Another look at players in the fall instructional league camp

The fall instructional league camp is entering its fourth day down in Sarasota, Fla., more activity at the Ed Smith Stadium complex before pitchers and catchers report to spring training on Feb. 15. Here are a few more participants who caught my eye when the Orioles shared their list with the media: * They loaded up their camp roster with 17 of the 2021 draft ... read more

More on the Orioles' fall instructional camp

The Orioles released the names of the 50 players invited to their fall instructional league camp in Sarasota, Fla. An interesting mix that highlights the organization's commitment to the amateur draft and international market - two of the most powerful fuels to get the rebuild moving in the right direction. What did we learn from the names on the roster and accompanying information? * Players ... read more

Orioles open fall instructional camp in Sarasota

The Orioles begin their fall instructional league camp this morning in Sarasota, Fla., and players gathering at the Ed Smith Stadium complex include 19 that ranks among the top 30 prospects in the organization. One of the headliners is outfielder Heston Kjerstad, the second-overall pick in the 2020 draft who hasn't been able to play since his diagnosis of myocarditis following his selection. He's ... read more

Prospect check-in: Robert Neustrom on his big 2021 season

It could not have been easy to do, but in 2021, on the way to a breakout season, Orioles outfield prospect Robert Neustrom made some in-season swing adjustments. Adjustments that took his offense to a higher level as he ended the year among the top hitters on the O's farm. But at the end of May while with Double-A Bowie, he had an OPS of ... read more

After big '21 season, Kyle Stowers heads to AFL

"Stowers Power" was indeed a thing on the Orioles farm in 2021. Lefty-hitting Kyle Stowers led all O's minor league players in homers and RBIs, and was third among full-season players in OPS. It was a breakout year for the corner outfielder who turns 24 in January. Tomorrow, he will join seven other O's players on the Mesa Solar Sox when the Arizona Fall League ... read more

Colton Cowser posted .982 OPS in first pro season

While the Orioles were encouraged by the performance of several hitters in their minor league system, especially players at higher levels who had big years, including Adley Rutschman, Kyle Stowers and Jordan Westburg, the group coming behind this group also made its mark during the 2021 season. We are talking mostly about the 2021 draft class headed by outfielder Colton Cowser, selected No. 5 overall ... read more

More hardware for Grayson Rodriguez, plus other notes

More honors were announced Wednesday for the Orioles' top two prospects, catcher Adley Rutschman and pitcher Grayson Rodriguez. They keep adding hardware after each had very strong full seasons after missing minor league game action for the 2020 season due to the pandemic. Rodriguez was named the Pitcher of the Year for the Double-A Northeast and Rutschman was named the No. 1 major league prospect ... read more

Stowers and Diaz headline Orioles entries in Arizona Fall League

The Orioles will have eight players representing the organization with the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League. Pitchers Cameron Bishop, Logan Gillaspie, Conner Loeprich and Nick Vespi, catcher Ramon Rodriguez, infielder Greg Cullen, and outfielders Yusniel Diaz and Kyle Stowers will play for Mesa. Rodriguez is on the taxi squad. Triple-A Norfolk hitting coach Tim Gibbons will serve in the same capacity with ... read more

Some of the top farm pitchers get closer to Baltimore

As the Orioles work to improve their pitching in 2022, there remain a few ranked pitching prospects the club has yet to see pitch in Baltimore. And there are others, like Zac Lowther and Alexander Wells, that we saw get their feet wet this year. Enough to know how tough it is to pitch in the American League East. The Orioles still play more than ... read more

Kendall, Steenstra and Mills won't return in 2022

The changes on the minor league side of the Orioles' operation continued today at the highest and lower levels. Triple-A Norfolk manager Gary Kendall and pitching coach Kennie Steenstra, and Rookie-level Florida Complex League manager Alan Mills won't be returning in 2022, according to multiple sources. They were informed of the club's decision this morning. The Orioles haven't announced the moves. Kendall spent eight seasons ... read more

A scout's take with the Jim Russo Award winner

Orioles area scout Brandon Verley noted he was in a very strange position on Tuesday at Camden Yards. He's used to sitting in the stands at ballparks for long hours watching players. He is not used to sitting in the O's dugout surrounded by reporters and taking questions. But there he was, talking to us about being named the club's Jim Russo Scout of the ... read more

Noting a few changes on Orioles' minor league side

The Orioles aren't going to make any determinations on their coaching staff until after the last out on Oct. 3. They'll do the usual evaluating and decide whether the unit remains intact under manager Brandon Hyde or requires one or more replacements. Movement already has started on the minor league side. Single-A Aberdeen hitting coach Tom Eller and low Single-A Delmarva hitting coach Patrick Jones ... read more

O's top-rated farm honored its top players at the Yard

After a season in which the Orioles farm system was ranked No. 1 in the majors by and No. 2 by Baseball America - reaching heights they had never before seen - some of the players responsible for such a lofty ranking took home some hardware at Oriole Park on Tuesday night. In a pregame ceremony, the O's honored catcher Adley Rutschman and outfielder ... read more

Rutschman, Stowers and Rodriguez at Camden Yards for awards tonight

The Orioles announced their minor league award winners on Sunday. Tonight they will be honored before the game at Camden Yards. Catcher Adley Rutschman and outfielder Kyle Stowers were named co-winners of the Brooks Robinson Player of the Year Award. Rutschman has hit .286/.399/.513/.912 between Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk with 25 doubles, two triples, 23 homers and 75 RBIs. Stowers hit .283/.387/.526/.914 with 23 ... read more

What is Baltimore ETA for minor league award winners?

The trio got the biggest honors on the Orioles farm when the awards were announced by the club Sunday afternoon. Catcher Adley Rutschman and outfielder Kyle Stowers were co-winners of the Brooks Robinson Minor League Player of the Year Award. Pitcher Grayson Rodriguez was a clear choice to take the Jim Palmer Minor League Pitcher of the Year Award. Honors well deserved after each has ... read more

Orioles announce minor league award winners

The Orioles have chosen catcher Adley Rutschman and outfielder Kyle Stowers as their Brooks Robinson Minor League Co-Players of the Year and Grayson Rodriguez as recipient of the Jim Palmer Minor League Pitcher of the Year Award. The trio will be honored in a pregame ceremony before Tuesday night's game against the Red Sox at Camden Yards. Rutschman, the first-overall pick in the 2019 draft ... read more

Late lead gets away and Bowie is swept by Akron

That was a very tough way for a season to end for the Double-A Bowie Baysox. They let a late 5-0 lead get away and lost 6-5 at Akron tonight as the RubberDucks scored twice in the ninth to produce a championship via a walk-off win. Akron, down 5-0, scored four runs in the eighth and two in the ninth to stun Bowie and end ... read more

Drew Rom's big year on farm, plus a take on Brandon Hyde

BOWIE - It was a week ago today, the last Friday of the regular season, and Double-A Bowie needed every win it could get to try and complete its playoff push. Young lefty Drew Rom took the mound against Altoona. And he threw five perfect innings with seven strikeouts. And on just 54 pitches. He was, indeed, rolling and dealing. It capped a strong finish ... read more

For Jordan Westburg, the struggles provided chance for growth

BOWIE - For Double-A Bowie infielder Jordan Westburg, seeing his career advance three levels on the farm this year - from low-Single-A Delmarva through high Single-A Aberdeen and now on to Bowie - was a nice achievement. But to hear him tell it, learning to deal with the struggles he experienced along the way in moving up levels was pretty important as well. Westburg, the ... read more

Bowie's Grayson Rodriguez takes loss as Akron takes Game 2

BOWIE - It was not the night the Bowie Baysox were hoping for. The weather made it challenging and so did Akron RubberDucks batters. They scored six runs in just 2 2/3 innings off Bowie ace Grayson Rodriguez - that was a season high for him in runs allowed - as Akron beat Bowie 8-5 to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five Double-A Northeast ... read more