When Dan Duquette took the helm last November 8, my primary hope was that he would not make the team any worse. Such an optimistic view is the result of the prior 14 seasons. Given where the Orioles stood as an organization when he took power, I was a little surprised to witness him send away some of the farmhands. After discussing the idea with jq and PBRme, I thought I would examine those left behind.
Matt Angle: To create a roster spot for Luis Ayala, the Orioles designated Angle for assignment. And he passed through the AL, before eventually being claimed by the Dodgers. Angle has not been recalled by the Dodgers this year, but in the PCL he posting the following line: 300/377/410/787. He turns 27 next month, and the Isotopes (his AAA team) is slugging 474 as a team. He definitely feels like a defensive replacement at this time.
Randy Henry: Randy was one of two minor leaguers sent to the Rangers for Taylor Teagarden. The Rangers have converted the 22 y/o right handed Oklahoman to a swingman and he has remained at advanced A ball. His FIP stands at 3.91 with a K/BB of 63/30 in 79.2 IP. For a guy in A+ ball, those numbers don't really stand out at me, as his BB/9 has surged as his innings have.
Greg Miclat was the other figure in the Teagarden trade. Miclat is playing for the Rangers AAA affiliate, although he missed a bunch of time this year with a wrist injury. In 37 games, the switch hitting 25 y/o second baseman is batting 275/350/394/744, with only 6 stolen bases after notching 50 in 120 games in Bowie last year.
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For the Dana Eveland experience, the Orioles surrendered Jarret Martin and Tyler Henson. Jarret Martin seemingly could bring it, as he struck out 97 SALLY league hitters in 110 innings in 2011. Again in Low A in 2012, the 23 y/o LHP has a FIP of 4.06 in 77.2 innings with a K/BB of 78/48. He hasn't pitched in a month though.
Tyler Henson had a strong 2010 as a 22 year old in Bowie. Another Oklahoman, Henson, now 24, has a line of 271/378/486/864 for the Albuquerque Isotopes. So that 864 OPS is likely inflated by the PCL.
Kyle Hudson was DFA'd to make room for Wei-Yin Chen 8 days after the Orioles claimed Jai Miller from the A's. Hudson was picked up by the Rays, and is now in the Phillies system. For the season, the 25 y/o lefty is batting 283/355/311/666. His ISO is something else. Of course, seeing the joy on his face after Game 162 shields him from any negative thoughts. I wish him well and hope he sees some playing time in Philadelphia this year.
Pedro Florimon: Florimon was once a prospect as he was a 2009 Carolina League all-star. His star has dimmed over time, and between AA and AAA this year, the now 25 y/o is batting 261/323/353/676. In his 289 AAA at bats this year (after 113 in AA), he has struck out 108 times.
Friend of the blog Gabriel Lino has really struggled since becoming going over in the Thome deal. In a mere 19 games, he is OPSing 478.
Kyle Simon: The Phillies have converted Simon to a reliever, and in 20.1 IP, he has seen an uptick in his strikeouts with a K/BB of 17/1. That's pretty interesting. And of course the Phillies are known for putting together terrific bullpens.
Josh Bell has seen success in the PCL, but it has not translated to the big leagues. His AAA line as a Dback is pretty strong: 363/412/593/1005. He was given 21 games in the majors earlier this year, where he OPSed 501, but only struck out 14 times in 52 at bats.
So which former farmhand do you miss the most? Or nobody at all?