O's Jordan likes early result of June draft

Ability of Snyder, Reimold excites scouting director

Minor league notebook

Baseball

July 11, 2005|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

It's early, but the Orioles' June draft appears to have been a good one.

Joe Jordan, the Orioles' first-year scouting director, is pleased with the players the club was able to draft, sign and use to stock its minor league teams.

"I thought the draft went well for us," said the 43-year old Jordan, who spent eight years with Montreal and Florida before coming to Baltimore.

"Every draft room I've been in, you feel good when you get guys you really want. When the first day was over with the 18 picks that we took, we had a lot of conviction on almost all of them to some degree."

Brandon Snyder, a catcher from Westfield High in Centreville, Va., was the Orioles' top pick, followed by first-round sandwich pick, pitcher Garrett Olson, and outfielder Nolan Reimold and pitcher Brandon Erbe in the second and third rounds, respectively.

Snyder and Erbe, a McDonogh graduate, are playing at Bluefield while 21-year-olds Olson and Reimold are at Aberdeen. Snyder is off to a .385 (5-for-13) start at the plate with two doubles, a homer and four RBIs, while Erbe has yet to pitch.

Reimold, who played at Bowling Green, could turn out to be a steal and a symbol of good scouting.

According to Jordan, Reimold, who is batting .344 (21-for-61), tied for seventh-best in the New York-Penn League, with four homers and 11 RBIs for the Single-A IronBirds, had first-round potential. The Orioles were fortunate he was available in the second round.

"We got a big kid [6 feet 4, 207 pounds] in Reimold, who is strong, fast, can throw and has got the `five tools' [run, throw, hit, hit with power and field]," said Jordan.

"We were fortunate to get that package in the second round. He's an exciting player. Anytime you get size and speed and power, in any player, you feel very good about it."

Triple-A Ottawa

The Lynx have scored 383 runs in 88 games (43-45), but given up 419, the 10th-highest total in the 14-team International League.

Tony Fiore is one of the pitching leaders with a 5-2 record and a 3.86 ERA in 93 1/3 innings, while Dave Borkowski (5-7) has a 4.81 ERA in a league-high 110 1/3 innings.

Bernie Castro's .320 batting average (102-for-319) is tied for seventh-best in the IL and his hits (102) are third-best, his stolen bases (21) fifth in the IL. Alejandro Freire leads the Lynx with 15 homers and 53 RBIs.

Double-A Bowie

The Baysox climbed over .500 (44-43) Saturday night with their third win in a row, 3-2, over New Britain. Bowie is in fourth place in the Eastern League Southern Division.

Simon Pond, among the Baysox leaders in batting at .283 (60-for-212) and homers (10), delivered a two-out, two-run triple for the win over the Rock Cats.

Eastern League All-Star third baseman Tripper Johnson (.269) leads the club in RBIs (44) while shortstop Brandon Fahey is the stolen base leader with 10.

Sendy Rleal (2-2, 1.81 ERA) earned his 10th save against the Rock Cats.

Single-A Frederick

Right-hander James Johnson (7-4, 3.12 ERA), who had a career-high 11 strikeouts in an 11-4 win at Lynchburg this week, was named as a replacement for the U.S. team in the Futures Game. He allowed one run and three hits in one-third of an inning.

Johnson leads the Carolina League in innings pitched (98) and is fifth in ERA.

Mario Delgado continues to lead the Keys (5-6, second half) in batting at .329 (77-for-234), which is third in the league, and in homers (14), and is second in RBIs (42) to the 50 by Nick Markakis (.289, nine homers).

"It was miserable sitting in the stands and watching our team play, especially in games we lost," said Delgado, who returned recently after serving a 15-game suspension for violating the drug policy.

"I'm glad to be out there playing again and hope to continue with some good success. My numbers have turned around since being released by the Phillies a couple years ago."

Single-A Delmarva

The Shorebirds have been on a roll, winning nine of their past 11 games. Delmarva leads the South Atlantic Northern Division at 11-5 and is 1 1/2 games ahead of the Hickory Crawdads (9-6) in the second half.

Delmarva has lost two straight through Saturday (7-3 loss to Lake County), but is 7-0 at home, where it returns tomorrow.

Outfielder Jake Duncan leads the Shorebirds in batting at .321 (72-for-224), which is ninth-best in the league. Infielder C.J. Smith is batting just .229, but has made the most of his 64 hits to drive in 42 runs, second to outfielder Jason Fransz's 47.

Rookie-level Bluefield

The Orioles of the Appalachian League are 7-12, in fourth place in the five-team East Division despite a third-best team batting average (.274).

Infielder Joel Pacheco leads the team in batting at .367 (18-for-49) among those with 40 or more at-bats. Rene Aqueron is batting .576 with 19 hits in 33 at-bats.

Outfielder Paul Winterling, who played at Towson, was recently added to the roster to give Bluefield two McDonogh graduates.

Orioles farm report

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