It is time for the second a part of our month-to-month mailbag. We acquired many considerate and attention-grabbing questions, which can be edited for size, readability and grammar.
Query: Who’re gamers on the 2022 roster who might not be again in 2023? Desde: PJ Steelman by way of Fb
Reply: PJ, there are some free brokers on the staff — catcher Robinson Chirinos, second baseman Rougned Odor and first baseman/designated hitter Jesús Aguilar — who I doubt will return.
I feel it is extremely questionable whether or not the Orioles will decide up beginning pitcher Jordan Lyles’ $11 million possibility for subsequent 12 months, and that may make him a free agent.
Query: I have never heard something about Heston Kjerstad for fairly a while, regardless of updates on many different Orioles minor leaguers. Any phrase on what’s taking place with him? Desde: Lee Kennedy by way of electronic mail
Reply: Lee, as I wrote on Friday, Kjerstad will likely be heading to the Arizona Fall League subsequent month. Kjerstad had a terrific begin at Delmarva, hitting .463 in 27 video games, however he hasn’t hit as effectively at Aberdeen. Kjerstad completed the common season with a .233 common however hit .310 in September.
Colton Cowser and Gunnar Henderson did not hit terribly effectively at Aberdeen and did significantly better at Bowie, and the Orioles are hoping that is the case with Kjerstad.
Query: Has Ryan Mountcastle mentioned why or how his hitting has been higher in September? Desde: Ed Cunneo by way of electronic mail
Reply: Ed wrote this earlier than Mountcastle suffered a bruised left elbow after getting hit by a pitch in Saturday’s 6-3 loss to Toronto.
Mountcastle is batting .245 with 4 dwelling runs and 13 RBIs in September. In July, Mountcastle hit .195 with a house run and 10 RBIs, and in August, .202 with 4 dwelling runs and 17 RBIs.
He is strolling a bit extra and hanging out much less, and appears to be going to the alternative subject extra.
Query: What are dream offseason acquisitions versus sensible ones? Desde: Tony Sax by way of electronic mail
Reply: Tony, I feel that signing Carlos Correa or Jacob deGrom, in the event that they choose out of their contracts, to long-term offers are dream acquisitions. I additionally would not anticipate the Orioles to be a vacation spot for both Clayton Kershaw or Justin Verlander, although that could be attention-grabbing.
Extra sensible ones are signing starters such because the Mets’ Chris Bassitt and Taijuan Walker, Boston’s Nate Eovaldi and Michael Wacha.
Query: Might you present an replace on the Orioles’ minor league groups and their possibilities of making the postseason? Desde: Glenn Fuller by way of electronic mail
Reply: Aberdeen, which defeated Brooklyn 2-1 within the first spherical of the South Atlantic League playoffs, performs Bowling Inexperienced within the first recreation of a best-of-3 championship collection on Sunday.
If Bowie beats out Erie, it should advance to the Jap League playoffs. The common season ends on Sunday.
Norfolk will not be within the postseason. Its season ends on September 25thand Delmarva’s season ended on September 11th.
Query: Any replace on the stadium lease extension negotiations? Ought to followers be involved, particularly in gentle of the pending Angelos household litigation? I am positive that there are some sophisticated points to be negotiated, however this actually appears to have dragged on far longer than obligatory. Desde: Birdman by way of electronic mail
Reply: Joel, I feel there will likely be a lease settlement earlier than Governor Hogan leaves workplace in January. For the reason that state legislature handed $1.2 billion in expenditures for enhancements to Oriole Park and M&T Financial institution Stadium, I am assured that there will likely be an settlement quickly.
Query: What do you concentrate on protecting Tough Odor, not as a participant however a coach? The man clearly brings one thing stable to the clubhouse. Desde: Martin Bakner by way of electronic mail
Reply: Martin, I feel that Odor, who’s solely 28, want to maintain taking part in and can attempt to discover a new staff within the offseason.
It is attention-grabbing you convey him up as a possible coach. His uncle, Rouglas Odor, is the supervisor of Double-A Akron within the Cleveland group. I feel managing or teaching could also be in Tough Odor’s future, however not immediately.
Query: Baseballs are thrown out of the sport when pitches hit the filth. When a ball is hit and out is made (fly or groundout), does that ball keep in play? Desde: Lyle Diamond by way of electronic mail
Reply: There is not any rule on when a ball is taken out of play, however on the finish of an inning the fielder who catches the third out, usually throws it into the stands, Lyle.
Query: Catcher Adley Rutschman has been every little thing that he was marketed to be. The one two weak spots I see is his hitting from the suitable facet of the plate and throwing out tried base-stealers. The hitting difficulty could enhance in time, however I am involved about his throwing it. Lots of his throws from him to second base bounce earlier than arriving. I am questioning if the shoulder damage he had in spring coaching remains to be bothering him. What’s you’re taking? Desde: Warren Brock by way of electronic mail
Reply: Warren, I’ve heard speak concerning the triceps damage having lingering results, and he is thrown out a few quarter of baserunners making an attempt to steal on him. My guess is that with a winter to relaxation and strengthen the triceps, you will see his throws enhance subsequent 12 months and his caught-stealing proportion rise.
Query: Will Mike Elias attempt to get Adley signed to a long-term deal? Desde: Wealthy Lehmann by way of electronic mail
Reply: Wealthy, yours is a well-liked query. The Orioles have by no means signed a participant with so little expertise to a long-term contract, and I will guess they’re going to wait, although we have seen Seattle signal Julio Rodriguez and Atlanta signal Michael Harris to long-term offers.
Query: My greatest pet peeve in baseball is watching hitters constantly attempt to pull outdoors pitches, which just about at all times ends in a weak floor ball. Why do hitters proceed to do that and never attempt to go together with the pitch? I really feel it actually hampers our offense. Desde: Ed Heiger by way of electronic mail
Reply: Such as you, Ed, I am old style on going with the pitch and hitting the opposite means. I will be to see if the shift guidelines encourage extra of this conventional type of baseball.
Query: I’ve seen plenty of O’s followers saying the staff ought to goal Giants pitcher Carlos Ródon within the offseason. What about him particularly would make him play effectively right here with the O’s? Desde: Milo Copeland by way of electronic mail
Reply: Milo, as of Saturday evening, Rodon was 13-8 with a 2.84 ERA and main the key leagues with 220 strikeouts with San Francisco. He has struck out about 4 ½ occasions the variety of batters as he is walked and allowed simply 11 dwelling runs in 167 2/3 innings.
Ródon had glorious stats with the Chicago White Sox final 12 months, too.
He can choose out of the second 12 months of his contract with the Giants. If he does, he’ll be a extremely coveted pitcher.
The Orioles ought to definitely take into account him, however I might guess he might be probably the most extremely sought-after pitcher available on the market.
Query: Final week the Orioles pitched Ryan McKenna, a place participant in aid. Why, when there have been a number of aid pitchers nonetheless out there? Desde: Hottens919 by way of electronic mail.
Reply: Supervisor Brandon Hyde did not need to use McKenna in aid in opposition to Boston, however Yennier Cano had exhausted his pitch restrict and, with the sport out of hand, he did not need to use a pitcher he would possibly want the following day.
I am not a fan of place gamers pitching, however I do not suppose Hyde had a lot alternative in that 17-4 debacle.
Query: Which Oriole has shocked you probably the most this season? Mine can be Cionel Pérez. He is been a revelation and perhaps their most constant reliever. What do you suppose are the chances that the Orioles signal catcher Robinson Chirinos for subsequent season? We’re massive Chirinos followers in our family and would like to see him come again for a minimum of yet one more season. Desde: Jeremy Carles by way of electronic mail
Reply: I might say that nearer Félix Bautista shocked me probably the most, though Pérez is an efficient alternative. I did not suppose that Bautista would make the staff out of spring coaching and thought there was a very good risk he would not survive the reduce from 28 to 26. He is made himself indispensable.
I feel the Orioles will attempt to get a youthful, skilled backup catcher in 2023. Chirinos is 38, and I feel they’d like somebody youthful, although he is carried out a stable job defensively.
Query: This season has been a pleasing shock and far enchancment has occurred. However the hitting has been inconsistent and disappointing.
With so many younger gamers on the roster, why would the Orioles rent two hitting coaches with no main league expertise? From what I can inform not a lot of a observe report, both. What am I lacking right here? Desde: Famer24 by way of electronic mail
Reply: Thomas, the Orioles and lots of different groups have lately employed hitting and pitching coaches with out main league expertise. It appears to be a development round main league baseball. They need youthful coaches who’re snug with expertise.
I used to be shocked that the Orioles employed each Ryan Fuller and Matt Borgschulte as co-hitting coaches, however each are laborious working and appear to have a very good relationship with the gamers.
It is laborious for me to judge hitting coaches, besides the way in which you do. If a staff is hitting, then they’re doing a very good job, and if they don’t seem to be hitting, you query them.
I do not know whether or not each will likely be again subsequent season, however Fuller has labored with most of the younger gamers within the minors, they usually appear snug with him.