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

#Staturday: Jones Sets OPACY HR Record
#Staturday: Jones Sets OPACY HR Record

Woof. What a miserable week of Orioles’ baseball. Nevertheless, we keep the stats coming! On Monday, Adam Jones hit his 125th career homer at Camden Yards which put him atop the home run leaderbo...read more

Friday’s O’s Links: Happy Trails, Hammerin’ Hank
Friday’s O’s Links: Happy Trails, Hammerin’ Hank

After a day off (and what feels like two, since Wednesday's game was an afternoon tilt), the O's will look to get back on track against the last team you want to see on the schedule when you're trying...read more

Series Preview: Orioles (25-20) @ Astros (32-16)
Series Preview: Orioles (25-20) @ Astros (32-16)

After getting drubbed and swept in their own ballpark by the Twins, the Orioles will look to bounce back in a hurry on the road as they prepare to take on the flying Houston Astros. We were feeling...read more

Bottle Stoppers are the O’s Latest Must-Have Giveaway
Bottle Stoppers are the O’s Latest Must-Have Giveaway

While the O's have been scuffling on the field as of late, their giveaway game, on the other hand, has been shooting up the power rankings. Saturday's Maryland flag-themed jersey giveaway was even ...read more

Thursday Thoughts: Last Call for Ubaldo Jimenez?
Thursday Thoughts: Last Call for Ubaldo Jimenez?

This is a weekly column that dives into some random thoughts about the Orioles/MLB. I used to do eight as a nod to Cal Ripken Jr. This year, I’ll be cutting it down to four or five, so consider it t...read more

View More