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Checking in with new O’s shortstop Freddy Galvis

New Orioles shortstop Freddy Galvis hopes to play some quality defense for his new team and provide some pop in a ballpark where he enjoys hitting. He also brings a career marked by durability and wants to show that to his new club as well. From 2015 through 2019, he played in 151, 158, 162, 162 and 147 games. He had a consecutive games played ... read more

Another look at new O’s infielder Freddy Galvis

When the Orioles signed José Iglesias as their shortstop on Jan. 7, 2020, he had last played for the Cincinnati Reds. When they signed infielder Freddy Galvis to a one-year deal last night, he also joins the team from the Reds. Galvis was a free agent and signed for one year at $1.5 million per various reports with a bonus of $250,000 if he gets ... read more

After MLB debut, Keegan Akin will try and stay there

The Orioles drafted him in the second round of the 2016 draft, No. 54 overall out of Western Michigan University. Later that summer, he made his pro debut at short-season Single-A Aberdeen. He moved his way up the ranks, pitching at Double-A Bowie in 2018 and Triple-A Norfolk by 2019. After lefty Keegan Akin made his O’s debut and had an impressive start to his ... read more

O’s Sig Mejdal on how spin rates impact roster, potential additions

So after spending some time researching and learning about spin rates and active spin or spin efficiency for Orioles pitchers, it was probably time to turn to a real expert for more. I went to the top and got an interview with Sig Mejdal, the Orioles’ vice president and assistant general manager, analytics. “Sig Mejdal is one of the most experienced and accomplished analysts working ... read more

A look back: The possible next top 100 player and more

In a recent story published by Baseball America, the publication noted 13 players (subscription may be required) that could have breakout seasons on the farm in 2021. Before even reading the text, readers could see the picture at the top of that story. It is of Orioles shortstop prospect Gunnar Henderson. For this story in December, I noted that Henderson could be the club’s next ... read more

Upon Hank Aaron’s passing, the tributes poured in

He was an All-Star player and person, and when Hank Aaron died Friday, the tributes poured in. And poured in and poured in. They talked with great reverence about him yesterday, but also many days before that as well. “As far as I am concerned, Hank Aaron is the best ballplayer of my era,” Mickey Mantle once said. “The only man I idolized more than ... read more

Getting back on the spin rate train

It’s been about a week since I first wrote in this space about four-seam fastball spin rates. So today, I am jumping back on the spin rate train and presenting more data that is available to all from the baseballsavant.mlb.com website. Once again trying not to hurt myself, pull a hammie or break a hamate and/or injure myself in any way as I jump on ... read more

The AL East gets even tougher, plus more prospect news

The Orioles’ effort to rebuild a team that lost a combined 223 games over the 2018 and 2019 seasons was always going to be difficult and challenging. The Cubs and Astros rebuilt teams and took them all the way to World Series championships. But they didn’t do it in the American League East. It’s a division where everywhere the Orioles look they find challenges. There ... read more