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.
Since my last update on April 22nd, Jason Garcia has appeared in 4 games for the Hartford Yard Goats and his record in those games was 1-0 and 0-1 in save opportunities. In 4.0 innings pitched his line was: 2 H, 2 R (ER), 3 BB, 7 K, 1 HR surrendered, 4.50 ERA and opponent’s slash line of .154/ .313/ .462/ .774.
On the season Garcia is 2-1, 0-1 in saves, 7.30 ERA, 1.86 WHIP, 12.1 IP, 17 H, 13 Runs (10 ER), 2 HR, 6 BB, 14 K and .347 BAA.
Likewise, Jesus Liranzo has appeared in 4 games for the Altoona Curve since the last update and in that time he has a 0-0 record but has gone 2 for 2 in save opportunities. He has pitched 4.0 innings and has given up 4 hits and no runs while walking 1, striking out 8 and throwing 1 wild pitch. Opponents slashed .250/ .294/ .313/ .607 in that time.
For the year Liranzo is 0-0 with 2 saves in 6 games. In a span of 6.2 innings he has an ERA of 0.00, a WHIP of 0.75 and a batting average against of .174. He has allowed 4 hits and 1 walk while striking out 11. He has thrown 2 wild pitches as well.
Early indications are that Liranzo may very well be developing into the pitcher the Baltimore Orioles hoped he would be when they signed him and Garcia continues to have the up and down performances he had here.
It has been two weeks since I wrote on the baseball whereabouts of former Baltimore Orioles prospects and “Just One Fan’s” favorites RHP Jason Garcia and RHP Jesus Liranzo. The two of them are with new organizations now so let’s see how they are doing.
Jason Garcia (Hartford Yard Goats, AA, Colorado Rockies)
SEASON: 1-1 record, 6 games, 8.1 IP, 15 H, 11 R (8ER), 3 BB, 1 IBB, 7 K, 2 WP, 1 HBP, 1 HR 8.64 ERA, 2.16 WHIP, .417 BAA
Garcia has appeared in 5 games over the past two weeks and as he did with the Bowie Baysox, continues to struggle. His worst outing came on April 19th when he entered the game with two outs in the bottom of the 6th inning at Portland. He was able to get out of the inning but had a rough 7th inning.
His line that night: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 4 R (ER), 3 BB, 1 IBB, 1 K, 1 HR surrendered
His best game came two nights earlier against the same Portland team.
His line that night: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, credited with the WIN
This is just the same kind of up and down results we witnessed in Bowie.
Jesus Liranzo (Altoona Curve, AA, Pittsburgh Pirates)
SEASON: 0-0 record, 2 games, 2,2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 0.00 ERA, 0.00 WHIP, .000 BAA
After being acquired by the Pirates, Liranzo spent time on the DL with a left ankle sprain. He was activated from the DL on April 16th and appeared in two games since then. He continues to show signs of the brilliance that caused the Baltimore Orioles to sign him back in 2013. It took him 8 pitches (5 strikes) to record 2 outs in one game and 19 pitches (15 strikes) to get through 2 innings in the other. His issue in the Orioles’ organization was an inability to pitch like that consistently. For his sake and for his future, I hope this is the start of a major improvement.
Two of last year’s prospects, RHP Jason Garcia and RHP Jesus Liranzo, are no longer a part of the Baltimore Orioles’ organization. I want to take the time to update readers as to where they have landed on the baseball map.
Jason Garcia, a former Orioles’ Rule-5 draft pick, opted for minor league free agency in November of 2017 and signed with the Colorado Rockies in December. He went to minor league spring training with the Rockies and was assigned to the Hartford Yard Goats (Class-AA).
Garcia saw his first action of the season on Friday (4/6) when he entered the game against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. He entered the tie game in the 10th inning and took the loss in the 11 inning affair. Garcia’s line on the night:
2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (1 earned), 3 K, 8 batters faced, 25 pitches, 20 strikes, record on year 0-1
Liranzo has essentially criss-crossed the country. He was DFA’d by the Orioles on Opening Day to help make room on the 40-man roster for Pedro Alvarez, Craig Gentry, Colby Rasmus and Danny Valencia.
The Los Angelos Dodgers traded LHP Luis Ysla to the Orioles for Liranzo on April 2nd and then DFA’s him on April 4th to make room for RHP Zach Neal. The Pittsburgh Pirates claimed Liranzo off of waivers and assigned him to the Altoona Curve (Class-AA). He has yet to appear in a game in 2018.
For Bowie Baysox fans looking to see these two this season, the Yard Goats visit Prince George’s Stadium May 10-13 and the Curve visit May 22-24.
By Contributing Writer: Chuck Boemmel Jr.Looking ahead to the 2018 season it is safe to say that RHP Jesus Liranzo will face increased scrutiny. His performance this season could play a huge role in determining his future.Photo: Patrick CaveyThe 22 year-old native of the Dominican Republic was initially signed by the Atlanta Braves in 2012…
Hello Orioles fans, here is my Arizona Fall League prospect report for Saturday, October 28th, 2017.
Background: This past season, I highlighted four Baltimore Orioles minor league prospects that were personal favorites of mine. In an article for @BabyBirdland, I explained the reasons why I was watching and highlighting one of them in particular. The players highlighted were RHP Jason Garcia (NR), RHP Jesus Liranzo (#22 per MLB Pipeline), OF Cedric Mullins (#5) and 3B Jomar Reyes (#17).
Jesus Liranzo was assigned to the Salt River Rafters of the AFL so the reports on his game performance continue.
Jesus Liranzo (Salt River RAFTERS, 6-9-1): LOST 10-4 vs Peoria Javelinas: DNP AFL Season TOTALS: 4 Games, 4.2 IP, 6 R (6 ER), 7 H, 3 K, 6 BB, WP, 93 Total Pitches, 11.57 ERA, 2.78 WHIP, .350 BAA
Interested in how all seven of the Orioles minor league prospects did last week in the AFL? You can go to Baby Birdland, “your one-stop shop for all Orioles’ minor league news, notes and analysis”, and read the AFL week 2 roundup HERE
Baby Birdland will be providing weekly roundups from the Arizona Fall league for those interested in how the Orioles prospects are performing.
Come back here every day to keep up with how Jesus Liranzo is performing in the AFL, and for more news, notes, and analysis on the entire Baltimore Orioles Minor League system, including coverage of the fall and winter leagues as well as the off-season, go to Baby Birdland and read the work of its’ hard working staff.