The Orioles have shaken up their scouting department


Ken Rosenthal reports that new Orioles’ GM Dan Duquette has basically dissolved the Orioles’ professional scouting department, reassigning the pro scouts to the amateur side:

“As you get more video and statistical analysis on a player, the longer they’re in professional baseball, it’s not as vital to have them seen by eyes, professional eyes,” Duquette said. “Players establish a record of their work. “Some of the trends that the statistics track, they’re not trends that professional scouts would normally see in a short look.”

If you don’t think that isn’t gonna get some old anti-sabermetric writers grumbling, you’re crazy.  Looks like we’re gonna have some 2003-era “Moneyball” debates all over again.

Thanks, Dan!

David Phelps to undergo Tommy John surgery

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Pitcher David Phelps has a torn UCL and will undergo Tommy John surgery, ending his 2018 season, the Mariners announced on Wednesday. Phelps was making brief one-inning stints in the Cactus League as he worked his way back from a procedure to remove a bone spur from his elbow last September. He said he felt the ligament tear on his final pitch against the Angels in his March 17 appearance.

Phelps, 31, was expected to set up for closer Edwin Diaz. The right-hander, between the Marlins and Mariners last season, posted a 3.40 ERA with a 62/26 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings. He and the Mariners avoided arbitration in January, agreeing on a $5.55 million salary for the 2018 campaign. Phelps will become eligible to become a free agent at the end of the season.

As the Mariners noted in their statement, the expected recovery period for Tommy John surgery is 12-15 months, so this very likely cuts into Phelps’ 2019 season as well.