The Orioles' GCL and DSL team rosters (Bowie's All-Stars)

TORONTO - With a team featuring 10 selections from the just concluded 2017 First-Year Player Draft, the Orioles' team in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League began its season this week. The GCL Orioles play their home games at the club's Ed Smith Stadium complex in Sarasota, Fla. The team will play 30 home games running through Sept. 1. The games are open to the public ... read more

Manto's takes, Mancini's homers and Gausman's split usage

Several batters with Single-A Frederick have been thriving this year. The Keys lead the Carolina League in batting average (.272), rank fourth in OBP (.331), first in slugging (.428) and fourth in runs scored. Three Keys position players - shortstop Ryan Mountcastle and outfielders Austin Hays and Randolph Gassaway - made the Carolina League All-Star team. Orioles minor league hitting coordinator Jeff Manto made an ... read more

Orioles reach agreements with two of highest draft picks (updated)

The Orioles have reached agreements with two of their top four picks from the First-Year Player Draft. The club has come to terms with lefty pitcher Zac Lowther of Xavier, whom the club selected No. 74 overall with a Competitive Balance Round B pick. The Orioles also came to terms with right-handed pitcher Michael Baumann, taken in round three (No. 98 overall) from Jacksonville University. ... read more

Zach Britton throws scoreless inning at Aberdeen (quotes added)

ABERDEEN, Md. - Pitching in a game for the first time since he faced Boston on May 4, Orioles closer Zach Britton pitched a scoreless first inning tonight for short-season Single-A Aberdeen. Facing the Hudson Valley Renegades in Aberdeen's season opener, Britton fanned second baseman Vidal Brujan on a 2-2 pitch that the young hitter chased off the outside corner. Britton then walked center fielder ... read more

Aberdeen's season-opening roster

ABERDEEN, Md. - The short-season Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds released their season-opening roster this afternoon - even though there will not be a season opener tonight. Their scheduled game with Hudson Valley was rained out at Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium and the opener is now set for tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m. Orioles closer Zach Britton, who was scheduled to begin a minor league rehab ... read more

O's add Tim Raines Jr. as Aberdeen's hitting coach, plus other notes

The Orioles have hired Tim Raines Jr. to be the hitting coach at short-season, Single-A Aberdeen. Raines Jr. is the son of new Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Tim Raines Sr. Raines Jr. played for the Orioles in 2001 and again in 2003-2004. On Oct. 4, 2001, father and son played in a game together for the Orioles against Boston, with Raines Jr. in ... read more

A look at some solid performances on the O's farm

As the four full-season affiliates in the Orioles organization have all now played around 36 games, we've got a large enough sample size to see a few things emerge. A few quick impressions: * Ryan Mountcastle's bat has been pretty special during his debut season at age 20 in the Carolina League for Single-A Frederick. Yes, there are big questions about his defense at shortstop, ... read more

Kendall on Mullins: "There hasn't been any glaring weakness"

Outfielder Cedric Mullins, who's emerged as an elite position prospect in the organization, continues to perform light baseball activities in Sarasota as he recovers from a left hamstring injury. Mullins strained the hamstring on April 20 and the initial projection had him missing two weeks. He's batting .367/.406/.683 with five doubles, a triple, four home runs, 11 RBIs and 17 runs scored in 14 games. ... read more

After rough spring training outing, Cody Sedlock got off to a good start at Frederick

For young right-hander Cody Sedlock, the Orioles' top draft pick last June, it was memorable, very exciting and it seemed to happen real, real fast. After the Orioles drafted Sedlock with the 27th pick in the first round out of the University of Illinois, he got his feet wet in pro ball last summer throwing 27 innings and pitching to an ERA of 3.00 at ... read more

Triple-A rotation needs to turn around a rough start

The Orioles and Rays didn't let the weather stop them last night. Cold and rainy conditions are just part of the gig. The affiliates didn't have it so good - if we've lowered our standards to the point where last night's weather is acceptable. Triple-A Norfolk, Single-A Frederick and Single-A Delmarva were rained out. Double-A Bowie was in Richmond and gave up two runs in ... read more

Jason García outrighted to Bowie

BOWIE - Jason García has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Double-A Bowie, allowing the Orioles to keep him in the organization. The Orioles designated García, 24, for assignment on Thursday to make room for pitcher Damien Magnifico on the 40-man roster. Magnifico was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk and made his debut last night, allowing one run and two hits in one inning. García surrendered ... read more

Cedric Mullins is Eastern League Player of Week (plus other notes)

He's off to a great start on the O's farm and today Bowie Baysox outfielder Cedric Mullins was named the Player of the Week in the Double-A Eastern League. Mullins has hit safely in all 10 games to start the season, batting .455/.489/.818 with five doubles, a triple, three homers and eight RBIs. His sizzling hot bat was going to eventually slow a bit and ... read more

A look at Tanner Scott pitching at Bowie (plus O's notes)

He is a 22-year-old left-hander that has worked his way into prospect status thanks to a fastball that has touched 100 mph. What comes along with that is the challenge to control and command that pitch along with his slider and throw it consistently for strikes. It has been a bit of a battle for young Tanner Scott, but he remains upbeat about the challenge ... read more

Talking player development: The O's team that did it well while losing

If you look at the job of any minor league organization, its biggest task by far (but not the only one) is to develop players. Coach, teach, instruct and provide a framework for players to get better so they can one day reach the bigs and help the major league team win games. If you can win games on the farm while doing the first ... read more

A look at tonight's starting lineups on the farm

Today is opening day and night in minor league baseball. The Orioles' Triple-A Norfolk affiliate plays at Charlotte at 7:05 p.m. with Mike Wright on the mound. Double-A Bowie plays at Akron with Brandon Barker on the mound at 6:35 p.m. Single-A Delmarva plays at Greenville at 7:05 p.m. with Lucas Humpal getting the start. Single-A Frederick was scheduled to open the season at the ... read more

Notes from Bowie on the rotation, Mullins, DJ Stewart and more

BOWIE, Md. - Two years removed from an Eastern League championship, the Double-A Bowie Baysox begin their 25th season on Thursday. Bowie opens at Akron and plays seven games on the road before its April 13 home opener with Harrisburg. Right-hander Brandon Barker will start on opening night for the Baysox. Bowie will use a five-man rotation but in its fourth starter slot the Baysox ... read more

Orioles' minor league break-camp rosters

Here are the minor league break-camp rosters for the Orioles' four full-season affiliates at Triple-A Norfolk, Double-A Bowie, Single-A Frederick and Single-A Delmarva. Some of the expected assignments are as we reported on Friday, but here the entire rosters. They could change between now and opening day on Thursday. They become final on Thursday after any potential changes or adjustments. TRIPLE-A NORFOLK Pitchers: Jayson Aquino, ... read more

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