Some props for Doug Brocail, expected to be O’s pitching coach

The Orioles are expected to hire Doug Brocail as their next pitching coach. The club however, has not yet officially announced the addition of any coaches for new manager Brandon Hyde. But Brocail’s anticipated addition drew some praise this week. The 51-year-old former big league pitcher worked in the Houston organization from 2010 through 2015 and was the Astros’ major league pitching coach from June ... read more

How many top 100 prospects for the Orioles?

The new lists of top 100 prospects in baseball will be released soon by several national outlets including Baseball America, MLBPipeline.com, ESPN and others. Last year, on the Baseball America list, the Orioles had three players ranked for just the second time since 2013. They had a list of three after the 2014 and 2018 seasons. Here is a look back at the Orioles on ... read more

For fans tracking Machado and Harper, fatigue or intrigue?

So when will teams start spending the “stupid” money? When will the saga of free agents Manny Machado and Bryce Harper come to an end? Where will they end up and could the Chicago White Sox actually wind up with Machado? So far, the free agency of the dynamic duo is not living up the hype. And this has been hyped for literally years. Hype ... read more

Defense and pitching: Could the first make the second better for the Orioles?

We certainly know that Orioles pitchers didn’t collectively do very well in the 2018 season. Baltimore ranked last in the American League with a team ERA of 5.18, well over the league average of 4.27. The starters’ ERA ranked last in the league at 5.48, with the AL average at 4.39. The bullpen ERA was 4.78 to rank 14th and above the league norm of ... read more

Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman remains atop draft boards

Baseball America recently released its list of the top 100 prospects available for the First-Year Player Draft in June and Oregon State switch-hitting catcher Adley Rutschman is No. 1. Texas high school shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. is No. 2. That is the same top two that we saw on MLBPipeline.com’s list. For just the second time in Orioles history, the club will make the overall ... read more

How will the O’s handle their catchers in 2019?

The Orioles’ current catching situation shows Austin Wynns and Chance Sisco on the 40-man roster and recent addition Carlos PĂ©rez and holdover Martin Cervenka as two of the top catchers on the farm. Andrew Susac was designated for assignment on Friday. That leaves the team pretty thin at the position right now, with not much big league experience on the roster. Can the Orioles get ... read more

A look at Dylan Bundy, Mychal Givens and Jonathan Villar after contract agreements

If he made a list of goals for the 2019 season, avoiding any arbitration hearings would be well down the list for Orioles executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias. But it’s nice anyway for the first-year GM to avoid hearings and he will accomplish that after reaching agreements with three arbitration-eligible players yesterday. The O’s came to terms with pitchers Dylan Bundy and ... read more

The 2019 season provides a chance to fully evaluate Mullins

He was the Orioles’ 13th round draft pick out of Campbell University in 2015. He showed such promise playing in 2016 at Single-A Delmarva and in spring training chances with the Orioles the following March that he skipped Single-A Frederick and went right to Double-A Bowie to begin the 2017 season. Outfielder Cedric Mullins was on a fast track, one that would take him to ... read more