• Apr

    Orioles trade Ayala for minor league LHP Chris Jones

    Faced with an 8-man pen and a desire to keep TJ McFarland on the team, the Orioles traded Luis Ayala to the Braves for minor league left-hander Chris Jones.

    Jones, 24 is a left-handed reliever known for getting ground ball outs. Last season at Mississippi (AA), he held left-handed batters to a .247 avg and .599 OPS while getting them to ground out 60.3% of the time. Right-handers did a little batting .304 with a .749 OPS. He did manage to get them to ground out 54.4% of the time.

    Without ever seeing him pitch I imagine he's sinkerballer in the mid to high 80s.. This is the second time he's been traded for a big leaguer after the Indians sent him to Atlanta in 2011 for Derek Lowe in a salary dump deal.

    The Orioles like guys who can get groundballs and Jones gets them at pretty high rate. He also has struck out 8.3/9 over his career so he has missed some bats. A lot of sinkerballers can have worse numbers in the minor leagues due to bad infield defense or fields, but at 24-years old and in the bullpen, it's doubtfull Jones will end up with any significant role for the Orioles this year.

    I'll get eyes on him soon and will be able to conclude whether this was just another salary dump or whether Duquette's scouts were able to find a diamond in the rough.

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Tony Pente

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