Archive for March, 2010

More Cuts; Roster Decisions

March 30, 2010

INF’s Justin Turner and Scott Moore, C Adam Donachie, OF Jeff Salazar, RHP’s Chris Tillman, Alfredo Simon, and Ross Wolf, and LHP Alberto Castillo were cut from the spring training roster and assigned to minor league camp. Also, David Hernandez was announced as the 5th starter, Craig Tatum will be the backup catcher, and Felix Pie will be the opening day left fielder.

I don’t agree with two of these roster decisions, but neither one is too big of a deal. I thought Chris Tillman should have been the 5th starter since I don’t believe he has anything left to prove in the minor leagues. Hes the future top of the rotation starter for the Orioles and he should have this season to adjust to pitching against major league hitters. Hopefully he won’t be down in AAA Norfolk for too long. On the other hand, give David Hernandez credit for coming into spring training in shape and motivated. He has had a great spring and has even added a two seam fastball to try and get more ground balls. I would’ve preferred to see him in the bullpen to start the year but I’ll be rooting for him to do well in the rotation.

I thought Chad Moeller would win the backup catcher spot based on the fact that he had the role last year and seemed to excel there. He got to know alot of the young pitchers and even hit decently at times. Apparently the Orioles like Craig Tatum’s throwing arm and defensive ability enough to send Moeller to AAA to start the year (if he accepts). Tatum’s bat isn’t as good as Moeller’s but neither one is going to light the world on fire. All in all its the backup catcher so it won’t really matter in the long run, but I would’ve liked to have seen Moeller take the job.

Dave Trembley announced that Felix Pie would start in left field on opening day. I think thats the right decision with Nolan Reimold coming off of foot surgery. Trembley noted that it doesn’t mean Reimold won’t be a regular starter but that he wants to take it easy with him to start the season. Pie has looked great when hes played this spring and I really think he can eventually be a very good player. Hes had an issue with nagging injuries (hamstring and shoulder this spring) but hopefully he can put that behind him. The Orioles outfield is its biggest strength and it should be a nice luxury to have the quality depth they have at that position.

Orioles Acquire Minor League Catcher

March 27, 2010

The Orioles traded a player to be named later to the Kansas City Royals for C Steven Lerud.

Grade: C

This is just a minor league filler trade. The PTBNL the Orioles are trading will most likely be cash or a player similar to Lerud at a different position. Lerud played at AA Altoona last year and hit .240/.339/.336 with 17 doubles, 4 HR, and 26 RBI. He was a 3rd round pick in the 2003 draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates. My guess is he’ll split catching duties at AA Bowie with Adam Donachie and will never see time in the majors as an Oriole.

10 More Cuts

March 26, 2010

The Orioles have moved RHPs Jake Arrieta, Frank Mata, Josh Perrault, and Dennis Sarfate, INFs Josh Bell, Brandon Snyder, Rhyne Hughes, and Michael Aubrey, and OF Jonathan Tucker to minor league camp.

The spring training roster now stands at 37. Bell, Snyder, Arrieta, and Perrault are legitimate prospects (the first three moreso than Perrault) that should see time on the major league roster at some point this year. Hughes, Aubrey, and Tucker could become role players at some point but certainly don’t deserve a spot on the active roster at this time. Mata and Sarfate are minor league filler at this point. We’re only 10 days away from opening day…

More Spring Training Cuts

March 21, 2010

The Orioles have re-assigned C Caleb Joseph, C Michel Hernandez, 2B Miguel Abreu, SS Blake Davis, C Luis Bernardo, and OF Matt Angle to minor league camp.

We’re starting to get into the important part of spring training now. Most of the filler is gone and the starting pitchers are starting to get stretched out. There aren’t too many spots on the roster open other than fifth starter, the last spot on the bench, and the last few spots in the bullpen. It’ll be interesting to see how it all plays out.

Spring Training Update: March 15th

March 15, 2010

The Orioles made their first spring training cuts today. RHP Brandon Erbe and LHP Troy Patton were optioned to AAA Norfolk, RHP Luis Lebron and RHP Chorye Spoone were optioned to AA Bowie, and RHP Armando Gabino, LHP Chris George, and LHP Mike Hinckley were assigned to minor league camp. The first four names on that list are guys to keep an eye on while the other three are just minor league filler.

In injury news, 2B Brian Roberts has yet to play so far this spring and recently traveled to Baltimore to see a back specialist for his herniated disk in his lower back. He keeps saying he’ll be ready for opening day but its a little worrisome when the catalyst to your lineup and only real option at second base is having back problems. OF Felix Pie has missed some time with a shoulder injury from lifting weights. Its considered minor and he should be back in the lineup sometime this week. LHP Mike Gonzalez left the B squad game yesterday after experiencing some tightness in his back. Dave Trembley says its no big deal and he’ll be back out there soon. RHP Brad Bergesen has progressed nicely from his shoulder injury while shooting a commercial and has started two games so far. C Michel Hernandez fractured his arm and will miss 4-6 weeks. That leaves Chad Moeller and Craig Tatum to fight over the back up catcher spot.

Players having a good spring so far: Nick Markakis, Rhyne Hughes, Justin Turner, Robert Andino, Luke Scott, Miguel Abreu, Jonathan Tucker, Garrett Atkins, Ty Wiggington, Brian Matusz, Jason Berken, Matt Albers, Cla Meredith, Koji Uehara, Will Ohman, and Chris Tillman.

Players having a bad spring so far: Miguel Tejada, Cesar Izturis, Matt Wieters, Nolan Reimold, Blake Davis, Matt Angle, Scott Moore, Kevin Millwood, Jim Johnson, Brandon Erbe, Mike Hinckley, and Brad Bergesen.