Tag:Daniel Cabrera
Posted on: June 12, 2008 7:17 am
Edited on: June 12, 2008 7:19 am

Kranitz to help Cabrera with woes; more news

from Baltimoresun.com

BOSTON - Orioles pitching coach Rick Kranitz is attributing Daniel Cabrera's struggles the past two outings to problems with his delivery, which has affected the movement on his two-seam fastball.

In his past two outings, Cabrera has allowed 12 earned runs and 15 hits spanning 11 innings, squandering three-run leads in each outing. After allowing six earned runs to the Boston Red Sox in the series opener Tuesday, Cabrera said he's having problems getting his two-seam fastball down in the zone.

"He hasn't been as consistent with his delivery as it had been," Kranitz said. "And that's why we're seeing a little bit of the [problems] that have popped up the last few times out. He's not driving the ball down like he did. ... Sometimes guys go through little spells. I'm not worried about him."

Kranitz said that he's planning on showing Cabrera video of his complete-game performance against the Kansas City Royals from May so that he can see how his delivery looked then. Orioles manager Dave Trembley also said that he and Kranitz will tell Cabrera to throw his changeup and slider more in his next bullpen session, but the Orioles don't want him to change too much.

"The fastball is still his bread and butter," Kranitz said. "He can be a one-pitch pitcher if he uses his breaking ball at the right times. That's what he was pretty much earlier this season."

Interest in Broussard

The Orioles are interested in left-handed-hitting first baseman Ben Broussard, who was released by the New York Yankees, but only if he'd accept a spot with Triple-A Norfolk.

Broussard, a seven-year veteran with a .263 career average, is mulling several options and should decide within the next 24 hours where he will sign, said his agent, Darek Braunecker.

The Orioles offered Broussard a minor league deal last month after he was released by the Texas Rangers, but the 31-year-old signed with the Yankees.

Good signs

The Orioles agreed to terms with L.J. Hoes, an outfielder out of St. John's High in Washington who was their third-round draft pick last week. He is one of 20 picks that have agreed to terms.

Posted on: March 15, 2008 7:40 pm
Edited on: May 26, 2008 6:56 pm

O's Season Preview Mailbag: Q's from the fans

Every month, there will be another mailbag where Aaron Folsom answers the Questions of the Fans.

Q: What will the starting infield look like at the end of the 2008 season for the Orioles? Will they be able to trade guys like Ramon Hernandez, Melvin Mora or Brian Roberts?

A: The only guys that might have some trade value at the deadline in the infield are Ramon Hernandez, if he has a good first half, and Brian Roberts. Kevin Millar may be able to attract a team looking for bench help. I don't see Mora going anywhere unless he has a first half like his spring training. I believe Guillermo Quiroz would take over for Ramon Hernandez, if he gets shipped out, and if he gets more time at the position I could see Scott Moore taking over second base duties if the team does not acquire a 2B prospect from any trades.

Ramon Hernandez could be a valuable trade chip for the Orioles come July 31st.


Q: Will Daniel Cabrera ever learn to pitch, or will he continue to have high walk totals?

A: I believe no matter what you do, Daniel Cabrera will always have high walk totals. Rick Kranitz has worked with him over the off-season and both Kranitz and manager Dave Trembley feel it will be breakout year for Cabrera. However, that has been said about Cabrera since his rookie year. Maybe Kranitz can help him out, but so far in Spring Training he seems like the same old D-Cab.

Q: Will Hayden Penn and Adam Loewen stay healthy for an entire season?

A: Adam Loewen is making progress from his recovery and the same goes for Penn. Loewen might not be a 100% as of right now though. Penn added some weight and looked very well in spring training. I think they will stay healthy for atleast a good part of the season, but injuries are spontanious, so I can't give my full confirmation on there full season status.

Q: Will the Orioles show enough this season to persuade Mark Texeira to sign with Baltimore?

A: I think regardless of what the Orioles do this year, they will still persuade Texieria to come to Baltimore. He is a native of Maryland and grew up a Orioles fan. I also think Tex would want to come here tro be around this rebuilding program. I understand he wants to win, but if Tex came to Baltimore, the O's would be on the upside of rebuilding and would be on the rebound. He would probably like being around some vets and some young guys.

Q: Will Troy Patton recover?

A: Patton has a pretty serious injury, but I believe in a year or two he could become a good member of the Orioles team. It will take a while to heal, but regardless is a Top notch prospect. I think he will recover well but may take a while.

Q: Will Nick Markakis continue to develop into a star player?

A: I think by the end of this season, Markakis will go from a top 20 outfielder to a top 15 outfielder. He continues to get better and will probably get even better by seasons end. I believe N-Mark could be a All-Star back-up for the AL this year. Look for good numbers and a solid season from Markakis all season long.

Nick Markakis has the potential to be an All-Star in 2008.

Q: Will Matt Weiters be a september call-up?

A: If The O's elect to trade Ramon Hernandez(Or can find a suitor), I think there is a 70% chance of a Weiters sighting in Baltimore come September. However, if Ramon is still with us, I think there is only a 40%-50% chance of a Weiters sighting in Baltimore. I believe MacPhail and Trembley will want to gte him a few at-bats in the majors here and there to prep him.

Q: Will the Orioles really finish below the Rays this year?

A: Without any significant injuries, I would say yes. The Rays got better over the off-season by adding Cliff Floyd and Troy Percival and bringing up thrid base super prospect Evan Longoria improves the team atleast 10 wins. Now with Wheeler, Reyes and Percival, theyhave a decent bullpen and there offense looks well rounded with Longoria, Crawford, Upton and Pena. Plus, they have a pretty good Top 3 in the rotation in Kazmir, Shields and Garza. However, one or two major injuries could put the Rays right back where they have been for so many years, 5th place.

Q: Will the O's look like they are heading in the right direction by the end of the year?

A: Every year the O's look like a contender in April, then suck it up the rest of the way. This year, it will be the opposite way. The O's will do bad and get better as the season progresses and the younger players get legit playing time. Expect last place in the division, but it will be a fun losing season in my mind. The team will eventually get better and be in the right direction.

Randor Bierd appears as one of the young O's players who will progress as the season goes on.




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