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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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

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?

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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Tides make it a Comeback

Down 6-2 in the fourth inning of Tuesday night’s game, the Norfolk Tides scored seven unanswered runs to beat the Pawtucket Red Sox 9-6 in 10 innings.

Josh Stinson, Norfolk’s starter, pitched just 2.2 innings Tuesday night giving up five runs on seven hits. Stinson was replaced by Randy Wolf who pitched 2.1 innings and gave up one run on two hits. When Wolf exited the game in the fourth, Norfolk was down 6-2.

The Tides picked up two runs in the first inning. With the bases loaded and one out in the inning, Steve Clevenger grounded into a force out at second base but a throwing error was made to first which allowed Jemile Weeks and Francisco Peguero both to score. Read more about Tides make it a Comeback

Norfolk’s Rotation

Every year, in every season, all teams, no matter the league they are in, have to deal with injuries to their starting pitchers. The Norfolk Tides are no different.

Two of the Tides’ original five-man rotation, Suk-min Yoon and Steve Johnson, are on the disabled list. Yoon was placed on the DL on Monday and Johnson has been on and off the DL all season. Eddie Gamboa took Johnson’s spot in the rotation earlier this season due to Johnson never been healthy long enough to keep his spot.

On June 13, Eddie Gamboa was suspended 50 games for using exogenous Testosterone. Kevin Gausman has been called up and down between Norfolk and Baltimore as of late. T.J McFarland has been with the Orioles for a good portion of the season as a relief pitcher. Read more about Norfolk’s Rotation