8/6 AA Minor League Report

Brandon Erbe has had a roller coaster of a professional career since the Orioles selected him in the first round back in 2005.  After last year’s bounce back that saw him win 10 games and pitch 150 innings, Erbe got off to a solid start at Bowie with a 0.90 ERA in his first four outings.  Shoulder fatigue hit Erbe in late April and put him on the shelf until mid July.  Upon his return, Erbe struggled a bit with his command but remained unhittable.  Yesterday, he was at his best, throwing eight no-hit innings while walking three and striking out five.  It is no secret that the Orioles’ farm system is loaded with talented young starters and two of them, Chris Tillman and Brian Matusz are doing their part to nail down slots in next year’s rotation.  Erbe has as good, if not better, stuff than anyone in the organization.  His fastball sits regularly at 93-95 MPH and his slider is already an MLB plus pitch.  He has shown the ability to mix in a good two seamer and his changeup shows promise as well.  The key for Erbe is health and consistency.  It took him over a month and a half to recover from the shoulder fatigue that may have been caused by his high effort delivery.  He has promise as a starting pitcher, but the Orioles are flush with elite starting prospects who are further along developmentally than the 21 year old Erbe.  On the flip side, the vacancy left by George Sherrill seems like an ideal slot for the hard throwing right hander to slip into someday.  Unlike several other prospects that make the conversion from starter to closer, I think that this move would serve as a beneficial one to the values of Erbe’s cards.  For some reason, I get the feeling that Erbe will be like a Jon Papelbon–a high upside power pitcher whose durability and mechanical issues make him better suited to close games out.  He could flourish in this role and his path to the major leagues will surely be quicker and less contested as a reliever.  The market for his 2005 ca

Josh Reddick recently made his major league debut with the Red Sox and former Portland teammate Ryan Kalish is doing his part to make sure that he’s the next great OF prospect to make his Fenway debut.  The 21 year old centerfielder struggled after his promotion, hitting just .133 in 60 May at bats.  However, since the All-Star break, Kalish has looked like an elite prospect, hitting .318 with 4 HR 15 RBI and 22 runs scored in 22 games.  Improved plate discipline is the key component to Kalish’s success as he has earned a respectible 11 BB/15 K ratio since the break.  Last winter Ryan spent playing in the Aloha State, but I feel that this is the year we can expect him to make the transition to the Arizona Fall League to put the finishing touches on his development.   The Red Sox have an interesting offseason ahead of them as All-Star LF Jason Bay is a free agent and the verdict is out on whether he will be back with Boston.  Reddick stands next in line to inherit the position while Kalish will likely go to AAA.  Beyond that, things look a little bleak for Kalish’s immediate future.  J.D. Drew is signed for big money ($14M/season) through 2011 and Jacoby Ellsbury has firmly entrenched himself into the CF and leadoff spot for several years to come.  The Sox are a franchise that is chocked full of talent at multiple positions and it wouldn’t be surprising to see several clubs covet the future services of this athletic young outfielder.   Kalish has several 2008 first year autos to choose from.  His most valuable are the 2008 Bowman Chrome Prospects cards that sell for $8-10 each, but some of his others (Bowman Sterling, Bowman SOTF, Donruss Elite Extra) can be had for $6-8 each. 

AA Player of the Day—RYAN KALISH


Other Notable Performances


  • Ryan Kalish—2-4 HR(12)
  • Jon Still—1-3 2B 2R RBI BB
  • Juan Apodaca—2-4 2 2B 3 RBI R
  • Josh Thole—2-5 2B R
  • Lucas Duda—1-3 2B 2R 2 BB
  • D.J. Wabick—3-4 2B 2R 2 BB
  • Rene Tosoni—3-5 HR(11) 3 RBI 3R
  • Luke Hughes—4-4 2 2B 2R RBI BB
  • Erik Lis—2-4 R BB
  • Justin Snyder—3-3 2B 2R RBI BB
  • Dominic Brown—1-3 2R 3B RBI BB SB(16)
  • Juan Francisco—3-5 R RBI
  • Zack Cozart—2-5 2B 2R
  • Todd Frazier—1-3 2B R RBI 2 BB
  • Ezequiel Carrera—3-4 2B R RBI
  • Matt Mangini—2-4 HR(9) 3 RBI 2R SB(4)
  • Mitch Moreland—2-4 3B 2 RBI
  • Chris Carter—3-4 2B 2R RBI BB
  • Shane Peterson—2-4 HR(8) 3 RBI 2B 2R BB
  • Jemile Weeks—2-4 2B 2R BB
  • Josh Donaldson—3-5 2B 2R 2 RBI
  • Matt Spencer—2-5 2 RBI R
  • Darin Holcomb—3-5 R
  • Mike Paulk—3-4 2 Hr(6) 4 RBI 2R
  • Jeff Bianchi—2-4 R RBI
  • Drew Locke—2-4 2B HR(18) RBI


  • Brandon Erbe—8 IP 0H 3 BB 5K W (3-4)
  • Dylan Owen—6.2 IP 5H Er 2 BB 3K W(4-7)
  • Adam Mills—8 IP 5H UER 8K W (10-5)
  • Cole DeVries—7.1 IP 2H 3 BB 8K W (7-11)
  • Matt Long—7 IP 2H BB 3K W (3-6)
  • Daryl Maday—7 IP 4H ER 2 BB 4K

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4 Responses to 8/6 AA Minor League Report

  1. Brian says:

    Wow, It looks like only one hitter had 2 HRs and same hitter was the only one with 4 RBIs. So Mike Paulk should have been player of the day…

  2. Gerald says:

    FYI, D. Brown of the Phillies now wants to go as Domonic instead of Dominic.

  3. Jeremy says:

    Hi Gerald, Thanks for the update and I will try to remember that the next time I tap out his name.

    I gave the player of the day award to Erbe because he tossed 8 no-hit innings. Erbe and Kalish are a little more prevalent on prospect radars and, consequently, are of more interest than a 25 year old OF (Paulk) that will be hard pressed to emerge from the log jam in Colorado.

    Keep the comments coming guys it adds to the quality of this blog. Your questions and comments are always vastly appreciated and I will do my best to address each one.

  4. Eric says:

    Love reading your updates and appreciate the time you put in to do these…

    So do you think Heyward grabs a starting role in the Majors straight out of camp next year? He’s certainly dominating AA.

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