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

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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Norfolk Injury Update

353px-Kevin_Gausman_(cropped)Kevin Gausman, the Norfolk Tides’ ace and Orioles pitching prospect, has been starched tonight’s start due to illness. Gausman was diagnosed with an intercostal muscle strain after experiencing chest pains Thursday.
Gausman was slated to be called up to the Orioles on Friday to help in the bullpen after Thursday’s double header against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Friday was supposed to be Gausman’s day to pitch in the rotation. According to the Norfolk Tides Twitter account, Gausman will be placed on the disabled list, retro 4/30, to make room for infielder Steve Lombardozzi on the roster.

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Orioles lineup versus the Pirates game one (Lombardozzi optioned Machado activated)

479px-Manny_Machado_8-10-2012The Baltimore Orioles play the Pittsburgh Pirates in a double header today and the Orioles will have some roster moves coming.  Manny Machado will be activated today but will not start in the first game of the double header, Flaherty will start at third.  To make room for Machado the Orioles have optioned Steve Lombardozzi.  Lombardozzi has played extremely well with the Orioles this season batting .292.

Troy Patton is also likely to be activated today but it will have to wait until the first game is over.  Steve Pearce is also getting his second start with the Orioles today and Jamile Weeks is starting at second base.

Here is the Orioles lineup from Brittany Ghiroli.

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Steve Lombardozzi earning his keep

File:MG 3281 Steve Lombardozzi, Jr..jpgWhen the Baltimore Orioles traded for Steve Lombardozzi late in spring training it was not a highly publicized deal.  Twelve games in, the Orioles look to have a valuable player for years as he is not free agency eligible until 2018.

Lombardozzi has played great defense in his first 12 games as an Orioles but what has been most impressive has been his at bats.  Lombardozzi reminds me of a younger Brian Roberts, always having good at bats even when he made outs.  The average has been there early in the season batting .298 for the Orioles with a triple.

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Orioles acquire INF Lombardozzi for Gonzalez

MG 3281 Steve Lombardozzi, Jr..jpgThe Baltimore Orioles have acquired infielder Steve Lombardozzi from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for infielder Alex Gonzalez.  This trade comes a day after the Orioles found out that Manny Machado will not be ready for opening day.  The Orioles have also designated Johnny Monell for assignment, which means Steve Clevenger will likely be the Orioles backup catcher.

Lombardozzi is 12 years younger than Gonzalez and is from Fulton, Maryland.  Lombardozzi has appeared in parts of three seasons and has a career batting average of .264 and five home runs.

Gonzalez has had an outstanding spring so far hitting .429 and two home runs but Lombardozzi offers more versatility defensively.  Lombardozzi can play secondbase, short stop, third base and the outfield.

This move could also effect Jonathan Schoop’s chances of making the opening day roster.  If Ryan Flaherty starts at third base Lombardozzi could start at second.  Schoop has had an impressive spring but the Orioles may want to keep in him the minors longer so his arbitration clock does not kick in.
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