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March 21, 2011

How are some 2010 Orioles doing in other camps?

Every now and then, we’ll have a conversation in the press box about how a former Oriole is doing this spring.

There are so many ex-Orioles out there that it would take forever to compile a list.

So I decided to limit one to guys that were on the 2010 team. This list includes the two players traded in the middle of the season, three dealt in the offseason, two taken in the Rule 5 draft and two who left in free agency.

Of the Orioles' seven free agents at the end of 2010, two (Ty Wigginton, Corey Patterson) signed with other teams, three (Koji Uehara, Cesar Izturis and Mark Hendrickson) re-signed with the Orioles and two (Kevin Millwood and Julio Lugo) have not found jobs.

Here are some spring stats for some 2010 Orioles who are in other camps:

Miguel Tejada, SFG, 44 At-bats, 0 HR, 4 RBIs, .227 avg/.277 on-base/.273 slugging
Ty Wigginton, COL, 39 abs, 3 HRs, 9 RBIs, .282/.333/.590
Corey Patterson, TOR, 41 abs, 0 HR, 4 RBIs, 2 SBs, .195/.195/.268
Lou Montanez, CHC, 30 abs, 0 HR, 1 RBI, .233/.250/.333
Scott Moore, CHC, 37 abs, 3HRs, 9 RBIs, .351/.400/.676
Garrett Atkins, PIT (released Monday), 31 abs, 1 HR, 4 RBIs, .129/.182/.290

David Hernandez, ARZ, 8 games, 1.13 ERA, 8 IP, 2H, 1 ER, 5BBs, 7Ks
Kam Mickolio, ARZ, 8 games, 6.14 ERA, 7 1/3 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 6 BB, 10Ks, 2 HBP
Will Ohman, CWS, 6 games, 1.50 ERA, 6 IP, 4H, 1 ER, 1BB, 0K
Matt Albers, BOS, 7 games, 1.80 ERA, 10 IP, 8H, 2 ER, 0BB, 11 Ks
Pedro Beato, NYM (Rule 5), 8 games, 4.70 ERA, 7 2/3 IP, 9H, 4ER, 3BBs, 3Ks
Pat Egan, MIL (Rule 5), 6 games, 0.00 ERA, 6 1/3 IP, 6H, 0BB, 2Ks, 2 Saves

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Posted by Dan Connolly at 10:16 PM | | Comments (16)


Thanks for the update on these guys, Dan. I had been wondering specifically about Hernandez but hadn't gotten around to trying to track down his info with Arizona. Nice to see him doing well. Ohman is not a surprise. I wonder if Albers finally put it together or if it's just a small Spring Training sample size?

Do you see the O's getting Beato or Egan back? Looks like Egan is doing well...

If Albers pitches well for the Red Sox that will be... frustrating.

Look at Scotty Moore: can he make the big league squad there?

I always liked Scott Moore. If not for his constant injury problems, I thought he could have been a very valuable utility player. Not great defensively at any position but not bad either, versatile, and good pop (not unlike a certain right-handed slugger lighting things up in spring training).

Aside from that, I was just impressed we got a guy who could competently hold a bat in exchange for Steve "How Did I Manage To Find Work for So Long" Trachsel.

Albers is always good in the spring so I am not surprised he's off to a nice start, but I am expecting the same Albers that we've seen when it counts.

Millwood was a fool not to take the Yanks offer. It was the same deal as the one they gave to Garcia. Last winter, the Cubs offered Jermaine Dye a deal that he felt was beneath him and he's out of the game now.

We should never have traded DH. He and Birkan are fine pitchers.

Jeff/Dan/Steve: Firstly, a very strong blog you have here. Keep up the good work!

I agree it is Buck's decision when to announce the Opening Day starter. But if you look at the bigger picture here, every decision and announcement is dragged on for weeks, if not months, regardless of who's call it is. GM, manager, bat boy etc.

Look at the coaching search. The manager search. And has anyone been hired to replace Krivsky yet?

I can't imagine trying to order lunch in the Warehouse. It would be dinner time before decisions were made and announced.

What we are seeing here is a culture within the front office where decisions made in haste, or even in a timely fashion are not encouraged. A similar pattern of behaviour occured in Chicago from 1994-2006.

Hmmm, what is the common variable?

Typical of ol' Andrew to trade a premiere player like Miguel Tejada and get nothing back. Pedro Viola? That guys useless. But it's another free pass for MACFAIL!

Jeff Z's reply: Orioles got Wynn Pelzer for Tejada, not Viola. But carry on.


Thank you for a unique article. It's nice to have a different take & not something run-of-the-mill.

It would be good to see traded ex-O's performing well. It will make future trades more feasible.

Tejada looks to be done

Scott Moore, Ty Wiggington, Jake Fox are triplets, Ty the best fielder of the bunch though

If Albers blooms with the Red Sox so be it. Be happy for him. He never would have done it here

Believe it or not I have some sympathy for Atkins. If he can still glove down at third someone will pick him up.

As for Hernandez doing well, hey we had to give up someone to get an everyday third baseman. If Reynolds finds his swing, we'll be in good shape

Oh and to the blogger who keeps repeating himself about the state of the Orioles (for example Vlad G is washed up, I am getting tired of it. So Shush!
Yes, I am Shushing You!

I'm not surprised that Wiggy is doing well, I wish we had kept him. As for Atkins, if he can't make either the O's or the Pirates it's hard to imagine him getting picked up by anyone else.
I hope they all do well.

Umm, that 2nd post was not mine. You can see my e-mail address in the first post. If that one is not being used, it is not me. I was quite happy with the Tejada trade. Andy made a solid move.

Of course fat Matt Albers would pitch extremely well for a team located in the birth city of Dunkin Donuts. Someone told him they were on every street corner and he stepped his game up. I hope we see him this year and he pitches to his Baltimore form

Ty Wigginton is, was, and ALWAYS will be HORRIBLE!!! Thank the good lord he is no longer an oriole.

Hey Superstar: I guess players who are "horrible" make the All-Star team every year, huh? Ty Wigginton isn't "horrible." He is a solid role player and will be in the league for a long time. I guess the new organization that thought he was worth everyday money is wrong, too, huh? Superstar, you are only a superstar when it comes to cluelessness. That much is clear. Have a wonderful day seeking a clue.

Scott Moore should have been the O's 3rd baseman a long time ago. What's the use of having prospects if you're never going to give them a chance at the big league level? Defeats the purpose of having a minor league system. Look for Josh Bell to be the next one popping up somewhere else with nothing for McPhailure to show for it. This franchise continues to spin it's wheels. Sad. Very sad.

"Scott Moore should have been the O's 3rd baseman a long time ago. What's the use of having prospects if you're never going to give them a chance at the big league level? Defeats the purpose of having a minor league system. Look for Josh Bell to be the next one popping up somewhere else with nothing for McPhailure to show for it. This franchise continues to spin it's wheels. Sad. Very sad."

Really? I guess he should have been the 3B for the Cubs before the Orioles got him for almost nothing when they traded Steve Trachsel? If he was any good, he would have been a regular by now. Scott Moore can't field well enough to be a 3B/SS/ or 2B, and hits too poorly to be a 1B...where his defense is also terrible. AAAA player by the very definition.

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A Baltimore native, Dan Connolly has been covering sports for 14 years, and baseball and the Orioles for 10 seasons, including the past six with The Sun. His first year covering baseball on a daily basis was Cal Ripken Jr.'s final season as a player. It's believed that is just a coincidence.

Steve Gould is an assistant sports editor for The Sun, overseeing Orioles coverage. The Columbia native joined The Sun as a sports copy editor in 2006 after graduating from the University of Maryland.

Peter Schmuck has been covering baseball for a lot longer than Steve Gould has been on this earth. He is now a general sports columnist, but has been a beat writer covering three major league teams (the Dodgers, Angels and Orioles) and also spent a decade as the Sun's national baseball writer. If you want more of his insight on the Orioles and other sports issues, check out his personal blog -- The Schmuck Stops Here.

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