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May 23, 2011

Hoes gets promotion; a couple of other minor league notes

Orioles second base prospect LJ Hoes has been promoted from Single-A Frederick to Double-A Bowie.

Hoes, 21, batted .241 with three homers, 17 RBIs and four steals in 41 games for the Keys. He got off to a really poor start but has raised his average in the past couple of weeks.

Hoes, a Bowie native who was the Orioles' third-round pick in 2008, is ranked as the Orioles' fourth-best prospect by Baseball America. He played in three games for Bowie last year, going 2-for-9 with an RBI.

Catcher Luis Bernardo was transferred to the Gulf Coast League team. The Orioles are talking about converting Bernardo into a pitcher because he just hasn't hit, carrying a .221 career minor league average into this season.

Catcher Adam Donachie was transferred to Fredrick to take Bernardo's place.

Keys right-hander Bobby Bundy was named the Carolina League Pitcher of the Week.

Single-A Delmarva's Mike Flacco was named the South Atlantic League Player of the Week. Yes, Mike is Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco's brother, if you are not familiar.

Posted by Jeff Zrebiec at 3:18 PM | | Comments (6)
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Comments

It was dissapointing to see Hoes not start the year at Bowie, but at least he's there now. Hopefully Townsend gets the same promotion between now and the all-star break.

I myself have always been an admirer of hos'

I really am glad to see some of these promotions,, and looking at Delmarva's team expect a few more in a month or so maybe after the A allstar break and the draft.. ONE thing that really irks me about the orioles drafting so high is knowing the agent will drag out the signing negotiations until the guy has lost all the remaining chance to learn and preform this summer...

How about Tyler Townsend? He is tearing it up at Frederick. If anyone deserves a promotion, it should be him?

FYI:

The O's last year on 5/25/10:

15-31, 17 GB

2011:

21-24, 3.5 GB

Clearly the team is better (and perhaps the AL East is worse), but you must see the improvement. Whether 75-80 wins is enough of an improvement is a valid argument, of course.

(Even though the Orioles were 15-31 on 5/25/10, following a win, they proceeded to lose 10 straight, and then 11 of the next 15 after that - to sit at a miserable 19-52 on 6/23/10. They've already surpassed that win total.

Any idea why Kipp Schutz has not been promoted from Delmarva? He hit well there LAST year as well, though not at his current .380 clip; and, he is rather old for that league. What am I missing?

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Jeff Z's reply: Steve Melewski, who does a fine job covering O's and their system for masn, reported today that Schutz has been promoted to Frederick. So you got your wish Marty. Have yourself a good day.

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