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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Future Oriole star in the making

   Going to Bowie Baysox games the past few years has given us the opportunity to watch future Oriole stars like Matt Wieters, Manny Machado and Dylan Bundy.  Last night I saw there is one more future star to watch.

    Last night's visit to the Bowie Baysox game, on a Star Wars themed night, showed me two things----how far one Oriole star is from getting back to the major leagues and how potentially great one rising future star is right now.  First the rehabbing Oriole.

     Nolan Reimold, a recent Orioles potential star, has been rehabbing at the Double A level with the Baysox for the past week.  This injury plagued player has shown flashes of power and potential all star qualities the past couple of years with the Orioles.  Unfortunately from what I saw last night he still has a way to go in getting back to the Orioles.  With a couple of strikeouts and a couple of walks, in which he didn't swing once, he looked out of sync in his hitting.  He was facing Altoona Curve, a Pirate Double a team, flamethrower Jameson Tailon who was consistently throwing in the 97-99 mph range.  Tailon was selected second overall in the draft in 2010 and has been compared to Steven Strasburg in ability. As shown above Nolan was unable to touch his fast ball.

     The second thing I saw was the potential Oriole star in the Cuban born Henry Urrutia.  While Reimold was having trouble catching up to the high 90's fastballs, Urrutia was hitting with authority no matter what was being pitched.  With his fielding his left field position, his running ability and his hitting he looks like a sure thing major leaguer in the near future.

      Look for Urrutia to join the Orioles expand their rosters later this year and be platooned in left field.

    Last night's game also gave me this opportunity to use my telephoto lense to look at the "Super" moon.

    This moon is 14 percent larger than normal as the Moon has its closest approach to Earth this year.

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