are reportedly hoping to name their new pitching coach Tuesday and
director of pitching development Rick Peterson, who interviewed Saturday, is rumored to be the man to lead
Peterson, 58, coached Farrell, the Red Sox new manager, when Farrell was a pitcher in the
And there’s no question that Peterson, pitching’s professor of biomechanics, did an excellent job with the Orioles’ minor leaguers and should get another shot in the big leagues. (He has been the pitching coach for the
He is still under contract with the Orioles, but the club already has a big league pitching coach in Rick Adair, a trusted member of
It seems like it was a beneficial relationship between Peterson and the Orioles – one which may end a little sooner than the Orioles had hoped.
There's no word as to whether executive vice president Dan Duquette would hire a new person for the job, which was tailored to Peterson's strengths. But his potential departure does not mean the Orioles would punt Peterson's biomechanical teachings.
Chris Correnti, who is the club's pitching rehab coordinator in Sarasota, is also a believer in biomechanics and worked closely with Peterson in administering those philosophies. Correnti likely would continue to do so no matter where Peterson lands in 2013.
Correnti was named recently as a potential candidate to take over as the Red Sox rehab coordinator in Boston, a position Correnti once held with the Red Sox. But a reunion would be complicated.
Correnti is still under contract with the Orioles through the end of the year and it's unlikely the club would let him interview for a similar position with the Red Sox. The sense I get is the Orioles and Correnti are happy with their current arrangement and it will continue into 2013.
Speaking of Sarasota, the Orioles have their top two picks in 2012, pitchers
The organization ran an instructional league program in October and now is targeting a few select players to do more one-on-one work this month.
Duquette has made international baseball a focus of the organization, especially in Asia. And, because of that don't think the club isn't aware of what Korean left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu can do. They absolutely are.
Ryu is a husky 25-year-old who has a low-90s fastball, a good changeup and has been one of the best starters in the Korea Baseball Organization for years. But Ryu is not an unrestricted free agent – he is being posted by his team, the Hanwha Eagles—and he has hired superagent Scott Boras as an advisor.
In other words, he could be pricey. And the Orioles prefer to discover their international gems, and not wait for the market to determine the prices. So as much as bringing in a potentially major-league-ready Korean to join Taiwanese lefty
Kudos to new
On Monday, the Astros announced that former Orioles pitcher Dennis Martinez was named bullpen coach. Martinez worked for years in the