August 7, 2006
Up Val Majewski / / The Triple-A Ottawa outfielder has quietly raised his average to .261 after hovering around .200 for much of the year. Pedro Beato / / The supplemental first-round pick has righted himself after a rough start at Single-A Aberdeen and stands 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA and 28 strikeouts in 30 innings. Zach Clark / / The UMBC product is 4-3 with a 1.70 ERA and 43 strikeouts in 42 1/3 innings for Rookie-level Bluefield. Down James Johnson / / After a poor cameo in Baltimore, the starter's ERA has risen to 4.36 at Double-A Bowie.
May 1, 2006
When Brandon Snyder had a rare bad game as an amateur, he'd simply do everything a bit harder the next time and go right back to dominating. But when the Orioles catching prospect took that approach to his first professional slump, he found it didn't work so well. That's why, after striking out 24 times and walking only four in his first 17 games at Single-A Delmarva, Snyder is trying to mellow out. "You're thinking, `Oh, I've got to swing more, I've got to swing more,' " he said. "When really, it's just the opposite.
September 7, 2005
Yesterday Single-A New York-Penn League Aberdeen 5, Brooklyn 1: Brandon Erbe (1-1) went five scoreless innings as the host IronBirds (26-47) knocked the Cyclones (40-34) out of the wild-card race. Today Single-A New York-Penn League Aberdeen at Hudson Valley, 5 p.m. Single-A Carolina League Northern Division playoffs Lynchburg at Frederick, 6:35 p.m. Single-A South Atlantic League Northern Division playoffs Hagerstown at Delmarva, 7:05 p.m.
June 28, 2005
Moves Baseball ORIOLES: Signed P Brandon Erbe (McDonogh), third-round draft choice, and OF Kieron Pope, fourth-round pick; assigned them to Rookie-level Bluefield. RANGERS: Recalled C Gerald Laird from Triple-A Oklahoma. Optioned IF Marshall McDougall to Oklahoma. LONG ISLAND (INDEPENDENT): Released P John Rocker. RIPKEN BASEBALL GROUP: Acquired Augusta GreenJackets of Single-A South Atlantic League from HWS Baseball Group. Basketball BOBCATS: Exercised 2007-08 option on F Emeka Okafor.
March 18, 2005
Things have changed at a very fast pace for McDonogh's Brandon Erbe since last spring - nearly as fast as one of his 95 mph fastballs. Erbe has gone from being one of the top pitchers in the metro area and a second-team All-Metro selection (5-3, two saves, 1.29 ERA, 84 strikeouts in 65 innings) to one of the top pitchers and pro prospects in the nation in a matter of months. Baseball America currently has Erbe, who signed with the University of Miami last September, ranked as the 33rd high school prospect in the nation, which projects him as a No. 1 draft pick come June.