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By Matt Vensel | July 20, 2011
Fans who haven't already given up on Matt Hobgood can check out the Orioles' 2009 first-round draft pick this summer in Aberdeen, where he is trying to salvage his 2011 season after being sidelined for most of it with a strained rotator cuff in his throwing arm. The 20-year-old right-hander made his first start for the Single-A IronBirds over the weekend, and he is scheduled to start Thursday night's game at Brooklyn. Hobgood allowed three runs (two earned) and five hits in four innings on Saturday, striking out three batters in a 4-3 loss to Vermont.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | April 30, 2014
With every new draft class, the Orioles' 2009 first-round pick, Matt Hobgood, moves further from the center of attention. Rotator cuff surgery in 2011 punctuated two seasons of less-than-impressive results, but after returning last year, the 6-foot-4, 245-pound right-hander is establishing himself as a bullpen force for the Class-A Frederick Keys. Hobgood has allowed three earned runs in 13 2/3 innings over six appearances, with a 1.98 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP. Hobgood hasn't pitched since April 24, when he allowed three runs - one earned - and four hits in the Keys' walk-off win over Myrtle Beach.
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The Baltimore Sun | July 20, 2013
Matt Hobgood, the Orioles' first-round pick in 2009, made his first appearance for High-A Frederick on Saturday, allowing one run on two hits in 4 2/3 innings of relief against Salem. Hobgood is making his way back after shoulder surgery last year. He struck out six on Saturday, and the only run he gave up came on a homer. He was 7-3 with a 3.71 ERA in 24 appearances (one start) for Low-A Delmarva this season before being promoted to the Keys earlier this week.
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By Dean Jones Jr and The Baltimore Sun | January 28, 2014
Continuing the seemingly neverending offseason look at baseball's best prospects from various experts, ESPN's Keith Law released his minor league system rankings Tuesday . It's "Insider" content on the ESPN website, but he has the Orioles ranked at No. 10. Very top-heavy, but a strong front five, all on the top 100, due in no small part to a string of four straight solid first-round picks since the Matt Hobgood fiasco. (Hobgood, the No. 5 overall pick in the 2009 draft, has a 5.05 ERA in his career and hasn't made it past Class A.)
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The Baltimore Sun | July 16, 2013
The Orioles promoted 2009 first-round pick Matt Hobgood to High-A Frederick on Tuesday after he started the season at Low-A Delmarva. It's the highest level for Hobgood in his professional career. Hobgood, who missed all of the 2012 season after undergoing surgery on the rotator cuff in his right arm, has pitched primarily in a relief role for the Shorebirds after beginning his professional career as a starter. The 6-foot-4, 245-pound Hobgood was 7-3 with a 3.71 ERA in 24 appearances (one start)
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 4, 2013
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles minor leaguer Matt Hobgood, the fifth-overall pick in the 2009 draft, threw his first bullpen session of the spring and just his second since season-ending rotator-cuff surgery 11 months ago on Sunday morning at the Buck O'Neil Baseball Complex at Twins Lakes Park. He threw a brief pen session in instructional league in October. Hobgood, who has been limited to 42 games in his minor league career because of inconsistency and injury, said he's pitching pain free for the first time in nearly four years.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | April 30, 2014
With every new draft class, the Orioles' 2009 first-round pick, Matt Hobgood, moves further from the center of attention. Rotator cuff surgery in 2011 punctuated two seasons of less-than-impressive results, but after returning last year, the 6-foot-4, 245-pound right-hander is establishing himself as a bullpen force for the Class-A Frederick Keys. Hobgood has allowed three earned runs in 13 2/3 innings over six appearances, with a 1.98 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP. Hobgood hasn't pitched since April 24, when he allowed three runs - one earned - and four hits in the Keys' walk-off win over Myrtle Beach.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 4, 2013
SARASOTA, Fla. - As pitchers conducted their first workout of the spring at the Orioles' minor league camp Monday, the beginning of two comebacks took place in the bullpen area of the Buck O'Neil Baseball Complex at Twin Lakes Park. It's been nearly four years since the Orioles made highly touted high schoolers Matt Hobgood and Mychal Givens their top two picks in the 2009 draft. Both have struggled to live up to expectations, but they both arrive in camp this spring with renewed hope for their careers.
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By Daniel Gallen and The Baltimore Sun | August 6, 2013
When Matt Hobgood stepped on the mound for the first time in rookie league on July 18, 2009, he couldn't find the arm strength that propelled his 98-mph fastballs and his rise to the fifth overall pick in that year's first-year player draft. In its place that summer in Bluefield, W.Va. - and later in Delmarva, Aberdeen and Sarasota, Fla. - was pain and soreness that never really subsided. His velocity dipped lower and lower while his ERA soared, and soon, the confidence of the top high school pitcher in the class of 2009 was all but gone.
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By Dean Jones Jr and The Baltimore Sun | January 28, 2014
Continuing the seemingly neverending offseason look at baseball's best prospects from various experts, ESPN's Keith Law released his minor league system rankings Tuesday . It's "Insider" content on the ESPN website, but he has the Orioles ranked at No. 10. Very top-heavy, but a strong front five, all on the top 100, due in no small part to a string of four straight solid first-round picks since the Matt Hobgood fiasco. (Hobgood, the No. 5 overall pick in the 2009 draft, has a 5.05 ERA in his career and hasn't made it past Class A.)
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By Daniel Gallen and The Baltimore Sun | August 6, 2013
When Matt Hobgood stepped on the mound for the first time in rookie league on July 18, 2009, he couldn't find the arm strength that propelled his 98-mph fastballs and his rise to the fifth overall pick in that year's first-year player draft. In its place that summer in Bluefield, W.Va. - and later in Delmarva, Aberdeen and Sarasota, Fla. - was pain and soreness that never really subsided. His velocity dipped lower and lower while his ERA soared, and soon, the confidence of the top high school pitcher in the class of 2009 was all but gone.
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The Baltimore Sun | July 20, 2013
Matt Hobgood, the Orioles' first-round pick in 2009, made his first appearance for High-A Frederick on Saturday, allowing one run on two hits in 4 2/3 innings of relief against Salem. Hobgood is making his way back after shoulder surgery last year. He struck out six on Saturday, and the only run he gave up came on a homer. He was 7-3 with a 3.71 ERA in 24 appearances (one start) for Low-A Delmarva this season before being promoted to the Keys earlier this week.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | July 17, 2013
Each Wednesday, blogger Matt Vensel will highlight five statistics that really mean something for the Orioles. 37 -- home runs for Chris Davis before the All-Star break, putting him on a pace to hit 62 this season. Davis entered the All-Star break with 37 home runs and 93 RBIs. He is one of two players in baseball history to have at least 30 home runs and 90 RBIs before the All-Star break, according to ESPN Stats and Info. The other is Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera, also this season.
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The Baltimore Sun | July 16, 2013
The Orioles promoted 2009 first-round pick Matt Hobgood to High-A Frederick on Tuesday after he started the season at Low-A Delmarva. It's the highest level for Hobgood in his professional career. Hobgood, who missed all of the 2012 season after undergoing surgery on the rotator cuff in his right arm, has pitched primarily in a relief role for the Shorebirds after beginning his professional career as a starter. The 6-foot-4, 245-pound Hobgood was 7-3 with a 3.71 ERA in 24 appearances (one start)
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 18, 2013
Orioles first-base prospect Tyler Townsend, a Delaware native who was the organization's third-round pick in 2009 out of Florida International, is hurt again and has no set timetable for returning to action. Townsend, 24, injured his right wrist in the offseason and entered minor league camp with that injury, according to a team official. He's now dealing with a hip flexor and has not been able to play in games. Once considered among the system's best power prospects, Townsend has been riddled with injuries and played in just 68 games last season - although he had six homers in 21 games for Double-A Bowie last year.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 4, 2013
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles minor leaguer Matt Hobgood, the fifth-overall pick in the 2009 draft, threw his first bullpen session of the spring and just his second since season-ending rotator-cuff surgery 11 months ago on Sunday morning at the Buck O'Neil Baseball Complex at Twins Lakes Park. He threw a brief pen session in instructional league in October. Hobgood, who has been limited to 42 games in his minor league career because of inconsistency and injury, said he's pitching pain free for the first time in nearly four years.
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By Mike Klingaman and Mike Klingaman,mike.klingaman@baltsun.com | June 14, 2009
He strode toward the plate, a California schoolboy with a resolute look and a chance to win the game. But before he stepped in, Matt Hobgood looked skyward, knelt and, without a word, wrote his late father's initials in the dirt. R ... L ... H. Then he waggled his bat, swung from the heels and drove the first pitch 400 feet for a home run. The crowd went nuts. Circling the bases, Hobgood raised both arms toward heaven and whispered, Thanks, Pops. For the first 18 years, Matt Hobgood's life has played out like a movie.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 18, 2013
Orioles first-base prospect Tyler Townsend, a Delaware native who was the organization's third-round pick in 2009 out of Florida International, is hurt again and has no set timetable for returning to action. Townsend, 24, injured his right wrist in the offseason and entered minor league camp with that injury, according to a team official. He's now dealing with a hip flexor and has not been able to play in games. Once considered among the system's best power prospects, Townsend has been riddled with injuries and played in just 68 games last season - although he had six homers in 21 games for Double-A Bowie last year.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 4, 2013
SARASOTA, Fla. - As pitchers conducted their first workout of the spring at the Orioles' minor league camp Monday, the beginning of two comebacks took place in the bullpen area of the Buck O'Neil Baseball Complex at Twin Lakes Park. It's been nearly four years since the Orioles made highly touted high schoolers Matt Hobgood and Mychal Givens their top two picks in the 2009 draft. Both have struggled to live up to expectations, but they both arrive in camp this spring with renewed hope for their careers.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 23, 2012
Former Orioles top pick Matt Hobgood, who has battled ineffectiveness and injury in his brief pro career, will have right rotator-cuff surgery April 2 and is expected to miss all of the 2012 season. The 21-year-old Hobgood, whom the Orioles selected in the first round (fifth overall) in 2009, was shut down earlier this month with shoulder discomfort, something that previously has hampered him in his career. He was examined by Dr. Craig Morgan earlier this week and surgery to repair the shoulder was recommended, according to John Stockstill, the Orioles' director of player development.
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