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

Orioles outfield options: Expanding and getting complicated

Maybe this is all Adam Jones’ doing. The Orioles’ additions the last three days of outfielders Craig Gentry and Michael Bourn give the team a definite chance to become more athletic and better on defense in the corner outfield spots. Both players were added on minor league deals, so they will have to make the roster. If one or both do that, it will have ... read more

After Yankees reliever lost arbitration case, it got real messy

If Orioles fans take some pleasure when they see a rival team involved in some turmoil, then they must be gloating over the events involving the New York Yankees this weekend. After the club won its arbitration case with reliever Dellin Betances, Yankees president Randy Levine made comments during a conference call with reporters that upset Betances and his agents, among others. This has sparked ... read more

A look at a rather newsy first week of camp

Here a few thoughts on the first week of spring training. There have been a few concerning moments already after the initial excitement that baseball was back. Chris Tillman’s shoulder: It was not great news when we found out Tillman’s streak of opening day starts will likely end at three. But for now there is no evidence that his shoulder problem will turn into a ... 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

Beast of the East: Can anyone knock Boston off the top spot?

Just like the Orioles, the Boston Red Sox failed to win a playoff game in 2016. But unlike the Orioles, the Red Sox did use an 11-game September winning streak to surge to an American League East division championship. After finishing in last place in 2014 and 2015, Boston won 93 games last season and took the division by four games over both Baltimore and ... read more

Talking chemistry, PRP injections and a note from Aberdeen

When it comes to baseball, there is seemingly a stat for everything. Beyond traditional stats, we can find the so-called advanced stats such as Weighted Runs Created and Weighted On-Base Average, and we can find stats for Defensive Runs Saved and pitching stats for Line Drive Rate and Home Run to Fly Ball ratio. And that is just scratching the surface. But can everything be ... read more

The Orioles’ early minor league camp roster (plus a Tillman take)

While the Orioles’ major league spring training camp is taking place in Sarasota, Fla., at the Ed Smith Stadium complex, a few miles away the Orioles will once again hold an early minor league camp. This camp features 37 players that report on Friday, with the first workout set for Saturday. This camp consists of 18 pitchers and 19 position players. They will get a ... read more