Minor League Recap: May 5-May 11

We’re trying out a new “Transactions” feature as part of the weekly minor league recap this week. It’s basically a list of transactions involving the Norfolk, Bowie, and Frederick affiliates that occurred over the week and is located at the bottom of the recap. It’s pretty self-explanatory actually, so I probably didn’t even need to write the words in that last sentence. Anyway, I thought it might be a useful addition seeing as there are typically a lot of minor league moves in any one week. As I noted in my piece about minor league host families last year, the Orioles made over 90 transactions in about a months time in 2013. Hopefully this feature will help keep track of where everyone is playing for the moment.

Weekly Summary

Norfolk (AAA): 3-4 (W-L), 42 RS, 46 RA

Bowie (AA): 3-4, 35 RS, 46 RA

Frederick (High-A): 3-4, 18 RS, 25 RA

The Good:

Hitters

Norfolk (AAA): 2B Ivan De Jesus – 10/29 (H/AB), 2 2B’s, 1 3B, 6 BB’s, 6 SO’s

If it seems like a second baseman is winning this “award” every week, it’s basically because they are. According to their website, the Tides currently have 6 second basemen on the active roster (obviously, they’re not all playing second base on a regular basis). This week it was De Jesus’ turn to have a strong week. There were a lot of decent offensive lines for Norfolk this week (they averaged 6 runs a game), but De Jesus had the best combination of hitting, power, and patience out of the entire group.

Bowie (AA): SS Sharlon Schoop – 7/25, 2 2B’s, 1 HR, 3 BB, 5 SO’s

No one had an outstanding week hitting for Bowie, so Jonathan’s older brother gets the nod for having the best “pretty good” line of the group.

Frederick (High-A): OF Glynn Davis – 8/27, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 2 BB’s, 6 SO’s

The Glynn Davis show continues. His line at High-A currently sits at .343/.401/.463. Additionally, he’s stolen 8 bases and has only been caught twice. I haven’t seen him in person yet, but he may be due for a promotion to AA later in the season if he keeps this up. Both his OBP and SLG has typically been in the low to mid .300’s in previous years, so the organization probably wants to make sure he’s absolutely ready for the jump to AA (a BIG jump) before they consider promoting him.

Pitchers

Norfolk (AAA): RHP Kevin Gausman – 4.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 6 SO’s, 3 BB’s

Gausman continues to pitch effectively in AAA, even after he was placed on the DL for a bout with pneumonia. This start on May 10 was his first start back from the DL. The organization continues to limit his workload in AAA (as we’ve previously discussed), but yesterday they made the curious announcement that Gausman would be the starting pitcher for the big club on Wednesday against the Tigers, which if you’re doing math at home, puts him to start on short rest. It’s safe to say that I wasn’t the only one who was surprised by this.

It will be interesting to see how long he stays in the Baltimore rotation.

Bowie (AA): RHP Steven Hensley – 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 6 SO’s, 0 BB’s, 1 HR

Hensley turned in a nice week for Bowie, with his 6 innings pitched coming in the form of two 3-inning relief appearances, which you don’t see all that often. His line could have been much better, as giving up two runs when only allowing 3 runners to reach base is a bit unfortunate (2 of those runners reached consecutively, with the second one hitting the home run).

Frederick (High-A): RHP Branden Kline – 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 4 SO’s, 1 BB

I’m not being lazy I swear. Brendan Kline IS actually putting up the same exact line week after week after week (or something close to it).

The Bad:

Hitters

Norfolk (AAA): OF Julio Borbon – 3/15, 1 2B, 2 BB’s, 5 SO’s

Unless something else is going on (like a minor injury) the recent additions of Buck Britton, Steve Lombardozzi, and Francisco Peguero to the Norfolk roster seems to have cut into Borbon’s playing time. If that’s indeed what happened this past week, he didn’t do much with the stick to help change anyone’s mind.

Bowie (AA): OF John Ruettiger – 3/14, 0 BB’s, 4 SO’s

For averaging 5 runs a game this past week, the Baysox sure had a lot of lackluster individual performances (led by Ruettiger). I’m guessing their average with runners in scoring position was high this week, but I’m not going to do the work to find out.

Frederick (High-A): 3B Jason Esposito – 4/18, 1 2B, 0 BB’s, 10 SO’s

I mentioned this before, but Esposito was selected in the second round of the 2011 draft for his glove, with the hopes that his bat would improve enough to make him a passable major league third baseman. That hasn’t come even close to happening, and despite being a high draft pick, I’m not sure how much longer the organization will give him an opportunity. He’s shown a slight improvement in batting average power this year (although they’re still not good), but he hasn’t drawn a walk this year in more than 100 AB’s.

Pitchers

Norfolk (AAA): RHP Preston Guilmet – 2.1 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 3 SO’s, 3 BB’s, 1 HR

Guilmet had the worst week of any Norfolk pitcher, and curiously enough, he got called up to the major league club on May 12. By all indications, the big league club only needed a warm right handed body to throw a couple of innings for a tired bullpen.

Bowie (AA): LHP Anthony Vasquez – 9.2 IP, 14 H, 8 R, 7 SO’s, 6 BB’s, 3 HR’s

One of these runs for Casquez was unearned, but that doesn’t make his performance this past week much better, as it’s hard to look past the 14 hits, 6 walks, and 3 home runs.

Frederick (High-A): RHP Brady Wager – 10 IP, 15 H, 8 R, 6 SO’s, 2 BB’s, 3 HR’s

Wager appears to have done a good job at keeping the walks to a minimum this past week, but he may want to try working the corners of the plate a little bit more during future outings. I don’t know for sure since I wasn’t there, but the evidence (15 hits, 8 runs, and 3 home runs) appears to suggest that he was tossing BP fastballs to his opponents all week.

Transactions

Date Transaction
5/6/14 LHP T.J. McFarland recalled to MLB
5/6/14 RHP Brad Brach optioned to AAA
5/7/14 C Caleb Joseph contract purchased by MLB
5/7/14 2B Jemile Weeks optioned to AAA
5/8/14 C Zane Chavez promoted to AA
5/8/14 OF Brenden Webb (High-A) activated from DL
5/8/14 C Brian Ward promoted to AAA
5/9/14 OF Francisco Peguero on Rehab Assignment in AAA
5/9/14 RHP Tim Alderson (AAA) placed on 7-Day DL
5/10/14 RHP Joe Van Meter promoted to High-A
5/10/14 1B Chris Marrero (AAA) placed on 7-Day DL

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