Andrew Stetka: Checking in on some former Orioles

We have reached that point in the season where you can start to analyze statistics and make an evaluation of how a player’s year is going. I thought it would be fun to take a look at some former Orioles who have moved on.

Let’s start with fan favorite Mark Reynolds, who is taking his hacks with the Milwaukee Brewers in a platoon at first base. Reynolds has played in 34 of the Brewers’ 44 games this season and even made a few appearances at third. He’s offensive numbers are about what you would expect: a .205 average, eight homers, only 14 walks and, of course, 49 strikeouts. Things haven’t changed here.

Staying in Milwaukee, we find Francisco Rodriguez, who has had a rejuvenation in the closer’s role for the Brewers. K-Rod leads baseball with 17 saves and has a very trim 1.57 ERA with a 0.78 WHIP. He does have one blown save, but has proven himself after beating out Jim Henderson, who was expected to take the job at the start of the season.

Moving down to Houston, Scott Feldman has been impressive for the Astros after signing a three-year deal worth $30 million this offseason. The O’s even saw Feldman earlier this year and he pitched well in a no-decision. There was a stint on the disabled list for biceps tendinitis, but in six starts, Feldman has a 2-1 record with a 2.63 ERA and 1.09 WHIP. Having a winning record on the Astros is impressive.

LJ Hoes is also with the Astros after the trade that brought Bud Norris to the O’s last season. Hoes has seen his playing time decrease since Houston called up top prospect George Springer to join the outfield. In 26 games, Hoes is hitting .226 with a pair of homers. It’s clear that there isn’t a big enough sample size to make a real judgment on Hoes to this point, but the role he’s been relegated to is mostly that of a fourth outfielder.

When Brian Roberts left this offseason to join the Yankees, it broke a lot of hearts in Baltimore. Roberts has been surprisingly durable in the Bronx, playing in 37 of New York’s 43 games. The Yanks have needed him in a thin infield, too. Roberts isn’t bringing the house down with the bat, hitting .250 with one homer and nine RBIs, but he’s filling a role and doing a serviceable job.

Danny Valencia was another player traded in the offseason, and even though David Lough has struggled mightily with the Orioles, it’s hard to say the O’s have lost this trade with the Royals just yet. Valencia is in a platoon at third base with Mike Moustakas in Kansas City and has played in just 14 of the 43 games this year. He is hitting a respectable .283, but that’s in just 46 at-bats.

Former O’s pitcher Jeremy Guthrie has been a stalwart in KC’s rotation this year and done about what you’d expect him to numbers-wise. In nine starts, Guthrie is 2-3 with a 4.76 ERA. The veteran right-hander continues to eat innings. Another former Oriole, Bruce Chen, sits on the disabled list and appears to have lost his rotation spot to Danny Duffy. Anyone who saw Saturday’s game knows why.

Last year’s trade that brought Feldman to the Orioles sent Pedro Strop and Jake Arrieta to the Cubs. Strop hasn’t been all that fantastic out of Chicago’s bullpen, pitching to a 4.97 ERA in 15 outings with one save. Arrieta had to wait to get his season started after dealing with shoulder stiffness throughout the spring. In three starts, he’s pitched to a 2.70 ERA but failed to get through the sixth inning in his outings. The one name that has caught my eye from the Cubs organization is Tsuyoshi Wada, who is pitching in Triple-A. The lefty is 4-1 with a 2.10 ERA in eight starts and was named the Pacific Coast League’s Pitcher of the Month in April. He’s been very impressive so far.

Another fan favorite bolted down the road to D.C. this offseason in Nate McLouth. While playing the role of a fourth outfielder, McLouth has still managed to play in 35 of the Nationals’ 43 games but is hitting an abysmal .116 in 69 at-bats. McLouth hasn’t even been on base enough to utilize his speed, and has just one stolen base to show for it.

What other former Orioles have caught your eye this season?

Andrew Stetka blogs about the Orioles for Eutaw Street Report. Follow him on Twitter: @AStetka. His thoughts on the O’s appear here as part of’s continuing commitment to welcome guest bloggers to our little corner of cyberspace. All opinions expressed are those of the guest bloggers, who are not employed by but are just as passionate about their baseball as our roster of writers.

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