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Orioles101 Mailbag: Gerardo Parra’s Effect on Baltimore Orioles Lineup & MLB Trade Deadline Talk

August 2nd, 2015 at 7:00 AM
By Josh Michael

It's Sunday, and you know what that means here at Orioles101, it's Mailbag day! In our first edition since the MLB Trade Deadline, we address several questions that arose after the deadline and what the addition of Gerardo Parra does for the Baltimore Orioles lineup.

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As we always do, we want to remind you that if we receive multiple questions on the same topic, we answer them with one general response as opposed to answering each one and repeating ourselves.

What does the addition of Parra add to the O's lineup?

A very popular question once the announcement that the Orioles had traded RHP Zach Davies to the Brewers for Parra, and rightfully so.

Parra is having a career year offensively hitting well above .300 with an OPS just below .900 and was among the National League leaders in both categories before being traded. He has boasted an OBP over .350 and has the ability to hit for extra-base hit power and steal some bags.

What he brings to the O's lineup is a guy that can hit in the leadoff spot, which essentially extends the Orioles lineup because Manny Machado could be slotted in the second spot, which is where we think he fits best at, and moves Paredes down in the lineup as well, thus "extending" the lineup.

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Minor League Spotlight: Hunter Harvey Overtakes Dylan Bundy in Latest Prospect Rankings

August 1st, 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 farm system as a whole as MLB Pipeline released their latest prospect rankings, which included Hunter Harvey overtaking Dylan Bundy as the top prospect in the system.

Bundy, despite the fact that he was still returning from Tommy John Surgery, entered the season as the top ranked prospect in the Orioles' organization. Since the beginning of the season, Bundy has had more injury trouble and when he was actually on the mound, he struggled to find consistency, and in the latest prospect rankings released by MLB Pipeline, he's no longer the top prospect in the O's system.

The top spot now belongs to RHP Hunter Harvey, the O's 2013 first round draft choice. Harvey too though has dealt with injuries this year, but avoided Tommy John surgery, at least for now, and has started a throwing program, which is good news.

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Baltimore Orioles Acquire Outfielder Gerardo Parra from Milwaukee Brewers for Zach Davies

July 31st, 2015 at 10:55 AM
By Josh Michael

The trade rumor began to circulate on Thursday and on Friday it came to fruition as the Baltimore Orioles acquired OF Gerardo Parra from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for pitching prospect RHP Zach Davies.

Several outlets reported the Orioles interest on Thursday, including Lookout Landing, and on Friday, Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal was the first to report that the deal was "closing in."

The deal got done, pending physicals, and the O's got the outfielder they wanted to get.

Parra, 28, is a pending free agent at the end of the season, and is putting together quite a year to increase his value. A career .279 hitter, Parra is hitting .328 with nine home runs, 31 RBI, 24 doubles, five triples, nine stolen bases and has scored 53 runs this season to go along with a nice .886 OBP.

There's not doubt he is having a career year at the right time, but there would be no reason to believe that would change despite being traded, after all, he is still playing for his next deal and now get's to do so on a team trying to earn a playoff spot.

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Minor League Rundown: 7/30 Baltimore Orioles Affiliates Go 4-3, Dariel Alvarez Has Big Day

July 31st, 2015 at 8:59 AM
By Josh Michael

Here is your daily Baltimore Orioles Minor League rundown with quick game summaries for each of the Orioles Minor League affiliates for the day. Keep in mind that we have kept this to the five major affiliates, but will give you periodic updates on the Orioles DSL and GCL teams as well throughout the summer.

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AAA Norfolk Tides (61-43)

Tides win 6-1

  • Dariel Alvarez went 4-5 with a double, three RBI and a run scored
  • Rey Navarro went 3-3 with a walk and two runs scored
  • Zach Davies tossed six shutout innings while allowing five hits, one walk and struck out one. Has a 2.84 ERA this season

AA Bowie Baysox (59-45)

Baysox win 4-3

  • Ozzie Martinez went 3-4
  • Tucker Nathans went 1-3 with a double, two RBI and a run scored, hitting .293 since being promoted to AA
  • Ariel Miranda allowed three runs (one earned) on six hits, one walk and struck out four over five innings pitched. Has a 0.82 ERA since being promoted to AA

High-A Frederick Keys (49-56)

Keys lose 5-2

  • Josh Hart went 3-4 with a run scored
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News and Notes: Baltimore Orioles Comeback Falls Short, Gerardo Parra Trade Rumors, and More

July 31st, 2015 at 7:57 AM
By Josh Michael

It's time for your daily dose of Baltimore Orioles news and notes. In today's edition, we talk about the O's comeback effort falling just short, the swirling trade rumors surrounding Gerrado Parra and the Birds, and we provide a quick update on the standings for both the AL East and the AL Wildcard heading into the weekend.

O's valiant comeback effort falls just short

Miguel Gonzalez had an off night, and Bud Norris continued his struggles, which the combination of both presented the Orioles with two separate seven-run deficits. Baltimore trailed 7-0 in the fourth and 9-2 in the sixth, but battled their way back into the game only to come up just short in a 9-8 loss.

Trailing 7-0, Adam Jones delivered a two-run home run in the bottom of the fourth to bring the O's to within 7-2, but Norris proceeded to give up two more runs in the sixth to increase the deficit back to seven. The homer for Jones was his 183rd career home run as an Oriole, which tied him with Ken Singleton for seventh place on the O's all-time list.

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