The 2019 Orioles Draft ranks high in a bunch of stats.
Orioles fans, it’s been a season to remember, and it only gets better from here. For us older fans, this season reminds us of “Why Not?” The Orioles in 1989 when they started the 1988 season 0-21 and almost won the division in 1989. At the time the Orioles were in disarray, and the team was unable to bounce back. They had two future Hall of Famers, Eddie Murray and Cal Ripken, who despite all the accolades were unable to get the team back on track. In 1989, it was a trip back to the drawing board, and a deeper examination of what hurt them on the court and on the scoreboard.
The losses had robbed the fun of the match, and the team struggled on and off the field. What was their solution? ball tape. A game consisting of a shorter court with a tightly rolled ball of tape. Matches will take place when everyone has left Memorial Stadium and it was only the players. No pressure, no weight, just players having fun.
That’s what we have here with the 2022 Baltimore Orioles. We have a team out there having fun and getting it all together – one piece at a time.
The number of debuting players and rising players making their way through the system is what makes watching this team fun. Where it gets even more exciting is seeing how the three starters on the team compare to the MLB averages.
These stats are as of Saturday, September 10th.
Kyle Storrs He has 15 games under his belt and has a hitter of 48.3%, which means nearly 50% of the total hits from his racket are at least 95 mph or more, with the league average being 38.3. This can also be linked to his BABIP of 321. On the board, hits out of the bat’s great spot were 41.4% of the time compared to the league average of 33%. K% is slightly higher at this level, 31.3%, and the league average is 22%. As an addition, during the 3 September match against Auckland A, playing RF, he threw a ball in front of the right scoreboard that hit the top of the net behind Madeleine Rochman. As more paintings come out, we should see some big hits from him in the future, and some great plays on the board.
Gunnar Henderson He has only played 10 games in Baltimore, and is already ranked 90th in sprint speed. Across the ten games, Henderson recorded a Sprint speed of 29.0, which means it covers 29 feet/sec. To give you an idea of how fast that can be, Jorge Mateo It ranks 99 percent with 30.2. Henderson average exit velocity 90.7 On each hit, the league average is 88.7, and his hardest is 42.9%. With a very small sample of 39 plate looks, the Gunnar has a slash of .306/.359/.472 with an OPS of .831.
The backbone of the new O’s success is Adley Rutschman, who was able to create a better environment for bowler prowess, and team prowess on and off the field. In defense, Rutschman has a frame rate at the 88th percentile. Frame rate is the art of framing the pitch to look like a kick to the referee. Adley’s strike rate is 50%, while Jose Trevino leads the league with 54%. Rutschman’s pop time to second in the 83rd percentile, which puts him 10th in MLB, and his arm is rated at 86.6 mph, placing him sixth in the league. His defensive presence helped lead the Orioles to a 3.44 Era while he is behind the painting.
On the other side of the board, Rutschman is in the 96th percentile in BB%, has a top exit velocity in the 73rd percentile. He has peaked at 110.9 this season, and has a slash of .253/.361/.446 with an OPS of .807 . Had he had minimal board appearances, he would have ranked fifth in the OPS of all Hunters in Major League Baseball, and a slowdown of .446 would have ranked fourth.
The future is here in Baltimore. Get ready to ride the Orioles for a long time.