Even during short season, the search for MLB success goes on

He had a very decorated minor league career. He was the Orioles’ No. 1 prospect at the end of the 2016 season and twice was in Baseball America’s top 100 nationally. He hit .340 while winning a batting title in the Single-A South Atlantic League and he’s played twice in the All-Star Futures Game. But 25-year-old catcher Chance Sisco is still searching to find big ... read more

A few notes on openers, testing and some draft math

There are a few ways the Orioles could go with their rotation come opening day on July 24. They could have the traditional five-man look or go with a six-man rotation. If pitchers are not built up enough yet, teams can even piggyback starters, where one pitches the first half of the game and another the rest. They could also go with an opener. If ... read more

With international signing period extended, can O’s take advantage?

We recently learned a couple of things that could have a long-range benefit for the Orioles. Major League Baseball has pushed back the end of the current international amateur signing period to Oct. 15, 2020 and the Orioles have nearly $1.6 million remaining from their original pool of $6.48 million to sign players. This is not to be confused with the start of the next ... read more

Miguel Castro on first few days of camp and more

During his Zoom interview session with reporters today, Orioles right-handed reliever Miguel Castro was asked about the growing number of players opting out of playing this season around the sport. Among the latest today is Atlanta Braves outfielder Nick Markakis, a former Oriole. Did Castro have any concerns about reporting to the O’s camp and playing this year? “It is very unfortunate what is really ... read more

Opt-outs are increasing in MLB, but none so far in Baltimore

The number of major league players deciding not to play in the 2020 season is growing. In the last day, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher David Price and Atlanta right-hander Félix Hernández were added to the list. So were Braves coach Eric Young Sr. and Indians bench coach Brad Mills. Earlier, Ryan Zimmerman, Welington Castillo, Ian Desmond and Mike Leake were among the players that opted ... read more

O’s individual work during baseball shutdown paying off now

There are a few things emerging after watching two days’ worth of Zoom video interviews from Orioles camp at Oriole Park. The players certainly put their time to good use after spring training shut down in mid-March. And fthey seem determined to abide by the extensive health protocols in place to give this season every chance to both get going and to be played to ... read more

Hyde on the big picture, Davis on clubhouse accountability

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde understands that anything can happen in a short season of 60 games. It’s a sprint, not a marathon. He’d love nothing better than for his team to surprise people and be contending deep into the summer. He also surely realizes that - short year or not - the odds of that are still long. And the Orioles still have a bigger ... read more

Ryan Mountcastle had a big 2019, but is his time coming now?

While it should be fun to watch the Orioles play if Major League Baseball can indeed safely get the shortened 2020 season up and running, it could be even more fun with a certain outfield alignment. What if the Orioles had 23-year-old Ryan Mountcastle in left field, along with 24-year-old Austin Hays in center and 25-year-old Anthony Santander in right? Yep, that would be fun. ... read more