O’s minor league playoff contenders and other farm notes

With about six weeks to go in the minor league regular season, five of the seven Orioles minor league teams are either leading for a playoff berth or are within four games of one. Double-A Bowie (53-47) is leading its division in the Eastern League by one game over Erie, two games over Altoona and 2 1/2 over Akron. The top two teams will make ... read more Continue reading ....

Gary Kendall on David Hess and DJ Stewart, plus O’s notes

BOWIE, Md. - While other outfielders on the Orioles farm like Austin Hays, Cedric Mullins and Randolph Gassaway have gotten some deserved attention this year, the Orioles’ 2015 top draft pick has been quietly having a solid year at Double-A Bowie. Florida State product DJ Stewart is batting .265/.357/.429 with 11 homers, 54 runs, 15 steals and 48 RBIs in 87 games for Bowie. As ... read more

Mountcastle on his Double-A debut and move to third base

BOWIE, Md. - For Ryan Mountcastle, his first game in the Eastern League could have had a storybook ending. He batted for the Double-A Bowie Baysox in a 6-6 tie in the last of the ninth with runners on first and second and no outs. Could he produce a walk-off win in his first game with Bowie after being promoted earlier today from Single-A Frederick? ... read more

Ryan Mountcastle makes Double-A debut at Bowie (updated)

BOWIE, Md. - Promoted today from Single-A Frederick to Double-A Bowie, 20-year-old infielder Ryan Mountcastle is batting fifth and playing third base tonight for the Baysox. Mountcastle played exclusively at shortstop this season for Frederick, where he hit .314/.343/.542 with 35 doubles, a triple, 15 homers, 47 RBIs and with an OPS of .885 in 88 games. He began today leading all of minor league ... read more

Orioles promote prospect Ryan Mountcastle to Bowie

The Orioles are moving one of their best prospects up a level and he is moving positions as well. Up until now exclusively a shortstop, 20-year-old infielder Ryan Mountcastle has been promoted from Single-A Frederick to Double-A Bowie and will start at third base for the Baysox at home tonight. The 36th overall pick in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft out of Hagerty High School ... read more

A look at the unheralded pitcher leading the Eastern League in ERA

He saw 720 players taken ahead of him in the First-Year Player Draft and he’s never been on anyone’s top prospects list. But there is one list where he ranks No. 1 right now. He is the league leader in ERA in the prospect-laden Double-A Eastern League for the Bowie Baysox. A 24-year-old right-hander taken by the Orioles in round 24 in 2014, Lucas Long ... read more

Outfielder Austin Hays moved up to Double-A and didn’t miss a beat

Orioles minor league outfielder Austin Hays has been hitting well pretty much since his first day in the organization. He hasn’t been slowed down much since they selected him in the third round of the 2016 draft. His rapid rise through the farm system and recent promotion to Double-A Bowie has some wondering how soon he can get to Baltimore. Taken with the No. 91 ... read more

Flying under the radar on the farm (plus other notes)

We write here often about some of the top players in the O’s minors. Often they are players well-known because they were high draft picks and/or have played well for a long time. Today let’s take a look at a few players flying under the radar. This is by no means a complete list but some of these players should start getting noticed more. At ... read more