Expansion Era Minor League All-Star Rosters – Orioles
Founded on my research for the “Minors vs Majors” chapter in my book, “Hardball Retroactive” paired with complementary articles “Minors vs. Majors: The Top Minor League Batters in the Expansion Era” and “Minors vs. Majors: The Top Minor League Pitchers in the Expansion Era“, the ensuing series will reveal the Minor League All-Star rosters for every MLB franchise based primarily on single-season statistics in Runs Created / 140 Games (batters) and Fielding Independent Pitching (pitchers).
- individual seasons in the Expansion Era (1961 – 2017)
- levels A through AAA
- ages 24 or younger (A and A+)
- age 25 seasons (AA and AAA)
- age 26 seasons (AAA)
RC – Runs Created – using the basic formula devised by Bill James:
((H + BB) * TB) / (AB + BB)
Note: I utilized the basic formula as opposed to the Technical Version due to incomplete GIDP and IBB data.
RC/140 – Runs Created per 140 Games as Minor League ballplayers
RC / (G / 140)
FIP – Fielding Independent Pitching – “Fielding Independent Pitching converts a pitcher’s three true outcomes into an earned run average-like number. The formula is (13*HR+3*(HBP+BB)-2*K)/IP, plus a constant (usually around 3.2) to put it on the same scale as earned run average.
FIP is a component ERA inspired by the work of Voros McCracken on defense-independent pitching statistics, but has become more widely used because of the ease of computation – it requires only four easily-found box score stats, uses only basic arithmetic operations and has four easily-memorized constants. It was conceived of by both Tom Tango and Clay Dreslough, the latter of who called it Defense-Independent Component ERA.” (definition courtesy of Baseball Prospectus Glossary).
The Baltimore Orioles
Mike Reinbach, the Orioles #1 selection in the 1970 January Draft-Secondary Phase, enjoyed a stellar 1972 season and paces “Charm City” with a 144.1 RC/140 during the expansion era. Playing primarily for Asheville (AA), Reinbach slashed .348 / .458 / .628 while tallying 31 round-trippers, 113 ribbies and 128 runs. Receiving merely 20 at-bats in a “cup of coffee” for Baltimore in ’74 and unable to crack an outfield that featured Don Baylor, Paul Blair and Ken Singleton, Reinbach headed to Japan where he batted .296 with 94 home runs for Hanshin (NPB). Bobby Grich (#1, 1967) accrued 70.9 WAR over 17 MLB seasons with the O’s and the Angels. The six-time All-Star middle infielder captured four consecutive Gold Glove awards (1973-76) subsequent to scoring 124 runs, launching 32 long balls and compiling a .336 BA with a .632 SLG for Rochester (AAA) in 1971. Dave May (.303/25/93) topped the American League with 295 total bases and merited his lone All-Star invitation as a center fielder for the Brewers in 1973, nearly a decade after dashing through the Midwest League (A) with 111 tallies, 36 stolen bases and a .368 BA. Matt Wieters (#1, 2007), four-time All-Star backstop as a member of the Orioles, supplied a .355 / .454 / .600 slash line while splitting the 2008 season between Frederick (A+) and Bowie (AA). Merv Rettenmund compiled a .320 BA with Baltimore in 1970-71 and logged 13 years in the big leagues following a first-rate campaign with the Rochester Red Wings (AAA) three years prior encompassing a .331 BA with 22 jacks and 104 runs scored. Jim Fuller appeared in 107 games through parts of three seasons with Baltimore and Houston in the mid-Seventies after averaging 35 four-baggers and 108 ribbies as an Orioles farmhand from 1971 to 1973.
The offensive proficiency of Don “Groove” Baylor, 1979 AL MVP, was on full display with Rochester (AAA) in ‘70 when he totaled 71 extra-base hits, 127 runs and 107 ribbies to complement a .327 BA. Al Bumbry (.337/7/34) secured 1973 AL Rookie of the Year honors after producing virtually identical totals (.345/10/57) in the upper minors during the previous campaign. Trey Mancini swatted 24 big-flies and delivered a .293 BA to finish third in the 2017 AL Rookie of the Year voting subsequent to furnishing a .341 BA with 43 two-baggers and 21 jacks as a member of the Frederick Keys (A+) and the Bowie Baysox (AA) two years earlier. Rich Dauer (.336/11/78 for Rochester ’76) and David Dellucci (.327/20/55 for Bowie ’97) savored a decade in the big leagues during their respective careers.
John Maine started three games in the 2006 postseason for the New York Mets and triumphed in 15 contests during the following campaign. Traded in January 2006 with Jorge Julio in return for Kris Benson, Maine posted a lowest single-season FIP (2.04) among Orioles farmhands with at least 100 innings pitched in the Expansion Era while fashioning a 0.882 WHIP along with 11.4 SO/9 between Delmarva (A) and Frederick (A+). Preceding a February 2008 deal to the Mariners in exchange for five players (including future star center fielder Adam Jones), Erik Bedard carved up the Carolina League with 130 strikeouts in 96.1 innings while supplying a 9-2 mark with a 2.15 ERA in 17 starts in ’01. Armando Benitez notched 20+ saves in seven successive seasons (1998-2004) five years after mowing down 15 batters per nine innings through the low minors. Mychal Givens accrued 16 relief victories along with a 2.93 ERA over two seasons (2016-17). A convert to mound work after three years as an infielder led to mediocre results, Givens earned a promotion to Baltimore with 15 saves, a 1.73 ERA and 12.5 SO/9 at Bowie (AA) in 2015. 2011 first-rounder Dylan Bundy instantly captivated fans and front office members with a 9-3 record and a 2.08 ERA through 23 starts as an Orioles farmhand in 2012. Bundy rebounded from a series of injuries to amass 13 wins with a 1.198 WHIP in 2017.
Dealt to the White Sox in a six-player trade in January 1963 for Luis Aparicio and Al Smith, Pete Ward (.295/22/84) placed runner-up for AL Rookie of the Year honors in the same season. The corner infielder / outfielder laced 34 two-baggers and launched 22 moon-shots while manufacturing a .328 BA for Rochester (AAA) in ’62. Eight-time Gold Glove centerfielder Paul “Motormouth” Blair nabbed 60 bags, scored 126 runs and hit .324 with the Stockton Ports (A) in his age-19 season (1963). Boog Powell (.297/35/114) seized the 1970 AL MVP award following a runner-up finish in the previous campaign. Powell received a cup of coffee with the O’s in ’61 after slugging .593 with 32 long-distance dedications for Rochester (AAA). Cal Ripken Jr. aka “Iron Man”, two-time AL MVP and 1982 AL Rookie of the Year, averaged 30 doubles and 24 dingers in the upper minors (1980-81). Mike Young ascended three levels in ’81 on the strength of a .331 BA, 35 two-base knocks and 40 stolen bases. Arthur Rhodes yielded an ERA of 2.70 and whiffed 9.7 batters per nine innings for the Hagerstown Suns (AA) in ’91, then proceeded to register two decades of Major League service.
References and Resources
Bill James Baseball Abstract
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