Within the span of a few weeks in July, the Orioles traded for four players, three of which were pitchers. In those deals they traded away five players. Here is a look at how those five players have done for their new organizations since those deals.
On July 2, the Orioles acquired pitcher Scott Feldman and catcher Steve Clevenger from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for pitchers Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop and international signing bonus slots numbers 3 and 4.
Arrieta first was sent to Triple-A Iowa by the Cubs and went 2-2 with a 3.56 ERA and 39 strikeouts over 30 1/3 innings.
He was called up to the Cubs and has gone 2-2 with a 4.42 ERA in seven starts. In 38 2/3 innings he has allowed 27 hits with 21 walks and 31 strikeouts. He has an ERA of 12.86 in the fourth inning, but his overall batting average against is just .196.
Strop is 2-2 with a 3.03 ERA. In 31 games he has pitched 29 2/3 innings allowing 19 hits with 10 walks and 34 strikeouts. His batting average against is only .156 against left-handed batters and .197 against right-handed hitters.
On July 23 the Orioles traded with Milwaukee for right-handed reliever Francisco Rodriguez, sending minor league infielder Nicky Delmonico to the Brewers. He was the O’s sixth-round pick from the 2011 First-Year Player Draft and was signed to an overslot bonus of $1.525 million. He was considered one of the club’s top minor league batting prospects.
Milwaukee sent Delmonico, who had been playing with Single-A Frederick, to Single-A Brevard County of the Florida State League. In 21 games, Delmonico hit .194 with no homers and nine RBIs. His slugging percentage was .278 and OPS .611. Delmonico dealt with some injuries this year and I don’t know if that impacted his play there, but he is sure capable of better numbers.
On July 31, the Orioles acquired pitcher Bud Norris and international signing bonus slot No. 91 from the Houston Astros in exchange for outfielder L.J. Hoes, minor league pitcher Josh Hader and Baltimore’s 2014 First Year Player Draft competitive balance pick, Round A (selection No. 2).
The Astros have taken a long look at Hoes as their right fielder. In 37 games he is batting .275 with one homer and eight RBIs. He has a .329 OBP, a .362 slugging percentage and .691 OPS.
On Aug. 24 he had his average up to .333 and he hit .301 for the month of August, but is at .233 for September.
Hader, who was with Single-A Delmarva when traded, pitched for Single-A Quad Cities of the Midwest League, going 2-0 with a 3.22 ERA in five regular season starts. Over 22 1/3 innings he walked 12, fanned 16 and had a .182 average against.
Quad Cities made the playoffs and won their league championship. In two starts in the postseason, Hader went 2-0 with a 0.64 ERA, giving up just six hits and one run over 14 innings.