About Paul Valle

Paul Valle

Paul Valle is a Baltimore native who has always had a passion for baseball. But his passion goes beyond the average spectator. Paul has been studying baseball--specifically the Orioles--since his youth. He not only appreciates the on field play, but the strategy and statistics behind it. Paul obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism and New Media from Towson University to go along with his Associate of Arts Degree in English from Harford Community College. Paul is a regular contributor to Eutaw Street Report, and also hosts an Orioles YouTube show called "The Payoff Pitch," which you can also find at Eutaw Street Report.

AL East Positional Rankings – Designated Hitter

Mark Trumbo finishes his swing.
In the next part of my positional rankings, I rank the designated hitters in the American League East. Only seven players in 2016 accrued more than 400 AB as the DH, so this is an ever changing “position,” as it were. However, those seven players averaged 31 HR and 92 RBI for the season, so there is definitely an emphasis placed on the role of the DH. With the fluidity of the position being what it is, it would normally be hard to define a true DH for each team. […]

AL East Positional Rankings – Right Field

Seth Smith swings.
As my series of positional rankings continues, I take a look at the right fielders in the AL East. For the Baltimore Orioles, it has been a tough road trying to find a suitable replacement for Nick Markakis. Even with Mark Trumbo leading the league in home runs in 2016, his defense left much to be desired, leaving Buck Showalter–a defensive-minded manager–searching for another candidate to take the reins while moving Trumbo to the full-time DH role. Other Positions: Catcher First Base Second Base Third Base Shortstop Left Field Centerfield […]

AL East Positional Rankings – Centerfield

Adam Jones follows through on his swing.
In part seven of my positional rankings, I look at the centerfielders in the American League East. Center field in the division is a fairly loaded position, composed of defensive stalwarts, speedsters, and offensive powerhouses. Other Positions: Catcher First Base Second Base Third Base Shortstop Left Field The general of the outfield, the centerfielder of a team is usually one of the best athletes on the team, and the AL East is no exception, featuring seven Gold Gloves, seven All-Star selections, and two Silver Sluggers. But who can claim the […]

AL East Positional Rankings – Left Field

Hyun Soo Kim watches after contact.
With three weeks to go before Opening Day, my positional rankings continue here at Eutaw Street Report as we move out of the infield and into the outfield. First up for the outfield rankings are the left fielders of the American League East. Other Positions: Catcher First Base Second Base Third Base Shortstop Left field has proven to be a more difficult task than anticipated as there are platoons, inexperience, and declining veterans manning the position within the division. For example, in Toronto, Melvin Upton Jr. and Ezequiel Carrera are […]

AL East Positional Rankings – Shortstop

J.J. Hardy prepares to defend.
In part five of my positional rankings, I round out the infield by previewing the shortstops in the American League East. As is always the case, this list is subject to change should an injury occur, or should the incumbent player(s) be unseated. Other Positions: Catcher First Base Second Base Third Base The position of shortstop has always been a strong one in the AL East. From Cal Ripken, Jr., Nomar Garciaparra, and Derek Jeter in the 80s, 90s, and early 2000s to Xander Bogaerts, Troy Tulowitzki, and J.J. Hardy […]

AL East Positional Rankings – Third Base

Manny Machado in front of sign at spring training 2015.
In part four of my positional rankings, I look at arguably the most talented position in the division: third base. Third basemen in the American League East have combined for 11 All-Star appearances, nine 30-homer seasons, five Gold Gloves, four Silver Slugger awards, two league leaders in RBI, a league leader in doubles, a Platinum Glove, an AL MVP, and a World Series MVP. In a word, third base in the AL East is stacked. The top two on this list should be pretty obvious, the only mystery being who […]

AL East Positional Rankings – Second Base

Jonathan Schoop prepares to catch the ball.
In parts one and two of my series of positional rankings, I focused on catchers and first basemen in the American League East. Today, I’ll look at the second basemen within the division. As was the case with the two previous installments, this list will be based on depth charts from multiple platforms as of today. The players, and therefore the rankings, are subject to change. But until then, here we go: the starting second basemen, ranked from best to worst, in the AL East.   Second Base 1. Dustin […]

AL East Positional Rankings – First Base

Chris Davis prepares to field.
In an effort to more thoroughly predict the AL East this season, I have decided to rank each team, position-by-position. Last time, I ranked the catchers. In today’s piece, I rank the starting first basemen within the division. Before we get started, a disclaimer: a lot can change between now and the start of the regular season. For example, Greg Bird is expected to be the everyday first basemen for the Yankees, but the team will try to find at-bats for newly signed Chris Carter, which means there could be […]

AL East Positional Rankings – Catcher

Francisco Pena in Spring Training.
With Opening Day a mere five weeks away, it’s time to take a look at how things could shape up in the American League East for the 2017 season. And what better way to “predict” the standings in the division than to go position by position to figure out which team is the best of the best? Now, we all know that predictions are just that; predictions. Look no further than PECOTA and FanGraphs to see what they really amount to. The Orioles, for example, have been picked to finish […]

Another Swing at 25 O’s for 25 Seasons

partial view of brick building and entrance to camden yards
Last week, Eutaw Street Report writer Andrew Stetka accepted @pizzacutter4’s challenge to pick one player from each roster of the last 25 seasons of Orioles Baseball to complete a “Super Roster,” so to speak. Without reading Mr. Stetka’s choices, I decided it would be a fun idea to do the very same thing, and then have you, the readers, compare the two rosters. In addition to the 25-man rosters, I also figured out how this team would fare in a 162-game season using some of my own calculations and the […]

2016 National League Predictions

cubs jake arrieta with clenched fists and fans in background celebrating no-hitter
With the start of a new season comes new expectations. Every team starts the year tied for first, and every team thinks this could be their year. As we all know, only one team is left standing in the end, but which team will it be? Predicting the American League and National League playoff teams can be a chore at times, especially in the NL where there are so many loaded teams. But I’m going to give it my best shot. Here are my National League predictions. [Related: 2016 American […]

2016 American League Predictions

Dallas Keuchel of the Astros yells.
With the start of a new season comes new expectations. Every team starts the year tied for first, and every team thinks this could be their year. As we all know, only one team is left standing in the end, but which team will it be? Predicting the American League and National League playoff teams can be a chore at times, especially in the NL where there are so many loaded teams. But I’m going to give it my best shot. First, here are my American League predictions [Related: 2016 […]

2016 AL East Predictions: Orioles Defy the Haters Once Again

orioles player walking by fans in stand holding champion flag
Spring Training is over. And what a spring it was. Dexter Fowler was an Oriole. And then he wasn’t. Miguel Gonzalez was an Oriole. And then he wasn’t; but he might be again? Hyun-Soo Kim was the starting left fielder. And then he wasn’t. Joey Rickard was a long-shot Rule V pick. Now he’s the starting left fielder. Tumultuous to say the least. But with everything that happened in what felt like the longest–and strangest–offseason in recent memory, excitement still looms as the Baltimore Orioles get set to open their […]

Pedro Alvarez Gives the O’s More of the Same

Pedro Alvarez of the Pirates does his home run trot.
Late Monday evening, the Orioles agreed to terms with slugger Pedro Alvarez on a one-year deal, pending a physical. Should the former 2008 second overall pick pass the Orioles’ always rigorous physical, Alvarez will make $5.75 million in 2016, with the potential for an additional $1.25 million in incentives, per reports from Jon Heyman and others. After being spurned by Dexter Fowler last week, and missing out on Austin Jackson to the Chicago White Sox (the Orioles reportedly offered more money but Jackson wanted to play center field), the Orioles […]

O’s Shouldn’t Hesitate to Give Up Pick for Gallardo

men sitting at draft tables in large open room decorated with sports stuff
When the 2015 MLB season ended, the Orioles found themselves on the outside looking in, finishing 81-81, needing a five-game winning streak to finish the year to reach .500. While the offense actually scored more runs than the 2014 96-win club, it was the starting pitching that let the team down in 2015. Baltimore Orioles starters went 68-45 while pitching to a 3.61 ERA in 2014, good for fifth in the American League. In 2015, the starters took more than a step back, going 51-62 with a 4.53 ERA. Only […]

Can Orioles Starting Pitchers Bounce Back in 2016?

orioles player sitting in dugout with towel around neck
A lot has been made this offseason–and rightfully so–about the Orioles needing bounceback seasons from the majority of their rotation. We all can recite the stats of Orioles starting pitchers from memory at this point. Chris Tillman: 11-11 4.91 ERA. Miguel Gonzalez: 9-12 4.91 ERA. Kevin Gausman: 4-7 4.25 ERA. Ubaldo Jimenez: 12-10 4.11 ERA. Its not hard to imagine why prognosticators have predicted The Birds to give up the third most runs in baseball. So what do the Orioles and their fans have to give them hope that 2016 […]

The Red Sox Just Significantly Increased Chris Tillman’s Price Tag

tillman orioles pitcher on mound
The Orioles and Chris Tillman were said to be working on a long-term extension this offseason in the hopes of having a deal done before Opening Day. With the season opener now in the rearview mirror, talks would seem to have been tabled, given Tillman’s desire to not have any distractions hanging over his head during the season. Meanwhile, in Boston, Rick Porcello is laughing his way to the bank. The Red Sox just inked the big righty to a four-year, $82.5 million deal with an average annual salary of […]

2015 American League East Preview: Bird is the Word Again

oriole player pouring champagne over anothers head with reporters around
With only one more day until the season opener, the baseball world seems to be set for another logjam in the AL East. At least that’s what prognosticators would have you believe. The defending division champion Baltimore Orioles, whose 96-win campaign allowed them to run away with the division by 12 games in 2014, lost key members from that club while the Red Sox and Blue Jays reloaded in an effort to reclaim the division and possibly more. Will the Rays pitching and Yankees relatively healthy spring allow for revitalization […]

Predicting the O’s 25-Man Roster

orioles player joseph waiting for pitch
The time has finally come. After what equates to a minor league exhibition on Saturday, the Baltimore Orioles will travel to St. Petersburg for an Easter workout before opening the regular season against Chris Archer and the Tampa Bay Rays Monday afternoon. For the reigning AL East Champions, there are still a few things left unsettled as the team wraps up its Grapefruit League Schedule.  What we do know is that Chris Tillman will take the ball on Opening Day, Adam Jones will be patrolling centerfield, and Manny Machado will […]

Could the Orioles Sign James Shields?

royals player james shields arm back about to throw pitch
The Orioles find themselves two weeks out from Spring Training having made very few strides towards improving a team that won 96 games–only the Angels won more in all of baseball–and the AL East in 2014. Some would say that the team only got worse this offseason, losing Nelson Cruz, Andrew Miller, and fan favorite Nick Markakis. A loud minority of Orioles fans have seemingly thrown in the towel on the 2015 season already, feeling that the loss of those three players coupled with a lack of offseason activity all […]
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