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

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