Frederick will host 2019 Carolina League All-Star Classic

The Orioles’ Single-A Frederick affiliate announced today that the Keys will host the 2019 Carolina League All-Star Classic. The game will take place at Nymeo Field on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. The 2019 game will mark the third straight season the Carolina League’s Northern and Southern divisions will face off. Previously, the midsummer classic was an interleague affair, pitting the Carolina League against the California ... read more

Young shortstop Adam Hall gets pro career going at Aberdeen

When the Orioles drafted Canadian prep shortstop Adam Hall in the second round in 2017, it wasn’t long before he signed and began to play in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League. He began his pro career going 6-for-9 in his first two games with a double, triple, four runs scored, a stolen base and two RBIs. Hard to get off to a much better start ... read more

Maine man: Ryan McKenna’s breakout year on the O’s farm

Minor league players improve at different stages of their careers, and to different degrees. But with his massive improvement from the 2017 season to this year, Single-A Frederick center fielder Ryan McKenna has gotten everyone’s attention. With a batting average that has gained more than 100 points and an OPS that has grown by more than 300 points, McKenna has been not just the best ... read more

Minor league notes and O’s organizational leaders (updated)

ANAHEIM, Calif. - As the calender turns to May, the Orioles’ four full-season minor league teams have a combined record of 46-45. Triple-A Norfolk is 11-10, with Double-A Bowie 11-11, Single-A Frederick 8-16 and Single-A Delmarva at 16-8. The Shorebirds remain in first place by two games over three other teams in their division of the South Atlantic League. Meanwhile, for a 28th round draft ... read more

Austin Hays is back at Bowie, adding polish to his offensive game

When I interviewed outfielder Austin Hays before the game Wednesday night at Double-A Bowie, his batting average was just .160 in his first six games of the year. You knew Hays would start hitting soon, but you couldn’t know then that it would be just hours away. But during Bowie’s win over Erie that night, Hays batted four times. He lined a single to center ... read more

A look at Norfolk’s roster ahead of tonight’s season opener

Three of the Orioles’ four full-season minor league affiliates began a new season last night, and Triple-A Norfolk starts its season tonight. The Tides will host the Gwinnett Stripers at 7:05 p.m. Norfolk starts the year with a six-game homestand at Harbor Park. Here is the Tides final opening day roster, which was announced today: Pitchers: Jayson Aquino, Josh Edgin, Andrew Faulkner, Donnie Hart, David ... read more

The Orioles’ minor league break-camp rosters

After the final minor league exhibition games yesterday and an intrasquad game today at Twin Lakes Park, the Orioles have set the minor league break-camp rosters for their four full-season affiliates, which begin play next week. The players are beginning to head north to play at Triple-A Norfolk, Double-A Bowie, Single-A Frederick and Single-A Delmarva. These rosters are not final, and changes could still be ... read more

After long road back, Branden Kline again is chasing his big league dream

For Orioles pitching prospect Branden Kline, the long road back from Tommy John surgery was even longer than expected. Kline’s last game for an O’s affiliate was with Double-A Bowie on May 20, 2015. He left a start at Trenton after just 1 2/3 innings. It later led to surgery on Oct. 8, 2015. When Kline reported to spring training in 2017, he expected to ... read more