Monday’s O’s Links: Brach’s Next Contract, Sisco, & Utility Men

Buck Showalter holds a bat in Spring Training.
GulfBird Sports/Craig Landefeld

The Birds picked up a couple wins in exhibition games over the weekend, saving us a repeat of last year, when goofy fans were hand-wringing for two weeks while the team lost fake game after fake game before recording their first victory. This week, we finally have our first MASN broadcast of 2017! Check out the Birds today at 1:05 against the Yankees if you are able.

To the links…

Strop’s New Deal Could be a Brad Brach Blueprint

I still miss Pedro Strop (don’t @ me, bro). As Camden Chat’s Mark Brown points out, Pedro just signed a contract extension with the Cubs. He has pitched extremely well in Chicago since heading to The Windy City with Jake Arrieta a few years ago – even better than Brach has lately, by most metrics. The pitchers are similar though, and as such Strop’s deal could be instructive as to what the O’s could expect to spend if they want to keep Brach around.

Chance Sisco: On-Base Machine

Minor League Ball’s Wayne Cavaldi says that O’s catching prospect Chance Sisco has one of the prettiest swings in the minor leagues, and can hit the ball all over the field. This is certainly exciting, but just a week after we watched Matt Wieters walk away from Baltimore, I’m going to ask that we not put together ChanceSiscoFacts.com just yet. Please?

Developing Utility Men

Joe Reisel of Camden Depot scoured through the Orioles’ AAA roster over the last decade to try to identify players whom the organization was trying to groom as utility men. Spoiler alert – none of them worked out. Hence Ryan Flaherty still being here and making over a million dollars. Nonetheless, some interesting names pop up on Joe’s list.

Holes that Need Fixing for All 30 MLB Teams

ESPN’s Bradford Doolittle goes through each MLB squad’s most glaring hole. While the Orioles’ is obvious (Buck isn’t going to let anybody run wild on the bases, man. They don’t value it – get over it), I found it a bit more enlightening to go through the other AL East teams to find ways in which the Birds can exploit them. For instance, the Red Sox apparently don’t hit enough home runs, which is news to anybody who watched the O’s pitch to Mookie Betts in 2016.

O’s Fans, Get Ready to Know RHP Jesus Liranzo

Baltimore Sports Report’s Josh Michael says that Birdland should get familiar with pitcher Jesus Liranzo, whom the O’s put on the 40-man roster to protect from the Rule 5 draft.

 

This entry was posted in Blog View, Featured by Derek Arnold. Bookmark the permalink.

About Derek Arnold

Derek Arnold
RSR/ESR Senior Editor. Derek is originally from and a current resident of Pasadena, MD. He’s a graduate of UMBC and has been a lifelong Baltimore sports fan. In 2007 he founded B’More Birds’ Nest, where he wrote about the Ravens and Orioles before joining RSR in 2012. Derek tells anyone...more

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Hot off the street

Series Preview: Rays (10-10) @ Orioles (12-5)
Series Preview: Rays (10-10) @ Orioles (12-5)

After taking two of three from the visiting Boston Red Sox over the weekend, the Orioles will look to continue their excellent run of form against the Tampa Bay Rays during the second leg of the home ...read more

Baltimre Riles: Where’s the O?
Baltimre Riles: Where’s the O?

The final result of a chaotic series at Oriole Park at Camden Yards over the weekend was that the Orioles won two of three games over the Boston Red Sox and have yet to lose a single series three week...read more

Monday’s O’s Links: Joseph Helping Fuel Miley’s Stellar Start
Monday’s O’s Links: Joseph Helping Fuel Miley’s Stellar Start

Tempers flared, baseballs flew at heads, and suspensions are sure to be coming soon. More importantly, the O's took two of three from the Boston Red Sox over the weekend, pushing their record to a ste...read more

PiR: O’s Take the High Road, Kim Gets a Hit Off a Lefty
PiR: O’s Take the High Road, Kim Gets a Hit Off a Lefty

REALITY: Manny Machado and Dustin Pedroia kept their cool when the rest of their teams didn’t. https://twitter.com/brianmacp/status/856265211493445632 PERCEPTION: I gained a lot of respect f...read more

Week in Review: Good Vibes, Bad Blood
Week in Review: Good Vibes, Bad Blood

Well folks, we have another week in the books as we enter the final week of April. And the Orioles have another week of being in first place under their belt. After capping off an excellent firs...read more

View More