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Did Jonathan Schoop Make a Subtle Adjustment in the Postseason?

Posted in Offense with tags , on January 9, 2015 by oriolesprovingground

Baltimore Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop had a tough 2014 season at the plate.  The combination of his aggressiveness, poor pitch recognition, and pull tendencies led him to be the worst hitting second baseman (minimum 450 plate appearances) in all of baseball by wRC+.  However, it’s possible that he made a small (but important) adjustment during the postseason that could be a good sign of things to come in 2015.  Today over at ESPN Sweetspot Network Orioles blog Camden Depot, I take a look at what that adjustment may be.

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Delmon Young Returns to Orioles, Makes Blogger Sad

Posted in Offense, Offseason with tags , , on January 1, 2015 by oriolesprovingground

My first post of the new year is over at ESPN Sweetspot Network Orioles blog Camden Depot, and it’s about the recent signing of Delmon Young.  The good news is that there’s nowhere to go but up!

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Should Orioles Take Advantage of San Diego’s Outfield Surplus?

Posted in Offense, Offseason, Trades with tags , , , , , , on December 23, 2014 by oriolesprovingground

Over the last couple of weeks, the San Diego Padres have signed and/or traded for every single outfielder in major league baseball.  Ok, that’s not entirely true, but it’s definitely felt that way.  As a result, the Padres have a genuine surplus of major league quality outfielders on their roster and only three spots on the field to play them, although the boys at Cespedes Family BBQ had a good suggestion.

Since the Orioles are looking for potential upgrades in the outfield, it’s natural to wonder if San Diego can send one of those players east to Baltimore.  Today at ESPN Sweetspot Network Orioles blog Camden Depot, I take a look at whether any of them may be wearing orange and black in 2015.

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Non-Tendered Players Who Could Help the Orioles in 2015 (and Beyond)

Posted in Free Agency, Offense, Offseason, Pitching, Prospects with tags , , , , , , , on December 5, 2014 by oriolesprovingground

The deadline to tender arbitration eligible players ended at midnight this past Wednesday morning.  While the Orioles tendered contracts to all of their (11!) arbitration eligible players, many other teams decided against it, giving the league 32 new free agents.  With the recent departures of Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis, the Orioles will need to find some replacements.  While those replacements won’t be found in this group, there could be a few players who could help the team this year, and possibly next.  Today at ESPN Sweetspot Network Orioles blog Camden Depot, I look who those players could be.

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Orioles Trade Target: Michael Saunders

Posted in Offense, Offseason, Trades with tags , , , , on November 18, 2014 by oriolesprovingground

Since the Orioles officially declined the team option on Nick Markakis, they’ll have some decisions to make.  Since it looks like he may require a four-year contract, it may be best for the Orioles to move on.  If they decide to take that route, they could go into the 2015 season with an Adam Jones, Steve Pearce, Alejandro De Aza, and David Lough outfield, or they could replace Markakis through a trade (as I mentioned in a previous post, upgrades on the outfield free agent market are virtually non-existent).  Today at ESPN Sweetspot Network affiliated Orioles blog Camden Depot, I explain why the Orioles should look into acquiring Michael Saunders from the Seattle Mariners.

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Nick Markakis and Why the Orioles Should Pick Up His Option

Posted in Offense, Offseason with tags , , on October 23, 2014 by oriolesprovingground

After the loss to the Royals in the ALCS, the Orioles offseason is officially underway, and they have several items they need to take care of prior to the start of the 2015 season.  One of the decisions that needs to be made deals with the team option that they hold for Nick Markakis.  Even though the media is reporting that the Orioles are likely to decline his option, I explain why I think they should exercise it today at ESPN Sweetspot Network Orioles blog Camden Depot.

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The Giant Hole in Baltimore’s Lineup

Posted in Offense with tags , on September 19, 2014 by oriolesprovingground

For most of the 2014 season, the Baltimore Orioles have had an above average hitter at every spot in their lineup (or close to it), and it’s been a big reason why they’ve clinched the American League East for the first time since 1997.  However, there’s a giant hole in that lineup at second base, where Jonathan Schoop has played excellent defense but has been overmatched by major league pitching.  Today at ESPN Sweetspot Network Orioles blog Camden Depot, I take a closer look at Jonathan Schoop’s season.

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