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Orioles outfielder Austin Hays, whose breakout season is ending with a September call-up and the opportunity to get regular big league innings down the stretch, has been named the organization’s Brooks Robinson minor league player of the year.

Hays, who went from being drafted to making the majors in a 16-month span, emerged as one of the Orioles’ top prospects this season, hitting .329/.365/.593 with 32 doubles, five triples, 32 homers and 95 RBIs between High-A Frederick and Double-A Bowie.

Hays’ season also earned him national recognition as one of five finalists for Baseball America’s minor league player of the year award.

He was promoted to the majors Sept. 5 and has started each of the past six games for the Orioles in right field. He is 7-for-27 with two doubles, one homer and five RBIs.

As part of the Orioles’ other minor league organizational awards announced Thursday, Bowie catcher Austin Wynns is the recipient of the Elrod Hendricks Community Service Award.

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According to the Orioles, Wynns participated as an instructor for multiple youth baseball camps throughout the season and served as one of the main speakers for a Baysox community event that gave fans the opportunity to interact with players.

Bowie hitting coach Butch Davis received the Cal Ripken Sr. Player Development Award and East Coast Scouting Supervisor Kirk Fredriksson won the Jim Russo Scout of the Year award.

Orioles in September
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The Orioles will recognize the minor league winners — as well as Eastern League Most Valuable Player and batting champion Garabez Rosa, Carolina League MVP Ademar Rifaela and Carolina League batting champion Ryan Mount castle — in an on-field ceremony before Saturday’s game against Tampa Bay.

Delmarva left-hander Alex Wells was previously named the Jim Palmer minor league pitcher of the year and was recognized before a recent home game before returning home to Australia.

Cheap Authentic MLB Orioles Womens Joey Rickard Jerseys 2018

Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas, is as good a venue as any to demonstrate how far Orioles outfielder Joey Rickard has advanced defensively since his rookie year — and how the perception of him has come along with him.

Last year at the Texas Rangers’ ballpark, Rickard was playing left field and shaded toward center field when a high but typically catchable fly ball fell near the foul line, with just too much ground to cover from where he was set up. Last weekend, he was manning that same left field spot and dove in the gap to take away extra bases and likely runs in the Orioles’ 10-6 win Sunday.

Rickard, the former Rule 5 draft pick who has settled into a platoon role this year, has made plays like that all season for the Orioles, who appear to have a legitimate corner outfield defender. His defense is a big part of why the Orioles were so comfortable handing him his fifth straight start Thursday night as they try to manage life without slugger Mark Trumbo, who is out with a rib cage strain.

“Joey’s been solid out there this year, very quietly,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “He’s actually throwing better than I’ve ever seen him throw. He works at it.”

While defensive metrics are best considered over periods as long as three years, and year-by-year statistics are difficult to draw conclusions from, Rickard’s numbers this year are among the best in baseball. By defensive runs saved, Rickard’s 10 DRS entering Thursday were tied for ninth most among players with at least 400 innings in the outfield. [All stats according to FanGraphs.]

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By UZR/150, which credits or debits a fielder for the expected run value of a batted ball hit in his direction and then extrapolates that value out to a full season, has Rickard at 21.4 — third best in baseball behind the Boston Red Sox’s Mookie Betts and Chicago Cubs’ Jason Heyward.

That company even surprises Rickard.

“I like to think that I’m up there,” he said. “I work really hard at it, so I’d like to be up there near the top, but I know that I still have a long way to go. I have great guys ahead of me to learn from.”

Orioles first base coach Wayne Kirby, who works with the outfielders, said there’s plenty that goes into Rickard’s improvement.

“You’ve got to start believing in yourself, No. 1,” Kirby said. “Believe he can do it. It’s no different from the minor leagues to the big leagues. There’s just a little more pressure up here and I think he overcame that. … We’ve been working. We’ve been working hard on his throwing, getting better jumps, and we talked about seeing the ball off the bat a lot earlier and getting ready a lot earlier. It’s work.”

Rickard, 26, credits playing next to center fielder Adam Jones, whether he’s in left or right field, with making things immeasurably easier for him. But he can’t really explain the statistical bump. In instances like his differing performances in the field in Texas, he said a year of familiarity is making a difference.

“A big part of it is being there before,” Rickard said. “Certain day games, you’re not going to see the ball off the bat at certain times of the day. It’s very specific reasons that could cause you to get a bad jump or miss a step, but I think being there once before helps a lot.”

Said Kirby: “The third deck is the first year. And then, once you’re in the stands and watch the ball hit off the bat, and get a better read on it, then it becomes second nature. Once it becomes second nature, you can just trust everything you see. That’s big. I mean, a lot of people don’t understand — when you don’t watch the ball hit off the bat, you don’t get the jumps you want to get. And when you don’t get ready, you don’t get the jumps you want to get. Now, he’s putting everything in there and when the ball is hit, he’s just reacting.”

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As for that lofty company Rickard keeps, Kirby said it’s possible the rest of the game could perceive him as they do those players if he keeps on this path.

“Of course,” Kirby said. “He’s more comfortable. It makes you more valuable, for sure.”

Rickard’s improvement in defensive statistics is a big part of him entering Thursday being worth 0.5 wins above replacement (WAR), as opposed to -0.7 last year. That’s all with this year’s .251/.287/.356 batting line being below last year’s .268/.319/.377.

Rickard and right fielder Seth Smith are the only Orioles outfielders with a positive UZR/150, with Smith’s at 1.0, though he had -6 DRS. Trey Mancini had two DRS, and Craig Gentry had one. Jones had a -16.6 UZR/150 and -6 DRS.

But overall, while the team’s stated goal was to improve outfield defense this year, their -5.6 UZR/150 entering Thursday ranked 29th in baseball, though their -6 DRS was up to 20th overall. Last year, they were last in the game with -51 DRS and -11.2 UZR/150.

Showalter said the team’s outfield defense is better on certain days than others.

“It depends on who’s playing out there. Like tonight, that’s a really good outfield defense that we run out there — really good,” Showalter said before the Thursday’s series opener against the Detroit Tigers. “It takes a lot of strain off of Adam, which is important. Having Joey and Craig out there really makes his job a lot easier, and also allows Kirb to do some different alignments that he can’t do with some other matchups.”

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Camden Yards quickly fell quiet Saturday night after Houston Astros third baseman Colin Moran was carted off the field after getting hit in the face by his own foul ball in the sixth inning. The crowd then dropped into disbelief when the pinch hitter who replaced him, Marwin González, hit the eventual game-winning three-run homer off Darren O’Day to send the Orioles to a jaw-dropping 8-4 loss.

“Sure, it changes the tempo, but you deal with changes in a game and a season,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “That’s what you do because it doesn’t always go, tempo and scripted. It’s the adjustments you make every night and Darren’s real good at that. He threw a lot of good pitches to him. They did a lot of things to set that inning up, too.”

This season has had its share of deflating moments, but few were more unpredictable than the one that played out in Saturday’s sixth inning, in which the Astros scored five runs immediately after the Orioles scored four in the fifth on two-run homers by Adam Jones and Jonathan Schoop off starter Collin McHugh.

Given the importance of every game as July winds down — and the fact that every loss drops them further out of contention as the nonwaiver trade deadline approaches — the Orioles can ill afford being as snake-bitten as they were Saturday.

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Right-hander Chris Tillman went into the sixth with a 4-1 lead, then allowed a one-out, ground-rule double to Josh Reddick before Yuli Gurriel lofted a ball that hit the railing above the top of the scoreboard in right field. The ball was initially ruled an RBI double, but after a crew chief review, Gurriel was given a two-run homer to cut the Orioles’ lead to one.

That chased Tillman from the game two outs shy of a second consecutive quality start, and right-hander Darren O’Day allowed back-to-back singles just two pitches into his outing. He struck out Alex Bregman on a close called strike three before Moran swung out in front of a first-pitch inside fastball from O’Day, fouling it directly into his own face.

It drew blood quickly as trainers from both teams attended to Moran, who struggled to get back onto his feet and needed help walking to the cart that drove him off the field. After a brief delay, González stepped to the plate.

González ended a nine-pitch at bat, which included four foul balls with two strikes, by hitting a towering three-run homer to right field that landed on Eutaw Street, completing the Orioles’ collapse.

“Yeah, it was tough,” O’Day said. “I hope [Moran is] OK. But I don’t think that really affected me as a pitcher. It’s easy to make an excuse. I came in and made a couple poor pitches, got guys on base and then I had to be perfect. It was a tough at-bat.

“He fouled off some really good pitches until he got a bad one. Did a hell of a job keeping it fair. I thought I had him set up for a pitch there and I didn’t execute, so I just made a mistake. It’s really unacceptable for a team that’s kind of fighting for every win. I just didn’t get the job done.”

With the loss, the Orioles dropped to five games under .500 (46-51), but remained 4½ games out of the second American League wild-card spot.
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With his two-run homer in the fifth, Schoop homered for the third consecutive game, giving him a team-high 21 this year.

Schoop has 15 RBIs during a streak of six straight games with at least one run driven in, giving him 69 on the season, which also leads the club and is 19 more than the next-best Orioles player. He is 10-for-22 over his past four games.

“[It’s great] to see Jon continue to get better every year and learn from things that he knows he can get better at,” Showalter said. “He’s very approachable. You never have to worry if he’s in a mood or something like that. Jon is very approachable and coachable and always looking for help and very respectful of anyone who is trying to help him.”

The Orioles were held to one hit over their first four innings by McHugh, who showed the Orioles a mostly off-speed repertoire. Just 29 of his 77 pitches were fastballs. McHugh, who was making his first start of the season as he returned from a shoulder injury, was then chased from the game in the fifth.

With Seth Smith on first after a leadoff walk, Jones hit his 18th homer of the season sitting on a 2-0 fastball right as rain began to fall at Oriole Park.

After Manny Machado followed with a single, Schoop blasted a two-run shot that went an estimated 411 feet, according to Statcast.

The Orioles wouldn’t have a hit for the rest of the game, finishing the night with just four hits.

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Tillman strong early

Early on, Tillman appeared well on his way to building on two strong outings, holding the Astros scoreless until his first pitch of the fifth inning, when shortstop Alex Bregman took a four-seam fastball over the center-field fence an estimated 403 feet to break a scoreless tie.

Bregman’s ninth homer of the season came after Tillman began to find his groove, retiring seven straight after allowing three base runners in the second inning.

Tillman hadsuccess with his curveball, drawing five swings and misses and five called strikes with the pitch. He threw nearly just as many curveballs (25) as he did four-seam fastballs (29).

He fell into hard luck on Gurriel’s opposite-field home run, coming two outs short of a second straight quality start, but is still making strides since an unsteady return from a shoulder injury. In his past three outings, he has a 3.31 ERA after posting an 8.39 ERA over his first 10 starts this season.

“I knew he hit it well,” Tillman said of Gurriel’s homer. “I threw the pitch I wanted to make and he put a good swing on it. They’re a good team. I felt like I still had control of that ballgame. Reddick put a good swing on a ball and so did Gurriel, but it is what it is.”

Orioles in July
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Astros add two off Brach

Right-hander Brad Brach allowed two runs in the ninth, though he could have easily gotten out of the inning without having allowed a run.

He ran into trouble early, allowing consecutive singles to George Springer and José Altuve to open the inning. But two batters later, Machado muffed a possible double-play ball off the bat of Gurriel. Instead, the Astros (65-32) loaded the bases with one out, then scored one run on Evan Gattis’ RBI single and another on Carlos Beltrán’s sacrifice fly to center field.

It was the first time Brach has allowed two runs — only one was earned — in an outing since May 10, when he blew a save in Washington. Brach had allowed four runs in 22 outings in between.