BALTIMORE—It’s been a disappointing season for the Norfolk Tides. A year ago, Norfolk made the International League playoffs with a 79-63 record.
This year, they’ve lost 24 of their first 36 games under fifth year manager Ron Johnson.
The Orioles haven’t yet regularly raided the Tides roster as they have for the past few years.
Of the current Orioles, only Paul Janish started the season with Norfolk. He was summoned a week ago, a few days after J.J. Hardy was placed on the disabled list.
T.J. McFarland was sent down to the Tides a week ago when Janish was added. He’s the only player with Norfolk to spend substantial time with the Orioles this season.
There aren’t many promising starters with Johnson’s team. Odrisamer Despaigne, who the Orioles acquired in February from San Diego, intrigued Buck Showalter during spring training, but he has an 0-5 record with a 5.14 ERA.
Despaigne and David Hale, who is currently injured, are the only starting pitchers on the 40-man roster.
Ariel Miranda, a Cuban defector, who was signed less than a year ago, is 1-2 with a 4.11 ERA in six starts. He’s scheduled to start Saturday.
The Tides’ bullpen is better. Chaz Roe, who spent much of 2015 with the Orioles, is 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA in 15 games. Zach Phillips, who the Orioles signed late in spring training, is 3-1 with a 2.60 ERA in 15 games.
Oliver Drake, who had an 0.82 ERA for Norfolk last year and appeared in 13 games for the Orioles, has a 4.26 ERA in 13 games in Triple-A this season.
Left-hander Andy Oliver, who was in spring training with the Orioles, has begun to start, and he has a 1.14 ERA in 10 games.
Trey Mancini, last year’s Eastern League batting champ, started the season with Bowie, and since his promotion to Triple-A has hit .271 with three home runs in 19 games.
Of players on the 40-man roster, Dariel Alvarez is hitting .281 in 35 games, Henry Urrutia, who had a hot start, has slumped to .248 in 31 games, and Christian Walker, who is being tried as a left fielder, is hitting .252 with seven homers in 36 games.
Catch Audry Perez, known for his defense, has hit .366 in 19 games.