Orioles news, notes and observations: Peterson, Correnti, Gausman and more
By By Dan Connolly
Nov 06, 2012 | 7:00 AM
The Boston Red Sox are reportedly hoping to name their new pitching coach Tuesday and Orioles director of pitching development Rick Peterson, who interviewed Saturday, is rumored to be the man to lead John Farrell's staff.
Peterson, 58, coached Farrell, the Red Sox new manager, when Farrell was a pitcher in the Cleveland Indians' minor league system. They go way back.
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 Oakland Athletics, New York Mets and Milwaukee Brewers.)
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 Buck Showalter's staff. And when Peterson joined the Orioles it was with the agreement that if a major league pitching coach job opened up, he'd be allowed to interview for it.
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 Kevin Gausman and Branden Kline, working out there right now. You have to give the Orioles credit: They aren't forgetting about their minor leaguers this offseason.
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 Wei-Yin Chen in the Orioles rotation could be enticing, the potential price tag may be prohibitive.
Kudos to new Houston Astros manager Bo Porter for tapping into Orioles history to fill two of his coaching positions. Former Orioles manager Dave Trembley was named to Porter's staff last month and was tabbed as third base coach on Monday when Porter finalized his staff.
On Monday, the Astros announced that former Orioles pitcher Dennis Martinez was named bullpen coach. Martinez worked for years in the St. Louis Cardinals organization and was an Orioles' spring training instructor a few years back.