In this edition of The Payoff Pitch Prospect Report, Paul updates Baltimore Orioles fans on the latest from down on the farm, where Delmarva Shorebirds pitcher Drew Rom is turning heads. Elsewhere, Austin Hays has made it back to Norfolk after some injury setbacks. Don’t miss this week’s full episode of The Payoff Pitch here!
On this week’s show, I’m joined by fellow Eutaw Street Report writer Dillon Atkinson. We talk about the recent turnaround from O’s pitchers, especially Dylan Bundy, and the way John Means and Gabriel Ynoa are stabilizing the rotation. On offense, we discuss Richie Martin’s sudden surge, Dwight Smith Jr.’s injury, Anthony Santander’s call-up, and more. Be sure to read Dillon’s article on Dylan Bundy here.
For the second time this season, Adam McInturff (@2080Adam) of 2080 Baseball has been kind enough to join us for the show. He goes over the Birds’ top several picks in the 2019 draft, including (of course) Adley Rutschman, but also Kyle Stowers, Zach Watson, and more! Listen here: Stay tuned for another edition of The Payoff Pitch tomorrow, where we’ll be premiering our new video segment, the Payoff Pitch Prospect Report!
Only five days until the 2019 MLB draft! Who will the Orioles pick? Most assume it will be Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman, but Texas high schooler Bobby Witt Jr. and Cal first baseman Andrew Vaughn could still be in the mix. Joining me today to talk about the draft, and give great scouting reports on all three players, is Luke Jackson from Press Box. Listen here: Thanks for listening/watching!
This week, I’m joined by Baltimore sports talk icon Stan “The Fan” Charles of Press Box and PressBoxOnline.com. How much longer can the Orioles keep running David Hess & Dan Straily out there to get beat around? Where are the potential future relievers on this team? What’s up with the lack of fundamentals? Stan and I disagree about Trey Mancini’s future in Baltimore, and plenty of more great O’s talk! Thanks for listening to the Payoff Pitch c/o D&L Professional Window Tinting.
On this week’s show, I’m joined by Eric Arditti (@editti22) of Barstool Baseball. We talk about Ken Rosenthal’s doom & gloom article, watching a bad baseball team, prospects like Grayson Rodriguez, Blaine Knight, Ryan Mountcastle, and others, what Mike Elias will do in the draft, and plenty more. Thanks for listening/watching!
On this week’s episode of The Payoff Pitch…should fans freak out about rumors the Orioles might be moving to Vegas? Let’s get into that ridiculous brouhaha. After that, we’re joined by Jon Meoli of The Baltimore Sun to talk about the Birds so far, his niche with advanced analytics on the O’s beat, John Means, some prospects, and more. Thanks for listening!
The Orioles have been, as expected, a bit tough to watch in 2019. So this week, we head down on the farm with Adam McInturff, Assistant Director of Pro Scouting for 2080Baseball.com. Adam updates us on some pitchers in the Birds’ system, like DL Hall, Zac Lowther, Keegan Akin, and more. We also talk about some bats like Ryan Mountcastle and Austin Hays. Earlier in the show, I answer some questions from listeners. Check out the show below. Thanks for listening!
Today on the show, I go over some of the Birds’ recent roster moves, including designating Mike Wright for assignment and optioning Cedric Mullins to AAA. I also climb on my soapbox a bit about some silly Chris Davis speculation. Fellow ESR blogger Dillon Atkinson joins me to talk about his recent pieces on John Means and Miguel Castro. Listen here: Until next week…
On an Easter Sunday where the sun shone brightly on one of baseball’s greatest cathedrals, Dylan Bundy was hoping the baseball gods would smile upon him in his fifth start of the young campaign. His first four starts were far from a religious experience. Despite being put in an early hole thanks to two unearned runs in the first inning, Bundy turned in his first quality start of the season, pitching six innings and allowing just two earned runs. More importantly, he allowed no home runs and walked only one […]
As Dylan Bundy prepared to take the mound for his fifth start of the season, the 26-year-old righty was hoping that a quick start led to a far better finish this time around. In his first four starts, Bundy has flourished in his first three innings. On pitches one through 50, Bundy has allowed a .108 batting average and just one home run. Pitches 51 and beyond? Those numbers explode to .467 and six. We all know the 2018 numbers: a Major League-leading 41 home runs allowed and 16 losses […]
In this week’s episode of The Payoff Pitch, Glenn Clark of PressBox and GlennClarkRadio.com was kind enough to join me for the show. We talk about Chris Davis making history (then maybe breaking out of it?), some baby Birds pitching well down on the farm, Trey Mancini’s future, the excitement of having the number one overall pick, trusting the process, and plenty more! This was a fun show, so we really hope you tune in and let us know what you think. Tweet your comments to me @PaulValleIII or to […]
In this week’s episode of The Payoff Pitch, I go over the laundry list of roster moves the Orioles have already made here over just a week of the season. In the second segment, I’m joined by ESR’s own Matt Pyne (he also hosts the Baseball is Boring podcast) to talk about this article he wrote earlier this week. Thanks for listening!
For the home opener edition of The Payoff Pitch, I was fortunate enough to be joined in studio by Jeremy Conn of 105.7 the Fan here in Baltimore. “Jerry Love” and I talked about the Orioles’ hot start, pulling a guy pitching a no-hitter, the Birds’ use of an “opener,” trusting the process, and plenty more. Listen here! Thanks for listening/watching!
I wasn’t going to do my MLB predictions piece this year, but after writing my AL East preview and predictions, the juices were flowing and I figured, what the hell? So here it is, my MLB predictions, 2019 edition. American League East New York Yankees (100-62) The best lineup in baseball. The best bullpen in baseball. A solid rotation. The Yankees have turned baseball games into five-inning affairs in 2019. Good luck to everybody else. Boston Red Sox (98-64) A good rotation and a great lineup will give way […]
Every year since 2013, I have written an American League East preview. This year will be more of the same, but with one key difference: this is the first season in which I will be doing my preview/prediction with no hope that the Baltimore Orioles will play worthwhile baseball beyond Opening Day. With that sobering fact in mind, I will also add my All-Star representative predictions for each AL East squad just so this can be at least a little fun. So without further ado, I give you the American […]
In this episode of The Payoff Pitch, Paul goes over the list of surprises on the Baltimore Orioles’ 25-man roster to start the 2019 season. He is joined by Scott Magness of Bird’s Eye View to talk about things to watch for this season and to get schooled on WAR. Video version coming tomorrow. Thanks for listening!
In the second episode of The Payoff Pitch presented by D&L Professional Window Tinting, I go over some of the recent roster moves, including the somewhat surprising demotion of Austin Hays to minor-league camp. I’ll also try to figure out what’s going on with the Birds’ rotation, and I’m joined by Ken Weinman of 105.7 The Fan to get his thoughts. Later in the show, I debut a new segment: Nerd Stat of the Week. Thanks for listening!
In this inaugural episode of The Payoff Pitch (new version), I catch everyone up on Spring Training to this point. Later in the show, fellow ESR writer Dillon Atkinson joins me to talk about roster decisions, Chris Davis’ status, and plenty more. Thanks for listening!
If the Orioles have any chance at being remotely competitive in 2019, their pitching staff is going to have to improve by leaps and bounds over the last two seasons. At the forefront of that needed improvement stands Dylan Bundy. The Orioles drafted Bundy with the fourth overall pick in 2011, when he was touted as the best high school pitching prospect in the country. In his first season of professional baseball in 2012, Bundy went 9-3 with a 2.08 ERA in 23 starts between Delmarva, Frederick, and Bowie, prompting […]