Good morning, Birdland!
We are officially one year into the Mike Elias era of Orioles baseball. How is everyone feeling?
The performance at the major league level has been predictably bad. Even still, the team did improve by seven wins over the previous season, and they did it with very few big names, a luxury that the 2018 iteration did have.
Elias’s background is in scouting and player development. On that front, the O’s seem to have improved by leaps and bounds. Selecting the top player in the draft, Adley Rutschman, certainly helps, but it was far from the only factor. The O’s signed their biggest class of international free agents ever. They have seen their minor league pitchers strike out opposing hitters at an increased rate. And there just seems to be more depth down on the farm over the last 12 months.
Rebuilding is a slow process, but the front office has been fairly transparent about it and the fan base seems to understand the plan. It will take another couple of years before it all pays off on the field at Camden Yards, but the reviews are positive 365 days in.
Inbox: Who will the O’s protect in Rule 5 Draft? - Orioles.com
The O’s 40-man roster currently sits at 35, following Aaron Brooks’s move to the KBO. It will be interesting to see if they fill up the roster prior to the Rule 5 draft if they plan on making the second overall selection.
Harvey hoping for fewer restrictions and more games in 2020 - School of Roch
Of course, Hunter Harvey wants to pitch more. That’s understandable, but he also needs to understand that his body obviously has some limitations. The Orioles are going to stink again in 2020, so it may not be the worst idea to proceed with caution for at least one more season.
Orioles’ Mike Elias talks GM meetings, trade talks and Astros controversies - Baltimore Sun
Mike Elias speaks to the Houston Astros recent controversies here, referring to them as “weird episodes.” I get that he has friends in the organization, but it would have been nice to see him come out a bit stronger in these remarks, especially regarding the sexist comments made following the ALCS.
Three Bounce-Back Free Agent Pitching Options - Birds Watcher
Brooks’s departure also makes the pitching situation a bit interesting. If Alex Cobb is healthy, he will be part of a decent-enough trio alongside Dylan Bundy and John Means. Asher Wojciechowski would probably be the favorite for the fourth spot, but the fifth spot remains wide open.
Orioles birthdays and history
Is it your birthday? Happy birthday!
Fernando Cabrera, a player I have no recollection of being an Oriole, turns 38 today. Cabrera was an Orioles pitcher for 31 games between 2007 and 2008. In that time he compile a 7.28 ERA, struck out 40 and walked 26 across 38.1 innings.
Julio Lugo, a journeyman infielder whose career included a 2010 stint with the Orioles, is 44 years old. Lugo played in 93 games for the Orioles, hitting .249/.298/.282 in the process.
Finally, it is the birthday of the late Buster Narum (b. 1940, d. 2004), a right-handed pitcher for the Orioles in 1963. Narum tossed 9.0 innings and allowed three runs that season.
Baseball Reference did not have any cool moments in Orioles history listed for today’s date. So, here are some things that have happened elsewhere in the world on November 9:
1961 - The Orioles make a trade with the Cleveland Indians. First baseman Ray Barker, catcher Harry Chiti and minor leaguer Art Kay are sent to Cleveland in exchange for second baseman Johnny temple.
2018 - Houston Astros assistant general manager Mike Elias is named the new general manager of the Baltimore Orioles. He replaces Dan Duquette.