• Apr

    Quick Farm Recap 4/27

    - Clayton Schrader needs a promotion to Bowie. Let's face it, he's too good for the Carolina League as the 22-year old right-hander has allowed just two hits 12.2 innings while striking out 18. His bugaboo has always been his control and he's walked ten, but its time to see if his effectively wild stuff works at the next level. Schrader throws hard (93-95) and has a hammer Curve ball. Time to see if he can get Double-A guys out despite the walks. Plus, it will make Stotle happy.
    - Richard Zagone lost his fastball a few years ago and the last few years he's been 84-86 MPH. He's not a prospect really, but if I were the Orioles, I'd put him in the pen and see if he can be a LOOGY. He's always been tough on lefties and no use running him out there to start unless its to eat innings.
    - In an interesting development, Nicky Delmonico played second base last night. He had handled three chances flawlessley. Nicky told me earlier in the year that he was working out at second so he may see some time there. If Delmonico can stay at second base, his prospect value would go through the roof.
    - Parker Bridwell has been a bit disappointing this year until last night when he tossed six shutout innings allowing just two hits and two walks while striking out six. When I saw him a few weeks a go he started out 93-95 in the first inning but his velocity dropped to 92-93 in the second and held at 90-92 the rest of the game. He flashed a nice change and slider but he wasn't consistent with the pitch and his fastball had some life, but didn't have the sink I saw at Aberdeen last year. The other good news is that Bridwell is nowhere near filling out yet. He could put on a good 10-15 pounds in his legs and buttocks and he's probably jump his velocity a good 2-3 MPH easy. Hopefully having Bundy as a teammate and friend for a while will rub off.
    - If/when Bridwell and Glynn Davis ever put on some muscle onto their frames they could really see a jump in their prospect status. Both have some very nice raw tools, but both need to mature into their bodies.

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Tony has owned and operated Orioles Hangout since 1996 and is well known for his knowledge of the Baltimore Orioles organization from top to bottom. He's a frequent guest on Baltimore-area sports radio stations and can be heard regularly on the 105.7 FM The Fan. His knowledge and contacts within the Orioles minor league system and the major league baseball scouting industry is unparalleled in the Baltimore media and is known as an expert on the Orioles prospects.