead.

Upon signing with the Blue Jays Neal was assigned to the Gulf Coast League where he is slashing .345/ .424/ .448 in 8 games with 1 double, 1 triple, 2 stolen bases and 6 RBI in 29 plate appearances.  He has walked twice while striking out 6 times.  Neal has gotten a hit in 7 of his 8 games so far this season.

I recently had a conversation with Neal about his baseball life and his experiences so far in professional baseball.  What follows is that conversation.

How would you describe your baseball journey so far?  “My journey (has had) many ups and downs and with those ups and downs (has) come a lot of fun.  I treat it as a business and allow myself to have fun…while learning and getting better.”

When did you realize that you had the chance to play professionally?  “My sophomore year of high school…I realized I had a chance to get drafted so I took my time (and) started to work.”

How did you find out the Blue Jays drafted you?  “I got a call from my area scout and a video with the selection.”

What was your “wow, this really is pro baseball” moment?  “I was actually in the middle of a conversation with my father and he (area scout) called and everything seemed as if it had stopped.  The words that he (said) just hit me.  I was very proud but just speechless at the same time.”

What has been the most difficult part of pro baseball so far?  “Consistency.  Pitchers are smarter now so I must get a consistent swing and solid approach.”

How did playing for @GBSA prepare you for this?  “Opportunities as well as competition.  We faced some of the better teams in the country which prepare(d) me for pitchers with hard velocity and good off speed…”

Who has been the biggest influence in your life?  “My mother and father push(ed) me growing up and (made) sure I never stopped until I reached my dream…My grandmother… I told myself that I would do (what) she wanted me to do and do what she had predicted… Before my grandma died, she would catch every game with my grandfather as well so they (had) a huge influence in my life.”

How do you keep your life grounded and balanced?  “I don’t think about it too much I just live,… enjoy my family, and take care of the important things. The rest falls (into place).”

I would like to thank DJ for taking the time to answer my questions and wish him much success as he continues on his journey both in baseball and in life.

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