Minor-league notebook

April 18, 1993|By Patti Singer Baysox: Cameron comes on

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Wings left-hander Moyer finds comfort zone

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- If Jamie Moyer gets any more comfortable on the mound, he'll be lounging in a La-Z-Boy and delivering the pitches by remote control.

The Rochester Red Wings left-hander has won his first two starts and has a 1.42 ERA. Moyer, 30, never known as a strikeout pitcher, has struck out 11 in 12 2/3 innings.

He has pitched four of his 10 professional seasons in the majors. The Opening Day starter on a veteran pitching staff didn't let his few weeks in big-league camp distract him from his real purpose this season.

"I want to get off to a good start," said Moyer, who was grateful to be sent to Triple-A so he could get the innings to establish his control. "Whether I'm here the whole year or gone tomorrow, I need to do what Jamie needs to do."

Moyer never gave more than a passing thought to replacing Fernando Valenzuela in Baltimore, mainly because he thought the Orioles weren't going to make a hasty move. "I don't think you can judge anyone's career on one outing," he said.

Brad Pennington's promotion leaves the Red Wings looking for a bona fide closer for the fourth straight season. They haven't had a true closer since 1989, when Mark Huismann recorded eight saves before his May 21 promotion. In the past four seasons, no Red Wing has had more than 10 saves (Jim Poole in '92).

Since 1987, when Mike Kinnunen led the IL with 16 saves and the team tied for the league lead with 41, the Red Wings never have finished better than tied for fourth.

NOTES: Right-hander Anthony Telford allowed three of his first six inherited runners to score. He entered two games with the bases loaded, and once allowed all the runners to score. . . . Catcher Rey Palacios went on the disabled list Thursday because of tendinitis in his right shoulder. The Orioles signed Darrin Campbell from the White Sox organization to take Palacios' place on the roster.

In order to keep left-handed starter John O'Donoghue on his regular day, veteran Don Schulze was forced to miss his first start. Schulze, 30, has pitched 13 seasons, the last three in Japan. O'Donoghue, 23, the only prospect in the rotation, is in his fourth pro season. "As a young pitcher, he needs consistent innings," manager Bob Miscik said. Schulze was scheduled to start yesterday in Richmond, but was bumped again, this time for Valenzuela.

Center fielder Damon Buford stole a base in each of his first two games, but none in his next three. Buford had three doubles and a triple in a span of five hits. . . . Jack Voigt led the International League with a .435 average. He collected at least one hit in each of the first six games. He has a 12-game hitting streak dating back to last season. . . . Third baseman Scott Coolbaugh collected a hit in each of the first five games.

The Red Wings defeated the Charlotte Knights and former Oriole Bob Milacki Wednesday, 5-2. Ex-Oriole Sam Horn struck out four times in the game.

He is a tall, rangy right fielder who has resurrected himself in the Orioles system after the New York Mets exposed him to the Rule V draft.

His big goal this season is to decrease the 121 times he was a strikeout victim while playing for Single-A Frederick last summer.

But today, as a member of the Double-A Bowie Baysox, Stanton Cameron remains an interesting commodity, the collector of 29 home runs in 1992 while playing in a tough park for power, one with a three-tiered set of advertising billboards for a slugger to clear.

"If he has another good year, the Orioles will certainly have to consider protecting him [on the 40-man roster]," said his Baysox manager, Don Buford.

Cameron can hit some prodigious shots and he should be a favorite of the old-new Memorial Stadium crowd.

"I felt like I got a fresh start with the Orioles," said Cameron, who hit only .185 with two homers at St. Lucie in 1991. "I had gone to school the year before and when baseball started, I didn't swing the bat and had a bad year. I think the Mets gave up on me and I lost confidence."

In the first five Baysox games, Cameron struck out only once and went 8-for-22 at the plate with a homer and two doubles that rattled off outfield walls.

As a Double-A player (considered the pivotal point en route to the majors) who is eligible for minor-league free agency next fall, Cameron needs a productive year and knows it.

"Every year is a big one," he said. "I'll just try to be consistent and put up the best numbers I can. As for the strikeouts, I'm just trying to take what the pitcher gives me, be selective and approach breaking pitches better."

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