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Wednesday Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles are not the worst team in baseball

A win in the desert lifts the O’s back to respectability...for now.

Baltimore Orioles v Arizona Diamondbacks Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images

Good morning, Birdland!

The Orioles are in serious danger of not capturing the first overall pick in the 2020 draft. They have two more wins than the Detroit Tigers and a .007 better win percentage. However, the O’s have also played four more games than their MoTown peers, so the gap could close quickly.

Of course, if the Orioles do pick second overall they will still have plenty of options to choose from. Mike Elias even has a personal record of making a nice selection with that number two pick (2015, Alex Bregman) during his time with the Houston Astros organization.

The bigger negative would be that the O’s would then receive a slightly smaller signing bonus pool. If they were somehow able to sign their top pick for well below slot value, they would then be able to make a few other solid selections later on in hopes of nabbing a talented player that may have slid due to sign-ability concerns.

Links & Notes

Quick Hits: Scherzer, F. Vazquez, Broxton, Reds - MLB Trade Rumors
Those of you who were hoping that Keon Broxton would slip through waivers and land on the roster down in Triple-A Norfolk will be disappointed. He is still currently in DFA limbo, but it sounds like he is going to get a third crack at sticking with a major league team this season.

Red Sox Review: Buying or selling? Series loss to Orioles turns up heat on pivotal stretch - CBS Sports

3 numbers behind Adley Rutschman’s hot start in minor league baseball -
There isn’t much to learn here, but it’s always nice to read more positive things about the Orioles top draft choice. If all goes to plan, Adley Rutschman is going to zoom through the minors inside of two years, put together a 20-year, Hall-of-Fame MLB career and run for president in 2044. What a guy!

Is Baltimore still a baseball town? - The Baltimore Sun
Uh, yeah? Using in-person attendance numbers during a season in which the entire fanbase knew the team was going to be really bad and none of the exciting prospects were going to be in the major leagues yet seems like a flawed premise.

O’s lefty Alex Wells moved to Double-A and met the challenge - MASN Sports
The Orioles minor league pitchers are, on the whole, having a pretty outstanding season. Whatever the new regime is doing has worked. Michael Baumann threw a no-hitter. Bruce Zimmermann is having a nice time in Bowie. And both Grayson Rodriguez and DL Hall have continued to impressed in the lower minors. Keep at it, boys!

Orioles birthdays and history

Is it your birthday? Happy birthday!

Just two former O’s are celebrating their birthdays today. Miguel Socolovich, an Orioles pitcher for six games in 2012, is turning 33 years old. And the late Duane Pillette (b. 1922, d. 2011), one of the original Orioles that came with the organization from St. Louis, gets a posthumous birthday mention as well.

2018 - The Orioles trade longtime closer Zach Britton to the New York Yankees in exchange for three prospects, Dillon Tate, Cody Carroll and Josh Rogers.