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Minor League Spotlight: Baltimore Orioles’ Prospects Shining in Mexico

November 28th, 2015 at 7:00 AM
By Josh Michael

It's time for another edition of our Baltimore Orioles minor league spotlight. This week, we focus on the O's farmhands that are playing winter ball in Mexico as part of the Mexican Pacific League.

By our count, there are four Orioles' prospects/farmhands currently playing in the Mexican Pacific League for the Mayos de Navojoa: OF Quincy Latimore, OF Glynn Davis, and pitchers Gene Escat and Eddie Gamboa.

First, it needs to be mentioned that Gamboa is currently a minor league free agent, so he is not technically an O's farmhand at the moment.

First, we will start with the duo of O’s outfielders in Latimore and Davis.

Latimore was one of the biggest contributors to the AA Bowie Baysox this season and helped lead them to their first ever Eastern League Championship. He has picked up right where he left off. Latimore is hitting .276 with five home runs, 28 RBI, 12 doubles and has scored 18 runs in 41 games played. In addition, Latimore has also walked 18 times to help him boast a .356 on base percentage. He currently leads the team with 156 at bats and has also committed just one error in the field.

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News and Notes: Chris Davis, Yovani Gallardo, Alex Gordon, and Wei-Yin Chen

November 27th, 2015 at 8:02 AM
By Josh Michael

It's time for your daily dose of Baltimore Orioles news and notes and if you are still stuffed from yesterday's Thanksgiving meals, don't worry, there's no carbs in this dose of news and notes. In today's edition, we play catch-up a little bit from some news that came out Wednesday regarding Yovani Gallardo, Alex Gordon and Wei-Yin Chen, as well as a quick update on Chris Davis.

O's have reportedly contacted free agent starter, Yovani Gallardo

The Baltimore Sun's Eduardo Encina reported on Wednesday that the Orioles have expressed interest in the 29-year-old right hander.

Encina did state that it is very early in the process and there does not appear to be any likelihood of near-term movement, so don't think a potential deal is right around the corner.

While Gallardo is someone that could fit the bill financially for the Orioles, he would cost a draft pick as he was given a qualifying offer by the Texas Rangers, so if the O's wanted to sign him, it would cost them the 15th overall pick in the 2016 MLB Draft to do so.

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Baltimore Orioles’ Fans Have Plenty to Be Thankful for, Happy Thanksgiving!

November 26th, 2015 at 7:00 AM
By Josh Michael

The holiday season has officially begun, and on this day for giving thanks, we highlight all that Baltimore Orioles fans have to be thankful for.

First off, Happy Thanksgiving to every single one of you and we here at Orioles101 hope you get to enjoy it with your family, friends and loved ones. We would also like to thank all of those serving our wonderful nation in the armed forces, police officers, fire fighters, law enforcement and all of those who help keep us safe and able to enjoy the Holiday.

Now as for Orioles' fans and what we all have to be thankful for, there are plenty of things. Keep in mind, that while we try to highlight the several things we as Orioles' fans should be thankful for, there is no way we could touch on all of them, so if we left something off, don't think we are not thankful for it.

Orioles' Fans Should Be Thankful For:

  • Four straight seasons without a losing record
  • Watching an Oriole lead all of baseball in home runs for three straight seasons
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Baltimore Orioles Acquire Outfielder L.J. Hoes from Houston Astros

November 25th, 2015 at 12:47 PM
By Josh Michael

The Baltimore Orioles made a trade on Wednesday, acquiring OF L.J. Hoes from the Houston Astros.

Yes, you could consider it "re-aquiring" Hoes, who was traded from the Orioles to Houston back in 2013 as part of the deal that brought RHP Bud Norris to Baltimore.

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman was the first to report the trade.

Hoes, 25, was recently designated for assignment by the Astros and the O's acquired him today for cash considerations…yes the Orioles got Hoes for cash. Enjoy the chuckle, we did.

Per MASN's Roch Kubatko, the Orioles designated infielder Andy Wilkins for assignment in order to clear room for Hoes on the 40-man roster.

Baltimore originally drafted Hoes in the third round of the 2008 MLB Draft out of St. John's High School in Washington D.C. as a second baseman. Obviously, since then he has become an outfielder that is capable of playing all three outfield positions.

In 337 career plate appearances in the big leagues, Hoes owns a .237 batting average with a .289 OBP while hitting four home runs, 12 doubles and two triples. In 2015 with the Astros, Hoes got just 15 at bats collecting four singles and a RBI. In his minimal major league experience, Hoes has hit left handed pitching better at a .248/.306/.391 clip as opposed to .229/.275/.280 against right handers.

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News and Notes: Eight Minor League Free Agent Signings, Kevin Gausman Gets Lasik

November 25th, 2015 at 8:00 AM
By Josh Michael

It's time for your daily dose of Baltimore Orioles news and notes. In today's pre-Thanksgiving edition, we talk about the eight minor league free agent deals announced Tuesday, as well as Kevin Gausman getting lasik surgery.

Orioles announce signing of eight players to minor league deals

The O's officially announced on Tuesday the signings of eight players to minor league contracts: 1B Ji-Man Choi, RHP Pedro Beato, RHP Todd Redmond, LHP Cesar Cabral, LHP Ashur Tolliver, INF Steve Tolleson, INF Ozzie Martinez and C Audry Perez.

Although most of the agreements had already been reported by various outlets, it's always nice to see the official announcement come out as well. In addition, the other key part to the O's official announcement is that all eight deals include invites to big league spring training.

That is key to point out because roster spots can and likely will be won by guys who are in big league camp on a minor league deal with a spring training invite….remember Delmon Young?

We have already touched on the Choi signing when the news first came out, and wrote about Tolleson in Tuesday 's edition of news and notes.

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