Matt Wieters (right) is recharging his batteries before heading out to the Arizona Fall League and Brad Bergesen (lower right) will be resting his arm until spring training, but they stopped by Camden Yards to pick up some hardware last night and take part in a pre-game media conference along with the club's other player development award winners.
Here are a few excerpts and my expert analysis:
Wieters, on why he was able to hit better after being promoted from Class-A Frederick to Double-A Bowie: "If you could explain hitting, you'd be making a lot more money."
My take: Just based on that one answer, I've reached two conclusions about Wieters. First, he's ready to answer questions in the major league clubhouse right now, and second, he's probably seen Bull Durham about 12 times.
Bergesen, on why he wasn't sent to one of the fall leagues: "I threw the most innings I've ever thrown this year. I think it was a front office decision to shut me down and give me the rest."
My take: Good answer. It's always a good idea to defer to the front office at least until you're eligible for salary arbitration.
Brad Komminsk, on whether Lou Montanez could have been the O's Minor League Player of the Year instead of Wieters: "He easily could have been...to do all that (win the Eastern League Triple Crown) in just four months tells you something."
My take: Imagine how much fun Wieters and Montanez would have had at the plate if they'd been together in the Bowie lineup from start to finish.
Scout of the Year Dean Albany, on the current condition of the minor league system: "I think the groundwork has been laid by Andy...I think we've taken a lot of steps in the right direction. I think the system is much improved.
My take: I know for a fact Dean means every word of that, but what else could he possibly say in that situation.
Komminsk on Bowie losing in the playoffs to a team that featured major league slugger Travis Hafner: "I wasn't real happy about the way it all went, but what you going to do."
My take: Just be glad those playoffs didn't go to Game 5. I hear the Indians were going to rehab Cliff Lee that day.