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Manny Machado has two hits in major league debut

Aug 9, 2012, 10:08 PM EDT

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In the most hyped debut for an Orioles’ prospect since Matt Wieters back in 2009, Manny Machado went 2-for-4 with a triple and a run scored in tonight’s 8-2 loss to the Royals.

Machado, the No. 3 overall pick of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, started at third base and batted ninth. After grounding out to shortstop in his first at-bat in the second inning, he led off the fifth with an opposite-field triple to the right-center field gap and came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Nick Markakis. Interestingly enough, Wieters’ first major league hit was also a triple.

Machado reached on an infield single in the seventh inning after beating out a slow roller to second base. He had a chance at a third hit in the ninth inning, but popped out behind second base for the final out of the ballgame. The 20-year-old looked pretty comfortable at third base despite making just two pro starts there prior to tonight’s game. Wilson Betemit should still get some playing time at the hot corner against some right-handed starters, but the O’s didn’t bring Machado up to have him sit on the bench.

Wei-Yin Chen had his worst start as a member of the Orioles tonight, giving up seven runs over 4 2/3 innings. Billy Butler fell a single short of the cycle for the Royals, collecting a three-run homer, a double and his first triple since 2009. “Country Breakfast” had two chances for the elusive single, but he struck out swinging in his final two at-bats.

The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for the Orioles, who now sit at 60-52 on the year. They are currently 5 1/2 games behind the Yankees in the American League East and are in a flat-footed tie with the Tigers for the second Wild Card spot.

  1. rockthered1286 - Aug 9, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    Where’s paperlion and redguy so I can drop a preemptive ‘told ya so’?

    Defense was good, 2-4 with a triple, and in no way can we say anything negative about his game today.

    • redguy12588 - Aug 9, 2012 at 10:53 PM

      Yep, 1 game is all you need to start writing up his Cooperstown speech.

      • derek2957 - Aug 10, 2012 at 1:08 AM

        Who said anything about Cooperstown, the kid had a good game. Great for him, dislike the Orioles, or any team whatever, but can’t you be a little happy for a 20 year old kid having a great MLB debut, talented young prospects are good for the game as a whole that is rapidly fading to the NFL.

      • Mark - Aug 10, 2012 at 8:24 AM

        You can be excited about one game but the point still stands you shouldn’t be dishing out I told you so’s after one game. Hanley Ramirez had a great start in his trade to LAD, and the people who thought it was a good trade did the I told you so’s too. And then Hanley hit 226/328/358 for the Dodgers…

        So the point is, great for Machado, but it doesn’t mean you were right or they were wrong. That’s something we won’t know till the end of September.

      • rockthered1286 - Aug 10, 2012 at 9:09 AM

        I actually called it a “preemptive” told you so, in sense that it’s clearly too early to say I was right or wrong. In no way did I mean he’s HOF bound and after one game earned a starting spot. But take it however you want…

    • theawesomersfranchise - Aug 10, 2012 at 12:55 AM

      Ya that 2nd “hit” was impressive, just got it past the pitchers mound

      • derek2957 - Aug 10, 2012 at 1:09 AM

        Last I checked, speed was a weapon as well.

      • theawesomersfranchise - Aug 10, 2012 at 1:11 AM

        Last I checked a 2nd baseman who can pick up a ball and makes a play gets an easy out.

    • paperlions - Aug 10, 2012 at 8:27 AM

      He hit one ball out of the IF. It is nice that he didn’t K. But c’mon. If he continues to hit 1 ball out of the IF/game (and it was the only one he hit hard), you won’t be happy with the results.

      At least they are planning to play the kid everyday, which is smart. Still not gonna matter to their playoff hopes.

    • paperlions - Aug 10, 2012 at 8:34 AM

      He was also facing a AAA pitcher, who wouldn’t be starting for any “real” MLB team. You may be right, he may be a star the rest of the year….but hitting only 1 ball hard while facing one of the worst starting pitchers in the majors isn’t really indicative of anything.

      • rockthered1286 - Aug 10, 2012 at 9:12 AM

        I can’t remember which manager it was that they quoted during the game about Will Smith (the pitcher) but it was something to the effect of “great movement, great secondary pitches, and a guy who can definitely keep his team in the game.” This was an opposing team’s manager. Smith has gone 3-1 in his last 4 starts. His ERA away from home is 3 and change. He’s no Grienke, but he’s surely better than some triple A arm who wouldn’t start for any “real” team. How you can possibly call him one of the worst in the bigs is absolutely beyond me and sounds petty to be honest.

      • paperlions - Aug 10, 2012 at 9:23 AM

        None of his minor league (or major league) numbers suggest he’s good. He doesn’t strike out anyone (missing bats is important), his walk rate is mediocre, and his ground ball rate is low. He profiles as a 6th/7th starter.

      • rockthered1286 - Aug 10, 2012 at 1:22 PM

        He averages just under 6 K’s per 9, and a hair over 3 walks per 9. He’s averaging 6 1/2 innings per start.

        Freddy Garcia (a “real” teams 5th in rotation) averages 6.5 K’s per 9, 2 2/3 walks per 9, 6 1/2 innings per start.

        Worse than Freddy? Yup. But not that far off considering he’s only had 8 starts in the bigs. Again, to say he’s one of the worst in the bigs is foolish. I can easily name about 10 worse pitchers right now, starting with Guthrie.

  2. rockthered1286 - Aug 9, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    I believe the phrase was ‘idotic’ and ‘retard his development’ and ‘no experience at third.’?

    His first career hit was a triple, added an infield single, played well at third… Saw no signs of not being ready for the bigs. Nobody said anything about HOF worthy. Let’s see if it keeps him in the lineup.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 10, 2012 at 7:58 AM

      One game worth of results. I have this coin I just flipped four times and it always landed heads, want to buy this coin guaranteed to land heads for $100?

      In all seriousness, even one year isn’t enough time to determine a players ability. Just ask the many Phillies fans who, just last year, were touting John Mayberry Jr as their next great outfielder.

      • rockthered1286 - Aug 10, 2012 at 9:16 AM

        I can dig it. This was simply my way of saying all of the fools who declared this move (Mach to the bigs from AA) a huge mistake and stupid of the O’s and said this would slow his development, were simply overexagerating a worst possible scenario. Instead, Mach comes up, goes 2-4, looks comfortable at third and there’s no reason to fret. BUT trust me, I’ve seen Felix Pie, Jay Gibbons, Larry Bigbie… all guys we thought would pan out to be great then tanked. Or messed with HGH.

  3. bmorelikeme - Aug 10, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    It’s amazing how many commenters seemingly want to be the first person to call this kid a bust. The O’s are suprisingly still in the race. They pulled up their best position prospect after 400 AB in AA, to help cover a position of need down the stretch. The move may have been unexpected, but it’s not lunacy. Let it play out instead of declaring him savior/bust. It’s baseball folks, enjoy the ride.

  4. bmorethansteel - Aug 10, 2012 at 9:05 PM

    SEE NEW MACHADO POST IF YA DONT KNOW BY NOW

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