Archive for October, 2006

2006 In Review: Closer

October 29, 2006

Chris Ray

4-4, 2.73 ERA, 33 saves, 66 IP, 1.09 WHIP, 6.95 K/9

Grade: B+

2007 outlook: Ray erased any and all doubts about his ability to close out games. He should be entrenched in the closer position for a while. Is a little prone to the long ball, but still gets the job done more often than not. I expect another great season for Chris next year.

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2006 In Review: Right Field

October 29, 2006

Nick Markakis

.291/.351/.448, 25 doubles, 2 triples, 16 homeruns, 62 RBIs, 2 stolen bases

Grade: A-

2007 outlook: Markakis cemented himself as the Baltimore Orioles starting right fielder for at least the next 5 years this season. If someone told me Markakis would finish his first MLB season at 22 years old with these numbers, I would have been ecstatic. He should improve on his power numbers as he develops and he needs to be more consistent. He started off ice cold for the first 2 months, caught fire over the summer before tiring out in September and struggling again. Franchise player in the making.

Jay Gibbons

.277/.341/.458, 23 doubles, 13 homeruns, 46 RBIs

Grade: C

2007 outlook: Injuries once again hampered Jay’s season. Started off in right field and hitting good before hurting his knee. While he was gone, Nick Markakis took over right field permanently. When he came back, Gibbons became the DH. He showed more patience in his approach after coming back and should get regular playing time in 2007 at DH and first base. He can also fill in the outfield if needed.

2006 In Review: Center Field

October 29, 2006

Corey Patterson

.276/.314/.443, 19 doubles, 5 triples, 16 homeruns, 53 RBIs, 45 stolen bases

Grade: B-

2007 outlook: Patterson will be the starting center fielder to start next season. He is a great benefit with his defense and speed on the bases. He has some power too, but don’t count on him to draw a walk. Patterson struggles against left handed pitching and in a perfect world would get the at bats against righties in a platoon with a lefty basher.

Luis Matos

.207/.278/.331, 7 doubles, 1 triple, 2 homeruns, 5 RBIs, 7 stolen bases

Grade: D

2007 outlook: Matos’ 2007 season will not be with the Orioles. Got picked up by the Nationals after being designated for assignment by the O’s. Struggled mightily with the O’s for the first couple months.

2006 In Review: Left Field

October 29, 2006

David Newhan

.252/.294/.374, 4 doubles, 4 homeruns, 18 RBI, 4 stolen bases

Grade: D

2007 outlook: Newhan will either be on the bench, in the minors, or with another team in 2007. He would be decent as a bench player, but we need right handed hitting outfielders more than left handed options. He would be someone nice to have waiting in AAA in case of emergency. You know what you’re going to get from him.

Luis Terrero

.200/.238/.300, 1 double, 1 homerun,  6 RBI

Grade: D+

2007 outlook: Terrero got a raw deal this year. He hit AAA pitching fairly hard all year and never really got a chance when we had a gaping hole in left field. We didn’t even call him up in September when we could have used a right handed hitting outfielder. Terrero filed for free agency after the season, so I doubt we’ll see him on the O’s next year.

Jeff Fiorentino

.256/.375/.308, 2 doubles, 7 RBI, 1 stolen base

Grade: D+

2007 outlook: Fiorentino is another player I feel should have been used more in September in left field. But instead of giving him a chance to get at bats in left, we kept throwing Brandon Fahey out there. Jeff is now playing in the Arizona Fall League and hitting very well out there. Could earn a spot on the bench as an extra outfielder if he keeps it up. If not, he starts in AAA Norfolk most likely.

Howie Clark

.143/.333/.143

Grade: D-

2007 outlook: Clark only got 7 at bats and didn’t really play left field, but I didn’t know where else to put him. Not much to say except that he probably won’t be back in the system next year. If he is, it’ll be at AAA Norfolk most likely.

Orioles Rid Of AAA Ottawa, Norfolk Takes Its Place

October 20, 2006

This is pretty late, but I thought I’d mention it regardless. The Orioles announced that they signed a contract with the Norfolk Tides to be the Baltimore Orioles AAA affiliate for at least the next 2 seasons. They also announced they would be renovating their spring training complex.

Grade: A

This is a great move because Ottawa is no place to play baseball. No fans showed up, the weather was atrocious, and the players hated it. Now the O’s have a real AAA team since the days of Rochester. This also improves the minor league system and gives it some respect.

2006 In Review: Third Base

October 20, 2006

Melvin Mora

.274/.342/.391, 25 doubles, 16 homeruns, 83 RBIs, 11 stolen bases

Grade: D

2007 outlook: Mora signed a big extension and then had by far his worst year since 2002, and had his worst OPS since 2001. He still took his fair share of walks and will most likely give you an OBP of around .340, but his power fell right off the table. Mora’s slugging percentage dropped .083 points from last year and .171 points (!) from 2004. Maybe its just “one of those years” and he’ll bounce back to his old self next year, but if not it looks like a fast, hard decline that will make the contract the O’s gave him very foolish. If the O’s can get an upgrade at third base, Mora could move back to the outfield. But for now it looks like he’ll be the everyday third baseman next year.

Fernando Tatis

.250/.313/.500, 6 doubles, 1 triple, 2 homeruns, 8 RBIs

Grade: C

2007 outlook: Most likely won’t be back with the Orioles, unless its at AAA Norfolk. Tatis was solid in his time with the big club and made some contributions. Played most of the year at AAA Ottawa and put up some good numbers. He’s a good example of minor league talent that can step in and perform notably for a short period of time.

Ed Rogers

.200/.192/.200, 2 RBIs

Grade: D

2007 outlook: Similar situation to Tatis. Won’t be with the O’s unless its in the minor league system as filler/depth. Not much significance performance wise, but Eddy did have the funniest moment of the O’s season when a ball hit to left field bounced off the grass and went up into his jersey and got stuck there. If we ever need a magic show, we know who to call.

2006 In Review: Shortstop

October 13, 2006

Miguel Tejada

.330/.379/.498, 37 doubles, 24 homeruns, 100 RBIs, 6 stolen bases

Grade: A

2007 outlook: Orioles MVP once again, Tejada had another great year in 2006. Power dropped a little (steroid allegations? trade rumors? no protection in the lineup?), but he still led the team in on-base percentage and slugging percentage. With 3 years left on his contract, the only way Tejada won’t be the starting shortstop for those years will be because of a trade or an injury. Miggy says he wants to be part of a winning team in Baltimore. Do I believe him? I’d like to think so.

Brandon Fahey

.235/.307/.307, 8 doubles, 2 triples, 2 homeruns, 23 RBIs, 3 stolen bases

Grade: C-

2007 outlook: When they brought Fahey up, he started off hot and quickly became a fan favorite because of his small stature and hustle. He plays great defense at short, but that position is filled with Tejada. Sam Perlozzo put him in left field where he tried his hardest, but looked akward and struggled. For next year, he could either be a utility guy on the bench or start off in AAA Norfolk until needed. His potential is probably a David Eckstein type player with less pop.

2006 In Review: Second Base

October 13, 2006

Brian Roberts

.286/.347/.410, 34 doubles, 3 triples, 10 homeruns, 55 RBIs, 36 stolen bases

Grade: B-

2007 outlook: Roberts will be the starting second baseman for the Orioles next year, and most likely many years after that. The O’s have indicated that they want to sign Roberts to an extension to keep him from becoming a free agent after arbitration. Brian’s power dropped this season, but thats to be expected when you almost get your arm ripped off the year before. His power seemed to return in the second half (9 of his homeruns) and his speed is valuable. Look for a better year next year when he should be fully recovered from the injury in 2005.

Chris Gomez

.341/.387/.439, 7 doubles, 2 homeruns, 17 RBIs, 1 stolen base

Grade: C+

2007 outlook: Could possibly be brought back for the utility role again next year, but it might be redundant with Brandon Fahey being a similar player. Gomez played in 55 games, he was hurt for most of the year, and a scorching September prompted his stats to look good. If he would have been healthy all season I think his numbers would look more like his career averages. Not a bad option for the bench.

Orioles Claim Luis Hernandez

October 12, 2006

The Orioles claimed minor league shortstop Luis Hernandez today from the Braves.

Grade: C

Looks like hes somebody who can fill in at shortstop in the upper levels of our minors until all the prospects we have in the lower minors advance up the system. I don’t see any problem in doing this, especially since we’ll probably try to pass him through waivers ourselves before too long. Think along the lines of Anderson Garcia and Brian Burres.

2006 In Review: First Base

October 9, 2006

Kevin Millar

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.272/.374/.437, 26 doubles, 15 homeruns, 64 RBIs, 1 stolen base

Grade: C

2007 Outlook: For a first baseman, his numbers weren’t very good. But he was second on the team in on-base percentage to Miguel Tejada and provided some occasional pop. I could see Millar returning to the Orioles next year, hopefully in a reserve/platoon role, not as a full-time starter. He has what the Orioles need most, players that can get on base at a high level. He would be a cheap option.

Jeff Conine

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.265/.325/.401, 20 doubles, 3 triples, 9 homeruns, 49 RBIs, 3 stolen bases

Grade: C-

2007 outlook: Conine will play 2007 with the Philadelphia Phillies after the Orioles traded him to them in August. He played in 114 games with the O’s before being traded. He was hot and cold throughout the year. Starting off very slowly before getting hot during the summer. He would have been a better option if he was coming off the bench more, instead of being the everyday left fielder.