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By Matt Vensel | March 30, 2011
The folks over at Baseball Prospectus might not be big fans of Orioles catcher Matt Wieters -- or "Murder Mittens" as I will now call him after plugging his name into this 19th-century Baltimore Orioles nickname generator -- but they are quite fond of Orioles lefty pitching prospect Zach Britton. Britton was sent down to Triple-A Norfolk yesterday after allowing just three runs in 20 innings this spring, which gave him a 1.35 ERA in Grapefruit League play. He is expected to arrive in the major leagues sometime this season.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2014
Orioles prospect Mike Wright, a towering right-hander pitching his first full season in Triple-A Norfolk, is frequently overlooked in conversations about the team's top pitching prospects. While fans clamor for the return of Dylan Bundy or the permanent arrival of Kevin Gausman in Baltimore, Wright has steadily climbed through the Orioles system all the way to Triple-A, where every arm is seen as a potential major league contributor. But Wright, who takes the hill Tuesday night looking to put a bow on a rough May in which he has allowed 20 earned runs in 23 innings, was recently touted to me by a scout as a future major league starter.
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By Matt Vensel | February 15, 2011
Baseball Prospectus gave us an early look at their predictions for the 2011 season, and there was a lot to like about what they had to say unless your name is Matt Wieters. The highly-regarded statheads say the Orioles will finish 82-80 , giving Baltimore its first summer of winning baseball since the days when Hanson was considered to be good music. But based on PECOTA -- which stands for Player Empirical Comparison and Optimization Test Algorithm -- Baseball Prospectus believes that catcher Matt Wieters is poised to be the Orioles' biggest disappointment in 2011.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2014
Gone are the days when weekly newspaper stat lines and monthly issues of Baseball America were the only sources of information on a team's minor league players. A rising interest in fantasy baseball, the home team's future, and sadly, a cottage industry of autograph creepers have all led to a boom in minor league scouting reports and player stories online. Everyone wants to know who tomorrow's stars are, and the earlier you're in on someone, the more you can crow when he turns out to be a stud.
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By Dean Jones Jr and The Baltimore Sun | January 27, 2014
Five Orioles prospects -- including four pitchers -- rank in the top 101 in baseball, according to Baseball Prospectus' list that was released Monday . The publication included right-handers Kevin Gausman (No. 10), Dylan Bundy (No. 15) and Hunter Harvey (No. 58), along with left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez (No. 61) in its rankings. Infielder Jonathan Schoop rounded out the Orioles prospects in the list at No. 82. Bundy (No. 20), Gausman (No. 31) and Rodriguez (No. 68) were all included in MLB.com's rankings that were released last week . Baseball America, which hasn't released its full rankings yet, had Bundy, Gausman, Rodriguez, Harvey and Schoop -- in that order -- as the top five prospects in the Orioles organization when that list was published in December.
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By Dean Jones Jr and The Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2013
Baseball Prospectus released its Top 10 Orioles prospects list today, and it's not too surprising that right-hander Kevin Gausman ranks No. 1 after making his major league debut last season. Gausman, who was 3-5 with a 5.66 ERA in 20 games (five starts) in 2013, moves ahead of right-hander Dylan Bundy in Baseball Prospectus' rankings this year. Bundy, who missed the entire 2013 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, falls from the top spot last year to No. 2. Right-handed pitcher Hunter Harvey, the Orioles' first-round draft pick this year, ranks No. 3 on the list.
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By David Selig and The Baltimore Sun | March 19, 2013
The Orioles made their triumphant return to the postseason in 2012. The odds of them getting back there in 2013, if you trust Baseball Prospectus' projection, are less than 5 percent . It's one of those preseason predictions that had Adam Jones saying last month that “Sometimes I wish the media would just shut the hell up. " It's not that the numbers crunchers at Baseball Prospectus hate the Orioles. It's just that much of what the O's did last year either isn't quantifiable (like deftly shuttling players up and down from the minors)
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By CHILDS WALKER | February 21, 2006
Bill Pecota bounced around to three teams and just about every position on a baseball diamond. He retired after nine major league seasons with a .249 average and a whopping 22 home runs. His is not a name you would seize on when peering into the future for strains of baseball greatness. Or so I thought. You see, Pecota's name lives on as the acronym for a 3-year-old projection system used by the folks at Baseball Prospectus. The Prospectus is a sort of baseball think tank that cranks out books previewing each season and serves as an Internet clearing house for cutting-edge thinking about statistics, team management and such.
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By Dean Jones Jr and The Baltimore Sun | January 29, 2014
One day after naming the Orioles minor league system at No. 10 overall , ESPN.com's Keith Law included five of the organization's prospects in his top 100 list for 2014 . Right-handed pitcher Kevin Gausman (No. 23) leads the Orioles prospects on the list, followed by right-handers Dylan Bundy (No. 31) and Hunter Harvey (No. 38), left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez (No. 43) and infielder Jonathan Schoop (No. 86). All five players were also included in Baseball Prospectus' top 101 list that was released Monday . Gausman (No. 10)
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By Matt Vensel | March 1, 2011
A couple of weeks ago, the folks over at Baseball Prospectus said that Orioles catcher Matt Wieters would be the team's biggest disappointment in 2011 . Now they have labeled the 24-year-old former first-round pick as one of the " most disappointing prospects of all time . " Really. "As we were among the first to hop on the Wieters bandwagon, let us be among the first off of it," wrote Steven Goldman. "The backstop is heading into his age-25 season. Whatever his .343/.
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By Dean Jones Jr and The Baltimore Sun | January 29, 2014
One day after naming the Orioles minor league system at No. 10 overall , ESPN.com's Keith Law included five of the organization's prospects in his top 100 list for 2014 . Right-handed pitcher Kevin Gausman (No. 23) leads the Orioles prospects on the list, followed by right-handers Dylan Bundy (No. 31) and Hunter Harvey (No. 38), left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez (No. 43) and infielder Jonathan Schoop (No. 86). All five players were also included in Baseball Prospectus' top 101 list that was released Monday . Gausman (No. 10)
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By Dean Jones Jr and The Baltimore Sun | January 27, 2014
Five Orioles prospects -- including four pitchers -- rank in the top 101 in baseball, according to Baseball Prospectus' list that was released Monday . The publication included right-handers Kevin Gausman (No. 10), Dylan Bundy (No. 15) and Hunter Harvey (No. 58), along with left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez (No. 61) in its rankings. Infielder Jonathan Schoop rounded out the Orioles prospects in the list at No. 82. Bundy (No. 20), Gausman (No. 31) and Rodriguez (No. 68) were all included in MLB.com's rankings that were released last week . Baseball America, which hasn't released its full rankings yet, had Bundy, Gausman, Rodriguez, Harvey and Schoop -- in that order -- as the top five prospects in the Orioles organization when that list was published in December.
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By Dean Jones Jr and The Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2013
Baseball Prospectus released its Top 10 Orioles prospects list today, and it's not too surprising that right-hander Kevin Gausman ranks No. 1 after making his major league debut last season. Gausman, who was 3-5 with a 5.66 ERA in 20 games (five starts) in 2013, moves ahead of right-hander Dylan Bundy in Baseball Prospectus' rankings this year. Bundy, who missed the entire 2013 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, falls from the top spot last year to No. 2. Right-handed pitcher Hunter Harvey, the Orioles' first-round draft pick this year, ranks No. 3 on the list.
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By David Selig and The Baltimore Sun | March 19, 2013
The Orioles made their triumphant return to the postseason in 2012. The odds of them getting back there in 2013, if you trust Baseball Prospectus' projection, are less than 5 percent . It's one of those preseason predictions that had Adam Jones saying last month that “Sometimes I wish the media would just shut the hell up. " It's not that the numbers crunchers at Baseball Prospectus hate the Orioles. It's just that much of what the O's did last year either isn't quantifiable (like deftly shuttling players up and down from the minors)
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By David Selig and The Baltimore Sun | February 20, 2013
When sifting through the national media's coverage of the Orioles this offseason, it isn't tough to notice a trend. The pundits love Dylan Bundy, they really like Buck Showalter - but ultimately they're pretty sold that the Orioles are going to have a tough time repeating their success from 2012. Here's a sample of what some of those national outlets have been writing about the O's in the past week. --- Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci writes that history isn't on the Orioles' side when it comes to winning like they did last year, and he has the numbers to back it up: Teams that make huge jumps in win totals almost always backslide.
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By Matt Vensel | July 5, 2011
Matt Wieters' selection to next week’s All-Star Game was sweet, sweet redemption for the young catcher, who was labeled as one of the biggest busts in baseball history by Baseball Prospectus before the start of the season -- just his third in the major leagues. That claim was met with criticism in Birdland and beyond, and the Orioles backstop has proved that the rumors of his looming mediocrity were greatly exaggerated. Baseball Prospectus’ belief at the time -- the writer’s name was Steven Goldman -- was that Wieters was never going to be a good enough hitter to live up to the hype that met him when he arrived in the major leagues.
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By Matt Vensel | July 5, 2011
Matt Wieters' selection to next week’s All-Star Game was sweet, sweet redemption for the young catcher, who was labeled as one of the biggest busts in baseball history by Baseball Prospectus before the start of the season -- just his third in the major leagues. That claim was met with criticism in Birdland and beyond, and the Orioles backstop has proved that the rumors of his looming mediocrity were greatly exaggerated. Baseball Prospectus’ belief at the time -- the writer’s name was Steven Goldman -- was that Wieters was never going to be a good enough hitter to live up to the hype that met him when he arrived in the major leagues.
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By Matt Vensel | March 2, 2011
My post on Baseball Prospectus labeling Orioles catcher Matt Wieters as one of the " most disappointing prospects of all time " was on fire yesterday and continued to simmer today. Most of you vehemently disagreed with those highly-regarded statheads making that assessment before Wieters' 25th birthday , though a few folks didn't think it was too premature. I haven't once thought about giving up on Wieters. Of course, he needs some work at the plate; He's 24 and hasn't even played two full major-league seasons.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg, The Baltimore Sun | April 11, 2011
Matt Wieters, the man Baseball Prospectus dubbed one of the "most disappointing prospects of all time," leaned against his locker recently and chuckled as he listened to the question. Is it possible, the Orioles catcher was asked, that you've been called overrated and over-hyped so frequently in your brief career that the pendulum has swung back and you can now be considered underrated? "I don't know," Wieters said, breaking into a thin smile. "I don't think you can really worry about it, because once that first pitch is thrown, all those ratings don't really mean much.
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By Matt Vensel | March 30, 2011
The folks over at Baseball Prospectus might not be big fans of Orioles catcher Matt Wieters -- or "Murder Mittens" as I will now call him after plugging his name into this 19th-century Baltimore Orioles nickname generator -- but they are quite fond of Orioles lefty pitching prospect Zach Britton. Britton was sent down to Triple-A Norfolk yesterday after allowing just three runs in 20 innings this spring, which gave him a 1.35 ERA in Grapefruit League play. He is expected to arrive in the major leagues sometime this season.
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