Should the Orioles deal Harvey?

13276416475_708a5a40ae_oThe most tense point of Major League Baseball’s regular season is rapidly approaching, as the July 31st trade deadline is now one week away. Within the next week, several stars will switch teams, as contenders look to bolster their roster to make a push for the postseason. The Baltimore Orioles are one of those contending teams. The O’s have several prospects that will undoubtedly draw interest. Hunter Harvey is  near the top of that list.

Harvey, the O’s’ first round pick in 2013, has pitched well in pro ball. He dominated in the Gulf Coast League and with the Aberdeen IronBirds last year. This year, Harvey has pitched to a 2.94 ERA over 16 starts with Delmarva. Harvey’s fastball sits in the 90s, and he also has a devastating curveball that throws hitters off balance. He is still working on developing a changeup. Read more about Should the Orioles deal Harvey?

Three Tides that Have High Trade Value

Tyler Wilson (8)With the MLB trade deadline coming up, I thought I would take a look at three Norfolk Tides’ players who has the most trade value. I’m not saying these players will be traded because I have no inside information about anything the Orioles do. This is simply just a list of three players who have been performing really well at the Triple-A level who could help other major league teams either this season or next.

  1. Tyler Wilson

Tyler Wilson has been a huge help for Norfolk’s injury-plagued rotation since his promotion from Double-A Bowie. Wilson was dominate at the Double-A level with a 10-5 record and a 3.72 ERA and continued it with Norfolk. In three starts with the Tides, Wilson has a 2-0 record with an ERA of 2.25. Read more about Three Tides that Have High Trade Value

A few reasons to watch The 2014 Triple-A All-Star Game

2014 Triple-A All-Star-GameThe Triple-A All-Star Game always seems to take a back seat when you compare it to the Future’s Game, and with good reason. The Future’s Game is always so exciting. The major sports networks always build up the excitement talking about how people will get the chance to see all the young great phenoms of today’s game on one night.

I’ll be honest; I am one of those people who does get excited for the Future’s Game very year. I like to see who could possible make a difference in the big leagues in a few years’ time. However, this year I am more excited for the Triple-A All-Star Game than I was for the Future’s Game.

As a matter of fact, every year people should want to see the Triple-A All-Star Game over the Future’s Game. Yes, the Future’s Game has more hype from the media due to the young players but those players most likely will not make it to the major leagues for at least couple years. Read more about A few reasons to watch The 2014 Triple-A All-Star Game

The Success of Garrett Cortright

Garrett CortrightMy favorite part about covering the Delmarva Shorebirds is not writing about top prospects. Yes, it is important for the fanbase to hear about Hunter Harvey and Chance Sisco, but it is also important to look for prospects who may fly under the radar. It is fun to see guys like Austin Wynns and Sebastian Vader who have had success despite not being top prospects. Another prospect who is flying under the radar is RHP Garrett Cortright.

The Orioles selected Cortright in the 40th round of the 2013 MLB Draft. He attended Canisius in New York, where he pitched for 3 years. During his junior year at Canisius, Cortright went 11-4 with a 2.41 ERA. He led his team to the NCAA Tournament before the O’s took him in the draft. Cortright signed, and the O’s assigned him to their Gulf Coast League affiliate. Read more about The Success of Garrett Cortright

Should Steve Lombardozzi be starting for the Orioles?

472px-Jonathan_Schoop_on_September_26,_2013One of the biggest questions fans had about the Orioles this offseason was the second base position. The Orioles and their fans thought that question had been answered when Johnathan Schoop was named the starting second baseman on opening day.

The hype surrounding Schoop was enormous; Last year he was tearing it up at Triple-A Norfolk. He hit .278 with 14 homeruns and 52 RBI in 81 games. Everyone, including Orioles’ manager Buck Showalter, knew that his time in the minor leagues was going to be short but would Schoop be ready to face major league pitching when he finally would get the chance?

It seems that question has also been answered. But the answer comes from the numbers, not the fans and certainly not Buck Showalter. Read more about Should Steve Lombardozzi be starting for the Orioles?

Orioles Minor League Player of the Week: Mike Yastrzemski

Frederick Keys outfielder Mike Yastrzemski had an outstanding week for the single-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. The grandson of legendary Boston Red Sox player Carl Yastrzemski went 12 for 22 (.545), with 9 runs, 4 doubles, 1 triple, 1 HR, 8 RBIs, and 1 SB on the week for the Keys. Yastrzemski also managed to hit for the cycle this past Saturday (he went 5 for 6, with 3 runs and 5 RBIs in the process).
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Orioles activate and DFA Reimold

200px-Baltimore_Orioles_left_fielder_Nolan_Reimold_(14)The Baltimore Orioles have activated Nolan Reimold from the 60-day disabled list and designated him for assignment.  Reimold needs to clear waivers in order for him to stay in the Orioles organization which I see him doing.  Reimold will likely go to triple-A Norfolk and continue rehabbing.  Reimold hit .315 and two home runs during his rehab at double-A Bowie.

The Orioles have a lot of players similar to Reimold and are relatively healthy.  It is best for Reimold if he plays everyday in the minors until the Orioles need him.  Again, Reimold needs to clear waivers first.

Here is the tweet from the Orioles about the transaction. Read more about Orioles activate and DFA Reimold

A Look at the Tides Infield

With Manny Machado being suspended for the next four games, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at possible call-ups from Triple-A Norfolk the Orioles could make to replace him. Norfolk has had plenty of infielders, non-first baseman, on the roster this season but interestingly enough none of them are listed as third basemen.

The one name that has been linked to being the main guy the Orioles would call up is Jemile Weeks. Though he currently is not with the Norfolk Tides, he was moved off their roster so he could easily get to Baltimore.

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