Big Mike had a big year in 2019

In 2019, Orioles pitching prospect Michael Baumann had a special year. The right-hander threw well for both Single-A Frederick and Double-A Bowie and ended the season as the organization's co-Minor League Pitcher of the Year. He shared the Jim Palmer Award with Single-A Delmarva's Grayson Rodriguez. For an encore, Baumann will try to build on his gains from last season, continue to smooth out his ... read more

Right-hander Zach Pop on his recovery from Tommy John surgery

He was a key player the Orioles acquired in mid-2018 in the trade of Manny Machado to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Now Orioles minor league right-hander Zach Pop is going through the process of getting back to pitching after Tommy John surgery of last May. He is progressing well, but finding out some of the challenges of a process that can take a pitcher 12 ... read more

DL Hall on his 2019: "It was really big for development"

SARASOTA, Fla. - If you look at the first two full seasons for young left-handed pitching prospect DL Hall, you can see better stats in 2018 at Single-A Delmarva than in 2019 at Single-A Frederick. But in Frederick, as he faced better hitters he also was challenged to do things he had not before, and he might have gained a lot to benefit his future ... read more

A few notes from Twin Lakes Park

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles left-handed pitching prospect DL Hall, who ended last year on the injured list, begins this season fully healthy. The 21-year-old Hall didn't pitch in 2019 after Aug. 8 due to a lat strain. In 19 games for Single-A Frederick, the club's 2017 top draft pick went 4-5 with a 3.46 ERA in 80 2/3 innings. Hall said it didn't take too ... read more

What's next?: Can Grayson Rodriguez repeat his strong 2019?

So what can 20-year-old right-hander Grayson Rodriguez do for an encore? In 2019, he had a great season for Single-A Delmarva, pitched a scoreless inning in the All-Star Futures Game and ended his year as co-winner of the Jim Palmer Award as the Orioles Minor League Pitcher of the Year. Rodriguez, who shared that award with right-hander Michael Baumann, went 10-4 with an ERA of ... read more

How will Orioles make room for Triple-A starters?

While the Orioles work in spring training to round out a rotation that so far holds John Means, Alex Cobb, most likely Asher Wojciechowski and a bunch of questions, they also need to figure out what to do at Triple-A Norfolk. They can't finish that task until they know which starters are heading north with them. There could be some cuts due to overflow. And ... read more

More on the Orioles' international efforts with Koby Perez

Yes, that was the Orioles represented on a top 100 international prospects list recently published by Baseball America. It was a list of the top 100 international prospect signings for the period that began July 2, 2019 and will end on June 15. The Orioles had two players on this top 100. The author of the list saw some players play in the Tricky League, ... read more

Another look at the Orioles' recent international signings

The Orioles have now signed a total of 34 players in an international amateur signing class that is the biggest in team history and has a chance to grow even larger. The Orioles announced 27 signings on July 2 and on Jan. 24 they announced seven more 16-year-old players signed out of the Dominican Republic. The totals now show 23 players from the Dominican Republic, ... read more

Another look at a couple of O's top 100 pitching prospects

When the Orioles and their fans dream on a better future for the team - one that includes that elite pipeline - they surely dream of having some young pitchers come to the majors and hit it big. Any pitcher who contributes is important - starter or bullpen - but all teams covet young pitching that can become top-of-the-rotation starters. If you can produce a ... read more

Does Diaz present a summer roster complication?

Yusniel Diaz is going to be invited to spring training again and eventually be reassigned to minor league camp. No matter how he hits. No matter how he fields. The Orioles weren't tempted by last spring's statistics, which included 11 hits in 33 at-bats, with three doubles, a home run and seven RBIs in 14 games. The rebuild plan doesn't permit prospects to be rushed. ... read more

Orioles get four on the top 100 list

Another major outlet released its national top 100 prospects list on Saturday afternoon. During a live telecast on MLB Network, 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

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

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

Some prospect recognition for the Orioles

The Orioles got some nice prospect recognition this week when three of their young players were noted as among the best in the game by Right-hander Grayson Rodriguez was rated as the No. 10 right-handed pitching prospect in the sport. A nice honor, since the prospects lists always seem to be loaded with right-handers. Pitcher DL Hall was listed No. 10 among left-handers and ... read more

Another look at the importance of winning on the farm

In the minor leagues, winning is not everything. In fact, it may rank a few steps down the line. You can develop players while your team wins, but it's not a prerequisite. You can certainly develop players on teams that don't win. It happens often. It's pretty clear that the primary goal on the O's farm again in 2020 is for individual players to get ... read more

For this player, expectations will be high in 2020

He may not see the Orioles roster at all in the 2020 season. But at a time when expectations will be very low for the team in the standings, they will remain very high for at least one player in the organization come next season. That player is catcher Adley Rutschman. In June, the Orioles made him just the second overall No. 1 draft pick ... read more

Part two: A scout's take on O's prospects

A few days ago in this space we got a scout's take on several young players in the Orioles organization. Today we get the perspective of this scout from outside the organization on a few more O's prospects. And we start with his comparison of two young and talented pitchers in lefty DL Hall and right-hander Grayson Rodriguez. Hall was the Orioles' No. 1 pick, ... read more

Pondering a few questions about Ryan Mountcastle

One aspect of the Orioles' rebuild that could and should excite fans is seeing young prospects come up from the minor leagues. One of the O's best is expected to make his debut next season. That is 22-year-old Ryan Mountcastle. His defensive position may not be set yet, but his bat looks ready. Mountcastle was an easy 40-man roster addition last month after a season ... read more

A scout's take on some Orioles prospects

From time to time it is very interesting and also educational to hear from scouts from organizations outside of Baltimore to get opinions on Orioles players. I did just that recently with an American League scout who provided several solid insights on various O's minor league players. He had coverage of a few O's farm teams this year and got some good looks at players. ... read more