Three transactions of importance have happened in the last few days:
First of all, Josh Edgin (Winchester 2007) has been signed as free agent by the Baltimore Orioles. Drafted in the 30th round in 2010, Josh made his major league debut on July 13th, 2012. He has appeared in 177 major league games since then, going 4-4, 3.49, with 2 saves, a 1.279 WHIP, 3.6 BB/9, and 8.1 K/9 in a total of 129 innings pitched. He has been worth 1.7 WAR in his career, according to baseball reference.
Josh is not exactly a lefty-killer, but he has been a little bit better against lefties than righties. Against left handed batters, in 295 plate appearances, Josh 223/296/367. Against right handed batters, in 249 PA, Josh is 254/352/362.
I imagine Josh has a shot to make the O’s opening day roster, and if he doesn’t make the major league club, he’ll most likely go to Triple-A.
Secondly, the San Diego Padres have traded Ryan Schimpf (Luray 2008) to the Tampa Bay Rays for Deion Tansel. Ryan was a 5th round pick in the 2009 draft by the Toronto Blue Jays. He made his major league debut in 2016 with the Padres, and has played in 142 games in 2016 and 2017. In 527 plate appearances, Ryan has hit 195/317/492, with 72 runs, 19 doubles, 5 triples, 34 home runs, and a 69/175 BB/K ratio. Back in the old days, 34 home runs in 527 plate appearances would equal a starting spot, but it looks like the Rays have acquired Ryan to be depth at both second and third base. (The Rays are far from done this offseason, it looks like, so who knows?)
Thirdly, the New York Yankees, seemingly in the middle of adding some guy named Giancarlo Stanton, have also signed former VBLer and ATVL friend Erik Kratz (Waynesboro, Harrisonburg 2000-2001). Erik, who will be 38 years old in June of 2018, was a 29th round draft pick of the Toronto Blue Jays way back in 2002. (Erik is the second oldest former VBLer who is still active- the oldest is……. Brad Ziegler (New Market 2000), who is roughly 8 months older than Erik. Strange to think that Erik may have batted against Brad a whopping 17 years ago.) Erik started 2017 in Columbus, Cleveland’s Triple-A affiliate, but was sold to the Yankees on August 31st. Erik went on to appear in 4 major league games for the Bronx Bombers during their playoff push. He will most likely play in Triple-A for the Yanks in 2018, but be available if, say, their two catchers both get in a benches-clearing brawl and get suspended. That would be weird, huh?