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Another look at players in the fall instructional league camp

The fall instructional league camp is entering its fourth day down in Sarasota, Fla., more activity at the Ed Smith Stadium complex before pitchers and catchers report to spring training on Feb. 15. Here are a few more participants who caught my eye when the Orioles shared their list with the media: * They loaded up their camp roster with 17 of the 2021 draft ... read more

Catching up on the Orioles’ plans behind the plate

The clock keeps ticking on Adley Rutschman, and the sound of it can drown out a 747. A one-one makes more noise. Rutschman is going to play in the majors in 2022, but Orioles fans want to know whether he breaks camp with the team or returns to Triple-A Norfolk, where he appeared in 43 games last summer and batted .312/.405/.490 with nine doubles, two ... read more

More on the Orioles’ fall instructional camp

The Orioles released the names of the 50 players invited to their fall instructional league camp in Sarasota, Fla. An interesting mix that highlights the organization’s commitment to the amateur draft and international market - two of the most powerful fuels to get the rebuild moving in the right direction. What did we learn from the names on the roster and accompanying information? * Players ... read more

Orioles open fall instructional camp in Sarasota

The Orioles begin their fall instructional league camp this morning in Sarasota, Fla., and players gathering at the Ed Smith Stadium complex include 19 that ranks among the top 30 prospects in the organization. One of the headliners is outfielder Heston Kjerstad, the second-overall pick in the 2020 draft who hasn’t been able to play since his diagnosis of myocarditis following his selection. He’s ... read more

Defense doesn’t deserve diminished attention in offseason

Many of the Orioles’ 2021 statistics won’t be shocking when plucked from the team’s season summary, but finishing with the third-highest fielding percentage in the American League at .987 and the sixth-highest in the majors is an unexpected nugget. Upgrading the defense must remain a priority, as it’s been in past winters. The Orioles claimed former Gold Glove winner Yolmer Sánchez off waivers Oct. 30 ... read more

Orioles facing many more 40-man moves

The early work on the Orioles’ 40-man roster consisted of one move that probably didn’t require hours of study, deliberation and angst. The team likes Travis Lakins Sr. Manager Brandon Hyde talked about the reliever’s recovery from elbow surgery and the likelihood that he’d be ready for spring training. But it made no sense to move Lakins from the 60-day injured list to a 40-man ... read more

This, that and the other

Becoming the first Orioles player with 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases in the same season should be the most impressive achievement for Cedric Mullins in 2021, but discussions on his breakout year inevitably circle back to how he abandoned switch-hitting and experienced left-on-left success. It blows away everyone who talks about it. I’ve had scouts, in the middle of a chat, bring up ... read more

Three more injuries ruin another season for Hunter Harvey

The latest injury appeared like so many others in Hunter Harvey’s professional life. Without warning and with total disregard for what he’s endured since the Orioles drafted him in the first round and predicted greatness. Harvey was working through his rehab assignment with Triple-A Norfolk after recovering from a strained right latissimus dorsi. The Orioles transferred him to the 60-day injured list on Sept. 7, ... read more