The Orioles minor league teams actually started last night despite the rainy weather in the area as the Tides and Shorebirds both lost in their home openers.
Really, I’m not too concerned with wins and losses although I obviously hope the teams wins, but the real key is checking the box scores and reading the game summaries seeing what the prospects did
Last night was not a good night all around for the prospects in the system.
Roberta Novoa, who the Orioles claimed from the Cubs off waivers on October 16th and then was dropped off the 40-man roster before being resigned to a minor league contract this offseason, tossed a scoreless inning of relief with a strikeout. Novoa looked good this spring and although his fastball isn’t overwhelming 91-92, he’s got a pretty good looking slider and is good bullpen depth for the Orioles at Triple-A.
Batting wise, Mike Costanzo had a tough Triple-A debut going 0-for-5 with three Ks.
In Delmarva, they went 14 innings before the Hagerstown Suns dropped them 5-4. John Mariotti looked pretty good allowing two runs over five innings of work while getting seven groundball outs to flyball outs to go along with 4 Ks. Tony Butler made his Orioles system debut pitching one inning of relief allowing a run on two hits with two strikeouts. We assumed he was in the rotation so we’ll get further information on whether that was just to get him some work or if he will be working out of the pen for the near future. Joe Esposito struck out four in his two hitless innings of work. He might be a sleeper this year with a fastball that reportedly can sit in the 93-94 MPH range.
Not a good night for Tyler Henson though. After a camp in which everyone raved about him, he struggled in his debut going 1-for-7 with three K’s. He did collect a double for his one hit though. Ryan Adams one upped Henson by striking out four times in seven plate appearances and made an error at second base, but he walked once and collected a double as well. Keiron Pope DHed (which should tell you a little something about his shoulder still) and went 1-for-6 with three K’s. Big first baseman Joe Mahoney went 2-for-6 with two K’s in his debut. Catcher Jordan Wolf went 3-for-4 with a triple and two walks.
The Shorebirds and the Suns each struck out 16 times on a rainy evening so let’s hope this was more of a tough night to hit then anything to be concerned over.
Update: center fielder Matt Angle did not start last night for the Shorebirds after tweaking his wrist during the last spring traning game diving for a ball. He's considered day to day right now but is with the team.
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