How many top 100 prospects for the Orioles?

The new lists of top 100 prospects in baseball will be released soon by several national outlets including Baseball America,, ESPN and others. Last year, on the Baseball America list, the Orioles had three players ranked for just the second time since 2013. They had a list of three after the 2014 and 2018 seasons. Here is a look back at the Orioles on ... read more

After strong AFL season, Ryan McKenna takes momentum into 2019

Orioles outfield prospect Ryan McKenna believes his breakout 2018 season came about as a result of taking care of the little things. He put in the work in the cage, listened to his coaches, and worked on striking out less and using his speed more with grounders and fewer fly balls. He also dealt with some adversity and overcame it. After batting .377/.467/.556 in 67 ... read more

O's Ryan McKenna named to AFL Top Prospects Team

LAS VEGAS - A nice honor today for Orioles outfield prospect Ryan McKenna. He was named to the 2018 Arizona Fall League Top Prospects Team. The team is selected by AFL managers and coaches to recognize players that excelled during the six-week season. In 17 games with Glendale, the 21-year-old McKenna hit .344/.474/.590. He scored 16 runs and produced six doubles, three triples, a homer ... read more

Notes on DL Hall and an outfielder that is not a fit for O's

Orioles pitching prospect DL Hall, 20, continues to play to strong reviews for his very solid 2018 season. While his record was just 2-7, his ERA was 2.10 ERA in 22 games for Single-A Delmarva. Hall allowed no more than one earned run in each of his last 13 starts after June 10, pitching to an 0.89 ERA. After the season, Hall was ranked as ... read more

Branden Kline's fastball returned in 2018, but the changeup made the difference

The Orioles added Frederick, Md., native Branden Kline to their 40-man roster on Oct. 30 and it was pretty much a no brainer. They added a young pitcher with a big arm who was once one of their top draft picks. Kline returned strong this year after three seasons from 2015-2017 that were impacted by his Tommy John surgery in the fall of 2015 and ... read more

A look at some Rule 5-eligible Orioles

When the Orioles added right-hander Dillon Tate to their 40-man roster yesterday, that brought the number of players added in the July trades to seven on the 40-man. The others are pitchers Cody Carroll, Luis Ortiz, Evan Phillips and Josh Rogers, and infielders Jonathan Villar and Breyvic Valera. The 24-year-old Tate was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2015 draft by Texas out of ... read more

Checking on Orioles minor leaguers who became free agents

The current offseason for the Orioles may not seem typical with hires pending in the front office, no manager in place and promises to revamp the entire scouting operation. This isn't business as usual across the board. However, there are certain tasks that await the club and aren't influenced by other circumstances. Building up minor league depth is one of the priorities. Trying to find ... read more

A look at a catcher trending up with the Orioles

He is not currently on the Orioles' 40-man roster, although it seems likely he will be before the 2019 Rule 5 draft. The Orioles might add a catcher to their 40-man roster to avoid him possibly being taken in the Rule 5 draft. They got him in that draft just last year - in the minor league phase of the Rule 5. Credit to the ... read more

Branden Kline's impressive comeback continues with ascension to 40-man

After a very long road back that included Tommy John surgery and later dealing with complications from that procedure, right-hander Branden Kline moved a step closer to his big league dream. He was added to the Orioles' 40-man roster for the first time yesterday. He'll go to spring training with a chance to win a roster spot out of the bullpen. If he doesn't head ... read more

Orioles add J'Rudjeanon Isenia to list of international signings

The Orioles announced their latest international signing this afternoon, 16-year-old outfielder J'Rudjeanon Isenia out of Curaçao. The agreement on a $125,000 bonus was reported back in late August, but now it's official. The club provided the following statement from director of player development Brian Graham, who's handling the day-to-day duties in baseball operations on an interim basis: "Isenia is a right-handed-hitting outfielder with above average ... read more

McKenna omitted from AFL Fall Stars Game roster

A .378 average and 1.149 OPS apparently aren't deemed worthy of inclusion in the upcoming Arizona Fall League's 13th annual Fall Stars Game unless a fan vote rectifies the situation. Double-A Bowie outfielder Ryan McKenna is conspicuously absent from the West Division roster, which has been released this afternoon. No one in the Orioles organization is represented. McKenna has crafted a .378/.500/.649 slash line in ... read more

Rebuilding O's will need to max out team control for youth

In hindsight, it was probably not a good idea for the Orioles to call up outfielder Austin Hays on Sept. 5, 2017. The Orioles started his service clock and player options before they needed to. And while at the time of his call-up the Orioles were still very much in the American League wild card race, Hays hardly played in the first week to 10 ... read more

Díaz struggled with Bowie as he made swing adjustments with his new team

The Orioles lost out on signing Cuban outfielder Victor Victor Mesa, who signed with Miami. He was the No. 1 ranked international amateur prospect. But they have another Cuban outfielder in their system in Yusniel Díaz, who was ranked as the No. 3 international prospect in 2015. The Los Angeles Dodgers signed Díaz then, and he became a top 100 prospect on their watch. They ... read more

A look at organizational rankings and other notes

When Baseball America released its latest organizational rankings in early August, the Orioles fell three spots. Ranked No. 17 at the start of the 2018 season, they were now ranked No. 20 among all the farm systems in baseball. That seemed strange since it followed the July trades in which the Orioles added 15 players to their organization, including one top-100 prospect in outfielder Yusniel ... read more

The Orioles' minor league All-Stars for 2018

Today's let's take a look at some of the Orioles minor leaguers that had the most productive seasons in 2018. Presenting one man's version of the Orioles' minor league All-Stars for this year. This is not a listing simply of the best prospects, but the players who produced the best at each position. In some cases it's clear cut and in some it's not. 1B ... read more

Orioles' DL Hall is No. 1 prospect in South Atlantic League

At a time when the Orioles were last among all teams this year in Major League Baseball, they can at least say that one of their young pitchers ranked as the best in his league in 2018. Baseball America released its list of the top 20 prospects in the Single-A South Atlantic League this season on Tuesday. Delmarva Shorebirds pitcher DL Hall was ranked No. ... read more

Cervenka, Lee and Ripken among Orioles' minor league signings

BOSTON - The rain continues to fall at Fenway Park and the forecast remains ominous. However, there's been no word so far on a postponement and split doubleheader on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the Orioles announced that they've signed right-handers Cristian Alvarado and Francisco Jiménez, left-hander Chris Lee, catchers Martin Cervenka and Daniel Fajardo, infielder Anderson Feliz, and first basemen Ryan Ripken and Wilson García to minor ... read more

One of the best relievers in the Carolina League is now headed to the AFL

If you were to ask an Orioles fan which lefty reliever had the best season of any of the southpaws on the O's farm this season, that fan could make a very strong case for Tyler Erwin, who had an outstanding year for Single-A Frederick. The Orioles are sending Erwin to the Arizona Fall League, which begins next month. He'll play for the Glendale Desert ... read more

DL Hall moves into the top 100, O's lose No. 110

Baseball America recently made some adjustments to the bottom of its latest top 100 prospects list. A couple of prospects graduated, meaning they no longer have major league rookie eligibility. So BA added two players to the bottom of the list, and one was Orioles pitching prospect DL Hall. The club's No. 1 draft choice in 2017, Hall enters at No. 100. This gives the ... read more

A look at the minor league pitcher with big stats but little fanfare

Talk about flying under the radar. He finished fourth in the South Atlantic League in ERA and second among qualifying Orioles minor league pitchers. Yet while higher-drafted players and/or pitchers that got promoted this season got more attention, he just kept cranking out solid starts. If you mention the Orioles top pitching prospects, you might leave him off your list but you definitely should not. ... read more