MLBPipeline.com's Jim Callis says O's farm has made solid progress

After a year when the Orioles farm system has taken a nice step forward, we checked in with a few national analysts to get their takes. Today, we hear from MLBPipeline.com's Jim Callis. Ranked well down the list when it comes to organizational rankings the last couple of seasons, the club is moving up and making decent progress. The Orioles had several players ranked among ... read more

J.J. Cooper says O's farm has "taken a big step forward"

The Orioles' minor leagues had a good year in 2017. That is the opinion of several national analysts I have spoken to in the last two weeks. Today, here is the second part of a series of interviews with national analysts on the O's farm. For the Orioles, 2017 was a year where outfielder Austin Hays moved from Single-A Frederick to Double-A Bowie and then ... read more

Some quotes from the minor league awards press conference

The Orioles are honoring their minor league award winners before the game tonight at Camden Yards. The awards are being presented by Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette, director of minor league operations Kent Qualls and Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop. The winners are:* Brooks Robinson Player of the Year: Austin Hays (SIngle-A Frederick/Double-A Bowie)* Jim Palmer Pitcher of the Year: Alex ... read more

Orioles announce fall instructional league roster and schedule

Hurricane Irma delayed the start of the Orioles' fall instructional league. The storm couldn't deny it. Games will be held at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota beginning on Monday and running through Oct. 10. They're free and open to the public. The instructional league program focuses on specific individual development while providing additional playing time to accelerate a player's progress through the minor league system. ... read more

Solid year: DJ Stewart produced 20-20 season at Bowie

Most minor league players do not put up much better statistics in Double-A than they posted at lower levels on the farm. But outfielder DJ Stewart is not like most minor league players. Written off on some message boards as a first-round bust when he hit .218 at short-season Single-A Aberdeen after the 2015 draft, Stewart emerged this season with the best year of his ... read more

Altoona beats Bowie 8-4 to take 2-0 series lead

BOWIE, Md. - Double-A Bowie center fielder Cedric Mullins had three hits, including a homer, but three Baysox pitchers had a rough night as Altoona beat Bowie 8-4 tonight to take a 2-0 lead in their Eastern League playoff series. After two straight losses at Prince George's Stadium, the best-of-five series moves to Altoona tomorrow night. Bowie will now have to win three straight on ... read more

Tanner Scott starts for Bowie in Game 2 tonight (updated)

BOWIE, Md. - The Double-A Bowie Baysox don't face a must-win situation tonight, but it's pretty close. They need to beat Altoona at Prince George's Stadium or they fall behind two games to none in a best-of-five series. And after this game, the rest of the series will be played at Altoona. Bowie was held to one-hit last night - a Cedric Mullins single in ... read more

Walk-off win: Frederick stuns Lynchburg in playoff opener

FREDERICK, Md. - The Single-A Frederick Keys scored four runs in the last of the ninth to stun the Lynchburg Hillcats 10-9 tonight and take the opener of a best-of-three Carolina League playoff series. Frederick can win the series on Friday night at Lynchburg. The Keys kept coming back tonight. They were down 4-1 after six innings and 9-5 after the top of the eighth. ... read more

Playoffs begin with Frederick looking for an upset (updated)

FREDERICK, Md. - When the Carolina League playoffs begin tonight at Frederick's Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium, there is a clear favorite. It's not the home team. In what has now been reduced to a best-of-three series, the Single-A Frederick Keys (68-71) host the Lynchburg Hillcats (87-52) in Game 1 of the Northern Division Championship Series. With the impending threat of Hurrican Irma, the ... read more

Eastern League playoff notes and quotes from Bowie

BOWIE, Md. - It has been an exciting few days here in Bowie. On Tuesday, the Double-A Bowie Baysox sent outfielder Austin Hays to join the Orioles. Today, Bowie's Garabez Rosa was named the Eastern League Most Valuable Player. But tonight's scheduled playoff series opener between Bowie and Altoona has been rained out. The first two games in Bowie are now scheduled for Thursday and ... read more

Bowie's Garabez Rosa named Eastern League MVP

After a season where he led the league in batting and RBIs, Double-A Bowie's Garabez Rosa has been named the Most Valuable Player of the Eastern League for 2017. Rosa topped all hitters in batting average (.310), hits (162) and RBIs (91). The 162 hits are the second-highest single-season total in Orioles franchise history and the 91 RBIs are tied for seventh most all-time. He ... read more

During big year, outfielder Austin Hays may be underrated

Outfielder Austin Hays of the Double-A Bowie Baysox continues to rake. He was promoted in the middle of June from Single-A Frederick to Bowie and his stats have gotten better at the higher level. A case can be made that Hays is having as good of a season as any player on any team in the minor leagues in 2017. He ranks among the top ... read more

Farm news: Wells, Breazeale honored, plus other notes

ANAHEIM, Calif. - The honors continued today for Single-A Delmarva pitcher Alex Wells. He was named the Player of the Month in the South Atlantic League. Wells went 3-0 with an ERA of 0.00, throwing 31 scoreless innings in five July starts. The 20-year-old lefty from Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, allowed just 13 hits with no walks and 26 strikeouts. Both position players and ... read more

Orioles acquire Brallan Pérez from Rangers

The Orioles moved more international signing bonus slots in an attempt to improve their depth at the minor league level. Infielder Brallan Pérez, 21, has been acquired from the Rangers for the bonus slots and assigned to Single-A Frederick. The team made the announcement early this afternoon. Pérez, a native of Colombia, is a career .292/.388/.354 hitter in 274 games over five minor league seasons. ... read more

Latest on DL Hall's debut

As the Orioles continue to talk about finding another starter to upgrade their rotation, they've got a schedule set up for left-hander DL Hall to begin his professional career. Hall can't provide immediate assistance to the Orioles, but he has to start somewhere. It's happening, as expected, in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League. Hall will make his debut on Aug. 4 at noon against the ... read more

The coach working with Ryan Mountcastle, plus other notes

When the Orioles recently moved prospect Ryan Mountcastle up to Double-A Bowie, and also moved him from shortstop to third base, the coach that has been with him a lot this year was there again. Dave Anderson, the Orioles' minor league infield coordinator, is well-versed on Mountcastle and his defense. He was there with him in Sarasota, Fla., at minicamp in Janauary when the Orioles ... read more

O's minor league playoff contenders and other farm notes

With about six weeks to go in the minor league regular season, five of the seven Orioles minor league teams are either leading for a playoff berth or are within four games of one. Double-A Bowie (53-47) is leading its division in the Eastern League by one game over Erie, two games over Altoona and 2 1/2 over Akron. The top two teams will make ... read more Continue reading ....

Gary Kendall on David Hess and DJ Stewart, plus O's notes

BOWIE, Md. - While other outfielders on the Orioles farm like Austin Hays, Cedric Mullins and Randolph Gassaway have gotten some deserved attention this year, the Orioles' 2015 top draft pick has been quietly having a solid year at Double-A Bowie. Florida State product DJ Stewart is batting .265/.357/.429 with 11 homers, 54 runs, 15 steals and 48 RBIs in 87 games for Bowie. As ... read more

Mountcastle on his Double-A debut and move to third base

BOWIE, Md. - For Ryan Mountcastle, his first game in the Eastern League could have had a storybook ending. He batted for the Double-A Bowie Baysox in a 6-6 tie in the last of the ninth with runners on first and second and no outs. Could he produce a walk-off win in his first game with Bowie after being promoted earlier today from Single-A Frederick? ... read more

Ryan Mountcastle makes Double-A debut at Bowie (updated)

BOWIE, Md. - Promoted today from Single-A Frederick to Double-A Bowie, 20-year-old infielder Ryan Mountcastle is batting fifth and playing third base tonight for the Baysox. Mountcastle played exclusively at shortstop this season for Frederick, where he hit .314/.343/.542 with 35 doubles, a triple, 15 homers, 47 RBIs and with an OPS of .885 in 88 games. He began today leading all of minor league ... read more