With the Midsummer Classic in the rearview mirror and a managerial change likely just days away, it’s a good time to take a closer look at the Baltimore Orioles on an organizational level.
Orioles Hangout creater and blogger Tony Pente has been touting his forthcoming “expose” for weeks now. He expects to interview Andy MacPhail on Friday and then drop a bomb in the form of a detailed piece that takes a very critical and disheartening look at what many believe to be a disfunctional organization.
Meanwhile, Pressbox has come out with an article of their own, with two scouts and a former general manager of three different American League teams giving their opinion on the minor league talent in the organization or lackthereof.
It’s a pretty scatching article, and while just the opinion of a few, it certainly doesn’t look promising considering Pente has been warning of major problems in the organization for weeks now.
Both Pente and the baseball men in the Pressbox article believe the Orioles have little in the way of minor league talent. That’s troublesome when you consider how often the O’s are drafting high in the first round and with the team’s poorly constructed roster. Yes, there is a lot of young talent on the major league roster that will likely grow and mature to create a much more competitive team, but the current group won’t be good enough to contend without some major free agent additions and more help from the minors.
About the only area where the Orioles have done reasonably well in recent years is through trades. The deal that sent Erik Bedard to Seattle ended well, with the O’s getting Adam Jones, Chris Tillman and George Sherrill. The Miguel Tejada trade wasn’t nearly as helpful, but Luke Scott and Matt Albers have contributed at the major league level.
Sherrill was eventually flipped for Josh Bell and Steve Johnson, both of whom could make an impact in the majors in the next year or so. The O’s also stole Felix Pie from the Cubs, but he has been too injury prone to prove himself on a consistent basis. Other trades have not fared as well, but the guys traded away weren’t stars and nobody hits on every transaction.
It’s hard to tell who exactly is to blame for the mess and how it can be all fixed, but it’s certainly interesting to see scouts and baseball writers starting to come out of the woodwork and criticize the organization after the team failed to show the improvement promised before the start of the season.