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For the second year in a row http://www.royalsfanproshop.com/authentic-ryan-goins-jersey , there is chatter about Miguel Castro competing for a job in the starting rotation. There are pros and cons to moving the bullpen piece to the rotation."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Commentary & AnalysisOrioles ProspectsOrioles Game RecapsOrioles News and RumorsCamdencastCommentary & AnalysisMiguel Castro: Starter or reliever?New,10commentsFor the second year in a row, there is chatter about Miguel Castro competing for a job in the starting rotation. There are pros and cons to moving the bullpen piece to the rotation.ESTShareTweetShareShareMiguel Castro: Starter or reliever?Gary Rohman-USA TODAY SportsIf you’re reading this, you know that the Orioles starting pitching needs some help. We’re talking about a rotation that posted a league-worst 5.48 ERA last season. Believe it or not, that was actually an improvement over Baltimore starters’ collective ERA of 5.70 in 2017. Orioles starters have let their club down mightily over the past two season. While we aren’t expecting the O’s to compete, an improved rotation would at least make the team much more watchable in 2019.Will Mike Elias take pity on us poor O’s fans and improve that disastrous rotation, in which Alex Cobb, Andrew Cashner, and Dylan Bundy are currently the only locks? We know that the team isn’t going to give a potential free agent signing more than a one-year contract. The leading in-house candidates are David Hess and Yefry Ramirez. (Insert joke about printing playoff tickets.)Given this, would it be worthwhile giving Miguel Castro another shot in the starting rotation? In yesterday’s blog, MASN’s Rock Kubatko passed along some quotes from Castro about the topic. Castro said, “Right now I’m thinking of myself as a reliever, coming out of the bullpen and helping my team.” That’s a pretty straight answer. Still, the club should at least consider such a move Alcides Escobar Jersey , which would have long term impacts on both Castro and other contenders for rotation spots.The argument in favor of giving Castro a crack at a rotation spot comes down to the fact that he has one of the most electric arms on the roster. His fastball averaged 95.9 MPH last season and his slider is a very effective pitch again right-handed hitters. Castro has always had a live arm that impressed scouts. While the strikeout numbers haven’t translated to the majors as much as you would expect (averaging 6.1 per nine innings over his career and 5.9 in 2018), he has shown himself to be a capable major league pitcher. In 152.2 innings with the Orioles, he has pitched to a respectable ERA of 3.77. That number is even more impressive when considering how bad his fellow Oriole pitchers have been over the past two seasons.Starting pitchers are far more valuable to a club than relievers, so it can be said that a team’s best pitchers should be given the opportunity to start. Is Castro a better overall pitcher than Hess or Ramirez? The answer is probably yes. There are other factors that could help Castro transition into the starting rotation. One is that the lack of command he has exhibited in his career may play better in the rotation than the bullpen. Castro has walked one batter every two innings throughout his career and that number ballooned to 5.2 walks per nine innings last season. That is serious trouble with command. However, starting pitchers have more wiggle room to work out control issues. A reliever entering a bases loaded, tie game situation and walking the first two batters is a huge problem. Also, unlike many power relievers Castro is more than just a fastball/slider pitcher. He has a change-up, which he typically uses against left-handed hitters. He held left-handed batters to a .244 batting average against (14 points higher than righties) so he has the tools to get out all batters.Discussing Castro’s prospects as a starting pitcher wouldn’t be complete without mentioning last year’s spring training results. Buck Showalter gave him a chance to win a rotation spot and it didn’t go well. In 12.2 innings, he compiled a 6.39 ERA and 1.59 WHIP. So we got to watch Mike Wright start games in April instead! It’s hard, and maybe unreasonable, to draw conclusions from such a small sample size. But that’s the reality of spring training, and the numbers speak for themselves. There is also a concern that stretching Castro out to a starter’s length may cause him to be less effective. Would that 96 MPH be there in the fifth, sixth, or seventh inning? It also needs to be considered that perhaps what isn’t broken shouldn’t be fixed. Castro has settled into a nice bullpen piece for the Orioles. The walks make his WHIP higher than we’d like to see http://www.royalsfanproshop.com/authentic-ryan-goins-jersey , but he is only 24 years old and can improve. Baseball Reference rated him as a 1.3 WAR reliever in only 86.1 innings. He provides value in that role. If the O’s rebuilding process is accelerated, he could be a vital bullpen piece on the next competitive team in Baltimore. Or he could turn into a nice trade chip. Castro competing for and winning a rotation slot would have an impact beyond him. David Hess and Yefry Ramirez have worked as starters throughout the whole career and neither has had eye-popping success at the major league level (5.80 and 5.29 2018 ERAs respectively). Neither have dominating stuff that would play well in the back end of a bullpen. They are best bets to succeed as starters and Castro would block them. We can say the same thing about more highly regarded prospects Josh Rogers and Luis Ortiz. If Brandon Hyde were to ask me for advice (doubtful) I think it would be best to stretch Miguel Castro out as a starter in spring training and have him compete for a spot in the rotation. He has a higher upside than Hess or Ramirez and his value increases if the switch works out. If the results are the same as last season, it is easy to reign him back to a reliever’s innings. According to Castro, his role doesn’t impact how he trains. He told Kubatko, “My plans stay the same. Continue to improve my body, continue to improve my mechanics and especially to improve my command.”While any potential wins gained or lost from this decision won’t matter to the 2019 Orioles, this decision could have future ramifications. If you had Brandon Hyde’s ear, what would you have him do with Miguel Castro in spring training? Everyone lost. Except Iowa, who had the common sense to take the day off."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Chicago Cubs recapsChicago Cubs minor leaguesChicago Cubs essaysChicago Cubs game threadsWrigley Field renovationsFull archiveLibrary Bleed Cubbie Blue Community GuidelinesCurrent time in ChicagoBCB Specials & Site InfoWinter 2019 music threadsCubs StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Cubs newsYahoo Cubs team pageYahoo Cubs reportYahoo Cubs depth chartYahoo Cubs transactionsYahoo Cubs photosOdds Shop About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub 鉁旵hicago Cubs minor leaguesChicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: April 16New,12commentsEveryone lost. Except Iowa, who had the common sense to take the day off. CDTShareTweetShareShareChicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: April 16Jonathan SierraEugene EmeraldsMike Montgomery is supposed to make a rehab start in South Bend tomorrow night. He was supposed to make it tonight, but his wife gave birth to his first child. So he had a good excuse.Iowa CubsOn the road to New Orleans.Tennessee SmokiesThe Tennessee Smokies were demoted by the Jackson Generals (Diamondbacks), 9-0.In each of his first two starts of the season, Thomas Hatch pitched five innings and did not allow a run. He gave up only two hits in the first one and none in the second start. Tonight Jorge Soler Jersey , h
For the second year in a row http://www.royalsfanproshop.com/authentic-ryan-goins-jersey , there is chatter about Miguel Castro competing for a job in the starting rotation. There are pros and cons to moving the bullpen piece to the rotation."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Commentary & AnalysisOrioles ProspectsOrioles Game RecapsOrioles News and RumorsCamdencastCommentary & AnalysisMiguel Castro: Starter or reliever?New,10commentsFor the second year in a row, there is chatter about Miguel Castro competing for a job in the starting rotation. There are pros and cons to moving the bullpen piece to the rotation.ESTShareTweetShareShareMiguel Castro: Starter or reliever?Gary Rohman-USA TODAY SportsIf you’re reading this, you know that the Orioles starting pitching needs some help. We’re talking about a rotation that posted a league-worst 5.48 ERA last season. Believe it or not, that was actually an improvement over Baltimore starters’ collective ERA of 5.70 in 2017. Orioles starters have let their club down mightily over the past two season. While we aren’t expecting the O’s to compete, an improved rotation would at least make the team much more watchable in 2019.Will Mike Elias take pity on us poor O’s fans and improve that disastrous rotation, in which Alex Cobb, Andrew Cashner, and Dylan Bundy are currently the only locks? We know that the team isn’t going to give a potential free agent signing more than a one-year contract. The leading in-house candidates are David Hess and Yefry Ramirez. (Insert joke about printing playoff tickets.)Given this, would it be worthwhile giving Miguel Castro another shot in the starting rotation? In yesterday’s blog, MASN’s Rock Kubatko passed along some quotes from Castro about the topic. Castro said, “Right now I’m thinking of myself as a reliever, coming out of the bullpen and helping my team.” That’s a pretty straight answer. Still, the club should at least consider such a move Alcides Escobar Jersey , which would have long term impacts on both Castro and other contenders for rotation spots.The argument in favor of giving Castro a crack at a rotation spot comes down to the fact that he has one of the most electric arms on the roster. His fastball averaged 95.9 MPH last season and his slider is a very effective pitch again right-handed hitters. Castro has always had a live arm that impressed scouts. While the strikeout numbers haven’t translated to the majors as much as you would expect (averaging 6.1 per nine innings over his career and 5.9 in 2018), he has shown himself to be a capable major league pitcher. In 152.2 innings with the Orioles, he has pitched to a respectable ERA of 3.77. That number is even more impressive when considering how bad his fellow Oriole pitchers have been over the past two seasons.Starting pitchers are far more valuable to a club than relievers, so it can be said that a team’s best pitchers should be given the opportunity to start. Is Castro a better overall pitcher than Hess or Ramirez? The answer is probably yes. There are other factors that could help Castro transition into the starting rotation. One is that the lack of command he has exhibited in his career may play better in the rotation than the bullpen. Castro has walked one batter every two innings throughout his career and that number ballooned to 5.2 walks per nine innings last season. That is serious trouble with command. However, starting pitchers have more wiggle room to work out control issues. A reliever entering a bases loaded, tie game situation and walking the first two batters is a huge problem. Also, unlike many power relievers Castro is more than just a fastball/slider pitcher. He has a change-up, which he typically uses against left-handed hitters. He held left-handed batters to a .244 batting average against (14 points higher than righties) so he has the tools to get out all batters.Discussing Castro’s prospects as a starting pitcher wouldn’t be complete without mentioning last year’s spring training results. Buck Showalter gave him a chance to win a rotation spot and it didn’t go well. In 12.2 innings, he compiled a 6.39 ERA and 1.59 WHIP. So we got to watch Mike Wright start games in April instead! It’s hard, and maybe unreasonable, to draw conclusions from such a small sample size. But that’s the reality of spring training, and the numbers speak for themselves. There is also a concern that stretching Castro out to a starter’s length may cause him to be less effective. Would that 96 MPH be there in the fifth, sixth, or seventh inning? It also needs to be considered that perhaps what isn’t broken shouldn’t be fixed. Castro has settled into a nice bullpen piece for the Orioles. The walks make his WHIP higher than we’d like to see http://www.royalsfanproshop.com/authentic-ryan-goins-jersey , but he is only 24 years old and can improve. Baseball Reference rated him as a 1.3 WAR reliever in only 86.1 innings. He provides value in that role. If the O’s rebuilding process is accelerated, he could be a vital bullpen piece on the next competitive team in Baltimore. Or he could turn into a nice trade chip. Castro competing for and winning a rotation slot would have an impact beyond him. David Hess and Yefry Ramirez have worked as starters throughout the whole career and neither has had eye-popping success at the major league level (5.80 and 5.29 2018 ERAs respectively). Neither have dominating stuff that would play well in the back end of a bullpen. They are best bets to succeed as starters and Castro would block them. We can say the same thing about more highly regarded prospects Josh Rogers and Luis Ortiz. If Brandon Hyde were to ask me for advice (doubtful) I think it would be best to stretch Miguel Castro out as a starter in spring training and have him compete for a spot in the rotation. He has a higher upside than Hess or Ramirez and his value increases if the switch works out. If the results are the same as last season, it is easy to reign him back to a reliever’s innings. According to Castro, his role doesn’t impact how he trains. He told Kubatko, “My plans stay the same. Continue to improve my body, continue to improve my mechanics and especially to improve my command.”While any potential wins gained or lost from this decision won’t matter to the 2019 Orioles, this decision could have future ramifications. If you had Brandon Hyde’s ear, what would you have him do with Miguel Castro in spring training? Everyone lost. Except Iowa, who had the common sense to take the day off."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Chicago Cubs recapsChicago Cubs minor leaguesChicago Cubs essaysChicago Cubs game threadsWrigley Field renovationsFull archiveLibrary Bleed Cubbie Blue Community GuidelinesCurrent time in ChicagoBCB Specials & Site InfoWinter 2019 music threadsCubs StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Cubs newsYahoo Cubs team pageYahoo Cubs reportYahoo Cubs depth chartYahoo Cubs transactionsYahoo Cubs photosOdds Shop About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub 鉁旵hicago Cubs minor leaguesChicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: April 16New,12commentsEveryone lost. Except Iowa, who had the common sense to take the day off. CDTShareTweetShareShareChicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: April 16Jonathan SierraEugene EmeraldsMike Montgomery is supposed to make a rehab start in South Bend tomorrow night. He was supposed to make it tonight, but his wife gave birth to his first child. So he had a good excuse.Iowa CubsOn the road to New Orleans.Tennessee SmokiesThe Tennessee Smokies were demoted by the Jackson Generals (Diamondbacks), 9-0.In each of his first two starts of the season, Thomas Hatch pitched five innings and did not allow a run. He gave up only two hits in the first one and none in the second start. Tonight Jorge Soler Jersey , he gave up four runs in the first inning and four more in the second. Hatch allowed nine runs on eight hits over 4.1 innings. Three of those eight hits were home runs. He walked three batters and hit one. Hatch did strike out five.Also, Hatch doubled for one of only four hits on the night for the Smokies. Nico Hoerner also tripled.Myrtle Beach PelicansThe Myrtle Beach Pelicans were locked down by the Frederick Keys (Orioles), 8-2.Ryan Kellogg was activated before tonight’s game and took the loss in his first start (third appearance) of the year. Kellogg allowed four runs on seven hits over four innings. He walked one and struck out four.The Pelicans had five hits, all singles. Left fielder Zach Davis was 1 for 2 with a walk and two steals. He also scored the second of Myrtle Beach’s two runs.Highlights, such as they are.South Bend CubsThe South Bend Cubs lost to the Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers), 9-4.Starter Derek Casey was strong for a 4.2 inning start. Unfortunately, the box score says he pitched a full five innings. With two on and two out and an 0-2 count, Casey gave up a two-run triple. That was followed by a double, a single and a home run. By the time Casey exited the game, a 2-0 South Bend lead had become a 6-2 Loons lead.The final line on Casey was six runs on nine hits over five innings. He struck out four and did not walk anyone. This may be hard to believe, but in South Bend’s 12th game of the season, right fielder Jonathan Sierra hit the team’s first home run of the year. It was a monster shot over the right field fence and according to the broadcast, was only the second one in stadium history to hit the Performance Center on the fly. The home run came in the eighth inning with a man on. Sierra was 2 for 4 with a double and the home run. He had scored twice.Third baseman Christopher Morel was 2 for 4. Update: Here’s Sierra’s home run.
e gave up four runs in the first inning and four more in the second. Hatch allowed nine runs on eight hits over 4.1 innings. Three of those eight hits were home runs. He walked three batters and hit one. Hatch did strike out five.Also, Hatch doubled for one of only four hits on the night for the Smokies. Nico Hoerner also tripled.Myrtle Beach PelicansThe Myrtle Beach Pelicans were locked down by the Frederick Keys (Orioles), 8-2.Ryan Kellogg was activated before tonight’s game and took the loss in his first start (third appearance) of the year. Kellogg allowed four runs on seven hits over four innings. He walked one and struck out four.The Pelicans had five hits, all singles. Left fielder Zach Davis was 1 for 2 with a walk and two steals. He also scored the second of Myrtle Beach’s two runs.Highlights, such as they are.South Bend CubsThe South Bend Cubs lost to the Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers), 9-4.Starter Derek Casey was strong for a 4.2 inning start. Unfortunately, the box score says he pitched a full five innings. With two on and two out and an 0-2 count, Casey gave up a two-run triple. That was followed by a double, a single and a home run. By the time Casey exited the game, a 2-0 South Bend lead had become a 6-2 Loons lead.The final line on Casey was six runs on nine hits over five innings. He struck out four and did not walk anyone. This may be hard to believe, but in South Bend’s 12th game of the season, right fielder Jonathan Sierra hit the team’s first home run of the year. It was a monster shot over the right field fence and according to the broadcast, was only the second one in stadium history to hit the Performance Center on the fly. The home run came in the eighth inning with a man on. Sierra was 2 for 4 with a double and the home run. He had scored twice.Third baseman Christopher Morel was 2 for 4. Update: Here’s Sierra’s home run.

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