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Baltimore Orioles 2019: Scouting, Projected Lineup, Season Prediction

Chris Davis: Baltimore Orioles

Chris Davis: Baltimore Orioles

The teardown of the Orioles began in July as they spiraled deeper into last place in the American League East. The task of rebuilding was next on the docket and ensured that they wouldn’t contend again for at least a few years. There’s no timetable given and no reason to believe in a quick fix. Changes have ripped apart the organization like a tornado — a new head of baseball operations, new assistants, a new manager and new director of player development and director of scouting. The Orioles got a late start in making the hires and evaluating the talent on their roster, which doesn’t stack up to their division rivals. It isn’t close. They took a hard fall into last place with 115 losses, worst in the majors, and reaching triple-digit losses again is a realistic possibility. 

Opposing Scouts Size Up the Orioles

“If you’re going to Camden Yards, make sure to enjoy the sightlines and the crab cakes, because the team is abysmal again. The difference now is that they’re finally acknowledging it, so they can start fresh. I love the hires of Mike Elias and Sig Mejdal in the front office, because you’ve got a scouting guy and an analytics guy from a Houston team that bottomed out, just like these guys, and then became a powerhouse. For now, there’s not much to see, and not a lot of prospects coming soon. I’m interested to watch Rule 5 guy Richie Martin compete for the shortstop job; he’s a first-rounder with good speed and a strong on-base percentage, but he’s only done it at Double-A. Chris Davis is probably a lost cause, but if Mark Trumbo returns from knee surgery and makes a good salary drive, they could probably flip him in July. Good luck finding a taker for Andrew Cashner or Alex Cobb, though. Bottom line: This is the worst team in baseball again, and they won’t get their 60th win until September.”

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Beyond the Box Score

Big Finish The Orioles finished another miserable season on a high note by producing a combined one-hitter from Jimmy Yacabonis, Paul Fry and Mychal Givens in a 4–0 victory over the Astros. It marked the 41st one-hitter in club history and the eighth combined one-hitter. Dylan Bundy tossed the last one-hitter, on Aug. 29, 2017, against the Mariners. The last combo came from Chris Tillman and Zach Britton, on July 18, 2015, in Detroit.

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Wet Birds

The Orioles had only 78 home dates last season due to the weather. They played six doubleheaders, including five at home, and endured eight postponements (six at home). They had only two postponements in 2017. Ten home games were delayed because of the weather, totaling nine hours and 15 minutes.

Mound Visits Two position players were forced to pitch in blowout losses — Danny Valencia on Aug. 2 in Texas and Jace Peterson in the first game of a Sept. 26 doubleheader in Boston. Peterson became the ninth position player in Orioles history to appear as a pitcher. Valencia struck out the only batter he faced. Peterson allowed four runs in one inning.

Brother Act Infielder Corban Joseph pinch-hit for his older brother, catcher Caleb Joseph, in the eighth inning of a Sept. 11 game. According to STATS, it marked the first time that a player pinch-hit for his brother since the Padres’ Adrian Gonzalez batted for Edgar Gonzalez in 2009. Corban also pinch-hit for Caleb on Sept. 18.

Rare Result A 1–0 win on July 14 was just the 26th 1–0 game in the history of Camden Yards. The Orioles are 14–12 in 1–0 games at home since the ballpark opened in 1992. The 1–0 victory was the second for the Orioles last season, the other coming against the Mets on June 6 at Citi Field.

Homegrown Reliever Evan Phillips made his debut on Aug. 3 in Texas, tossing two perfect innings and becoming the 25th Maryland-born player to appear in a game for the Orioles. Ryan Meisinger beat him to it last year by making his major league debut on June 29 against the Angels. The Cardinals claimed Meisinger off waivers at the Winter Meetings.

Dual Debuts Meisinger and Paul Fry made appearances on June 29, marking the fifth time in Orioles history that two pitchers debuted in the same game. Fry entered in the eighth inning and struck out the Angels’ Kole Calhoun and Mike Trout. The fourth time had happened earlier in the season: March 31 with Rule 5 picks Pedro Araujo and Nestor Cortes Jr.

Projected Lineup

CF  Cedric Mullins (S)
2B  Jonathan Villar (S)
LF  Trey Mancini (R)
DH  Mark Trumbo (R)
1B  Chris Davis (L)
3B  Renato Nunez (R)
RF  DJ Stewart (L)
C   Austin Wynns (R)
SS  Richie Martin (R)

C  Chance Sisco (L)
OF  Joey Rickard (R)
INF  Drew Jackson (R)
INF  Breyvic Valera (S)

RHP  Dylan Bundy
RHP  Alex Cobb
RHP  Andrew Cashner
RHP  David Hess
RHP  Yefry Ramirez

RHP  Mychal Givens (C)
LHP  Richard Bleier 
RHP  Pedro Araujo
LHP  Tanner Scott
RHP  Mike Wright Jr.
RHP  Miguel Castro
LHP  Paul Fry


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