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

Orioles promote prospect Ryan Mountcastle to Bowie

The Orioles are moving one of their best prospects up a level and he is moving positions as well. Up until now exclusively a shortstop, 20-year-old infielder Ryan Mountcastle has been promoted from Single-A Frederick to Double-A Bowie and will start at third base for the Baysox at home tonight. The 36th overall pick in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft out of Hagerty High School ... read more

A look at the unheralded pitcher leading the Eastern League in ERA

He saw 720 players taken ahead of him in the First-Year Player Draft and he's never been on anyone's top prospects list. But there is one list where he ranks No. 1 right now. He is the league leader in ERA in the prospect-laden Double-A Eastern League for the Bowie Baysox. A 24-year-old right-hander taken by the Orioles in round 24 in 2014, Lucas Long ... read more

Outfielder Austin Hays moved up to Double-A and didn't miss a beat

Orioles minor league outfielder Austin Hays has been hitting well pretty much since his first day in the organization. He hasn't been slowed down much since they selected him in the third round of the 2016 draft. His rapid rise through the farm system and recent promotion to Double-A Bowie has some wondering how soon he can get to Baltimore. Taken with the No. 91 ... read more

Flying under the radar on the farm (plus other notes)

We write here often about some of the top players in the O's minors. Often they are players well-known because they were high draft picks and/or have played well for a long time. Today let's take a look at a few players flying under the radar. This is by no means a complete list but some of these players should start getting noticed more. At ... read more

Tanner Scott rides big fastball, improved slider into Futures Game

So maybe there is one downside to the plan. He can never be a winning pitcher. But other than that, there is a whole lot to like about the Orioles' 2017 development plan for pitcher Tanner Scott, a left-hander who can touch 100 mph. Mostly a reliever previously in his pro career, the 22-year-old Scott has been making starts of three innings this season for ... read more

Are the O's considering Tanner Scott a future starter?

When it was announced last Thursday that hard-throwing Double-A Bowie left-hander Tanner Scott was selected for the All-Star Futures Game, manager Buck Showalter made some nice comments about Scott and the strong season he is having. He also said this: "Who knows, he might even be a starting pitcher one day. If he can grasp the changeup like he's grasped the slider, who knows? He's ... read more

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