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

They didn't make top 10 prospects list, but could be in second 10

In late October, Baseball America released a new list of the Orioles' top 10 prospects, coming off the 2016 season. Today, we'll look at a few players that might make the second 10. But first, another look at Baseball America's Orioles top 10:1. Chance Sisco2. Cody Sedlock3. Ryan Mountcastle4. Hunter Harvey5. Trey Mancini6. Keegan Akin7. Austin Hays8. Jomar Reyes9. Chris Lee10. Tanner Scott Here are ... read more

Players that could be added to the 40-man today, plus other notes

The Orioles today are expected to add a few players to their 40-man roster to protect them from being lost to another team in the Rule 5 draft. Today is the final date for teams to make 40-man additions to protect those players from being selected in the Rule 5 draft on Dec. 8 at the Winter Meetings. This list is a partial list of ... read more

Orioles add Tides to exhibition schedule

The Orioles are extending their 2017 exhibition schedule beyond the final Grapefruit League game in Sarasota. Triple-A Norfolk and the Orioles announced this afternoon that the teams will play a March 31 game at Harbor Park. The first pitch is slated for 3:05 p.m. This will be the Orioles' fifth appearance in Norfolk since the Tides became the Triple-A affiliate in 2007. Harbor Park served ... read more

More on changes in Orioles farm system

The Orioles are busy without actually making any big moves or announcements. Besides executive vice president Dan Duquette's work at the general managers meetings, intended again to lay the groundwork for deals and agreements at the Winter Meetings, and the ongoing interviews for pitching and bullpen coach, the Orioles are making a few changes in their farm system. I reported yesterday that Rick Peterson was ... read more

Orioles outright Jed Bradley

The Orioles cleared more room on their 40-man roster this afternoon by outrighting left-hander Jed Bradley to Triple-A Norfolk. The move leaves them with 33 on the roster and it comes as no surprise. Bradley was viewed as left-handed bullpen depth after the Orioles claimed him from the Braves on Oct. 7. There were early signs that he would come off the 40-man later, with ... read more

Conversion projects: O's move two draft picks from the field to mound

Last year, when they played in college, right-handers Ruben Garcia and Matt De La Rosa were position players that pitched for just a few innings. But after being drafted by and signed by the Orioles, they are now full-time pitchers. They are basically conversion projects similar to right-hander Mychal Givens, now a fixture in the Orioles bullpen. Givens was a second-round pick in the 2009 ... read more

Hobgood taking a shot at hitting

Unable to stay healthy and launch a promising career as a pitcher, former first-round pick Matt Hobgood is attempting to take a different route to the majors. Hobgood, 26, is trying to make a comeback as a hitter. He's currently working out in Arizona with former Orioles outfielder Larry Harlow, his hitting coach at Norco (Cal.) High School. It's going to be a process, of ... read more

An O's minor league outfielder who elevated his game this year

It can be exciting to see a minor league player who has had more downs than ups for a certain period of his career, but then has a big year and turns a bit of a corner. This is one of those stories. The Orioles selected outfielder Randolph Gassaway out of a prep program in Georgia in the 16th round of the 2013 First-Year Player ... read more