Congratulations to one of the real good guys in the Orioles minor leagues. Single-A Frederick Keys manager Orlando Gomez posted his 900th career minor league managing victory this week.
He got the milestone win Thursday night in a 4-0 win at Lynchburg as Nick Haughian pitched six scoreless innings. Gomez then picked up number 901 in last night’s 6-1 win over Lynchburg as Bobby Bundy gave up just one run over seven innings to get to 8-5 and tie for the league wins lead.
Gomez, a native of Juan Diaz, Puerto Rico, is in his 48th year of pro baseball and his 35th as a scout, coach or manager.
This is his second year with Frederick and, after the Keys won their division in the first half, he will take them to the playoffs for the second year in a row. Frederick is 46-32 on the season and Gomez has a two-year record of 118-100 with the Keys.
Gomez, who first managed in the minors at Medicine Hat in 1977, previously managed at rookie-league Bluefield, Single-A Delmarva and the Gulf Coast League for the Orioles. As a player he appeared in 667 minor league games as a catcher in the Yankees and A’s organizations.
If you want to know about a guy who does a very solid job in the O’s organization out of the spotlight but is very well respected and well-liked, Orlando Gomez is that guy.
Meanwhile, now that June is over, here is a list of some Orioles minor leaguers who excelled and their stats for the month.
Orioles minor league pitchers in June:
Mitch Atkins (Norfolk): 1-3, 2.86 in 6 starts with .197 average against.
Troy Patton (Norfolk): 2-1, 1.65 over seven games.
Mark Worrell (Norfolk): 0-1, 0.93 with three saves in ten games.
Tim Bascom (Bowie): 1-0, 1.86 in seven games, two starts with .145 average against.
Oliver Drake (Frederick): 3-1, 1.13 with 1.00 WHIP in four starts.
Sean Gleason (Frederick): 0-1, 2.08 with nine saves in ten chances and .136 average against.
Clayton Schrader (Frederick): 0-1, 1.46 with 19 strikeouts in 12 1/3 innings.
Randy Henry (Delmarva): 1-0, 1.13 with 0.88 WHIP in eight games.
Ryan Palsha (Delmarva): 2-0, 0.53 with .197 average against in seven games.
Orioles minor league hitters in June:
Matt Angle (Norfolk): .315/1/11 with eight steals and .406 OBP in 28 games.
Brendan Harris (Norfolk): .283/1/13 in 25 games.
Xavier Avery (Bowie): .296/1/6 in 23 games.
Pedro Florimon (Bowie): .291/2/17 with .815 OPS in 23 games.
LJ Hoes (Bowie): .310/0/11 in 22 games.
Steve Bumbry (Frederick): .296/2/8 with .859 OPS in 23 games.
Ty Kelly (Delmarva): .284/1/13 in 23 games.
Michael Ohlman (Delmarva): .302/1/11 and .807 OPS in 18 games.