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Catching up with some former Orioles

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As we begin the month of May, it’s time to look back at some former Orioles and see how they’re doing with their current teams.

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Now that we’re a month into the 2019 season, let’s take a walk down memory lane and reconnect with some old friends, shall we? There are a handful of players who started last season with the Orioles but now reside in different spots all over the country.

The Orioles 2018 mid-season roster purge and subsequent offseason saw a lot of notable faces leave town. While it may have been for the greater long-term good, it was still tough to see so many prominent Orioles switch teams. Let’s take a look at some of those former O’s and see how they’re doing early on in 2019.

Manny Machado

Machado’s Padre career is off to a slow start. Through the first 30 games of 2019, Machado is slashing only .236/.323/.391 with five home runs and 13 RBI. That’s a far cry from how he started 2018 with the Orioles, when he hit .361/.448/.676 with nine home runs and 22 RBI in 28 games in March/April.

The power-hitting infielder signed with the Padres this offseason as a third baseman and played the first 28 some games of this season there. Machado has put up a 3.3 UZR at third so far this year, compared to a -6.5 UZR at shortstop in 2018 between the O’s and Dodgers. But Fernando Tatis Jr.’s recent injury has forced San Diego to move Machado back to shortstop for the foreseeable future.

Also, here’s a cool video that shows Machado really does have a heart.

Adam Jones

His last year with the Orioles was not up to Jones’ usual standards. Over his first 10 years in the bigs, he averaged 25 home runs, 80 RBI and a .782 OPS. Yet he only hit 15 home runs with 63 RBI and a .732 OPS last season.

After 11 years in Baltimore, Jonesy is patrolling right field in the desert in 2019. At the start of play today, Jones is hitting .276/.349/.483 with five home runs and 18 RBI in 30 games with Arizona. Nine walks in 126 plate appearances help to place his current OBP 31 points higher than his career mark of .318.

Jones has alternated between batting lead-off and cleanup for the Diamondbacks, putting up very similar slash lines from both spots — .289/.333/.511 batting first and .271/.354/.471 batting fourth.

At least according to one big metric, Jones’ defense is slowly improving since moving from center to the corner. So far this year, Jones has a -0.4 UZR with Arizona while playing right field exclusively. Last year with the O’s, he had -1.8 UZR in right after playing most of the year in center with a -10.5 UZR.

By the way, Jones took his pie tradition to Arizona with him. Plus, he’s pieing a familiar face in the clip below.

Caleb Joseph

Which brings us to the Orioles’ former catcher. Joseph was signed by the Diamondbacks in mid-April and started the season in the minors. But he was recalled on April 10 and has managed three hits in 17 at-bats since then.

While Joseph has a decent triple slash line in his minor league career (.269/.328/.424), his hitting hasn’t translated to the majors, where he currently has a .223/.270/.351 batting line in 411 career games.

Strangely enough, Joseph even made a pitching appearance for the Diamondbacks this past Saturday. A position player on the mound — sounds like a 2019 O’s game right? He went a full inning, retiring the side on just nine pitches, including two ground outs and a fly out. How about that?

Jonathan Schoop

What a year he had in 2017 when he clubbed 32 homers, drove in 105 runs and slashed .293/.338/.503. But 2018 was a struggle that saw Schoop hit only .233/.266/.416 between Baltimore and Milwaukee.

After hitting .202/.246/.331 in 46 games with the Brewers, Schoop was non-tendered in late November last year and elected free agency. Then he signed a one-year, $7.5 million deal with the Twins.

Reunited in Minnesota with another former Oriole and close friend, Nelson Cruz, Schoop is currently hitting .269/.313/.516 with five home runs and 13 RBI in 26 games. His drop-off last year was drastic, so it’s good to see him bounce back in the early going of 2019. He’s still only 27 years old, for goodness sake.

Zack Britton

Last year, Britton appeared in only 16 games with the Orioles after working his way back from an Achilles injury before he was traded to the Yankees. In 25 games with New York in 2018, Britton had a 2.88 ERA and 1.16 WHIP.

The lefty chose to re-sign with the Yankees this offseason, inking a three-year $39 million deal. He also had a slight name change this offseason, interestingly enough. In 12 innings this year, he is 1-0 with one save, a 3.00 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 1.71 SO/W.

According to MLB.com, Britton is averaging 94.4 mph on his sinker this year, while the league average for that pitch is 91.8 mph. His average exit velocity this year is 86.8 mph, below the league average of 89.


Sound off in the comments section about any players I may have forgotten, i.e. didn’t have room for.