Ex-Oriole Report: Which former Orioles are having the best and worst 2017 seasons? - BaltimoreBaseball.com
Paul Folkemer

Ex-Oriole Report: Which former Orioles are having the best and worst 2017 seasons?

Every so often here at BaltimoreBaseball.com, we’ve been checking in on how former Orioles around the majors have fared this season.

With the 2017 regular season coming to a close this month, we’re ranking the five best and five worst seasons for ex-Orioles.

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  1. Boog Robinson Robinson

    September 14, 2017 at 8:08 am

    Paul … I didn’t know you had it in you. That that dig in last sentence, of frame #11 .. the Gallardo write-up … mean spirited …. but true. I like it!!

    I believe that exposes you as and actual fan of this team … No?

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      September 14, 2017 at 8:14 am

      P.S. Thanks for taking it relatively easy on my boy Matt Wieters.

    • Paul Folkemer

      September 14, 2017 at 1:52 pm

      I’m definitely an avid observer of the team. I’ll say that.

  2. Os_Skins

    September 14, 2017 at 10:03 am

    The Wieters one is tough. It became clear over the last 2 or 3 years that his game had decreased immensely, BUT, what he brought to the clubhouse and what he brought to the pitching staff was underrated. Despite the “advanced metrics” hating Wieters, his pitchers have always spoken highly about him. I live down in Northern Virginia and am subject to a lot of Nats media by default and have heard Gio attribute his amazing year and resurgence to Wieters, I’ve heard Scherzer praise his ability to scout and call pitches. Looking at how bad this year’s rotation has been, it certainly makes you wonder if they would have been better with Wieters back there (although I think, and Palmer pointed out quite a few times last year, that he was too often taking the lazy option on balls in the dirt by trying to backhand rather than block). My dad is a huge Nats fan, and while he acknowledges that Wieters has been pretty disappointing at the plate, he likes to emphasize that he has a knack for the clutch.

    THAT SAID, I was not at all a fan of how he contributed to the Ken Rosenthal pre-season Brady Anderson story.

    • Paul Folkemer

      September 14, 2017 at 1:55 pm

      Can’t argue with much here. Wieters has gotten a lot of praise for his game-calling skills, and I’m sure a lot of Orioles pitchers were comfortable working with him. That said, I don’t think the O’s pitching staff would be much or any better if he were still in Baltimore. He’s not a miracle worker — he can’t singlehandedly make Jimenez, Tillman, Hellickson, etc. pitch better.

  3. Birdman

    September 14, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    When you look at Bridwell, Arrieta, and Davies, that’s quite a trio … If the Orioles had those three in their starting rotation (along with Bundy and Gausman), they would be a legitimate World Series contender

    • Paul Folkemer

      September 14, 2017 at 1:58 pm

      That’s with the caveat that the Orioles would’ve had to develop those pitchers. Arrieta and Bridwell, for two, might never have succeeded in the Orioles’ organization. Those pitchers went to other teams that made significant changes to their repertoire/mechanics/etc. that allowed them to be more successful.

  4. Strovel

    September 14, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    I don’t even count Turner. He was Ruben Tejada when he was here and anybody in baseball who says they saw a .900 ops in his future while he was here is lying.

    • Paul Folkemer

      September 14, 2017 at 2:00 pm

      Any player who was in the Orioles’ organization (as Turner was) is eligible for this list. That’s not meant to suggest that the Orioles made a mistake in letting him go. As I said in the story, nobody saw this coming with Turner. Still, he’s a former Oriole and he’s having a great year, so that’s why he was included.


    September 14, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    There is no guarantee that Arietta, Davies and Bridwell would have pitched as well in Baltimore as they have elsewhere. Arietta was given many chances to prove himself here but it didn’t work out.
    Pitching is a complete crapshoot on the MLB level. There are never any guarantees that a pitcher is going to be productive through the length of a contract. Look at all the money the Red Sox gave David Price. That deal will haunt them for years. Detroit gave Jordan Zimmermann a boatload of money too. I am sure they regret it.
    The same goes for Kansas City with Ian Kennedy and San Diego with James Shields.
    Nearly every MLB team has signed a pitcher that hasn’t worked out for them.
    The key is to develop pitchers in your minor league system so that you don’t have to buy one on the open market.
    The Cubs have been very lucky. Their starters are all imports (Lester, Lackey, Arietta, Hendricks). That doesn’t happen much. On the other hand, I think the Indians’ starters all came up through their system.

    • Dan Connolly

      September 14, 2017 at 3:06 pm

      Kluber & Carrasco & Clevinger were acquired by Indians in separate trades. Bauer, Salazar and Tomlin were homegrown.

      • Paul Folkemer

        September 14, 2017 at 5:44 pm

        Bauer was acquired in a trade, too. Part of a three-team, nine-player trade with the Reds and Diamondbacks that also involved Didi Gregorius, Shin-Soo Choo and others. Even ex-Orioles Matt Albers and Drew Stubbs were involved.

        Kudos to the Indians for some shrewd trades. To get Kluber and Clevinger, they gave up Ryan Ludwick and Vinnie Pestano.

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