Prospect profile: Steve Wilkerson elevates his game with a solid year

When the Orioles drafted senior second baseman Steve Wilkerson in the eighth round out of Clemson in 2014, the odds seemed long that he would ever make the major leagues. But coming off his best year yet - which ended with a strong performance in the Arizona Fall League - Wilkerson's big league dream is within reach at this point. He showed defensive versatility this ... read more

Prospect profile: Ademar Rifaela had breakout '17 (plus other notes)

When you talk about outfield prospects on the Orioles farm, he can get overlooked among players like Austin Hays, Cedric Mullins and DJ Stewart. But Ademar Rifaela had a breakout 2017 season. Producing much better stats than he had earlier in his career, the 23-year-old corner outfielder was named the Carolina League MVP at Single-A Frederick. Over 126 games, he hit .284/.358/.500 with an OPS ... read more

O's Brian Graham on DL Hall, Cody Sedlock, Keegan Akin and more

Don't be fooled by a 6.97 ERA for the kid. That came in just 10 1/3 innings in five August outings in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League for left-hander DL Hall. The Orioles selected Hall with their first pick in June in the draft. He was taken with the 21st pick in the First-Year Player Draft and signed to a $3 million bonus. Hall, who ... read more

Scott, Mountcastle named to AFL Fall Stars Game (FanFest note)

Two Orioles prospects have been chosen to participate in the Arizona Fall League's Fall Stars Game, which airs Saturday night on MLB Network. Left-hander Tanner Scott and infielder Ryan Mountcastle are included on the East Team. They're playing for the Salt River Rafters in the AFL. Scott is 0-2 with a 7.71 ERA in three starts with the Rafters. He's allowed six earned runs (seven ... read more

Presenting a top 10 Orioles prospects list

Baseball America started to roll out its latest top 10 prospects lists for major league teams this week. Before too long, we'll see a new Orioles list. But today, I'm taking my own shot at a top 10 list for the club. These are my own thoughts and rankings, and for this one, I didn't solicit a single opinion from a scout or team official ... read more

Notes on DJ Stewart and Ryan Mountcastle

On their way to a 72-68 record and an Eastern League playoff berth, the Double-A Bowie Baysox were the best hitting team in the league this season. Bowie led all clubs in batting average (.283), on-base percentage (.345), slugging (.436) and runs (697). There were several hitters that had good seasons for Bowie, including Austin Hays, Garabez Rosa, Aderlin Rodriguez, Steve Wilkerson and Cedric Mullins. ... read more

Hamstring injuries didn't hurt Mullins' standing in organization

While the Orioles continue the process of deciding which players need to be protected in the Rule 5 draft, one of their better prospects isn't vulnerable to it. Outfielder Cedric Mullins doesn't need to be added to the 40-man roster. His time is coming, but not this winter. Hamstring injuries limited Mullins to 76 games at Double-A Bowie, but it wasn't a lost season in ... read more

A look at the Orioles' list of pending minor league free agents

To put in perspective how long Garabez Rosa has been in the Orioles organization, when Adam Jones was traded to the club in February 2008, Rosa was about to begin his second season on the O's farm. Signed out of the Dominican Republic at 17 in November 2006, Rosa has played 1,154 games over 11 seasons in the Orioles' minor league system. Save for a ... read more

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