Notes on Jayson Aquino, the WBC and the passing of Dave Rosenfield

Jayson Aquino, a 24-year-old left-hander, quietly put up some decent numbers on the Orioles farm last year and he also pitched 2 1/3 innings in three games for the Orioles, one in July and two in September. In that small sample, he held major league hitters to one hit over eight at-bats. After he threw two scoreless innings with four strikeouts yesterday in Clearwater against ... read more

Drake allows spring homer, but still could emerge in O’s ‘pen come April

Even though he gave up a three-run homer in the ninth inning yesterday, there are reasons to believe that right-hander Oliver Drake has a solid shot to head north with the Orioles for opening day in April. Drake could be pushing for a bullpen spot for several reasons. They include his strong finish last year, a subtle role change he made in the second half ... read more

Does Carlos Martinez deal provide a framework for Kevin Gausman, others?

It’s a question that all major league teams face at some point with their promising young talent: When is the right time to take a risk and sign that player to a long-term contract? On the plus side, you can lock up a core player for years to come, buy out some free agent years and have some cost certainty. You may even be able ... read more

The readers ask: “10 Questions for O’s Fans”

It has been a once-a-month feature since the 2016 ended and we better do it soon if we want a February edition. So here is the latest “10 Questions for O’s Fans.” The last time we did this, we asked what question should we ask next time, and here are some of your answers. Even those that said I should do my own work are ... read more

MLB’s proposed rule changes are playing to mixed reviews

Major League Baseball doesn’t seem to have too many problems. Generally speaking, attendance and television ratings are strong and certainly revenues seem to be as well. The sport has seemed to achieve a level of competitive balance without a salary cap. A level where the Orioles, Blue Jays and Rays can dethrone the big-spending Red Sox and Yankees atop the American League East. A level ... read more

A look at the importance (or not) of spring training games

The Orioles play the Tigers today at 1:05 p.m. in Lakeland, Fla. With this contest, their 35-game slate of exhibition games begins. It will include a game with the Dominican Republic’s World Baseball Classic team on March 7 and an exhibition finale at Triple-A Norfolk on March 31. We should know all too well by now that the club’s win-loss record in spring training is ... read more

After the starting five, how does the depth look for the Orioles?

As the new season approaches for the Orioles, the starting rotation looks set for 2017. It is expected to be - in some order - Chris Tillman, Kevin Gausman, Dylan Bundy, Wade Miley and Ubaldo Jiménez. But we do know the Orioles are very unlikely to get through 162 games with just five starting pitchers. They used eight to make starts in both 2014 and ... read more

Appreciating Matt Wieters and scouting Richard Rodríguez

The team’s first-round draft pick (fifth overall) in the 2007 draft, he came amid plenty of hype to the major leagues for the first time in May 2009. Heck, then team exec Andy MacPhail even announced his promotion from Triple-A live on MASN days in advance. It became an event and must-see TV. Baseball’s No. 1-rated prospect was coming to the Orioles. He would throw ... read more