Notes on Ashur Tolliver, draft picks and Chris Tillman

HOUSTON - If, as expected, the Orioles add Double-A Bowie left-handed reliever Ashur Tolliver to their roster today to replace the recently traded Brian Matusz, the move will very likely be popular among O’s minor league staff and players. They will be excited to see a career minor leaguer get his shot. Tolliver is no pitching version of Crash Davis, but he has been hurling ... read more

Minor league notes on Cedric Mullins, Mike Yastrzemski, Andy Oliver and more

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Single-A Delmarva outfielder Cedric Mullins has recorded four straight multi-hit games for the Shorebirds as his bat has heated up after a slow start. The Orioles’ 13th-round pick out of Campbell University last June, the 5-foot-8 switch-hitter reported to short-season Single-A Aberdeen after last year’s draft and hit .264 in 68 games. Over his past four games with Delmarva, he is batting ... read more

The Orioles begin an important road trip tonight (plus other notes)

ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Orioles have followed up a seven-game winning streak by losing three of their last four games. They have been outscored 25-12 since Sunday, when they let that late lead get away against the Tigers at Camden Yards. They were outscored 19-7 by the Seattle Mariners as they lost two of three in that series. But at 24-15, the Orioles still lead ... read more

A look at two starting pitchers excelling for the Frederick Keys (plus O’s notes)

Neither pitcher was a high draft pick. Both are 23 and having very solid seasons for the Orioles’ Single-A Frederick affiliate. Right now, they hold two of the top three spots among Carolina League ERA leaders. Left-hander John Means was drafted by the Orioles in Round 11 in 2014 out of West Virginia University. In that same draft, the Orioles took right-hander Matthew Grimes in ... read more

O’s game blog: Chris Tillman is 4-0 with a 1.89 ERA at home this year

After winning seven in a row, the Orioles have now dropped back-to-back games heading into their game tonight against Seattle at Camden Yards. At 23-14, the Orioles still lead the American League East by percentage points over Boston with Tampa Bay five games back, Toronto six out and New York 7 1/2 games off the pace. The Orioles have won nine of 13 games, 12 ... read more

Draft countdown: O’s making final preparations for First-Year Player Draft

After three days of meetings in Dallas last week with his area scouts, Orioles scouting director Gary Rajsich and his top staff members are in the final stages of their preparations for the 2016 First-Year Player Draft. The 40-round draft will begin at 7 p.m. on June 9 with picks through Round 2 and the Competitive Balance Lottery Round B. It will resume June 10 ... read more

Aberdeen IronBirds announce plans to honor fallen Harford County deputies

The Orioles’ short-season Single-A affiliate, the Aberdeen IronBirds, today announced plans to pay tribute to two fallen Harford County deputies, Senior Deputy Patrick Daily and Deputy First Class Mark Logsdon, who were killed in the line of duty on Feb. 10. In partnership with the Harford County SheriffÂ’s Office, the IronBirds will honor the fallen deputies throughout the 2016 season, both at home and on ... read more

No strikeouts, no problem: Chris Lee thriving at Bowie (plus Peralta update)

Orioles pitching prospect Chris Lee has picked up in 2016 where he left off in 2015. He pitched well for the Orioles at Single-A Frederick and Double-A Bowie after they acquired him in a trade with Houston last May. Acquired for two international bonus slots worth $655,000, the 23-year-old left-hander jumped right into the list of the Orioles’ top 10 prospects at No. 6 by ... read more