Prospect profile: Keegan Akin made a strong pro debut

As a highly drafted pitcher, there were some high expectations on left-hander Keegan Akin before he even threw one pitch as a professional. But he produced such good numbers last summer at short-season Single-A Aberdeen that Akin met those expectations in his debut season and has quickly become one of the Orioles' top pitching propsects. Drafted in the second round (54th overall) last June out ... read more

Minor league news and tonight's lineup

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles announced their minor league managers, coaches and staff earlier today, including the previously reported hiring of John Wasdin as minor league pitching coordinator, Buck Britton as Single-A Delmarva's hitting coach coach, Mark Hendrickson as short-season Single-A Aberdeen's pitching coach and Carlos Tosca as Gulf Coast League Orioles manager. Wasdin replaces Rick Peterson, who held the title of director of pitching ... read more

Orioles sign Janish to minor league deal (updated with quote)

BRADENTON, Fla. - The Orioles aren't done making roster moves in spring training or seeking ways to improve their infield depth. Veteran Paul Janish has signed a minor league deal that includes an invitation to spring training, returning him to the organization after it appeared that the Orioles have moved on from him. Janish, 34, has played in 14 games with the Orioles in each ... read more

O's Brian Graham on why Tanner Scott will pitch in the first inning this year

As the Orioles look to help young, hard-throwing left-handed pitching prospect Tanner Scott improve his control and work further on his pitches, they will use him as a starting pitcher this year. O's manager Buck Showalter revealed that news during the Orioles' pitching mini-camp in Florida in January. But this is no role change for the 22-year-old Scott. But rather, it is the best move ... read more

Orioles sign Juan Francisco to minor league deal

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are on a roll with signing players to minor league deals. The camp roster has room and they're intent on filling it. Infield depth remains a priority and the Orioles addressed it again tonight by signing Juan Francisco to a minor league contract that includes an invitation to spring training, according to multiple sources. Francisco, 29, hasn't played in the ... read more

Is it time for Major League Baseball to alter the rules for extra innings?

It may be something that we never see in the major leagues, but Major League Baseball officials like it enough that they will experiment with it this year in the lower level of the minor leagues. This summer, in the Gulf Coast League, where the Orioles have an affiliate, and in the Arizona League, a runner will be placed at second base to start every ... read more

Chance Sisco is ranked No. 57 by Baseball America

Baseball America released its 2017 listing of the top 100 prospects in the sport during a broadcast on MLB Network last night. The Orioles, as expected, placed just one player on the list with catcher Chance Sisco ranked No. 57. Last year, the Orioles had no players make this list. Earlier, Sisco was ranked No. 69 on ESPN's top 100 and No. 99 by ... read more

The Mancini decision: Has he graduated from the minors?

Among many questions the Orioles have to answer once spring training starts is just where first baseman Trey Mancini will be on opening day. Is he going to make the roster or head back to the minors again to start 2017? Until the Orioles re-signed Mark Trumbo, both vice president Dan Duquette and manager Buck Showalter expressed plenty of confidence in Mancini, and it looked ... read more

Prospect profile: Brian Gonzalez made solid improvements in 2016

In the minor leagues, sometimes a young player has to repeat a level to improve. That was the case in the 2016 season for Orioles left-handed pitching prospect Brian Gonzalez. A third-round pick (No. 90 overall) in the 2014 draft, Gonzalez pitched at Single-A Delmarva in 2015 at 19. He went 4-9 with a 5.71 ERA. Last season, back again with the Shorebirds at 20, ... read more

Orioles sign Montero to minor league deal

The Orioles made one of their depth-type moves today that won't bring much risk and certainly no reward until perhaps later in the summer. Jesus Montero, 27, agreed to a minor league deal, the signing confirmed by executive vice president Dan Duquette. The former elite catching prospect now is a first baseman/designated hitter who's suspended for the first 50 games of 2017 after testing positive ... read more

Notes on Gunkel's splitter, Mancini's power, Encarnacion's new deal

It was a suggestion from his Double-A pitching coach that came after the 2015 season and before opening day in 2016. For right-hander Joe Gunkel, it was advice that he put to good use. A pitcher that was added to the Orioles' 40-man roster in November, Gunkel has always been minus a blazing fastball. He gets outs with a fastball between 88 and 92 mph, ... read more

Minus big fastball, Joe Gunkel found his way to the 40-man roster

In a sport that often seems almost obsessed with high-end velocity, right-hander Joe Gunkel has had a strong minor league career without lighting up any radar guns. Now he wants to take a shot at doing that in the major leagues. Gunkel took a big step toward his major league debut when the Orioles added him to their 40-man roster on Nov. 18. He'll go ... read more

Wasdin expected to join Orioles minor league staff

The Orioles are leaning toward hiring John Wasdin as their minor league pitching coordinator, according to sources. I'm making an assumption on the title, but Wasdin appears to be their choice. Wasdin, 44, would replace Rick Peterson, who was hired in January 2012 as director of pitching development. He previously served as pitching coach of the Double-A Midland Rockhounds in the Athletics organization. The Rockhounds ... read more

Orioles sign Tomo Ohka, three others to minor league deals

The Orioles announced today that they've signed four players to minor league deals, including Japanese right-hander Tomo Ohka, who turns 41 in March and last pitched in the majors with the Indians in 2009. Executive vice president Dan Duquette signed Ohka for the Red Sox in 1999. The Orioles also confirmed that they've re-signed outfielder Chris Dickerson and infielder Garabez Rosa, and they also signed ... read more

Rehab road: Hunter Harvey's comeback from Tommy John surgery is underway

Don't blame Orioles pitching prospect Hunter Harvey if he feels he is due for some good fortune over the next few seasons. That might make up for the last few seasons. Harvey, who had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on July 26, has pitched just 12 2/3 innings since July 25, 2014. Ranked as the No. 68 prospect in the sport by Baseball ... read more

A look at the Orioles' 2016 draft with Baseball America's John Manuel (video)

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - Baseball America has given the Orioles solid reviews for their 2016 draft, which featured three pitchers from the Midwest as their top three picks: Cody Sedlock, Keegan Akin and Matthias Dietz. This morning at the Winter Meetings, I interviewed Baseball America editor in chief John Manuel to get his thoughts on the Orioles' draft. "First, I like that Cody Sedlock has ... read more

O's Brian Graham with a Hunter Harvey update (Sale to Boston)

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - Since the middle of the 2014 season, Orioles pitching prospect Hunter Harvey has thrown 12 2/3 innings. Despite that, the Orioles can envision a day when he is pitching at or near the top of their rotation. It is just going to take a while. Harvey was shut down late in July 2014 with a strained right flexor mass. The next ... read more

Orioles invite top prospect Chance Sisco to minicamp

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter is finalizing his roster for next month's minicamp at the Ed Smith Stadium complex in Sarasota, with certain players requiring their approval. Catcher Chance Sisco will be part of it. Sisco, 21, is viewed as the eventual successor to Matt Wieters if the latter leaves via free agency. He's ticketed for Triple-A Norfolk to start the 2017 ... read more

O's scouting director Gary Rajsich on the 2016 draft

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - It wasn't long after Orioles scouting director Gary Rajsich wrapped up a 2016 draft that is playing to some good reviews among national analysts that he began work on the next one. As it stands right now, the Orioles have the 23rd pick in round one of the 2017 First-Year Player Draft. But here at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention ... read more

Orlando Gomez retires after a 52-year career in baseball

He managed Manny Machado, Jonathan Schoop and the 2011 Frederick Keys to the Single-A Carolina League championship. Now, after a 52-year career in baseball, Orlando Gomez is retiring. Gomez was named the recipient of the Orioles' Cal Ripken Sr. Player Development Award after leading Frederick to a 80-59 record in 2011. He has worked for the Orioles for 12 years, managing three of the last ... read more