A look at two of the most improved players on the O’s farm

What a wild scene at Wrigley Field last night. And yes, 71 years is long enough. The Chicago Cubs beat the Los Angeles Dodgers to advance to the World Series for the first time since 1945. Now they look for their first world championship since 1908. Between 1908 and 1945, the Cubs lost the World Series seven times. The Cleveland Indians, the American League champs, ... read more

Notes on pitching prospects Garcia, Scott, Sedlock and Akin

I filed a blog entry last week with Orioles director of player development Brian Graham offering his opinion of Jason Garcia’s season at Double-A Bowie. Now let’s hear from Baysox pitching coach Alan Mills. “He’s a talented individual,” Mills said of Garcia, the former Rule 5 pick who went 6-10 with a 4.73 ERA and 1.544 WHIP in 24 starts. “Kind of started slow, but ... read more

A look at how DJ Stewart moved up a level and turned around his year

It was late June of this season and an outfielder batting just .230 at Single-A Delmarva got promoted to Single-A Frederick. Orioles director of player development Brian Graham decided to make the move, which was the subject of some debate in the organization. Not everyone thought it would be a good idea, but it presented DJ Stewart, the Orioles’ first-round pick in 2015 out of ... read more

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

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

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

More from the minor league award winners (plus O’s notes)

When the Orioles’ minor league Player and Pitcher of the Year sat at a table at Camden Yards before last night’s game, taking questions from reporters at a press conference, we saw a bit of a contrast. On one side of Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette was catcher Chance Sisco. The expectations were high for Sisco, selected in the second round ... read more