Without everything clicking, Orioles are playing .700 baseball

So here are a few things going on with the 2017 Baltimore Orioles. Their opening day starter Kevin Gausman has an ERA of 7.50. Right-hander Chris Tillman has been on the disabled list all year and closer Zach Britton has been on the DL the last 10 games. All-Star third baseman Manny Machado is batting .205 and 2016 MLB homer leader Mark Trumbo is hitting ... read more

Triple-A rotation needs to turn around a rough start

The Orioles and Rays didn't let the weather stop them last night. Cold and rainy conditions are just part of the gig. The affiliates didn't have it so good - if we've lowered our standards to the point where last night's weather is acceptable. Triple-A Norfolk, Single-A Frederick and Single-A Delmarva were rained out. Double-A Bowie was in Richmond and gave up two runs in ... read more

Jason García outrighted to Bowie

BOWIE - Jason García has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Double-A Bowie, allowing the Orioles to keep him in the organization. The Orioles designated García, 24, for assignment on Thursday to make room for pitcher Damien Magnifico on the 40-man roster. Magnifico was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk and made his debut last night, allowing one run and two hits in one inning. García surrendered ... read more

Cedric Mullins is Eastern League Player of Week (plus other notes)

He's off to a great start on the O's farm and today Bowie Baysox outfielder Cedric Mullins was named the Player of the Week in the Double-A Eastern League. Mullins has hit safely in all 10 games to start the season, batting .455/.489/.818 with five doubles, a triple, three homers and eight RBIs. His sizzling hot bat was going to eventually slow a bit and ... read more

A look at Tanner Scott pitching at Bowie (plus O's notes)

He is a 22-year-old left-hander that has worked his way into prospect status thanks to a fastball that has touched 100 mph. What comes along with that is the challenge to control and command that pitch along with his slider and throw it consistently for strikes. It has been a bit of a battle for young Tanner Scott, but he remains upbeat about the challenge ... read more

Talking player development: The O's team that did it well while losing

If you look at the job of any minor league organization, its biggest task by far (but not the only one) is to develop players. Coach, teach, instruct and provide a framework for players to get better so they can one day reach the bigs and help the major league team win games. If you can win games on the farm while doing the first ... read more

A look at tonight's starting lineups on the farm

Today is opening day and night in minor league baseball. The Orioles' Triple-A Norfolk affiliate plays at Charlotte at 7:05 p.m. with Mike Wright on the mound. Double-A Bowie plays at Akron with Brandon Barker on the mound at 6:35 p.m. Single-A Delmarva plays at Greenville at 7:05 p.m. with Lucas Humpal getting the start. Single-A Frederick was scheduled to open the season at the ... read more

Notes from Bowie on the rotation, Mullins, DJ Stewart and more

BOWIE, Md. - Two years removed from an Eastern League championship, the Double-A Bowie Baysox begin their 25th season on Thursday. Bowie opens at Akron and plays seven games on the road before its April 13 home opener with Harrisburg. Right-hander Brandon Barker will start on opening night for the Baysox. Bowie will use a five-man rotation but in its fourth starter slot the Baysox ... read more

Orioles' minor league break-camp rosters

Here are the minor league break-camp rosters for the Orioles' four full-season affiliates at Triple-A Norfolk, Double-A Bowie, Single-A Frederick and Single-A Delmarva. Some of the expected assignments are as we reported on Friday, but here the entire rosters. They could change between now and opening day on Thursday. They become final on Thursday after any potential changes or adjustments. TRIPLE-A NORFOLK Pitchers: Jayson Aquino, ... read more

Prospect profile: Keegan Akin made a strong pro debut

As a highly drafted pitcher, there were some high expectations on left-hander Keegan Akin before he even threw one pitch as a professional. But he produced such good numbers last summer at short-season Single-A Aberdeen that Akin met those expectations in his debut season and has quickly become one of the Orioles' top pitching propsects. Drafted in the second round (54th overall) last June out ... read more

Minor league news and tonight's lineup

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles announced their minor league managers, coaches and staff earlier today, including the previously reported hiring of John Wasdin as minor league pitching coordinator, Buck Britton as Single-A Delmarva's hitting coach coach, Mark Hendrickson as short-season Single-A Aberdeen's pitching coach and Carlos Tosca as Gulf Coast League Orioles manager. Wasdin replaces Rick Peterson, who held the title of director of pitching ... read more

Orioles sign Janish to minor league deal (updated with quote)

BRADENTON, Fla. - The Orioles aren't done making roster moves in spring training or seeking ways to improve their infield depth. Veteran Paul Janish has signed a minor league deal that includes an invitation to spring training, returning him to the organization after it appeared that the Orioles have moved on from him. Janish, 34, has played in 14 games with the Orioles in each ... read more

O's Brian Graham on why Tanner Scott will pitch in the first inning this year

As the Orioles look to help young, hard-throwing left-handed pitching prospect Tanner Scott improve his control and work further on his pitches, they will use him as a starting pitcher this year. O's manager Buck Showalter revealed that news during the Orioles' pitching mini-camp in Florida in January. But this is no role change for the 22-year-old Scott. But rather, it is the best move ... read more

Orioles sign Juan Francisco to minor league deal

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are on a roll with signing players to minor league deals. The camp roster has room and they're intent on filling it. Infield depth remains a priority and the Orioles addressed it again tonight by signing Juan Francisco to a minor league contract that includes an invitation to spring training, according to multiple sources. Francisco, 29, hasn't played in the ... read more

Is it time for Major League Baseball to alter the rules for extra innings?

It may be something that we never see in the major leagues, but Major League Baseball officials like it enough that they will experiment with it this year in the lower level of the minor leagues. This summer, in the Gulf Coast League, where the Orioles have an affiliate, and in the Arizona League, a runner will be placed at second base to start every ... read more

Chance Sisco is ranked No. 57 by Baseball America

Baseball America released its 2017 listing of the top 100 prospects in the sport during a broadcast on MLB Network last night. The Orioles, as expected, placed just one player on the list with catcher Chance Sisco ranked No. 57. Last year, the Orioles had no players make this list. Earlier, Sisco was ranked No. 69 on ESPN's top 100 and No. 99 by MLBPipeline.com. ... read more

The Mancini decision: Has he graduated from the minors?

Among many questions the Orioles have to answer once spring training starts is just where first baseman Trey Mancini will be on opening day. Is he going to make the roster or head back to the minors again to start 2017? Until the Orioles re-signed Mark Trumbo, both vice president Dan Duquette and manager Buck Showalter expressed plenty of confidence in Mancini, and it looked ... read more

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

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