The Orioles have made the following roster moves:
- Recalled OF Ryan McKenna from Triple-A Norfolk.
- Placed OF Aaron Hicks on the 10-day Injured List with a left hamstring strain.
The Orioles today announced their 2024 Grapefruit League schedule, which is slated to begin Saturday, February 24, at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla. against the Boston Red Sox. The club’s 2024 spring schedule features 16 home games, including eight weekend games.
The O’s will face nine different opponents during Grapefruit League play, with 13 of the club’s 32 games against American League East divisional rivals – Boston Red Sox (3 games; 2 at home), New York Yankees (2 games; 1 at home), Tampa Bay Rays (4 games; 2 at home), and Toronto Blue Jays (4 games; 2 at home).
The Orioles will play a spring-high six games against the Pittsburgh Pirates, three of which will be at Ed Smith Stadium. Baltimore will also host the Atlanta Braves, Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Twins, and Philadelphia Phillies during the 2024 Spring Training slate.
The team’s 16-game road schedule features three games at the Braves and Pirates, two games at the Blue Jays, Rays, and Twins, and one game at the Phillies, Red Sox, Tigers, and Yankees.
The 2024 season will mark the Orioles’ 15th Spring Training season in Sarasota and the club’s 14th season at the renovated Ed Smith Stadium.
The Orioles will celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the 1983 World Series title with a special pregame ceremony on Saturday, August 5, prior to the 7:05 p.m. ET game against the New York Mets. The pregame ceremony will feature returning players of the 1983 championship team, including Orioles Legends and National Baseball Hall of Famers EDDIE MURRAY, JIM PALMER, and CAL RIPKEN, JR.
The first 20,000 fans, 15 and over attending Saturday’s game will also receive an EDDIE MURRAY 1983 World Series bobblehead, presented by Royal Farms.
In addition to Murray, Palmer, and Ripken, over 20 members of the 1983 World Champion Orioles have already confirmed their attendance, including MIKE BODDICKER, AL BUMBRY, STORM DAVIS, RICK DEMPSEY, DAN FORD, GLENN GULLIVER, TITO LANDRUM, DENNIS MARTINEZ, TIPPY MARTINEZ, SCOTT McGREGOR, PAUL MIRABELLA, DAN MOROGIELLO, ALLAN RAMIREZ, GARY ROENICKE, LENN SAKATA, JOHN SHELBY, KEN SINGLETON, JOHN STEFERO, and BILL SWAGGERTY.
Fans are encouraged to be in their seats by 6:20 p.m. to enjoy the ceremony. To purchase tickets for the August 5 game, please visit Orioles.com/tickets.
Murray and additional members of the 1983 team, along with the Oriole Bird, will participate in a clinic at Oriole Park at Camden Yards for 50 local Baltimore City youth from The Weinberg Y in Waverly, providing instruction on the fundamentals of baseball.
The Orioles today announced that they have acquired right-handed pitcher SHINTARO FUJINAMI from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for minor league left-handed pitcher EASTON LUCAS.
Fujinami, 29, is 5-8 with an 8.57 ERA (47 ER/49.1 IP) with 52 hits, 48 total runs, six home runs, 30 walks (1 IBB), five hit batters, and 51 strikeouts in 34 games (7 starts) this season. After opening the year in the rotation, he was transitioned to a reliever in late April. Since June 1, he has a 3.26 ERA (7 ER/19.1 IP) with 17 hits, two home runs, six walks, one hit batter, and 20 strikeouts in 17 games (3 starts). All three of those starts after moving to the bullpen were 1.0 inning or less.
A native of Sakai, Japan, Fujinami signed with the A’s as a free agent on January 13, 2023 after pitching 10 professional seasons with the Hanshin Tigers of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB). He was a three-time NPB All-Star from 2013-15.
Fujinami, pronounced shin-TAR-oh foo-jee-NAH-mee, will be the second Japanese-born player in Orioles history, joining Koji Uehara from 2009-11.
Lucas, 26, was 1-0 with one save and a 2.93 ERA (10 ER/30.2 IP) with 19 hits, 11 total runs, six home runs, 13 walks, and 38 strikeouts in 21 combined games between Triple-A Norfolk and Double-A Bowie this season. He made his Triple-A debut with the Tides on June 9. Born in Thousand Oaks, Calif., Lucas was acquired by the O’s from Miami for infielder Jonathan Villar on December 2, 2019. He was originally selected by the Marlins in the 14th round of the 2019 First-Year Player Draft out of Pepperdine University (CA).
The Washington Nationals selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Rico Garcia on Wednesday. Additionally, the Nationals placed right-handed pitcher Paolo Espino on the 15-day Injured List with a flexor strain of his fourth right finger and transferred catcher Israel Pineda to the 60-day Injured List. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements.
Garcia, 29, went 2-1 with six saves and a 2.93 ERA in 24 relief appearances between Triple-A Las Vegas (OAK) and Triple-A Rochester. He struck out 36 batters and held the opposition to a .182 average. This marks his third Major League stint of the season after appearing in seven games out of Oakland’s bullpen. He pitched to an 8.31 ERA with six strikeouts with the Athletics.
A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, Garcia has appeared in 27 games (one start) across four Major League seasons. He is 1-2 with a 6.89 ERA with Oakland (2023), Baltimore (2022), San Francisco (2020) and Colorado (2019).
Garcia was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 30th round of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft out of Hawaii Pacific University.
Espino, 36, has appeared in three games out of Washington’s bullpen, pitching to a 24.75 ERA.
The Orioles have signed the following players from the 2023 First-Year Player Draft:
RHP Kiefer Lord (Rd. 3, No. 86 overall)
OF Tavian Josenberger (Rd. 3, No. 100 overall)
RHP Levi Wells (Rd. 4, No. 118 overall)
OF Jake Cunningham (Rd. 5, No. 154 overall)
Following a weekend in which he went 6-for-13 (.462) with a double, triple, RBI, two stolen bases and seven runs scored, Nationals shortstop CJ Abrams has been named National League Player of the Week on Monday. Major League Baseball made the announcement on MLB Network.
Abrams, 22, has recorded five straight multi-hit efforts and has hit safely in all six games since being installed as Washington’s leadoff hitter. Only two other players have posted at least five straight multi-hit games from the leadoff spot in Major League Baseball this season (BAL A. Hays, 7; MIA L. Arraez, 5).
Abrams has posted a .500 on-base percentage and is 5-for-5 in stolen base attempts from the top of the Nationals lineup. On Saturday at St. Louis, he became the first player in Nationals history (2005-pres.) to record at least one stolen base in five straight games.
Beyond this weekend, Abrams has been one of the top players in the National League over the last month. Since June 19, he ranks in the National League in stolen bases (T2nd, 10), batting average (3rd, .368), OPS (5th, .994), hits (T7th, 28), runs (T7th, 18) and slugging percentage (10th, .579). He is 10-for-10 in stolen base attempts over this span and has not been caught stealing in his last 13 attempts dating to May 4 vs. Chicago (NL).
The Washington Nationals made the following roster moves on Monday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements.
· Returned left-handed pitcher Patrick Corbin from the Paternity List
· Recalled left-handed pitcher Joe La Sorsa from Triple-A Rochester
· Claimed right-handed pitcher Roddery Muñoz off waivers from the Atlanta Braves and optioned him to Triple-A Rochester
· Optioned right-handed pitcher Joan Adon to Triple-A Rochester
The Baltimore Orioles made 10 selections on Day Three of the 2023 First-Year Player Draft, completing Rounds 11-20. This year, the Orioles selected 22 players overall: 13 pitchers and nine position players, with 20 of the selections being college athletes and two from the high school ranks. The Orioles selected 12 right-handed pitchers, one left-handed pitcher, six outfielders, two infielders, and one catcher.
ROUND PLAYER POS SCHOOL HOMETOWN D.O.B. HT WT B/T Scout
1 (17) Enrique Bradfield Jr. CF Vanderbilt University (TN) Hialeah, FL 12/2/2001 6-1 170 L/L Friedrich
2 (53) Mac Horvath OF University of North Carolina Rochester, MN 1/28/2002 6-1 195 R/R Boyd
The Washington Nationals selected 10 players on the third day of Major League Baseball’s 2023 First-Year Player Draft. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo, Assistant General Manager & Vice President of Scouting Operations Kris Kline and Director of Scouting Operations Eddie Longosz made the joint announcement.
The Nationals kicked off Tuesday’s action by selecting right-handed pitcher Gavin Adams from Indian River State College (FL) in the 11th round. In his second year in junior college, Adams went 2-1 with a 3.76 ERA and one save. He struck out 44 in 26.1 innings
In the 12th round, Washington selected right-handed pitcher Travis Sthele from the University of Texas. He went 3-5 with a 5.75 ERA and one save in 15 games (10 starts) for the Longhorns in 2023. He struck out 66 in 61.0 innings.
With their 13th-round pick, the Nationals selected left-handed pitcher Liam Sullivan from the University of Georgia. Sullivan led the Bulldogs with a 5-2 record and 5.77 ERA in 14 starts. He worked 64.0 innings and struck out 75. His 2023 resume includes wins over national champion LSU (May 10: 5.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 5 SO) and No. 10 Kentucky (April 9: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 8 SO). He also threw 7.0 hitless innings with 11 strikeouts against Princeton.
Washington selected outfielder Elijah Nunez from Texas Christian University in the 14th round. Nunez hit .289 with 17 doubles, two triples, three home runs, 36 RBI, 36 walks, 20 stolen bases and 59 runs scored while patrolling center field as a junior in 2023. He had two three-hit games in the conference tournament, earning All-Big 12 Tournament honors.
The Baltimore Orioles today made nine selections on Day Two of the 2023 First-Year Player Draft, completing Rounds 3-10. The Orioles started the day by selecting right-handed pitcher KIEFER LORD at No. 86 overall from the University of Washington. The Orioles also selected outfielder TAVIAN JOSENBERGER at No. 100 overall from the University of Arkansas, right-handed pitcher LEVI WELLS at No. 118 overall from Texas State University, outfielder JAKE CUNNINGHAM at No. 154 overall from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, right-handed pitcher JACOB CRAVEY at No. 181 overall from Samford University (AL), right-handed pitcher TEDDY SHARKEY at No. 211 overall from Coastal Carolina University (SC), right-handed pitcher BRAXTON BRAGG at No. 241 overall from Dallas Baptist University (TX), right-handed pitcher ZACH FRUIT at No. 271 overall from Troy University (AL), and outfielder MATTHEW ETZEL at No. 301 overall from Southern Mississippi University.
Lord, 21, sported a 6-5 record with a 6.19 ERA (52 ER/75.2 IP) and 78 strikeouts in 15 starts for the Huskies during his junior season. He earned an All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention nod after leading the conference in K/BB ratio (4.59) and BB/9 (2.02). Lord was named Collegiate Baseball National Pitcher of the Week by Perfect Game and Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week after tossing 6.0 perfect innings with 10 strikeouts on March 4 against Northern Colorado. He was again honored as the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week after working 8.0 scoreless frames on three hits with 10 punchouts on April 22 at No. 9 Stanford. He spent his freshman and sophomore seasons at Carleton College in Northfield, Minn. A California native, Lord attended Menlo High School in Atherton, Calif. He was ranked as the No. 127 overall draft prospect by MLB Pipeline.
Josenberger, 21, slashed .286/.414/.490 (55-for-192) with nine doubles, 10 home runs, 51 runs scored, 33 RBI, 41 walks, and 13 stolen bases in 52 games during his junior season for the Razorbacks. He paced the team in stolen bases and finished second on the team with 19 multi-hit games. Earned All-SEC Defensive Team honors after logging a perfect fielding percentage in 137 total chances, recording a team-leading seven outfield assists and helping to turn five double plays. He was named SEC Player of the Week on April 3 after helping power the Hogs to a 3-1 week, including an SEC weekend series win against Alabama, slashing .571/.657/1.143 (8-for-14) with two doubles, two home runs, eight runs scored, and six RBI. Josenberger spent his freshman and sophomore seasons at the University of Kansas. He attended Park Hill High School in Kansas City, Mo. He was ranked as the No. 156 overall draft prospect by MLB Pipeline.
Wells, 21, pitched to an 8-4 record with a 5.02 ERA (45 ER/80.2 IP) and a team-high 98 strikeouts in 14 starts for the Bobcats during his junior season, earning a spot on the All-Sun Belt Conference Second Team as a result. He was also tabbed as a preseason Third-Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball, D1Baseball.com, Perfect Game, and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Wells was named Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week and Sun Belt Conference Pitcher of the Week after tossing a complete game with a career-high 13 strikeouts on April 14 vs. Marshall. He was also recognized as the Sun Belt Conference Pitcher of the Week after working 5.0 scoreless innings on two hits with three walks and nine punchouts on February 17 vs. Northwestern, his 2023 debut. Wells spent his freshman season at Texas Tech University. He attended La Porte High School in his hometown of La Porte, Texas. He was ranked as the No. 96 overall draft prospect by MLB Pipeline.
Cunningham, 21, slashed .267/.359/.519 (50-for-187) with 14 doubles, 11 home runs, 40 runs scored, 41 RBI, 25 walks, and one stolen base in 49 appearances (47 starts) during his junior season for the 49ers. During his sophomore season in 2022, he played and started in center field in all but one of Charlotte's 58 games. slashed .304/.410/.595 (69-for-227) with 12 doubles, three triples, 16 home runs, 38 walks, 16 stolen bases, and 52 RBI. Cunningham launched his second grand slam of the season in the Conference USA Tournament against Middle Tennessee on May 26, 2022. He earned C-USA Hitter of the Week on May 16, 2022. Cunningham attended Ardrey Kell High School in Charlotte, N.C. He was ranked as the No. 147 overall draft prospect by MLB Pipeline.
The Washington Nationals selected eight players on the second day of Major League Baseball’s 2023 First-Year Player Draft. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo, Assistant General Manager & Vice President of Scouting Operations Kris Kline and Director of Scouting Operations Eddie Longosz made the joint announcement.
The Nationals kicked off Monday’s action by selecting right-handed pitcher Travis Sykora from Round Rock High School (TX) in the third round. As a senior, Sykora struck out 108 batters in 58.0 innings, allowed just seven earned runs on 22 hits (1.09 ERA) and issued only 15 walks. He was ranked the No. 36 draft prospect by Baseball America and the No. 40 draft prospect by MLBPipeline.com. He was ranked the No. 29 overall prospect by Perfect Game and the No. 5 right-handed pitching prospect. Perfect Game also ranked him the No. 2 prospect from the state of Texas and top right-handed pitching prospect in the state.
Sykora was a 2023 First-Team High School All-American by Baseball America and was selected to participate in the 2022 Perfect Game All-American Classic.
In the fourth round, Washington selected outfielder Andrew Pinckney from the University of Alabama. Pinckney hit .339 with 12 doubles, three triples, 18 home runs, 58 RBI, 40 walks and 55 runs scored for the Crimson Tide in 2023. Following his junior season, he was named First-Team American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings All-Southeast Region and Second-Team All-Southeastern Conference.
With their fifth-round pick, the Nationals selected shortstop Marcus Brown from Oklahoma State University. Brown hit .273 with 10 doubles, two triples, nine home runs, 36 RBI, 14 walks and three stolen bases during his junior season.
The Baltimore Orioles tonight selected center fielder ENRIQUE BRADFIELD JR. from Vanderbilt University (TN) with their first selection as the 17th overall pick of the 2023 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. The Orioles also selected outfielder MAC HORVATH at No. 53 overall from the University of North Carolina and right-handed pitcher JACKSON BAUMEISTER at No. 63 overall out of Florida State University.
Bradfield Jr., 21, slashed .279/.410/.429 (65-for-233) with 13 doubles, two triples, six home runs, 69 runs scored, 34 RBI, 45 walks, and 37 stolen bases in 62 games during his junior season. He was named a unanimous preseason All-American, earning first team honors from Baseball America and second-team honors from D1Baseball.com, Perfect Game, and Collegiate Baseball. He was also selected to the Preseason All-SEC First Team and the Preseason Golden Spikes Award Watch List. His 130 career stolen bases are the most in program history. Bradfield Jr. attended American Heritage High School in Hialeah, Fla., and helped lead the school to back-to-back 6A District Championships in 2018 and 2019. He was ranked as the fifth-best outfield prospect and the No. 21 overall draft prospect by MLB Pipeline.
Horvath, 21, slashed .305/.418/.711 (73-for-239) with 21 doubles, two triples, 24 home runs, 73 runs scored, 66 RBI, 43 walks, and 25 stolen bases in 60 games during his junior season. He became the first player in school history and first ACC player since 1999 to hit 20 home runs, 20 doubles, and steal 20 bases in a season. Horvath paced the Tar Heels in slugging percentage, runs, RBI, triples, home runs, total bases (170), and stolen bases, earning Second Team All-ACC honors as a result. He attended IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., where he pitched and played shortstop. Horvath was ranked as the No. 82 overall draft prospect by MLB Pipeline.
Baumeister, 21, pitched to a 5-5 record with a 5.09 ERA (39 ER/69.0 IP) with 95 strikeouts in 15 appearances (14 starts) for the Seminoles during his sophomore season, earning a spot on the All-ACC Third Team for his efforts. He was also named National Pitcher of the Week by Perfect Game and NCBWA and ACC Pitcher of the Week after striking out 14 against Clemson on April 6, the most by an ACC pitcher and eighth-most by a Division I pitcher last season. Baumeister attended The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Fla., where he was named an All-American by Baseball America and Florida Times-Union First Coast Player of the Year in his senior year. He was ranked as the No. 167 overall draft prospect by MLB Pipeline.
The Draft continues with Day Two on July 10, with rounds 3-10, and Day Three on Tuesday, July 11, with rounds 11-20, with each day beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET on MLB.com.
The Washington Nationals selected collegiate third baseman Yohandy Morales out of the University of Miami with the No. 40 pick in the 2023 First-Year Player Draft on Sunday. President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo, Assistant General Manager & Vice President of Scouting Operations Kris Kline and Director of Scouting Operations Eddie Longosz made the joint announcement.
Morales, 21, garnered Third-Team All-America honors from The American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings and First-Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference recognition following the 2023 season.
The No. 20 draft prospect according to MLBPipeline.com and No. 26 draft prospect according to Baseball America, Morales hit .408 with 13 doubles, 20 home runs, 70 RBI, 30 walks, 55 strikeouts, seven stolen bases and 58 runs scored in 61 games. He posted a .475 on-base percentage and a .713 slugging percentage. Morales ranked in the ACC in batting average (1st, .408), slugging (3rd, .713), OPS (3rd, 1.187), RBI (4th, 70) and home runs (6th, 20).
The 6-foot-4, 225-pound junior reached base in 55 of his 61 games in 2023, hitting safely in 50 of those contests. Morales also posted four multi-home run games and 19 multi-RBI games, including three five-RBI performances.
As a sophomore in 2022, Morales was named Second-Team All-Region by ABCA/Rawlings and Second-Team All-ACC after he hit .329 with 17 doubles, three triples, 18 home runs, 59 RBI, 34 walks, six stolen base and 65 runs scored.
The Washington Nationals selected collegiate outfielder Dylan Crews out of Louisiana State University with the No. 2 pick in the 2023 First-Year Player Draft on Sunday. President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo, Assistant General Manager & Vice President of Scouting Operations Kris Kline and Director of Scouting Operations Eddie Longosz made the joint announcement.
Crews, 21, was the winner of the 2023 Golden Spikes Award, given annually to the top amateur player in the country. In addition, he garnered consensus First-Team All-American honors and won a Rawlings/ABCA Gold Glove following the 2023 season. Crews was named the 2023 Southeastern Conference (SEC) Player of the Year for the second consecutive season – becoming the first player to win the award in back-to-back seasons, and was a member of the SEC All-Defensive Team two years in a row (2022-23). He was a finalist for the Dick Howser Award (top collegiate player).
The No. 1 draft prospect according to Baseball America, Crews hit .426 with 16 doubles, two triples, 18 home runs, 70 RBI, 71 walks, 46 strikeouts, six stolen bases and 100 runs scored in 71 games as he helped lead LSU to its seventh national championship in the 2023 College World Series. He posted a .567 on-base percentage and a .713 slugging percentage. Crews led the SEC and ranked among NCAA Division I hitters in runs scored (1st, 100), walks (1st, 71), hits (2nd, 110), on-base percentage (2nd, .567) and batting average (3rd, .426).
The six-foot, 205-pound junior reached base safely in all 71 games in 2023, a streak that extends to 75 games dating to the end of the 2022 season. Crews hit safely in 26 straight games from Feb. 19 to April 1 of this season. He hit .495 (49-for-99) with an .879 slugging percentage, 11 doubles, nine homers, 35 RBI, 27 walks, three stolen bases and 46 runs scored during the streak.
Crews was a consensus First-Team All-American and the SEC co-Player of the Year as a sophomore in 2022. He hit .349 with 11 doubles, four triples, 22 home runs, 72 RBI, 42 walks, five stolen bases and 73 runs scored in 62 games. He was Louisiana State’s first SEC Player of the Year since 2012, and his 22 home runs were the most by an LSU player since 2009.
The Washington Nationals recalled right-handed pitcher Joan Adon from Triple-A Rochester and optioned left-handed pitcher Joe La Sorsa to Triple-A Rochester on Friday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.
Adon, 24, joins the Nationals for the first time this season after beginning the season with Triple-A Rochester. In his last six outings for the Red Wings, Adon went 1–2 with a 3.44 ERA (13 ER/34.0 IP) with 27 strikeouts and 14 walks. He worked at least 5.0 innings in each of those starts, including four 6.0-inning performances. In all, Adon went 2–5 with a 4.81 ERA (41 ER/76.2 IP) with 67 strikeouts and 35 walks in 15 starts in Triple-A this season.
Adon made his first Opening Day roster in 2022 and recorded his first career win on April 19 vs. Arizona (6.1 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 5 SO). Adon finished the 2022 Triple-A season strong, going 2–0 with a 2.84 ERA and a .205 opponents’ average in his final five starts after Sept. 1.
La Sorsa, 25, was 0–0 with a 18.00 ERA in five games with the Nationals in 2023.