More on Machado trade and talking O's prospects with J.J. Cooper of Baseball America

The Manny Machado trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers brought the Orioles a five-player return headlined by Double-A outfielder Yusniel Díaz. The rebuilding of the Orioles has begun. Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette made some comments last night that should prove very popular with the Orioles fan base. He laid out the plan that fans have been asking about often. Duquette said more trades ... read more

Three years later, Branden Kline made it back to Double-A and is trending up again

Before this season, Orioles right-handed pitching prospect Branden Kline had not pitched in a minor league game since early in the 2015 season. Now, after missing nearly three full years, he is back, pitching well, throwing with top velocity and moving closer to realizing his dream of pitching in the majors. The 26-year-old native of Frederick, Md., and a 2009 graduate of Thomas Johnson High ... read more

For Mountcastle and Wells, Futures Game was quite an experience

WASHINGTON - The two Orioles players in the All-Star Futures Game didn't have much of an impact on the final score today at Nationals Park. But after the U.S. Team beat the World Team 10-6, both Double-A Bowie third baseman Ryan Mountcastle and Single-A Frederick lefty pitcher Alex Wells were raving about their experience playing on such a big stage. Mountcastle entered the game in ... read more

Ryan Mountcastle and Alex Wells on today's Futures Game (updated)

WASHINGTON - Today's SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game is a real showcase for some of the best talent in minor league baseball. From last year's rosters for Team USA and the World team, 23 of those players have already been on a major league roster or disabled list in 2018. The Orioles have one player on each roster today. Neither will start the game, but around ... read more

Alex Wells on Futures Game honor and his move to Frederick this year

Orioles left-handed pitching prospect Alex Wells of the Single-A Frederick Keys had such elite command and control last year that it was almost a given that he could not duplicate that this season in moving up from the South Atlantic League to the Carolina League. But for the most part, he's handled the move up well, albeit with a couple of recent bumps in the ... read more

Frederick notes on Zac Lowther, Alex Wells and Wilson Garcia

Frederick, MD. - Left-hander Zac Lowther will get the start for the Single-A Frederick Keys tonight at home against Wilmington. If it goes anything like most of his previous starts this year, he'll have a good night. In a combined 13 outings between Single-A Delmarva and Frederick, the 22-year-old Lowther is 6-2 with a 1.47 ERA. Over 67 1/3 he's allowed just 43 hits with ... read more

Mountcastle and Wells chosen to All-Star Futures Game

MINNESOTA - The Orioles will have two representatives in the All-Star Futures Game to be played July 15 at Nationals Park. Double-A Bowie third baseman Ryan Mountcastle has been chosen to represent the U.S. team and Single-A Frederick left-hander Alex Wells will pitch for the World Team. One of the top position prospects in the system, Mountcastle, 21, is batting .313/.363/.498 with 10 doubles, three ... read more

Minor league notes on Akin, Sedlock, Rodriguez and more

Here is a whole batch of minor league news and notes for today. And we add some news about draft picks as well. * Double-A Bowie left-hander Keegan Akin will return to the Baysox rotation tonight. Akin left his start on June 26 with groin tightness after he had pitched four innings. He never went on the disabled list, and the injury turned out to ... read more

In June, Ryan Mountcastle got his bat going at Bowie

Double-A Bowie third baseman Ryan Mountcastle might be making up for some lost time with his bat. He didn't begin his season at Bowie until May 10, but as June comes to an end, his bat has heated up for the Baysox. On June 23 at Richmond, Mountcastle went 6-for-7 in a doubleheader. It was part of a run where he had 12 hits in ... read more

Bowie's Keegan Akin leaves tonight's start with groin tightness (updated)

Bowie, MD. - Double-A Bowie left-hander Keegan Akin, who is having one of the best seasons of any Orioles minor league pitcher, left his start tonight against Akron due to groin tightness. Akin was throwing his warmup tosses before the top of the fifth when he apparently felt something. He bent over on the mound as athletic trainer Brian Guzman came out to check on ... read more

Bowie notes: Good news on Hays, Mountcastle raking and more

Bowie, MD. - The Orioles got some good news today on Double-A outfielder Austin Hays. He has been out since May 24 with an ankle bone bruise and tendinitis and has been in a walking boot. But he is expected to get that boot off in a week and then slowly begin some light baseball activities. Hays was the Orioles 2017 minor league Player of ... read more

Frederick will host 2019 Carolina League All-Star Classic

The Orioles' Single-A Frederick affiliate announced today that the Keys will host the 2019 Carolina League All-Star Classic. The game will take place at Nymeo Field on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. The 2019 game will mark the third straight season the Carolina League's Northern and Southern divisions will face off. Previously, the midsummer classic was an interleague affair, pitting the Carolina League against the California ... read more

Young shortstop Adam Hall gets pro career going at Aberdeen

When the Orioles drafted Canadian prep shortstop Adam Hall in the second round in 2017, it wasn't long before he signed and began to play in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League. He began his pro career going 6-for-9 in his first two games with a double, triple, four runs scored, a stolen base and two RBIs. Hard to get off to a much better start ... read more

Maine man: Ryan McKenna's breakout year on the O's farm

Minor league players improve at different stages of their careers, and to different degrees. But with his massive improvement from the 2017 season to this year, Single-A Frederick center fielder Ryan McKenna has gotten everyone's attention. With a batting average that has gained more than 100 points and an OPS that has grown by more than 300 points, McKenna has been not just the best ... read more

Minor league notes and O's organizational leaders (updated)

ANAHEIM, Calif. - As the calender turns to May, the Orioles' four full-season minor league teams have a combined record of 46-45. Triple-A Norfolk is 11-10, with Double-A Bowie 11-11, Single-A Frederick 8-16 and Single-A Delmarva at 16-8. The Shorebirds remain in first place by two games over three other teams in their division of the South Atlantic League. Meanwhile, for a 28th round draft ... read more

Austin Hays is back at Bowie, adding polish to his offensive game

When I interviewed outfielder Austin Hays before the game Wednesday night at Double-A Bowie, his batting average was just .160 in his first six games of the year. You knew Hays would start hitting soon, but you couldn't know then that it would be just hours away. But during Bowie's win over Erie that night, Hays batted four times. He lined a single to center ... read more

A look at Norfolk's roster ahead of tonight's season opener

Three of the Orioles' four full-season minor league affiliates began a new season last night, and Triple-A Norfolk starts its season tonight. The Tides will host the Gwinnett Stripers at 7:05 p.m. Norfolk starts the year with a six-game homestand at Harbor Park. Here is the Tides final opening day roster, which was announced today: Pitchers: Jayson Aquino, Josh Edgin, Andrew Faulkner, Donnie Hart, David ... read more

The Orioles' minor league break-camp rosters

After the final minor league exhibition games yesterday and an intrasquad game today at Twin Lakes Park, the Orioles have set the minor league break-camp rosters for their four full-season affiliates, which begin play next week. The players are beginning to head north to play at Triple-A Norfolk, Double-A Bowie, Single-A Frederick and Single-A Delmarva. These rosters are not final, and changes could still be ... read more

After long road back, Branden Kline again is chasing his big league dream

For Orioles pitching prospect Branden Kline, the long road back from Tommy John surgery was even longer than expected. Kline's last game for an O's affiliate was with Double-A Bowie on May 20, 2015. He left a start at Trenton after just 1 2/3 innings. It later led to surgery on Oct. 8, 2015. When Kline reported to spring training in 2017, he expected to ... read more

O's top pick DL Hall preps for his first full season of pro ball

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles' 2017 top draft pick, prep lefty pitcher DL Hall, is very excited about beginning his first full season of pro ball. He's ready for a lot of baseball. "I've heard numerous stories about the long grind of the season," Hall said Wednesday morning during an interview at Twin Lakes Park. "But I could not be more excited to get in ... read more