And just one more thing: Orioles

Go take a look at my Orioles preview. There’s a lot more there these days than there’s been a long time. Finding an extra player to talk about here wasn’t all that difficult. I thought about going with Troy Patton, who is mentioned only in passing in the preview because of what could be impending shoulder surgery, but I didn’t think that was in the spirit of this blog feature, which I think is meant more for sleepers and extra under the radar types. So, with that in mind, I give you…

Kyle Schmidt, RHP: Anyone for a late bloomer? The O’s drafted Schmidt out ofKschmidt_1 South Florida (he
transferred there after two years at Georgia Tech) back in 2004. He scuffled along in Bluefield and Aberdeen for most of 2005 and much of ’06 before making it to Delmarva for 10 outings in that 2006 season. He spent all of last year with the Shorebirds, at age 23, finishing third in the South Atlantic League in strikeouts with 145 (in 131 IP) and eighth in ERA (3.37). He’s always done well in terms of K rates, with a 9.98 K/9 ratio since he began his career. There are a lot of arms in this system now, some of them pretty high-profile, so it’ll be interesting to see if Schmidt can start making a name for himself at age 24 in 2008.

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