A Preview of Next Year’s Outfield?

It seems like we could be getting a preview to what next year’s starting outfield might look like for Delmarva.  Last night (August 23), Lucas Herbst played left field, Gregory Lorenzo was in center and Roderick Bernadina was in right field.

All are relatively new to the team, so it is certainly in the realm of possibility to think that they will start 2013 with the Shorebirds.  With ten games to go, Bernadina has played in 22 games, Lorenzo has played in 11 and Herbst has played in four games.

All three have played well.  Bernadina is batting .333 (25-for-75) with a home run and nine RBIs, Lorenzo is hitting .372 (16-for-43) with two triples and an RBI while Herbst is 3-for-17 with a home run and four RBIs in four games.

Last night, the trio combined for four of the ten hits and two of the five RBIs. 

We’ll see how things shake out the rest of the year…

Hockey Night, Starr’s Night

The promotion last night (August 22) in Lakewood, New Jersey was Hockey Night.  Not exactly sure what they did for Hockey Night, but I know they played “O Canada”, the Canadian National Anthem, before our national anthem.

Shorebirds Canadian SS Sammie Starr (Toronto) coincidentally had a great game.  With the Shorebirds down 4-3 in the top of the eighth, Starr hit a two out home run to left field to tie the game. It was his fourth homer of the season and first since July 20.  The Shorebirds of course went onto win 6-4 in 10 innings.  In the tenth inning, Starr hit a sacrifice fly to center to put the Shorebirds up 6-4.

He also doubled earlier in the game.

Maybe we should play O Canada at the final three Shorebirds home games?

By the way, Starr takes a four game hit streak into game one against Hagerstown.

Some other notes…

  • Gregory Lorenzo has hit safely in eight straight games and nine of his ten played
  • Roderick Bernadina has hit safely in 16 of 21 games played
  • With the win last night, the Shorebirds secured their first series win in August
  • Eduardo Rodriguez lowered his ERA to 3.23 after last night, sixth best in the SAL
  • The Shorebirds are now 7-7 this season in extra innings games

 

Numbers on Tonight’s Pitcher (Rodriguez)

Eduardo Rodriguez has been outstanding this season, especially of late. Here are his numbers in his last six starts combined…

30 IP, 22 H, 7 ER, 22 K’s, 5 BB (2.10 ERA)

His ERA has dropped from 3.84 to 3.31 during the span.

If Rodriguez qualified (not enough innings), he would rank 7th in the SAL in ERA. 

Shorebirds go for back-to-back wins for the first time since in August tonight.

Davies Finishing Strong

In Zach Davies’ last 14 innings on the mound (including a six inning gem on August 21 at Lakewood), he has allowed just two earned runs.  His ERA has dropped from 4.04 to 3.76 during the span.

Davies now ranks eighth in the SAL and sixth in the Orioles farm system with a 3.76 ERA.

I talked about this on the broadcast last night – when is the last time the Shorebirds had 2 young starters that put up these type of numbers?

Davies – 3.76 ERA

Eduardo Rodriguez – 3.31 ERA

You probably need to go back to 2008 when Zach Britton and Luis Noel as 20-year old pitchers.  Britton went 12-7 with a 3.12 ERA while Noel went 10-8 with a 3.96 ERA.

Michael Ohlman also deserves some space.  On Tuesday, he hit a double to deep center field to increase his on-base streak to 17 games.  The more impressive figure to me is that he has nine more walks (28) than strikeouts (19).  I challenge you to find me a player in the SAL with 40+ games played and 130+ at-bats with 9 fewer strikeouts than walks. 

Time to pack the bags in the hotel on a getaway day – check out is at 11am. 

Transaction – June 26

Joe Velleggia was assigned to the Shorebirds from Aberdeen and Michael Rooney was sent up to Double-A Bowie.

McCormick Field’s Right Field Wall

Bret Lasky gives you a look at the unique challenge for left-handed batters and right fielders at McCormick Field.

Einar Diaz led Panama in ’11 Baseball World Cup

Einar Diaz, Shorebirds field coach, spent much of the off season in Panama as the manager of the Panama National Team in the 2011 Baseball World Cup.  It was the first time that Panama had ever hosted the event (39th World Cup).

The Panama National team did very well in round-robin play going 5-2 with wins over Greece (8-3), Chinese Taipei (14-8), Puerto Rico (4-2), Japan (6-2) and Canada (12-3).  They won five straight games before losing to the Netherlands (the eventual winner of the entire event) and the United States.

Panama was one of eight teams that advanced past the first round.  Panama opened the second round with a win over Venezuela, but a loss to South Korea ended their hopes of a gold medal run.  Panama wound up finishing eighth.

Netherlands beat Cuba 2-1 to win the gold medal. 

Panama placed three players on the All-Star Team: Damaso Espino, Concepcion Rodriguez and Fernando Seguignol. 

Einar is part of a long and established list of former major league players from Panama.  Some of the current players include: Carlos Ruiz, Mariano Rivera and Manny Acosta.  Former players include: Rod Carew, Ruben Rivera and Ramon “Ray” Webster.

The Shorebirds have the benefit this year of a young, but really experienced coaching staff.  Diaz, Ryan Minor and Troy Mattes are all under the age of 40 and have an encyclopedia’s worth of baseball knowledge.   

Esposito-Holliday Connection

Jason Esposito, Shorebirds third baseman and Orioles second round draft pick, played his college baseball at Vanderbilt.  Three years ago Josh Holliday, the older brother of Matt Holliday, became the hitting coach at Vanderbilt.  Josh is considered one of the top assistants in college baseball.  Matt is of course one of the top hitters in major league baseball.  In case you need numbers back that last sentence up, Matt is a five-time MLB all-star who hit .296 with 22 home runs 75 RBIs for the world champion Cardinals last season.

So, Josh Holliday was Jason’s hitting coach at Vandy the last two seasons he was there.  Josh was a very good college baseball player himself.  In 1999, he helped guide Oklahoma State to the College World Series by hitting .290 with 15 home runs and 65 RBIs.

Here is a link to Josh’s bio on Vanderbilt’s website if you want to learn more – CLICK HERE

Haven’t talked to Jason yet about the connection but it’s certainly an interesting one.

Talk to you all tonight!

 

Orlando Cabrera Retires

One of the greatest players to ever suit up for the Shorebirds called it a career yesterday.  15-year MLB veteran Orlando Cabrera retired yesterday. 

How many of you remember Cabrera on that 1996 Shorebirds team (Montreal Expos)? Just from being around this city/ballpark over the last three years, I can tell you that people have fond memories of him.

In 1996, he played in 134 games for the Shorebirds and batted .252 with 14 home runs and 65 RBIs.  He also stole 51 bases.  I can say with certainty that it was his best minor league season by far. 

Cabrera went onto play in 1,985 games in the major leagues for nine different franchises (Montreal, Boston, Angels, White Sox, Athletics, Twins, Reds, Indians, Giants).  In 2011, Cabrera played in 91 games for the Indians and played his final 39 games in a San Francisco Giants uniform.  

Here are some of his other big league numbers…

  • 2,055 hits
  • 123 home runs
  • 459 doubles
  • 854 RBI
  • 216 SB

Don’t forget that Cabrera helped the Red Sox win a World Series Title in 2004 when Nomar Garciaparra was dealt to the Cubs.  He played in 59 games that season.

Who wants to see Cabrera make an appearance at Perdue Stadium this summer??

Top Talent?

Steve Melewski wrote an interesting blog this past Saturday (January 14) proclaiming that “Dylan Bundy is likely to begin next season (2012) pitching for the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds.”

Steve has a really good pulse on the minor leagues so I hold his words to a high standard.  What a treat that would be for everyone on the Eastern Shore.  It would be the third year in a row in which the Shorebirds opened the year with the Orioles top round pick from the prior season (Hobgood, Machado).

The most interesting thing about Dylan to me is that he is on the Orioles 40-Man roster.  Have the Shorebirds ever had a player on the 40-Man? Obviously excluding rehab assignment players.  He signed a big-league deal when he was drafted.

The other unique aspect of Dylan is his brother, Bobby, who pitched very well on Delmarva back in 2010.  Bobby had a bulldog mentality on the hill and was a good character guy off the field.  Based on everything you read, the brothers have a great relationship so I’d expect Dylan to be very similar to Bobby in many aspects. 

Melewski’s blog also talks about the potential for some serious depth at third base (Jason Esposito, Nicky Delmonico, Connor Narron).  Three big names that could play the hot corner at Perdue Stadium. 

The Shorebirds have had a pretty good tradition at third base over the years…

Jonathan Schoop (2011) – .316, 8 HR, 34 RBIs

Tyler Henson (2008) – .265, 11 HR, 62 RBIs

Billy Rowell (2007) – .273, 9 HR, 57 RBIs

Ryan Finan (2006) – .262, 17 HR, 78 RBIs

Tripper Johnson (2002) – .260, 11 HR, 71 RBIs

Napoleon Calzado (2000) – .278, 7HR, 83 RBI

Rich Paz (1998) – .320, 5 HR, 56 RBIs

Ryan Minor (1997) – .307, 24 HR, 97 RBIs

Jose Fernandez (1996) – .273, 12 HR, 70 RBIs

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