Orioles get four on the MLBPipeline.com top 100 list

Another major outlet released its national top 100 prospects list on Saturday afternoon. During a live telecast on MLB Network, MLBPipeline.com unveiled its new top 100, and the Orioles have placed four young players on the list. Catcher Adley Rutschman, taken with the No. 1 overall draft pick last June, ranks No. 4 on this list. The only players ranked higher were Tampa Bay shortstop ... read more

Out of the top 100, but not out of the O’s future

With some excitement in the Orioles organization for young talents like catcher Adley Rutschman and pitchers Grayson Rodriguez and DL Hall, who have made the Baseball America top 47, and with Ryan Mountcastle closing in on the majors, what’s going on with outfielder Yusniel Diaz? He is far from forgotten, although he did drop out of the Baseball America list of national top 100 prospects ... read more

Chris Davis adds bulk, but no swing overhaul heading into season

With high strikeout numbers but declining home run numbers, the Orioles’ Chris Davis has recorded an OPS of just .539 in 2018 and .601 last year. In 2019, over 352 plate appearances (his fewest since 2011), Davis hit .179/.276/.326 with nine doubles, 12 homers, 36 RBIs and 139 strikeouts. By September he was a part-time player, and he made just nine starts in that month. ... read more

Orioles add Taylor Davis and Brady Rodgers on minor league deals

With pitchers and catchers set to report to spring training in a few weeks, the Orioles today added some pitching and catching depth with a pair of minor league signings. They added right-handed pitcher Brady Rodgers, 29, and right-handed hitting catcher Taylor Davis, 30. Both could get spring training invites, although the club has not announced that group of players yet. The Houston Astros drafted ... read more

Why did Ryan Mountcastle miss the Baseball America top 100?

When Baseball America released its latest top 100 prospects list on Wednesday, the Orioles had three players who made it and one that just missed. Catcher Adley Rutschman was No. 5, right-handed pitcher Grayson Rodriguez No. 35 and left-hander DL Hall No. 47. Those are the club’s last three top draft picks, with Hall taken 21st overall in 2017, Rodriguez 11th in 2018 and Rutschman ... read more

A suspension’s unintended consequence, Hall of Fame vote and more

The remaining 63-game suspension of New York Yankees right-hander Domingo Germán will hurt the Yankees in the 2020 season, but could help them down the road. Earlier this month Germán was suspended under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. The suspension is stemming from an incident in September involving Germán and his girlfriend. No criminal charges were filed against Germán, who has agreed not to ... read more

Triple-A rotation should be one to watch in 2020

The Double-A Bowie Baysox had a pitching rotation that was fun to watch last year on the O’s farm. On its way to the Eastern League championship series for just the second time, Bowie put up some very strong pitching numbers. The Baysox’s team ERA of 3.18 led the league and set a record. So did the club’s WHIP of 1.18, which was so strong, ... read more

A look at how the Orioles bullpen might improve in 2020

It is an easy area to mark for improvement in the 2020 season: the Orioles bullpen. The ‘pen pitchers posted a 5.63 ERA to rank 15th in the American League last year. The year before that, their ERA ranked 14th, but it was much better at 4.78. The bullpen WHIP was almost equal going from 1.50 in 2018 to 1.51 in 2019. The OPS against ... read more