A look at O’s players headed to winter ball (plus other notes)

Every year, as the major league season winds down into late October (and maybe even into November), play in winter leagues around the world begins. As it relates to big league teams like the Orioles, many of the organization’s minor league players get in extra work to improve their game and help their careers. In some cases, players that have been playing since February travel ... read more

For starters: Young guns provide hope for improved rotation

For many years, fans questioned the Orioles’ ability to develop pitchers and wondered when or if the team would produce another ace. “Where is the next (Mike) Mussina,” was heard often. Is it possible now that the Orioles have not one, but two potential young aces in their rotation? The Orioles certainly have two young guns that are going to look good in joining Chris ... read more

Boston bows out (plus a look at the AFL Orioles)

As Orioles fans know all too well, playoff endings can be abrupt, painful, hard to take. In “Fever Pitch,” Uncle Carl told the 7-year-old Ben, “They’ll break your heart, kid.” He was talking about the Red Sox, but the thought applies to any fan base. Lest O’s fans think only Orioles bats come up short in October, the Red Sox just got swept by Cleveland ... read more

Will O’s fans continue to feel the love for Showalter?

It is kind of ironic in one sense that the last memory for many Orioles fans from the 2016 season will be that Zach Britton did not pitch in the wild card game in Toronto. Manager Buck Showalter is getting a heap of criticism for that when, for most of the season and for most of his tenure as Orioles manager, his use of bullpen ... read more

Notes on instructional league, playoff odds and free agents

A group of around 60 young Orioles minor league players will go their separate ways after Tuesday. That is the final day of the Orioles’ fall instructional league, which has been taking place since Sept. 19 at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida. Instructional league is usually comprised of players early in their minor league careers and the roster for this year included plenty of ... read more

Minor league notes on league top 20s, Chance Sisco and Tanner Scott

Baseball America has been rolling out its top 20 prospects list for each minor league over the last several days. They have not published the Triple-A league lists yet, but so far through the Double-A level, the Orioles have had just five players make the top 20s. Four of those were off the short-season Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds team when they ranked players from the New ... read more

This one is easy: Zach Britton should win AL Cy Young Award

At some point, and maybe it’s going to take a while, the talk concerning Orioles closer Zach Britton will shift from not pitching in the wild card game to whether he will win the American League Cy Young Award. Britton should certainly be on the short list and I think his resume is clearly strong enough to win it. If he does get the Cy ... read more

Can the Orioles offense feature more variety next year?

Here is a pretty fair and accurate statement, both simple and true: The Orioles offense was inconsistent during the 2016 season. As the team’s season came to an end Tuesday night at Rogers Centre, the Orioles produced just four hits in 37 at-bats (.108 average) and two runs. They didn’t score after the fourth inning and went 0-for-16 at-bat to end the game. No O’s ... read more