Sunday, May 5, 2013

Norfolk Tides Preview

That might be the creepiest logo I've seen in some time. Look how that eye seems like it is trying to spy on you while you masturbate. It also looks like the N is ejaculating in your general direction.

Anyways, the reason I'm here. The upcoming series against the Norfolk Tides, the affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles.

From a prospect stand-point, there are some interesting names.

The first name that jumps out is Jonathan Schoop. The Netherlands ative has been playing both 2B and SS, and with Manny Machado becoming a possibility to stay at 3B long term, Schoop may be needed more at SS. Not a big power threat, Schoop is an on-base type with a little bit of pop. I will be keeping tabs on him throughout the series.

The next name that pops out is L.J. Hoes. I've always had a fascination with supremely talented athletes that don't stand out. The toolsy OF seems to have a good eye, but lacks power and baserunning instincts. He gets thrown out way too much trying to steal.

Their leader in HR is "former Blue Jay" Russ Canzler with 5. OF Jason Pridie and former Twin 3B Danny Valencia have 4 each. Those 3 have been the best hitters on the team all around and need to be contained if the Bisons are to take this series in a dominate fashion.

Josh Stinson started today for the Tides, so we should see Jair Jurrjens, Steve Johnson, Jake Arrieta, and Zach Britton unless things change on the roster.

Britton & Arrieta are, of course, former top Orioles prospects. Jurrjens had a couple nice season for the Braves and still young enough to be someone to watch.

Another former Blue Jay waiver pinball is Alex Burnett, who is pitching very well out of the bullpen.

Other former Major Leaguers on the active roster are former Jays starter Mark Hendrickson, Tides closer Jairo Asencio, former Red Sox bullpen mainstay Manny Delcarmen, Aussie Adam Russell, and LOOGY Dan Schlereth.

For position players, the former Major Leaguers are catchers Luis Exposito and Canadian Chris Robinson, 1B Travis Ishikawa, IF Yamaico Navarro and Niuman Romero, and OF Trayvon Robinson and Lew Ford.

LOOGY Zach Braddock and Joel Pinero (yes, that Joel Pinero) are on the DL.

Leaving on the high note of watch Luis Jimenez round the bases.

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