It wasn’t a shock when the Orioles made a switch with their receivers on Monday, optioning Chance Sisco to Triple-A and buying Austin Wynns’ contract.
Sisco and Pedro Severino have not played well this season. When picked, Sisco was down .154 in 23 games.
Severino struggled defensively, especially during the 14-game losing streak. Manager Brandon Hyde decided to give Sisco more playing time last week, but it hasn’t helped.
Sisco goes to the Tides with just one hit in his last 16 at-bat, but Hyde has been charitable.
“Difficult conversation this morning. I like chance. Big kid. Team player, work his tail, ”Hyde said.
“I just wanna see him come down and see him drive baseball. I like all the improvements he made defensively, keep working on his defense. He throws the ball much better than he has in recent years. Her reception continues to improve. He learned the position better. He becomes a better defensive receiver.
Sisco sent off six of the nine runners who attempted to steal, an improvement over the past two seasons when he had sent off just 17% of runners attempting to steal in 2019 and 19% last year.
His attack is waning. Sisco is averaging 0.199 in 191 games for the Orioles over the past five seasons. Because he’s a second-round pick in 2013, he’s been given plenty of opportunities.
“I have to pitch the bat,” Hyde said. “I have always liked his plate discipline, his ability to dismiss fields at the limit and outside [the plate]. We don’t really have a roster full of those kinds of guys. He needs to start building offensive numbers, come back to really driving the ball from one gap to the next and feel more comfortable offensively, getting four at-bat a night, hopefully that gets him going. .
Wynns was picked eight rounds later than Sisco in 2013, and he’s the kind of player managers love. He is a hard worker and a headstrong player. Wynns was hitting .333 with three homers and nine RBIs for Norfolk.
“It’s a good start, well swung the bat, hitting the ball for the average, catching the ball extremely well,” said Hyde. “Austin is just very, very strong defensively.”
In Norfolk, Sisco will join Brett Cumberland, who came to the Orioles in the July 31, 2018 trade with Atlanta that brought Bruce Zimmermann and Evan Phillips to Baltimore, as well as Nick Ciuffo and Taylor Davis, two receivers with experience in the major leagues. Ciuffo has an injured hand which has kept him from playing so far this year.
Wynns went without a hitting in four batting appearances in Monday’s 3-2 loss to Minnesota, but earned praise from starter Jorge López and Hyde.
“I love Austin’s intangibles,” Hyde said. “He has good feelings behind the plate. He does a great job with his pitchers. He’s a really good clubhouse guy, he’s the ultimate team guy. I love the way he really gets involved with the pitchers, passes the innings to them and helps the guys on the mound… Any kind of attack he gives us is a bonus. He will take good hitters.
Along with Stevie Wilkerson, Wynns brings energy and a positive attitude. Wynns hasn’t seen any major league action in 2020, but if he plays well, he could claim to be Adley Rutschman’s replacement when he joins the Orioles.
Infielder Richie Martin was put on the injured list after 60 days to make room for Wynns. With Martin, whose broken left wrist could keep him out until August, fellow infielders Rylan Bannon and Jahmai Jones and outfielder Yusniel Diaz all injured, the Orioles had a 40-man roster. Putting an injured Minor Leaguer on the 60 Day Injured List isn’t something teams like to do, but there was little choice.
In the event of a receiver injury, Sisco can be elevated without costing the team a berth in the roster like Wynns did.
Josh Rogers posted: The Orioles have released left-hander Josh Rogers, who came to the squad with right-hangers Cody Carroll and Dillon Tate in the July 2018 trade with the New York Yankees for Zack Britton.
Rogers won his major league debut on August 28, 2018, pitching five innings and allowing three runs in the Orioles’ 12-5 win over Toronto.
It was his only victory in the league.
Rogers, who underwent Tommy John surgery in 2019, appeared in eight games for the Orioles in 2018 and 2019, and walked away with a 1-3 record and 8.65 ERA.
He started the season with Triple-A Norfolk and was 0-3 with a 7.79 ERA in four games.
Rogers liked to talk about his friend Lamar Jackson, who had also been to Louisville.
Rogers’ exit was first reported by MASNsports.com and confirmed by an industry source.
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