The Gulf Coast Orioles, Baby Birds with Great Potential

SARASOTA, FL – While watching the Gulf Coast League Orioles play their Tampa counterpart in the practice field behind glorious Ed Smith Stadium, a few ideas dawned on me.  Forgive me, but my primary job is Quality Assurance.  In other words, I criticize for a living.

Fill these stands with Yard Bird fans!
Fill these stands with Yard Bird fans!

Now I know that the Gulf Coast League is designed to be developmental in nature.  And I recognize that having hoards of fans bellowing and chanting may not be the best way to use the game as an instructional facility.  And I am keenly aware that Major League Baseball (and the nearby Bradenton Marauders) will never allow what I am about to propose.  But I can’t help thinking that the Orioles organization can make “Camden Yards South” an exciting place that people want to visit more often than just in March of every year.
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The Gulf Coast Orioles, Baby Birds Learning to Fly

Getting Ready
GCL Orioles

SARASOTA, FL – While watching the Gulf Coast League Orioles play their Tampa counterparts, I learned a few things about these youngsters hoping to get into the minor league system.  This is no game log or even an analysis of individual players, but the overall picture of how Everyone from Dan Duquette to the volunteer ushers are producing the stars of tomorrow for Baltimore. Read more about The Gulf Coast Orioles, Baby Birds Learning to Fly

Orioles Minor Leaguers of the Week: Zach Davies & Ivan De Jesus

Baltimore Orioles farmhands Zach Davies and Ivan De Jesus both had an outstanding week with their respective teams. Davies, a Bowie Baysox pitcher, threw 13 1/3 innings, giving up 11 hits, 3 ER, 2 walks, while striking out 13 batters and winning both of his starts on the week for the double-A affiliate of the Orioles.
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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