Talking about the No. 1 draft pick at the Winter Meetings

LAS VEGAS - It will obviously be a huge moment for new Orioles executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias. But we are going to have to wait a few months for it. In June, the Orioles have the No. 1 pick in the first round of the First-Year Player Draft. For just the second time in team history, they select 1/1, the first ... read more

O’s Ryan McKenna named to AFL Top Prospects Team

LAS VEGAS - A nice honor today for Orioles outfield prospect Ryan McKenna. He was named to the 2018 Arizona Fall League Top Prospects Team. The team is selected by AFL managers and coaches to recognize players that excelled during the six-week season. In 17 games with Glendale, the 21-year-old McKenna hit .344/.474/.590. He scored 16 runs and produced six doubles, three triples, a homer ... read more

Quick preview of the the Winter Meetings

LAS VEGAS - For years now, the Orioles have not been among the teams making major news at baseball’s annual Winter Meetings. That didn’t appear likely to change much this year as media and front office executives arrived at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino for the meetings, which officially begin today. It seems like it has been years since the Orioles were involved in ... read more

Taking stock of the O’s current catching situation

The Orioles have three catchers on their current 40-man roster after Caleb Joseph was recently non-tendered. They are Austin Wynns, Chance Sisco and Andrew Susac. What will the Orioles do at the catching position in 2019? Are they going to add a veteran catcher and/or does Joseph still have a shot to come back? Will Sisco have to go back to the farm next April ... read more

Shifty business: Is MLB really going to limit or eliminate shifts?

What if a baseball game were played, but players in the field were not allowed to roam anywhere they want? What if defensive shifts were limited or eliminated completely? Would officials in Major League Baseball really take such action? This week, Jayson Stark of The Athletic wrote an excellent article examining this topic. “At last month’s owners meetings, baseball’s competition committee gave the commissioner ‘strong’ ... read more

O’s prospect Ryan McKenna on his strong play in the AFL

When Orioles outfield prospect Ryan McKenna went to the Arizona Fall League in October, he had a chance to add to his batting average again. And he did that, batting well over .300 for Glendale as he faced some of the sport’s top pitching prospects. It was a return to success for McKenna, who began this year by tearing it up in the Carolina League. ... read more

A look at several potential Orioles managerial candidates

We don’t know yet who the next Orioles manager will be, but he might be among five names we will mention here today. The first four are expected to interview with the club, or maybe have already. The fifth name has ties to O’s general manager Mike Elias. Both worked for the Houston Astros last season. Will the next O’s skipper be among this group? ... read more

For Miguel Castro, giving back begins at home

Even listening through the telephone and using the assistance of a translator, you could tell it meant a lot to Miguel Castro. He recently recently took part in an event to help kids and it was most meaningful for the Orioles reliever. In his hometown of La Romana, Dominican Republic, Castro was one of three major league pitchers taking part in a program to provide ... read more