Two Baltimore Orioles prospects appeared in Saturday night’s Arizona Fall League Fall Stars game.
With a Saturday night full of intriguing college football games and two Major League Baseball playoff games on the docket, you might have missed last night’s Arizona Fall League Fall Stars game, featuring Baltimore Orioles prospects IF Mason McCoy and RHP Dean Kremer.
You may have also missed the game due to a lack of cable TV coverage. Despite an all-time high in a demand for information, video, news, and notes about prospects, there is no video coverage of the Arizona Fall League and the only way to have watched the Fall Stars game was by watching on MLB.com.
I’m at a loss as to why I can have every single MLB game and 50 or more minor league games at my fingertips every single night during the regular season but no AFL games to watch many of the games brightest stars of the future, but I’m not at a loss as to why the Orioles had two Top 30 prospects in last night’s “All-Star” game.
Entering Saturday’s game, Mason McCoy had appeared in 10 AFL games, hitting .316 with a .435 on-base percentage, two doubles, a triple, one stolen base, and eight walks to ten strikeouts. McCoy continues to do what he did all year long with the High-A Frederick Keys and Double-A Bowie Baysox, put the ball in play and get on base.
He had a quiet Fall Stars game, going 0-2 at the plate with a strikeout. McCoy and his fellow AFL West All-Stars fell to the East squad by a score of 4-2. Both teams combined for just nine hits.
McCoy’s first at-bat ended in a strikeout against Anthony Castro, the 20th-ranked prospect in the Detroit Tigers farm system. McCoy was 2-3 with two walks against Castro during the regular season in the Eastern League.
His second at-bat ended in a groundout to end the fourth inning against Los Angeles Angels prospect Isaac Mattson. Mattson isn’t a Top 30 prospect in the Angels system, but he did strike out 110 batters in 73 relief innings this year, holding opponents to a .184 average.
Happy Sunday, Camden Chatters! I hope you’ve been having a pleasant weekend. I have been enjoying this lovely fall weather with my family and will continue to do with a trip to the zoo today. Gotta see those pandas!
The Orioles remain quiet as the baseball playoffs roll on. The St. Louis Cardinals have completely fallen apart against the Washington Nationals in the NLCS. Well, at least their offense has. The teams are off today and will be back tomorrow to play in DC with the Nationals leading the series 2-0.
Game one of the ALCS was last night and the Yankees proved too much for the Houston Astros, winning 7-0. Come on, Astros! Help a nation of Yankee haters out! Game two is tonight at 8 p.m.
There isn’t much Orioles baseball to talk about, but maybe you’d like to watch a video of Adley Rutschman reliving his time as a kicker for the OSU football team.
Schmuck: Buck Showalter just might be getting back in the dugout one year after leaving Orioles – Baltimore Sun
When Buck Showalter left the Orioles, it kind of felt like the game was starting to pass him by. But he might end up back in it next year, and if he does I’ll be happy for him.
Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! You have two Orioles birthday buddies. Pitcher Ron Moeller appeared in eight games for the Orioles, four each in 1956 and 1958. As a major leaguer he appeared in four total seasons, none consecutive. He passed away in 2012 at the age of 71,
It’s also the birthday of Hayden Penn, who pitched in 14 games for the Orioles from 2005-06. That surprises me because I remember him being around for longer. Today is his 35th birthday.
On this day in 1970, the Orioles defeated the Reds in game three of the World Series. Dave McNally pitched a complete game, but more impressively hit a grand slam.
In 1971, the Orioles and Pirates played in the first ever night game in World Series history.
In 1979, the Orioles defeated the Pirates 9-6 in game four of the World Series, scoring six runs in the eighth inning to come back.
In 1996, the Orioles lost to the New York Yankees in the final game of the ALCS.
Dean Kremer had a bit more of a successful outing in Saturday’s Fall-Stars game, pitching a nearly clean third inning. Entering Saturday, Kremer had made four appearances (three starts), allowing two runs on five hits across 10 innings. One of his claims to fame is his high strikeout numbers, which have been on display in Arizona. Kremer has fanned 12 and walked just two, thus far.
Kremer forced Andres Gimenez (New York Mets #3 prospect) into a groundout to second base before allowing a single to Vidal Brujan. The elite speedster is the second-ranked second base prospect in all of baseball and third overall in the Tampa Bay system.
Kremer stranded Brujan by forcing LA Angels top prospect Jo Adell to fly out to right field and getting Greg Deichmann to pop up to third base. Deichmann is an outfield prospect in the Oakland A’s system, ranked 17th overall.
According to MLB.com’s numbers, Kremer threw 10 pitches, nine of them were fastballs with one curveball. He topped out at 93.3 mph, sitting at 92 mph. Seven of his 10 pitches were thrown for strikes.
The AFL will have an off-day on Sunday before resuming play on Monday. The regular season ends on October 25th and the top two teams will face off in a championship game on October 26th.