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Cedric Mullins Only Prospect To Play: The “Just One Fan’s” Prospect Report for 5/18/2018

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Hello Orioles fans, here is my prospect report for Friday, May 18th, 2018.

**BREAKING: Frederick Keys RHP James Teague announced his retirement on Wednesday (5/16/2018)**

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TEAM SUMMARY:  

The Shorebirds game with Hagerstown was postponed due to inclement weather.

The Keys game with the Pelicans was postponed due to rain; a double-header has been scheduled for Sunday, 5/20.

The Baysox got just one hit (from Cedric Mullins) in a 2-0 loss to the Thunder.

The Tides endured a slightly over one hour rain delay and lost 4-2 to the Bats.

 

BACKGROUND:  Last season I began the Prospect Report in an effort to highlight the daily performances of several Baltimore Orioles’ minor league players.  They were all players that have caught my eye and that I am interested in; I thought I would use this platform to help other Orioles fans get to know them as well as follow their progress.  I am continuing that work this season and have added a few new names to the list; two players from last year’s report are now with other organizations.  In addition, I asked readers to suggest who they would be interested in following daily and based on those suggestions, I added a reader’s section below.  I hope you enjoy this effort and that you will provide feedback on it; I am open to any suggestions on how to make it better as well as any criticism of it.  Let’s engage in a dialogue about the players; they are the future of the Orioles.

#TheRoadToBirdland

This season, I am highlighting five Baltimore Orioles minor league prospects; these players are personal favorites of mine.  The players are C Ben Breazeale (NR per MLB Pipeline), OF Cedric Mullins (#6), RHP Yefry Ramirez (#17), 3B Jomar Reyes (#19) and RHP James Teague (NR).

In an article for Baby Birdland, I explained the reasons why I am watching one of them (Reyes); one (Breazeale) was my first face-to-face interview for Baby Birdland.  I also had the opportunity to conduct a face-to-face interview with another (Mullins) early this season.   Each day here you will find a summary of their game performance.

Thanks for reading!

 

Ben Breazeale (Delmarva Shorebirds, 25-13): POSTPONED due to rain vs Hagerstown SUNS

 GAME
 SEASON 24 GP

.225/.347/.375

12 Runs

18 H

6 2B

2 HR

 11 RBI 13 BB

19 K

Cedric Mullins (Bowie Baysox, 18-22): LOST 2-0 @ Trenton THUNDER

 GAME 1-3 1 BB 1 CS
 SEASON 38 GP

.268/.319/.471

24 Runs

41 H

10 2B

3 3B

5 HR

19 RBI

11 BB

23 K

4 SB

1 CS

Yefry Ramirez (Norfolk Tides, 20-18): LOST 4-2 vs Louisville BATS

 GAME Scheduled to Pitch 5/22
 SEASON 8 G (1-2)

3.80 ERA

1.05 WHIP

42.2 IP 32 H 18 R (ER) 13 BB

48 K

1 HBP

1 WP

.203 BAA

Jomar Reyes (Frederick Keys, 16-23): POSTPONED due to rain vs Myrtle Beach PELICANS

 GAME
 SEASON 35 GP

.243/.267/.313

10 Runs

35 H

 7 2B 1 HR

23 RBI

5 BB

26 K

James Teague (Frederick Keys, 16-23): POSTPONED due to rain vs Myrtle Beach PELICANS

 GAME  RETIRED
 SEASON 10 G  (1-2, 2-3S)

7.07 ERA

1.71 WHIP

14.0 IP 15 H 11 R (ER) 9 BB

15 K

.283 BAA

                                                                                                                                          

READER’S REQUESTED PLAYERS

Cole Billingsley, OF (Frederick Keys, 16-23): POSTPONED due to rain vs Myrtle Beach PELICANS

 GAME
 SEASON 38 GP

.229/.339/.326

20 Runs

33 H

6 2B

1 3B

2 HR

16 RBI

23 BB

26 K

11 SB

Tyler Erwin, LHP (Frederick Keys, 16-23): POSTPONED due to rain vs Myrtle Beach PELICANS

 GAME
 SEASON 13 G (0-1, 2-4S)

0.87 ERA

0.87 WHIP

20.2 IP 10 H 3 R (2 ER) 8 BB

28 K

.145 BAA

Randolph Gassaway (#27), OF (Frederick Keys, 16-23): POSTPONED due to rain vs Myrtle Beach PELICANS

 GAME  On The 7-Day DL
 SEASON 36 GP

.272/.395/.376

18 Runs

34 H

10 2B 1 HR

14 RBI

24 BB

37 K

Adam Hall (#18), INF (Extended Spring Training)

 GAME
 SEASON

Come back every day to keep up with how my five prospects and the reader’s four prospects are performing; 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.

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Rain Alters Some Schedules: The “Just One Fan’s” Prospect Report for 5/17/2018

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Hello Orioles fans, here is my prospect report for Thursday, May 17th, 2018.

**BREAKING: Frederick Keys RHP James Teague announced his retirement on Wednesday (5/16/2018)**

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TEAM SUMMARY:  

The Shorebirds were postponed due to inclement weather.

The Keys beat the Hillcats 3-1 behind Alex Wells’ 5.0 innings of 1 run work.  The second game was postponed.

The Baysox lost big in Trenton 11-5 despite collecting 12 hits.

The Tides were limited to 3 hits in a 6-0 loss to Indianapolis.

 

BACKGROUND:  Last season I began the Prospect Report in an effort to highlight the daily performances of several Baltimore Orioles’ minor league players.  They were all players that have caught my eye and that I am interested in; I thought I would use this platform to help other Orioles fans get to know them as well as follow their progress.  I am continuing that work this season and have added a few new names to the list; two players from last year’s report are now with other organizations.  In addition, I asked readers to suggest who they would be interested in following daily and based on those suggestions, I added a reader’s section below.  I hope you enjoy this effort and that you will provide feedback on it; I am open to any suggestions on how to make it better as well as any criticism of it.  Let’s engage in a dialogue about the players; they are the future of the Orioles.

#TheRoadToBirdland

This season, I am highlighting five Baltimore Orioles minor league prospects; these players are personal favorites of mine.  The players are C Ben Breazeale (NR per MLB Pipeline), OF Cedric Mullins (#6), RHP Yefry Ramirez (#17), 3B Jomar Reyes (#19) and RHP James Teague (NR).

In an article for Baby Birdland, I explained the reasons why I am watching one of them (Reyes); one (Breazeale) was my first face-to-face interview for Baby Birdland.  I also had the opportunity to conduct a face-to-face interview with another (Mullins) early this season.   Each day here you will find a summary of their game performance.

Thanks for reading!

 

Ben Breazeale (Delmarva Shorebirds, 25-13): POSTPONED vs Hagerstown SUNS

 GAME
 SEASON 24 GP

.225/.347/.375

12 Runs

18 H

6 2B

2 HR

 11 RBI 13 BB

19 K

Cedric Mullins (Bowie Baysox, 18-21): LOST 11-5 @ Trenton THUNDER

 GAME 2-5 2 Runs  1 2B  1 K
 SEASON 37 GP

.267/.315/.473

24 Runs

40 H

10 2B

3 3B

5 HR

19 RBI

10 BB

23 K

4 SB

Yefry Ramirez (Norfolk Tides, 20-17): LOST 6-0 vs Indianapolis INDIANS

 GAME Not Scheduled to Pitch
 SEASON 8 G (1-2)

3.80 ERA

1.05 WHIP

42.2 IP 32 H 18 R (ER) 13 BB

48 K

1 HBP

1 WP

.203 BAA

Jomar Reyes (Frederick Keys, 16-23): Gm 1 WON 3-1, Gm 2 POSTPONED due to rain @ Lynchburg HILLCATS

 GAME 1-3 1 RBI 1 2B 2 BB 1 K
 SEASON 35 GP

.243/.267/.313

10 Runs

35 H

 7 2B 1 HR

23 RBI

5 BB

26 K

James Teague (Frederick Keys, 16-23): Gm 1 WON 3-1, Gm 2 POSTPONED due to rain @ Lynchburg HILLCATS

 GAME  RETIRED
 SEASON 10 G  (1-2, 2-3S)

7.07 ERA

1.71 WHIP

14.0 IP 15 H 11 R (ER) 9 BB

15 K

.283 BAA

                                                                                                                                          

READER’S REQUESTED PLAYERS

Cole Billingsley, OF (Frederick Keys, 16-23): Gm 1 WON 3-1, Gm 2 POSTPONED due to rain @ Lynchburg HILLCATS

 GAME 0-2 1 BB
 SEASON 38 GP

.229/.339/.326

20 Runs

33 H

6 2B

1 3B

2 HR

16 RBI

23 BB

26 K

11 SB

Tyler Erwin, LHP (Frederick Keys, 16-23): Gm 1 WON 3-1, Gm 2 POSTPONED due to rain @ Lynchburg HILLCATS

 GAME  Did Not Pitch
 SEASON 13 G (0-1, 2-4S)

0.87 ERA

0.87 WHIP

20.2 IP 10 H 3 R (2 ER) 8 BB

28 K

.145 BAA

Randolph Gassaway (#27), OF (Frederick Keys, 16-23): Gm 1 WON 3-1, Gm 2 POSTPONED due to rain @ Lynchburg HILLCATS

 GAME  On The 7-Day DL
 SEASON 36 GP

.272/.395/.376

18 Runs

34 H

10 2B 1 HR

14 RBI

24 BB

37 K

Adam Hall (#18), INF (Extended Spring Training)

 GAME
 SEASON

Come back every day to keep up with how my five prospects and the reader’s four prospects are performing; 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 @GBSARays Alumni: 2018 Season

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The 2018 MiLB season begins in earnest today; it is the moment fans and followers of Minor League Baseball have been waiting for.

I want to take a moment and update my readers on where members of the group I have dubbed “Cedric Mullins’ @GBSARays Baseball Brothers” will start the season.  You can read my previous articles on the group:

Spotlighting @cedmull30 Baseball “Brothers” from the @GBSARays

The @GBSARays Alumni: End of Season Review

I also conducted interviews with several members of the group as well (they can be found by searching the blog).

Three members of the group, so far, have been assigned to new teams for the 2018 season, they are:

Akil Baddoo: Cedar Rapid Kernels of the Class-A Midwest League

Mason Davis: Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp of the Class-AA Southern League

Armond Upshaw: Hagerstown Suns of the Class-A South Atlantic League

To update those who may not know, Cedric Mullins was assigned to the Bowie Baysox of the Class-AA Eastern League.

I will continue to post my daily reports on Cedric Mullins as I did all of last season.  I will also update readers on the remaining “brothers” as soon as they receive their assignments.

If there is sufficient interest, I will post periodical updates on the “brothers” as well.

I look forward to a wonderful Minor League season as I am sure you do too.

Thank you for reading!

RHP Yefry Ramirez Will Be a Name Baltimore Orioles’ Fans Will Hear a Lot in 2018 (from @BabyBirdland)

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A name that Baltimore Orioles fans can expect to hear mentioned often during Spring Training as well as during the 2018 season is that of right-handed pitcher Yefry Ramirez. The Orioles traded International signing bonus money to the New York Yankees at the July 2017 non-waiver trade deadline for Ramirez. The trade was consummated in order for the Yankees to make room on their 40-man roster for the acquisition of pitcher, Sonny Gray.

This past November I opined that the trade for Ramirez may very well have been the best deal that the Orioles made at the deadline. You can read that piece HERE .  I still am of that opinion and I believe Orioles fans will see why in 2018.

At the time of the trade Ramirez had pitched to a 10-3 record in 18 starts and 92.1 innings for the Trenton Thunder (Class-AA). His ERA was 3.41 while his WHIP sat at 1.28. Striking out 91 (23.6%) while walking 38 (9.8%), Ramirez held Eastern League batters to a .229 batting average and had a K/9 innings of 8.9.

The move to Bowie took a little bit away from Ramirez’s numbers, however. In 6 starts and 32.0 innings for the Baysox, Ramirez pitched to a 5-0 record with 3.66 ERA and 1.19 WHIP. He struck out 26 (20.3%) and walked 11 (8.6%) while seeing his opponent’s batting average rise to .241. Ramirez’s K/9 innings dropped to 7.3 with the Baysox.

All in all, 2017 was a very good season for the 24 year-old native of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic.

What Ramirez brings with him to the mound is a fastball that sits in the low 90 mph range but can top out at 96 mph, a changeup that is rated the best in the Orioles organization by Baseball America and a slider that is at best inconsistent. Like most young pitchers the knock against Ramirez is his lack of command. The upside is that he throws strikes and generates strikeouts. He is seen as a back of the rotation starter.

I imagine Orioles fans will see more of the same in 2018. While it is early in Spring Training and it was just 2 innings of work, Ramirez started in Thursday’s intra-squad game and retired 6 of the 7 batters he faced while surrendering a hit and striking out 2. Tim Beckham, Caleb Joseph and Joey Rickard were among the hitters he faced.

While possessing a skill set that is fit for the Major Leagues, Ramirez has two things presently working against him in order to break camp with the Orioles. First off he is a right-hander; the Orioles have made it known that their desire is to add left-handers to the rotation this season. Secondly, both Mike Wright, Jr and Gabriel Ynoa are out of options and it has been intimated that they will have to stay on the 25-man roster; the Orioles are reportedly afraid that Wright will become Jake Arrieta 2.0 if he were to leave the organization.

I am confident in saying that Ramirez will start the season in Class-AAA Norfolk at the very least. I see him riding the “Norkolk Shuttle” (he has 2 options remaining) but where I believe he will differ is that he can and will stay for an extended period at Oriole Park at Camden Yards once there.

Ramirez is a dynamic young pitcher and is currently ranked as the Orioles’ #19 prospect by MLB Pipeline. At 6’ 2” tall and possessing a big, sturdy frame, Ramirez is a presence on the mound and may very be the power right-hander the Orioles need in their rotation. Keep an eye on him Orioles fans, you will like what you see and expect to hear his named mentioned in a good way frequently this season. Things are looking up among the Orioles’ pitching prospects.

** To read more on all levels of the Baltimore Orioles minor leagues go to Baby Birdland **

Thoughts On A Breakout Year In 2018 For SS Irving Ortega (via: @BabyBirdland)

By Contributing Writer: Chuck Boemmel JrEntering his fourth season in the Baltimore Orioles organization, 21-year-old shortstop Irving Ortega should be primed for a breakout season in 2018.Photo: Chuck Boemmel Jr.Ortega is known primarily for his defense and has seen his bat skills lag behind those of his glove up to this point in his career.…

via At 21-Years Old, SS Irving Ortega Could Be Primed for a Breakout Season in 2018 — Baby Birdland

RHP Ofelky Peralta Struggled With Command, Disappointing 2017 Season — from @BabyBirdland

By Contributing Writer: Chuck Boemmel Jr.The 2017 season was certainly a struggle for Frederick Keys (Class-A High) RHP Ofleky Peralta.The 20-year-old Dominican Republic native started 26 games for the Keys last season and hurled a total of 104.2 innings. He finished with a 2-10 record, a 5.42 ERA and a 1.86 WHIP while striking out…

via RHP Ofelky Peralta Struggled With Command, Disappointing 2017 Season — Baby Birdland

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