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The Orioles mixed and matched a lot at the catche
05-17-2019, 11:21 AM
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The Orioles mixed and matched a lot at the catche
r position in 2018 Adeiny Hechavarria Jersey , but Austin Wynns got a good chunk of playing time as the season wore on."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Commentary & AnalysisOrioles ProspectsOrioles Game RecapsOrioles News and RumorsCamdencastCommentary & AnalysisAustin Wynns worked into the Orioles catching platoon this year and maybe beyondNew,1commentThe Orioles mixed and matched a lot at the catcher position in 2018, but Austin Wynns got a good chunk of playing time as the season wore on.ByHarrison JozwiakOct8, 2018,9:00am EDTShareTweetShareShareAustin Wynns worked into the Orioles catching platoon this year and maybe beyondWendell Cruz-USA TODAY SportsOriginally drafted by the Orioles in the 10th round of the 2013 MLB Draft, catcher Austin Wynns has spent the past five plus years in the minor leagues. He made his major league debut this year at age 27. When he was called up, Wynns was ranked as the Orioles’ 22nd best prospect on MLB Pipeline, as detailed in Tyler Young’s in-season article on the young catcher. Wynns started 2018 in the minor leagues with the Norfolk Tides, batting .230/.288/.345 with four home runs and 16 RBI in 139 at-bats.For a short time, it seemed as though Wynns would pair with veteran Caleb Joseph to start the year as a catching platoon. The right-handed hitting catcher had a good spring training behind the plate and did alright at the plate, but just narrowly missed making the club at the end of March. He hit .222/.391/.556 with a pair of home runs while prepping for the season in Sarasota.But the Orioles went with the more highly touted catching prospect at the time, Chance Sisco, and put him in a platoon with Joseph to start the year. That only lasted about two months into the season. On May 17, the underperforming Joseph was sent down to Norfolk. For whatever reason, Sisco was not given much of a chance, either. He was optioned to Triple-A on June 17. The Orioles didn’t seem to know what to do at the catcher position, opting to shuffle guys around quite frequently. No one at the catcher position was hitting for the team early in the season, and by calling up Wynns, the Orioles placed a priority on defense. A semi-regular on the Norfolk shuttle this year Sergio Romo Jersey , Wynns was recalled from Triple-A on June 5 and spent 23 days with the big league club before being optioned back to Norfolk on June 28. He was recalled to the O’s again on July 14, this time for good.For the last two months of the season, Wynns played nearly half of the time — 29 out of 56 games. With Sisco toiling away in the minors or mostly on the bench when he was in the majors, Wynns paired with Joseph to handle the majority of the catching duties.In 41 games, Wynns threw out 7-of-22 base stealers, good for a 32% caught stealing percentage. For comparison, Joseph had a 33% CS in 79 games and Sisco had a 31% CS in 51 games.Wynns ended the season with 110 major league at-bats, during which time he slashed .255/.287/.382 with four home runs and 11 RBI. His career minor league batting line is .266/.332/.367.His season slash line still leaves something to be desired, but that is not Wynns’ profile. He is more known as a game manager and defensive catcher. And he seemed to gain the trust of fellow players and coaches alike as the season went on. Wynns really solidified himself as a dependable player this year. He drew some high praise from a starting pitcher and his now former manager, shown in this Pressbox Online article from late August. Buck Showalter had the following to say about Wynns in the aforementioned article:Starting pitcher Alex Cobb said the following about Wynns in the same article:Wynns seems like the kind of guy who has earned a spot going forward on this rebuilding club. He has shown the ability to work well with pitchers and handle the little things behind the plate that matter most at the position. He may not hit that much, but that comes secondary to the skills just mentioned.He may be a bit exposed as the sole full-time catcher, but the Orioles could pair him again with Joseph or Sisco and have another platoon at the position. It will be ever so important in these times to have a steady hand behind the plate to bring along the next crop of young pitchers who will the pace the Orioles for the coming years. The former high schooler has the talent, now it’s time to show it."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Red Sox StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Red Sox NewsYahoo Red Sox Team PageYahoo Red Sox ReportYahoo Red Sox Depth ChartYahoo Red Sox TransactionsYahoo Red Sox PhotosOdds About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub 鉁昍ed Sox MinorsRed Sox Top Prospect Voting: Alex Scherff’s time is nowNew,14commentsThe former high schooler has the talent, now it’s time to show it.EDTShareTweetShareShareRed Sox Top Prospect Voting: Alex Scherff’s time is nowAlex ScherffKelly O’Connor; sittingstill.smugmug.comWe have now filled all but one spot on our top twenty Red Sox prospects list, with number nineteen being filled today. This was a very close vote, and gets away from the position player group but does stick with a guy who’s somewhat on the older end of the spectrum than many thing but still qualifies as inexperienced. Receiving 10 of 29 votes (34 percent) of the votes, Alex Scherff comes in as the number nineteen prospect on our list.Scherff had one of the more intriguing profiles of any high school pitcher heading into the draft, with one strange red flag that people weren’t sure if it was really a red flag. On the positive side http://www.raysfanproshop.com/authentic-evan-longoria-jersey , the big Texas righty was, well, a big Texas righty. That state is well known for producing great arms, and Scherff was one of the best coming out of the state at the time. He had a big fastball that saw a big leap in velocity that summer as well as one of the best changeups in the entire class. What was strange was that he transferred after every season, which left some wondering why. There were no real questions about his makeup that came from interviews or anything like that, but the transferring had people curious.That probably wasn’t what knocked him back in the draft, however. Scherff had two issues going against him. For one, he was a high school student with a commitment to Texas A&M. It doesn’t appear he was a major signability concern, but it’s something to think about with any high school pick. Additionally, his delivery wasn’t exactly smooth, leading many to believe he’d eventually end up in the bullpen. Still, the stuff was good and it was enough to lead the Red Sox to drafting him in the fifth round and handing him an above-slot bonus of $700,000. Unsurprisingly given that he was a high school arm, the Red Sox did not push Scherff in that first year and kept him out of game action altogether. With that, the righty came into last season looking for something to prove and to show the big bonus he was handed was not a mistake. Things didn’t go so well right off the bat in A-Ball. Through his first 11 starts he pitched only 47 innings (barely over four innings per start) and had pitched to a 6.32 ERA with 35 strikeouts and 21 walks. Basically nothing was going well, and the team shut him down for a few weeks with an intercostal injury. Scherff would get back to action in the GCL on rehab in early-August, making a pair of starts there before getting back to Greenville and looking much better for those final four starts. He finished the year with 18 innings and a 1.50 ERA with 16 strikeouts and two walks. It wasn’t a great overall year, but it ended on a positive note.The scouting report on Scherff is still a work in progress, though he started to show some progression with the fastball as the year went on. He still isn’t quite up to that 98 mph he reportedly hit in high school http://www.raysfanproshop.com/authentic-evan-longoria-jersey , but he was getting up to 95 by the end of last year. The fastball needs some work with its command, but it’s moving in the right direction. Scherff also has that strong changeup to pair with the fastball, but has been missing a third offering. He has apparently added a cutter to the repertoire this year, so hopefully that will help take his game to the next level.Although Scherff was taken out of high school less than two years ago, he was among the oldest in that high school class and already turned 21 earlier this year. That doesn’t make him old, of course, but this is a big year for him in his development. Sox Prospects does project him to make the leap up to Salem to start 2019, though I wouldn’t be entirely surprised if they give him a month or six weeks in Greenville to let him get some confidence rolling. Either way, he’s a guy to watch this year and could take a big leap forward if that cutter opens some doors for him.Here is our full list:Michael ChavisDarwinzon HernandezTriston CasasBobby DalbecJay GroomeTanner HouckDurbin FeltmanBryan MataAntoni FloresMike ShawarynC.J. ChathamNick DeckerBrandon HowlettJarren DuranTravis LakinsDanny DiazDenyi ReyesNicholas NorthcutAlex ScherffNow, you can head down into the comments and vote for the number twenty. As a reminder, to do this you go down below and find the comment from me corresponding with the player for whom you’d like to vote. When you find said player, just click the “rec” button, and that will count your vote. To do this, you will need to be logged in as a member of the site. If you’d like to vote for a player who is not listed, just leave a comment saying “Vote for ___ here” and I’ll rec the comment to count your vote. Until next time...
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