August 2009

Charleston Roster

I got the Charleston Riverdogs roster and rotation today from their media guy.  After a quick scan, it looks like they really only have one big name.  Thats Andrew Brackman (he’s a 6’10” righty), a first rounder back in 2007 out of NC State. 

Brackman is not having a great season.  He is 1-11 with a 6.70 ERA.  He just moved to the bullpen.  I got the rotation and he is not slated to start agains the Shorebirds. 

Here is their rotation for the series:

RHP Jairo Heredia

RHP Brandon Braboy

LHP Trent Lare

RHP Brett Smith

The Riverdogs have lost eight of their last 11 games.  They are in last place in the Southern division with a mark of 16-24 in the second half.  A bit surprising considering they finished just a game out of first place (39-31) in the first half. 

Brent Allar Interview

I caught up with Shorebirds starting pitcher for tonight (Friday) Brent Allar a couple days ago before game one of the series against Hagerstown.

We talked about his new role as a starter for the Shorebirds and what he thinks of it.  We also discussed mustache mania.

Brent is a good interview so take a listen…
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Best Pitching Performance…

I was doing my game notes today as Blaine Beatty (our pitching coach) walked into the front office.  Since Cole McCurry is pitching tonight, I asked Blaine if Cole’s 13 strike out performance in six innings on August 1st was the best he had seen as a coach in the minors.  He said no.

The best pitching performance that he ever saw happened back in 2007, while he was the pitching coach for the Frederick Keys.  It was September 2nd as the Frederick Keys were taking on the Winston-Salem Warthogs (Now the Dash).  David Hernandez went nine innings and allowed three hits and a single run.  HE STRUCK OUT 18 BATTERS!

I went back and looked at the box score from the game and the crazy thing about the game was that Hernandez had to settle for a no-decision.  The game went into extra innings and the Warthogs won 4-1.

No surprise that Hernandez is now in the big leagues. 

Eight Players over 100 Games

I was looking at some statistics today and I realized that we have eight postition players that have a legitimate shot to reach 100 games played this season. 

Xavier Avery – 102

Tyler Kolodny – 100

Elvin Polanco – 98

Ron Welty – 95

Kyle Hudson – 95

Greg Miclat – 91

L.J. Hoes – 90

Joe Mahoney – 87

Obviously the six that have not reached the century mark have a great shot to do so barring injury/promotion.

So I did some research…

In 2008, seven players reached 100 games for the ‘Birds (Adams, Angle, Henson, Martinez, Nowicki, Pope)

In 2007, seven players reached 100 games.

In 2006, five players reached 100 games.

In 2005, four players reached 100 games.

In 2004, only three players reached 100 games.

In 2003, three players reached 100 games.

In 2002, three players reached 100 games.

In 2001, five players reached 100 games.

The last time eight players played in 100 games for the Shorebirds was 2000. 

Just from comparison, the Hagerstown Suns (Delmarva’s opponent) have only four players above 85 games at this point. 

Hagerstown in Town/Question

The Suns are coming to town starting today (Tuesday).  Here are some news and notes for today.

DRAKE’S DOMINANCE: Shorebirds starter Oliver Drake became the first pitcher to seven wins last night. In 6.1 innings, he allowed just four hits and a run. He also tied his season high with seven strike outs. Over his last four starts (23.1 innings), he is 3-0 with a 1.55 ERA. He has allowed just 19 hits over his last four starts.

KOLODNY TIES HBP RECORD: Shorebirds third baseman Tyler Kolodny tied the Shorebirds single season hit-by-pitch record with his 17th HBP last night. Kieron Pope was hit by 17 pitches in 2008. Kolodny ranks sixth in all of minor league baseball and second in the South Atlantic League. Matt West of Hickory leads all the minors with 20 HBP’s.

Other things of note today…A.J. Miller is going tonight for Hagerstown.  He was selected with the first pick in the fourth round of this years draft.  He played his college baseball at Kansas State and was the named the 2009 Big 12 Pitcher of the Year.

I have a question today.  With Brian Matusz starting for the Orioles and Matt Wieters expected to catch, does anyone know the last time battery mates were first round picks for the same team???????????????



Did you Know?

I’ll try and do these did you knows every so often

Today’s edition…

Xavier Avery and Joe Mahoney lead the entire Baltimore Orioles system (including the big leagues) with seven triples.  The next highest is five by Robert Valido in Bowie. 

Brandon Cooney Promoted

Congratulations to Brandon Cooney, the call finally came last night.  He was notified soon after the game was called that he was being promoted to Frederick (Advanced-A).

Look at what he did in May, June and July here in Delmarva.

May – 2-1, 1.74

June – 0-1, 1.59

July – 0-1, 0.69

I think there is a good chance he could be named the Orioles Minor League Pitcher of the month for July.  He didn’t allow a run in 13 straight outings between 6/21 and 7/24. 

He joins pitchers Joe Esposito, Eddie Gamboa, Rick Zagone and Pat Egan in Frederick.

Mick Mattaliano was promoted from Aberdeen to Delmarva to fill Cooney’s spot.  Mattaliano is entering his third stint in Delmarva. 

Until next time, Go Shorebirds!

McCurry’s Historic Performance

Cole McCurry was beyond outstanding on Saturday for the Shorebirds.

His final line: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 13 K

I did some research during the game and here is what I came up with…

Top Five Shorebirds Single-Game Strike Out Performances:

1) John Stephens – 17, June 5th, 1999 (9.0 IP)

2) Erik Bedard – 14, May 26th, 2000 (9.0 IP)

3) Cole McCurry – 13, August 1st, 2009 (6.0 IP)

3) Cory Morris – 13, July 14th, 2003 (7.0 IP)

5) Javier Vasquez – 12, May 14th, 1996

Inning by Inning for McCurry (SO= strike out)

First: 3 SO

Second:1 SO

Third: 3 SO

Fourth: 2 SO

Fifth: 2 SO

Sixth: 2 SO

Wow, what a performance.

Until next time, Go Shorebirds

Did you Know?

Shorebirds starter in game one of the doubleheader Cole McCurry ranks fifth in the entire Baltimore Orioles farm system in strike outs with 95.

Heres the top 5

1) Brian Matusz – 120 (Bowie)

2) Jake Arrieta – 119 (Norfolk)

3) Zach Britton – 100 (Frederick)

4) Chris Tillman – 99 (Norfolk)

5) Cole McCurry – 95 (Delmarva)


Bonus did you know…Shorebirds third baseman Tyler Kolodny ranks 3rd in the Orioles farm system in walks with 40.

1) Matt Angle (Frederick) – 43

2) Jonathan Tucker (Bowie) – 42



More Trades Affect SAL

Besides Jason Knapp moving from the Phillies organization to the Indians system, there were a couple other trades yesterday that will affect the landscape of this league.

First of all, one of Boston’s top prospects Nick Hagadone was packaged to the Indians organization in the Victor Martinez deal.  Hagadone pitched for the Greenville Drive against Delmarva on July 25th at Fluor Field.  In three innings, he allowed just two hits and no runs.  The Red Sox were being cautious with him this season because he is recovering from Tommy John Surgery in 2008.

In addition, former Kannapolis pitcher Dexter Carter was shipped to the San Diego Padres organization in the Jake Peavy deal.  In two starts against the Shorebirds, Carter went 2-0 with a 2.40 ERA.  In 15.0 innings against the ‘Birds, he struck out 16 batters.  Carter is heading to the Midwest League and the Fort Wayne Wizards.  The Padres do not have a South Atlantic League affiliate. 

Carter, Hagadone and Knapp were definitely in the top five pitchers that the Shorebirds have seen this year.  No surprise that other organizations were after their services.

Switching gears for a second…Brent Allar is starting game two today for Delmarva.  It will be his second start of the season.

Sunny is shining today!  Doubleheader at 5:00 PM.

Until next time, Go Shorebirds!