Cowser homers in professional debut (and other notes)

Orioles first-round draft pick Colton Cowser and second-rounder Connor Norby made their professional debuts this afternoon in the Florida Complex League. Cowser started in center field and batted third for the orange team against the Rays' Matthew Peguero. He lined a single into center field in his first at-bat, homered to right and was called out on strikes. Norby started at second base and batted ... read more

They lost big talent, but Delmarva continues on with strong season

The Orioles' low Single-A Delmarva affiliate got off to a great start this year. With players like Gunnar Henderson, Jordan Westburg and JD Mundy bashing baseballs, the Shorebirds won 15 of their first 20 games and were 19-6 on June 2. During a season where Delmarva has dealt with an ever-changing roster and now used 50 players, the moves started happening even before the first ... read more

After rocky '19, right-hander Blaine Knight gets back on track

BOWIE - For a pitcher with his background, track record and resume, it was surprising to see right-hander Blaine Knight struggle so badly at Single-A Frederick in the 2019 season. He went 1-12 with a 6.13 ERA. Earlier that year, he was rolling for Single-A Delmarva, going 3-0 with an ERA of 0.68 in five starts. But when the Orioles moved him up, things started ... read more

Pitching prospects lined up at Norfolk, but how long do they stay?

As pitching prospects move up or down to Triple-A Norfolk, getting the bump from Double-A Bowie or the boot from the Orioles, the Tides are stringing them together in a rotation that earlier was patched with minor league free agents. Dean Kremer took the ball Tuesday and left-hander Zac Lowther the next night. John Means, on his injury rehab assignment, interrupted the flow on Thursday ... read more

A productive Bowie player that can fly under the radar

He bats in the middle of the order for the Bowie Baysox and ranks second in the Double-A Northeast with 48 RBIs. No, we are not talking about highly ranked catching prospect Adley Rutschman, but a player not among the Orioles' top 30 prospects. He is 24-year-old lefty-hitting outfielder Robert Neustrom. He was drafted in 2018, the year the O's selected right-hander Grayson Rodriguez with ... read more

Diaz still can't crack crowded Orioles outfield

The Orioles begin the non-mathematical second half of their season tonight in Kansas City with six outfielders on the roster if counting Ryan Mountcastle, who's listed as an infielder on the team's website. He's made 31 starts at first base and 18 in left field. Let's just say the Orioles have six players on their roster who can play the outfield - seven if including ... read more

The O's '21 draft class of pitchers looks a lot like 2019

We now have the facts as they relate to pitchers and the Orioles in the 2021 First-Year Player Draft. We do know they drafted just one pitcher in the first 10 rounds and then took eight from rounds 11 through 19. A run broken up only when they selected Florida Southern first baseman Jacob Teter in round 13. Over time we will find out if ... read more

O's Adley Rutschman bats cleanup in Futures Game (O's lose)

Orioles top prospect Adley Rutschman had a prime spot in the batting order today in the All-Star Futures Game at Denver's Coors Field. Rutschman began the game as the catcher and batting fourth for the American League team. He is the No. 2 prospect in the sport, but the No. 1 player remaining on the farm with shortstop Wander Franco now in the majors with ... read more

Britton on Rutschman in Futures Game, plus it's draft day

BOWIE - Since he would be departing his team after Friday's doubleheader to head to Denver for the All-Star Futures Game, catcher Adley Rutschman may have wanted to leave his club on a high note. A go-ahead solo homer to left-center to break a 2-2 tie and lift Bowie to a 3-2 win in Game 2 on Friday was a nice parting gift to the ... read more

Diplán the "other" Orioles representative in Futures Game

The list of participants in the All-Star Futures Game is published and eyes race to the American League catchers. There he is, Adley Rutschman, the top minor league prospect and the face, arm and bat of the Orioles rebuild. Right where he belongs. But double back to the pitchers. Rutschman isn't the lone representative in the organization. Far less heralded and totally unexpected is right-hander ... read more

In Bowie, Baumann on his strong night, Bishop on his strong year

BOWIE - On a night where Orioles lefty John Means made his second rehab start, maybe the most encouraging pitching sign of the night for the Double-A Bowie Baysox came in Game 2 of a doubleheader. Right-hander Mike Baumann put together a second straight solid start. And he got a tiebreaking solo homer from Adley Rutschman in the last of the fifth as Bowie beat ... read more

Means after Bowie game: "Glad I'm healthy, onto the next one"

BOWIE - O's lefty John Means extended his outing in his second rehab start tonight, but he allowed two solo homers and four runs over three innings. He was pitching for Double-A Bowie against the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Two of the runs were unearned in his outing at Prince George's Stadium. Means was not discouraged at all by allowing a few runs. Being healthy was ... read more

The road back: John Means has solid rehab start for Aberdeen

ABERDEEN - The Orioles would desperately love to get their ace back on the mound. And lefty John Means today took a big step toward heading back to the Orioles rotation. And he looked good doing it. Throwing all of his pitches, including a fastball that touched 94 mph, Means pitched two innings this afternoon for the high Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds against the Brooklyn Cyclones ... read more

Jordan Westburg settles in at Aberdeen (series sweep notes)

ABERDEEN - Orioles infield prospect Jordan Westburg said he has made a "seamless" transition to professional baseball, but it happened under anything but normal circumstances. After the club selected him No. 30 overall out of Mississippi State in the draft last June, there were no minor league games to play and no place to report to and begin his career. Westburg did eventually get to ... read more

Rutschman and Diplán chosen for All-Star Futures Game

Top prospect Adley Rutschman is one of the highest profile names listed among players chosen today for the All-Star Futures Game. Rutschman, chosen by the Orioles as the first overall selection in the 2019 draft out of Oregon State University, was selected to the American League team. One of his teammates is Triple-A Norfolk pitcher Marcos Diplán. The 22nd installment of the game will be ... read more

Not drafted last year, this player is having a great start on O's farm

ABERDEEN - For a player who was not even drafted last year, first baseman JD Mundy is having some first season of professional baseball. After a college career that took him to Virginia Tech for two years and then to Radford for two more, the Roanoke, Va., native leads the Orioles organization on the farm in homers, slugging and OPS. The player taken 1/1 in ... read more

A look at the Orioles' two Complex League rosters

When play begins today in the short-season Rookie-level Florida Complex League (the former Gulf Coast League), the Orioles will have two teams beginning play to join the four full-season affiliates that have been playing since May 4 on the farm. In July, the O's will field two teams in the Rookie-level Dominican Summer League. The two Complex League teams will feature a very, very heavy ... read more

Reunited in Aberdeen: Henderson moves up, joining Westburg and Mundy

ABERDEEN - To say the trio of Gunnar Henderson, Jordan Westburg and JD Mundy helped the low Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds put up strong offensive numbers would be a bit of an understatement. And now that the trio is together again at high Single-A Aberdeen, they hope to begin bashing baseballs at the higher level as well. At the start of June, Westburg and Mundy were ... read more

Adley Rutschman's first full minor league season has been special

BOWIE, Md. - After the Orioles selected Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 draft, he went on to play in 37 minor league games that summer. This year, bumped up to Double-A Bowie, Rutschman already has 41 games under his belt and no O's minor league player has more plate appearances, He's getting his work in and ... read more

O's Matt Blood on Gunnar Henderson's move up and more on the farm

He recently moved into a couple of top 100 prospects lists and now Orioles infield prospect Gunnar Henderson is on the move again, this time further up in the Baltimore farm system. The Orioles announced a series of minor league roster moves and promotions Sunday, which included Henderson's move from low Single-A Delmarva to high Single-A Aberdeen. Henderson did not play in Sunday's Delmarva game, ... read more

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