Monday, September 15, 2008

Doctor Andrews Goes to the Farm

Or more accurately, part of the Orioles farm has gone to Dr. Andrews. One of the Orioles’ top pitching prospects, Chorye Spoone, has undergone surgery by Dr. James Andrews to repair a slap tear in his right shoulder, according to the Baltimore Sun. The injury does not appear to be a long-term concern, and Chorye is expected to be back pitching sometime in midseason 2009.

I know to most people this seems as somewhat minor news, but I felt compelled to write on this. Since I started doing my prospect reports I have wanted to do a report on Spoone because he is both a local prospect and has arguably the greatest upside of any pitcher in the Orioles farm system. A native of Pasadena, Maryland, Chorye Spoone leapt onto the map last season in Frederick, where he accumulated a 3.26 ERA with 133 strikeouts in 152 innings pitched. Through that season he also held opponents to an even .200 BA and held an impressive 2.67 GO/AO ratio. He has a mid-90’s sinking fastball with a vicious curve. A groundball pitcher who can strike you out. He’s shown up in the big moments, if you count back to back complete games in the Carolina League playoffs as showing up big. If you can’t tell, I like the guy a lot.

I wanted to just take this time to say, don’t forget about this guy, Baltimore. He’s not a lock to be a great major league pitcher, no one is, but he has all the potential to be dominant. Best of luck to you in your rehab Chorye, we look forward to watching you in Bowie when you come back next year.

Note: Apologies for missing the Prospect Report last week; this Thursday I’ll be ranking the top prospects from the O’s system.

(Photo Credit: Tom Priddy,

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