Recapping the DSL Orioles1 2016 Season, Some Solid Pitching Numbers

The 2016 regular season came to an end for the Baltimore Orioles' Dominican Summer League affiliate, the DSL Orioles1 just over a week ago, so I thought you would enjoy a recap of their 2016 season.

The Dominican Summer League is considered a "Rookie Level" league and the Orioles are one of several teams that field two teams in the DSL (DSL Orioles1, DSL Orioles2).

Today, I am recapping the DSL Orioles1 season and be sure to check back soon for my recap on the DSL Orioles2 season.

The DSL Orioles1 did not have the season they were looking for win-loss-wise as they finished the year 27-42, and finished fifth (six teams) in the Baseball City division 22 games back of the division champion DSL D-backs.

Their biggest issue on the season was their inability to win on the road as they finished with a 10-24 record on the road, while going 17-18 at home.

I give them credit though, they finished the year off the right way by winning their final four games, which was tied for the second longest winning streak to finish the year in the DSL.

Below were the team leaders, both offensively and on the mound.

  • 1B Rauel Acosta - He hit .275 with three home runs, 11 doubles, two triples, 23 RBI and scored 28 runs. He also boasted a .366 OBP and led the team in batting average (among qualifiers).
  • OF Rachid Engelhardt - He hit .259 with two home runs, four doubles, one triple, 13 RBI and scored 19 runs to go along with his .342 OBP.
  • 3B Robertico Medina - He hit .228 with one home run, seven doubles, 11 RBI, scored 22 runs and drew 43 walks. He led the team with a .389 OBP.
  • RHP Juan Valdez - Went 2-8 with a 2.69 ERA over 14 starts and a team-high 77 innings pitched. He also owned a 1.09 WHIP and struck out 61 batters.
  • LHP Johalis Pacheco - Went 3-1 with a 1.82 ERA over 13 starts and 59 2/3 innings pitched. He also owned a 1.45 WHIP and struck out 56 batters. He did not allow a home run all season.
  • LHP Andy De La Cruz - Went 2-1 with a 0.93 ERA over 19 relief appearances and 38 2/3 innings pitched. He also owned a 1.06 WHIP and struck out 33 batters. He too did not allow a home run all season and he also earned five saves as well.
There is no denying that the pitching staff was the strength of the DSL Orioles1 this year, and it's never a bad thing to see some good pitching numbers down on the farm.


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