Mailbox Monday

Welcome back IronBirds fans!  It was a great weekend at Ripken Stadium after we welcomed over 600 girl scouts to the annual campout at the stadium. We hope everyone else had us much fun as we did.  We also want to offer a huge congratulations to the Ripken Cup winner, the University of Maryland, for winning their regional yesterday.

We had several great questions submitted over the past week and have selected a few to answer today. Make sure to keep sending those questions over to blog@aberdeenironbirds.com.  We only have two more Mailbox Monday’s left before Opening Day!

Doug writes: ” I recently saw Mike Yastrzemski’s name come across some news for Minor League baseball.  How has he been doing recently?”

IB: Yaz has been making the news recently because he is actually leading the South Atlantic League in triples so far this season and is second in all of the minors. While he will always live in the shadow of his Hall of Famer grandfather, Mike is making a name all on his own. He actually tied his grandfather’s triples record from the minors on Saturday and has one less than his grandfather’s Major League record.  With more than half of the season left at this point, I think Yaz has a pretty good chance of breaking his grandfather’s record.

Mike Yastrzemski 8-25-13 (69)

Suzanne writes: “With the college baseball postseason going on, what happens if one of the players drafted by the Orioles is still playing for their college team?  When will they join the IronBirds?”

IB: “This year the First-Year Player Draft begins on Thursday.  Currently the Orioles do not have a first or second round pick meaning the first player drafted won’t come until Friday.  After the draft it can take some time to sign their contract. Even if their school has been eliminated, a drafted player may not join the IronBirds until after the season has started depending on contract negotiations.  Once a player finishes the season, he can begin any contract negations.  Super Regionals are this weekend so only eight teams will be remaining after this weekend.

Last year Mike Yastrzemski made it to the Super Regionals with Vanderbilt.  They were eliminated after two games by Louisville.  Yaz did join the IronBirds in the end of June missing only a handful of games.

 

Thanks again to all of our fans for submitting questions over the past week.  Make sure to check back on Thursday for more insider information as we prepare for the season!

Until then…Go IronBirds!

 

Mailbox Monday

Welcome back IronBirds fans!  We are officially 53 days until Opening Day and only 19 days away from IronFest! We have had some great questions submitted over the past week and we have selected a couple to answer today.  If your question was not answered or if you think of any others, email them to blog@aberdeenironbirds.com.

Larry writes: “When is IronFest and what are the times?”

IB: This year’s IronFest is May 17th.  At 8 a.m. we will be having the Amanda Hichkad Walk and our annual Out of the Park Yard Sale in the parking lot. At 9 a.m. the Family Fun Fest and IronFest kick off.  Individual tickets will go on sale then and you can start picking up your season tickets. The event will go until 2 p.m.!

Paul writes: “I read your blog from Thursday and saw that several players from last year’s teams are having a great season in Delmarva.  Are any other players not mentioned doing well?”

IB: Yes!  Several of last year’s team members are having a great year so far. Currently  Dylan Rheault is leading the South Atlantic League with 5 wins. He is off to an impressive start with an ERA of 1.26 through 14.1 innings pitched.

Dylan Rheault 8-30-13 (91)

Also, Sebastian Vader has been off to another good start. He currently has 2 wins and 1 loss with an ERA of 2.84 through 25.1 innings pitched. He has currently started in just 4 games for Delmarva.

While Conor Bierfeldt has been off to a slow start similar to last season, he did hit the walk off homerun on Sunday.  That was the first homerun hit at home for Delmarva this season.

This season Jeff Kemp is leading the Shorebirds with 12 RBI’s.  He is followed by Mike Yastrzemski and Conor Bierfeldt with 10 RBI’s each.

 

Thanks again to all of the fans for submitting your questions.  Make sure to keep sending them to blog@aberdeenironbirds.com. With the season being around the corner, we are going to be previewing some upcoming events that are coming up prior to the season on Thursday.  Make sure to check back then so you do not miss out on anything going on at Ripken Stadium!

Until then…Go IronBirds!

Mailbox Monday

Welcome back IronBirds fans!  We hope you enjoyed this very spring-like weekend.  With the weather warming up it can only mean one thing, baseball season is almost here!  Thanks to those fans who took some time out their weekend to send their questions over.  We have selected a couple today to be answered.  Please keep sending your questions to blog@aberdeenironbirds.com!

Tina writes: “I saw in the blog last week that Mike Yastrzemski was seeing some playing time with the Orioles this Spring Training.  Are any other IronBirds from last season getting some time with the O’s?”

IB: Yes Tina they are! Over the past two weeks we have checked up on Hunter Harvey and Jonathan Schoop who have seen some time, but just last week on March 4th, Trey Mancini was listed as a reserve.

Trey Mancini 8-25-13 (59)

Bob writes: “Are there anymore of the Hot Stove tickets available?”

IB: Yes there are Bob!  Tickets are going fast so make sure to give the office a call at 410-297-9292 before they sell out!

Thanks again to our fans for submitting questions. Keep sending those questions to blog@aberdeenironbirds.com to see if you question is answered here next week.  Make sure to check back on Thursday as we will be taking a special look into the upcoming Hot Stove Dinner with Bill Ripken!

Until then…Go IronBirds!

Spring Training Update 3/6

Welcome back IronBirds fans!  For the second week in a row we will be covering some news coming out of Florida.  This is an exciting time as we get to see former IronBirds flourish in the Orioles system.

Mike Yastrzemski  – One of last summer’s stars is looking to make a name for himself this Spring down in Sarasota. On Sunday, Yaz was able to travel with the Orioles to Ft. Myers for the exhibition game versus the Red Sox.  Currently Yastrzemski’s grandfather, Carl Yastrzemski, is an instructor with the Red Sox.  The younger Yaz was listed as one of the reserves for the game but was able to step up to the plate during the game.  The elder Yastrzemski was not able to make it to Aberdeen, so Sunday marked the first time he was able to watch his grandson play as a professional.

Jonathan Schoop – Schoop joined the IronBirds this past summer on a rehab assignment.  During his short time with the IronBirds, Schoop was able to even break some IronBirds records.  Schoop is currently the 5th ranked Orioles prospect and highest ranked position player. Schoop will more than likely join the Orioles at some point at the season, the question just remains when.  Currently he is trying to make a name for himself in Sarasota and earn that roster spot. Schoop hit two home runs in last week’s intrasquad games and after his first six at-bats in the Grapefruit League he already had four hits and three RBI’s.

Kevin Gausman (Corey Rinker) 8-12-12 (103)

Kevin Gausman – Gausman, an IronBird in 2012, pitched in his first Spring Training game on Monday.  Gausman has been quite impressive consistently pitching in the 90s.  He retired his first five batters with two strikeouts in two innings.  He allowed one run in his debut.  The Orioles current top prospect has a bright future ahead of him as he looks to earn a spot in this year’s rotation.

Make sure over the weekend to keep sending your IronBirds questions to blog@aberdeenironbirds.com.  Check back  on Monday to see if you question was answered in the latest addition of Mailbox Monday!

Until then…Go IronBirds!

Mailbox Monday

Welcome back IronBirds fans on this snowy Monday. Thanks to all of our fans who have sent their questions in over the past week and even today while they are snowed in.  Keep sending those questions to blog@aberdeenironbirds.com because you never know when you will see your question right here during Mailbox Monday!

Fred writes “I have seen two Spring Training locations listed.  What is the difference between Twin Lakes and Ed Smith Stadium?”

IB: The Orioles play their Spring Training games at Ed Smith stadium while the minor league teams play their games at the Buck O’Neil Baseball Complex at Twin Lakes Park.  The two facilities are only about a 15 minute drive apart.

Jimmy writes: “I saw yesterday that Yaz played for the Orioles. Does this mean he was promoted?”

Mike Yastrzemski 8-25-13 (69)

IB: Not exacty. Mike Yastrzemski is still in the Orioles minor league system.  During Spring Training, the Orioles will select players to come up to Ed Smith Stadium for practice or to be as an available player for games. Josh Hart was also listed as an available position player in the Orioles game yesterday.  Last week Josh Hart was practicing at Ed Smith Stadium when he was assigned his homework project.

Thanks again to everyone for submitting their questions this week.  We hope that all of our fans are staying safe and warm on this snowy Monday.  Make sure to check back on Thursday for more updates from Orioles Spring Training!

Until then…Go IronBirds!