Last week, we here at Orioles101 debuted our offseason weekly Minor League Monday column and thus today, it's Monday, so what else did you expect? Today we are going to touch on the eight Baltimore Orioles organizational players currently taking part in MLB's Arizona Fall League.
The O's have four position players and four pitchers playing for the Surprise Saguaros, who are currently 2-2 after four games thus far as their season began last Tuesday.
Oddly enough, and again it's just four games in, the Orioles hitters are performing pretty well, while the pitchers have struggled…sounds a little familiar doesn't it?
Catcher Michael Ohlman has had a nice start to the season as is in a rotation with other catchers, thus he has only played two of the four games, but is 3-5 with a home run, double, RBI, four runs scored and three walks. Ohlman gave his team the lead in their second game of the season in the sixth inning when he broke a 3-3 tie with a monster solo home run, and the Saguaros did not give up that lead the rest of the way.
"I got in good hitter's count at 2-0 and he left one out over the plate," Ohlman said after the game last week. "I put a good swing on it."
Henry Urrutia has also gotten off to a good start as he is 4-8 with four singles, a RBI and one walk. Dariel Alvarez has played fairly well thus far too as he has gone 2-8 with a double, RBI, run scored and one walk. Considered the second baseman of the future for the Orioles, Jonathan Schoop has not gotten off to the start he would have liked as he is 0-8 with two walks and a run scored, and has also committed an error in the field.
Unfortunately the pitchers from Baltimore have not fared so well as all four of them have allowed at least one earned run thus far. Eduardo Rodriguez, who has gotten the lone start amongst the Orioles pitchers, tossed three innings, while allowing three hits, two runs and three strikeouts, but he was touching 94 mph on the radar gun and looked good we are told, just missed his spots.
Jason Gurka picked up a win in relief, but has allowed a run on three hits in his two innings of work thus far. Branden Kline struggled in his only appearance of the fall so far as he allowed two runs on five hits in two innings of work, while Tim Berry also allowed two runs in his only appearance, but also hit a batter and walked one in the lone inning he worked.
Combined, the Orioles pitchers in the Arizona Fall League thus far have allowed seven runs in eight innings of work, but have only walked one hitter in those eight innings, which is a good sign.
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