Brooks Robinson was in the house to highlight the minor league awards

Outfielder Cedric Mullins called being named the winner of the Brooks Robinson Award as the Orioles' minor league Player of the Year "top tier." But having Mr. Oriole himself there might have taken it a few tiers beyond that. When Brooks Robinson is around, is it possible to have a bad day? The Orioles Hall of Famer, legend, all-time great and current team special advisor ... read more

Mullins, Akin, Lowther among O's minor league award winners

The Orioles have named outfielder Cedric Mullins the 2018 Brooks Robinson Award winner as their minor league Player of the Year. They named left-handers Keegan Akin and Zac Lowther as co-winners of the Jim Palmer Award for minor league Pitcher of the Year. Mullins played in 109 games between Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk. Over 49 games with Bowie, he batted .313/.362/.512 with 12 doubles, ... read more

More with DL Hall and more on an awful road trip

The Orioles brass can look back at the minor league season and find several individual success stories and see players that improved during the year that they must be excited about seeing again in 2019. One of the pitchers that must be near the top of that list is the 2017 top draft pick, left-hander DL Hall. Coming off his high school senior year and ... read more

Zac Lowther's strong 2018 season featured fast start and big finish

After a season when he led all Orioles minor league pitchers in ERA and strikeouts, left-hander Zac Lowther has a strong resume to contend for the Jim Palmer Award, which goes to the Orioles' minor league Pitcher of the Year. Lowther had success at two levels, and did so without a blazing fastball. But his velocity didn't keep him from pounding the zone with a ... read more

Orioles add another international player

The Orioles' move to begin signing international amateur talent continued today when the club announced it has agreed to terms with outfielder Damian Valdez, a 16-year-old out of the Dominican Republic. A source said the Orioles signed Valdez to a $200,000 bonus. Executive vice president Dan Duquette said in a team-issued statement: "Valdez is a gifted, young left-handed hitter. He possesses a discerning batting eye ... read more

Hays and Wilkerson included on Glendale roster in AFL

Double-A Bowie outfielder Austin Hays and Triple-A Norfolk infielder Steve Wilkerson are the only confirmed Orioles assigned to the Glendale Desert Dogs roster in the Arizona Fall League. The Orioles have four spots saved for pitchers and one for a catcher, who will be announced at a later date. As I wrote yesterday, Bowie catcher Martin Cervenka would have to re-sign as a minor league ... read more

DL Hall's first full professional season is a rousing success

He's getting ready to make his final start of the minor league season on Friday night. And for the Orioles 2017 top draft pick, 19-year-old left-hander DL Hall, there has been almost nothing but success in his first full season of professional baseball. He's made all his starts, been healthy, dramatically improved his changeup, posted very good statistics and gained both knowledge and maturity. And ... read more

After SEC success, Blaine Knight starts pro career at Aberdeen

ABERDEEN, Md. - He has pitched in big-time Southeastern Conference college games on Friday nights for two years. Those are high-intensity, high-pressure games in the top college league in the country. A lot is riding on every pitch. In the college game, Friday night starters are the aces for each club, and their rabid fans expect them to win. University of Arkansas right-hander Blaine Knight ... read more

A look at Zac Lowther, the O's minor league ERA leader

In a year in which a few Orioles pitchers have excelled on the farm there are more than a few contenders for the Jim Palmer award, which goes to the minor league Pitcher of the Year in the O's system. Just to name several in no particular order, there are Keegan Akin, DL Hall, Michael Baumann, Brenan Hanifee, Cameron Bishop, John Means and even the ... read more

O's return home, Werth on analytics and farm notes

After going 3-6 on a road trip to New York, Texas and St. Petersburg, the Orioles return home tonight to face Boston with a record of 35-80. They are playing .304 baseball with 47 games to go. At this win percentage they would finish 49-113. Tonight they face this Boston team, which has almost the exact opposite record at 81-35. Boston lost to Toronto last ... read more

New right-hander Zach Pop gets off to good start with Bowie

Two days after he was traded from the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Orioles in the Manny Machado trade, right-hander Zach Pop was pitching at Prince George's Stadium for his new organization and his new team, the Double-A Bowie Baysox. It didn't go well. Not the first impression he wanted. But it has gone a lot better for the 21-year-old Canadian native since he gave ... read more

Minor league notes on Hays, Rodriguez, rotations, Sedlock and more

Orioles outfield prospect Austin Hays will rejoin the Double-A Bowie Baysox tonight. He'll be on the field when the Baysox begin a series with New Hampshire at 7:05 p.m. at Prince George's Stadium. The Baysox could feature an outfield with Hays, Yusniel Díaz and Ryan McKenna. Hays has been out of the Bowie lineup since May 24 due to an ankle bone bruise and tendinitis, ... read more

Rylan Bannon on his homers, his defense and more

When the Orioles made the trade sending Manny Machado to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the key player returning to Baltimore was outfielder Yusniel Díaz. But the other position player acquired in that deal has had a pretty solid year as well. Rylan Bannon, who plays second and third base, hit his second homer for Double-A Bowie on Tuesday night. The trade that made Bannon an ... read more

New to O's organization, five Bowie Baysox get a look at Camden Yards

A handful of members of the Double-A Bowie Baysox are at Camden Yards today. They are the five Baysox players that the Orioles acquired in the trades for Manny Machado and Zach Britton: pitchers Dillon Tate, Zach Pop and Dean Kremer, infielder Rylan Bannon and outfielder Yusniel Díaz. They are here with other members of the Baysox staff, including manager Gary Kendall, pitching coach Kennie ... read more

Yusniel Díaz: "It feels good to be the key of this trade"

BOWIE, Md. - After hitting two homers in the recent All-Star Futures Game and moving into the rankings among the top 50 prospects in baseball, young outfielder Yusniel Díaz was rewarded with a trade. Three days after he blasted a pair of homers for the World Team in the Futures Game, the 21-year-old Cuban-born Díaz was the headline player the Orioles acquired among five minor ... read more

More on Machado trade and talking O's prospects with J.J. Cooper of Baseball America

The Manny Machado trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers brought the Orioles a five-player return headlined by Double-A outfielder Yusniel Díaz. The rebuilding of the Orioles has begun. Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette made some comments last night that should prove very popular with the Orioles fan base. He laid out the plan that fans have been asking about often. Duquette said more trades ... read more

Three years later, Branden Kline made it back to Double-A and is trending up again

Before this season, Orioles right-handed pitching prospect Branden Kline had not pitched in a minor league game since early in the 2015 season. Now, after missing nearly three full years, he is back, pitching well, throwing with top velocity and moving closer to realizing his dream of pitching in the majors. The 26-year-old native of Frederick, Md., and a 2009 graduate of Thomas Johnson High ... read more

For Mountcastle and Wells, Futures Game was quite an experience

WASHINGTON - The two Orioles players in the All-Star Futures Game didn't have much of an impact on the final score today at Nationals Park. But after the U.S. Team beat the World Team 10-6, both Double-A Bowie third baseman Ryan Mountcastle and Single-A Frederick lefty pitcher Alex Wells were raving about their experience playing on such a big stage. Mountcastle entered the game in ... read more

Ryan Mountcastle and Alex Wells on today's Futures Game (updated)

WASHINGTON - Today's SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game is a real showcase for some of the best talent in minor league baseball. From last year's rosters for Team USA and the World team, 23 of those players have already been on a major league roster or disabled list in 2018. The Orioles have one player on each roster today. Neither will start the game, but around ... read more

Alex Wells on Futures Game honor and his move to Frederick this year

Orioles left-handed pitching prospect Alex Wells of the Single-A Frederick Keys had such elite command and control last year that it was almost a given that he could not duplicate that this season in moving up from the South Atlantic League to the Carolina League. But for the most part, he's handled the move up well, albeit with a couple of recent bumps in the ... read more