O's got whipped in Cleveland but go 4-0 on farm Sunday

Well, the Orioles minor league affiliates went 4-0 Sunday with some real nice pitching performances. We'll get to that shortly. But the big league club got blown out 10-0 in Cleveland and the postgame interviews reflected that result. Starting pitcher Yefry Ramirez said he was "just bad." Chris Davis struck out four times against Indians right-hander Shane Bieber and said he didn't make adjustments and ... read more

Hays happy with health

Austin Hays indulged a reporter yesterday by taking inventory of his health. "I feel really good," he said, having unfortunately grown accustomed to the initial line of questioning. "My legs feel good, my thumb feels good, my ankle still feels good, like it did during spring training. So my body's healthy and I'm moving in the right direction." This is the most important aspect of ... read more

He's pitching great, but O's in no hurry to move Grayson Rodriguez

At Single-A Delmarva, the Shorebirds' amazing start has been the result of many factors, but strong starting pitching has ranked right up there. One pitcher who got off to a fast start was right-hander Blaine Knight and he already has been promoted to Single-A Frederick. But others remain with the team, including the club's 2018 top draft pick. And that is 19-year-old right-hander Grayson Rodriguez, ... read more

Pop to undergo surgery (game postponed, updated)

NEW YORK - Reliever Zach Pop, one of the Orioles' highly rated pitching prospects who came to the organization last summer in the Manny Machado trade, will undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow Tuesday morning, according to multiple industry sources. Pop had appeared in eight games with Double-A Bowie and allowed only one run and seven hits in 10 2/3 innings. He walked ... read more

With lessons learned after surgery, Gray Fenter is thriving at Delmarva

SALISBURY, Md. - For Single-A Delmarva right-hander Gray Fenter, Tommy John surgery not only fixed his right elbow, but it had other long-lasting positive effects, even beyond baseball. The 2015 draft began with the Orioles selecting DJ Stewart and Ryan Mountcastle. But in round seven, with pick No. 223, they selected Fenter and then signed him to a well-over slot bonus of $1 million. They ... read more

A complete team effort has keyed Delmarva's stunning start

SALISBURY, Md. - Take a team that has gotten outstanding starting pitching and timely hitting. A team that has solid defense, great chemistry and likes to keep it loose. A team that features a young, progressive-thinking coaching staff. And you can get a team playing some good baseball. Make that great baseball. But even those connected with the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds - the Orioles' affiliate ... read more

Finally healthy, Cody Sedlock is once again flashing first-round talent

Any player that has had to deal with injuries can develop an even greater appreciation for the sport of baseball when they can't play it for a time. Single-A Frederick right-hander Cody Sedlock had his last two seasons impacted by injury. So being healthy and pitching so well this year, he said, is all the more meaningful. "Absolutely," Sedlock said in an interview on MASN's ... read more

Showing off new changeup, Grayson Rodriguez is rolling at Delmarva

Showing a new and improved changeup to compliment his fastball that can touch the mid-90s, Orioles 2018 first round draft pick Grayson Rodriguez is off to a stunning start to his 2019 season. The 19-year-old right-hander is 3-0 with an ERA of 0.54 in three starts for the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds. Over 16 2/3 innings, he has allowed seven hits and one run with six ... read more

A look at the Orioles' draft bonus pool and more

The Orioles have a bonus pool of $13,821,300 with which to sign their picks in the first 10 rounds of the 2019 First-Year Player Draft in June. That according to figures published by Baseball America. The Orioles have the No. 1 pick in the draft for the second time in team history. They selected LSU right-hander Ben McDonald with the overall top pick in 1989. ... read more

Lefty Zac Lowther made strong Bowie debut, plus O's notes

After a standout 2018 season that ended with him being named the Orioles' co-Minor League Pitcher of the Year, lefty Zac Lowther moved up to Double-A Bowie this year. His first start went as many of his 2018 starts did. He threw five scoreless innings on two hits with two walks and six strikeouts. Lowther is scheduled to make his second start for Bowie this ... read more

Orioles' minor league break-camp rosters

Here are the Orioles' break-camp rosters for their four full-season minor league affiliates, plus their extended spring training team and rehabbing players. The minor league seasons begin next Thursday April 4. These are not final rosters and all teams must get down to 25 players for opening day. The final rosters will be announced possibly as late as next Thursday, hours before the opening games. ... read more

O's 2018 fourth-round pick Rom preps for his first full season

SARASOTA, Fla. - He has just a few months of minor league experience under his belt, but his first pro experience in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League went well. So now young lefty Drew Rom awaits the next step. Drafted in round four last June out of a high school in Fort Thomas, Ky., the 19-year-old Rom reported to the GCL after he signed. He ... read more

Harvey getting good results in minor league camp

SARASOTA, Fla. - The clubhouse filled up this afternoon with numerous officials from the Major League Baseball Players Association, including former Orioles outfielders Jeffrey Hammonds and Bobby Bonilla, making the Ed Smith Stadium complex their latest stop for the annual round of meetings, which attracted players from minor league camp who are on the 40-man roster and therefore included in the discussions. The hugs were ... read more

A look at how data and analytics have come to O's farm system

SARASOTA, Fla. - It's part of a long-range plan, but it's now well underway and already the Orioles see signs of progress. The process of bringing data and analytics to their minor league pitchers has begun. And the pitchers at the Buck O'Neil Baseball Complex at Twin Lakes Park are soaking up the knowledge that they hope leads to them being part of a wave ... read more

After solid 2018 debut, Grayson Rodriguez preps for first full pro year

SARASOTA, Fla. - The 2018 season was pretty special for 19-year-old right-hander Grayson Rodriguez. He was taken No. 11 in round one of the draft by the Orioles, signed a large bonus, pitched well in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League and now can't wait to see what comes next. It will be his first full season of professional baseball and could begin with him in ... read more

Michael Baumann on his strong 2018 season on the farm

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles selected him in the third round out of Jacksonville University and he might have a real bright future with the club. Yes, we could be talking about outfielder Austin Hays, but also pitcher Michael Baumann. In 2016, the O's selected Hays No. 91 overall out of Jacksonville. A year later, they selected Baumann No. 98 overall from Jacksonville. In his ... read more

A look at Martin Cervenka's journey to pro ball and the Orioles

SARASOTA, Fla. - He's a professional baseball player, but where he is from, he's not well known by sports fans. In his second year in the Orioles organization, 26-year-old catcher Martin Cervenka is from Prague, Czech Republic. He's an interesting guy that speaks four languages, is sound defensively, and is trying to emerge from a crowded catching competition in camp and pull off a big ... read more

Ryan Mountcastle talks about his stint at first base yesterday

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles prospect Ryan Mountcastle has made the point a few times: He'll play on defense wherever the team needs him to and is up for anything. In recent days, first base has been added to his resume. Before yesterday, he had never played the position in the pro ranks, just shortstop and third base since the Orioles drafted him No. 36 overall ... read more

A look at an O's top 30 list and some minor league pitchers

MLBPipeline.com released its new list of top 30 Orioles prospects yesterday, featuring outfielder Yusniel Díaz ranked No. 1 and six pitchers among their top 10. There are 16 pitchers listed in the top 30. Click here for that list. The top 10 features Díaz followed in order by infielder Ryan Mountcastle, pitcher DL Hall, outfielder Austin Hays, pitchers Grayson Rodriguez and Keegan Akin, outfielder Ryan ... read more

O's Gary Kendall talks about managing Norfolk in 2019

In the 2005 and 2006 seasons, Brandon Hyde and Gary Kendall managed against each other in the South Atlantic League. Hyde was at Greensboro and Kendall managed Single-A Delmarva. They were in opposite dugouts then, and they won't be in the same dugout when this season starts, but they will be on the same team. They'll surely talk often, with Hyde the manager in Baltimore ... read more