Making the Case for Jake Stinnett

When it comes to Major League Baseball’s draft, it is typically very tough to guess which teams will select which players. Many factors come into play: some teams prefer high school players over college players, some will draft pitcher-heavy, and others will look to take local players. There are several top prospects, and one of them is Maryland righty Jake Stinnett.

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Update on Suk-min Yoon

Norfolk Tides’ starting pitcher Suk-min Yoon has been dominant in his last two starts. Over his last two starts, Yoon has posted a combined 0.00 ERA, allowed 10 hits, and walked five. Those numbers are far better than Yoon’s first three starts of the season where he allowed 25 hits and 13 earned runs over 12.1 innings pitched.

Yoon’s last start, game one of a double header against the Columbus Clippers on Tuesday, was his best game thus far this season. In 5.0 innings, Yoon allowed just two, yes two, hits, walked three, and had three strikeouts, throwing 79 pitches.

In Yoon’s second to last start, he pitched just as good as his last. Yoon pitched 5.0 innings in which he allowed eight hits and two walks but gave up two unearned runs. Though Yoon left the game having only pitched 5.0 innings, he gave his team a chance to win as Norfolk lead 4-2.

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Examining the Ravens 2011 draft class

55px-Torrey_Smith_and_2013_Superbowl_trophyWith the 2014 NFL draft approaching quickly I think it is time to look back at the Baltimore Ravens 2011 draft class. It has been a few years and the players have had a chance to establish themselves in the NFL. Some of these grades are also based on where the player was drafted. Overall this was a very strong draft class and one of the better draft classes in Ravens history. Most of the players were involved in the Ravens Super Bowl win in 2012.

First pick: Round 1, 27th overall: Jimmy Smith took some time to develop and has battled injuries. Smith has been so good that I wrote a player profile on him, full thoughts on Smith can be found there. Smith fell to the Ravens because he had off the field concerns but he has been a model citizen since joining the team. Smith has been a very good pick for the Ravens. Grade A

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Sterling case marks a change in our culture

I, like many sports fans who have cleared their thirtieth birthday, was not shocked to hear that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling had made some racist comments. Sterling has made them before. Many times in fact. I can remember lawsuits, including Elgin Baylor’s claiming racial and age discrimination, and stories about Sterling’s behavior and attitude going back over a decade. What I cannot remember is there ever being this kind of outrage before. Read more about Sterling case marks a change in our culture

A tough week for Maryland Baseball

Maryland_terrapins_logoIt has been a rough week for the University of Maryland baseball team. After last week’s loss to West Virginia, the Terps managed to bounce back with a win over a solid George Mason team. However, Maryland could not carry any momentum into the weekend, as they were swept by Boston College. The Eagles were near the bottom of the ACC before this weekend. Today, Maryland lost to James Madison.

The Terps did get some good starts over the weekend. Jake Stinnett, the team’s ace, struck out ten hitters on Friday, but Maryland couldn’t generate any offense in a 5-1 loss. On Sunday, sophomore Jake Drossner, who has been a pleasant surprise for the ballclub, turned in another good outing. Drossner only allowed four hits, but the Terps once again failed to find any offense in a 5-2 loss.

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Orioles sign Pearce

200px-Steve_Pearce_on_June_10,_2012The Baltimore Orioles have announced that they have signed Steve Pearce to a major league contract. Pearce was designed for assignment on April 22 to make room for T.J. McFarland.

With Chris Davis being out for some time with an injury the Orioles do not have a true backup first baseman.  Pearce can play first base and the outfield, though I do not think he plays either that well.  Bringing back Pearce is clearly a depth move.

Here is the Orioles press release.

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