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

Proud father Steenstra has two games to follow today

As Triple-A Norfolk's pitching coach, Kennie Steenstra won't divide his attention this afternoon. His focus will stay on the field. He'll be locked into Tides starter Alexander Wells and anyone else who comes into the game. But the final out will send him scurrying for updates on the College World Series in Omaha, where son Logan's University of Tennessee Volunteers are playing the University of ... read more

A look at how Bowie moved to the top of its league in offense

Players for the Double-A Bowie Baysox this year can go hitless, yet still get praise from the coaching staff for their hitting. And not just because they may have made a productive out. It's all about the swing decisions they make. They are graded both on the pitches they do swing at and those they do not. The goal is to get a very hittable ... read more

Coby Mayo: "I'm going to have a lot of fun"

The Orioles are performing an exhausting juggling act with their prospects. The kind that doesn't bring joy, like when another player moves up the affiliate chain. They arrange an injury rehab assignment. They reinstate someone else from the injured list. They are forced to shut down someone else. Talk about having a lot of balls in the air. The club passed along good news this ... read more

Big crowd saw Grayson Rodriguez throw gas, but Baysox fall short

BOWIE - The Double-A Bowie Baysox have had such a good season that the first three times they were held to two runs this year, they won by a 2-1 score. But last night, they lost 3-2 to the Akron RubberDucks to open a six-game series and spoil the home debut of their top pitching prospect, right-hander Grayson Rodriguez. Bowie began the night with the ... read more

Rodriguez faces Akron in third Double-A start (updated)

BOWIE - Making his third Double-A start of the year and first at home, top Orioles pitching prospect Grayson Rodriguez allowed two runs in 4 2/3 innings tonight for Bowie against the Akron RubberDucks in front of a big crowd at Prince George's Stadium. After a strong start to his outing, Akron had some nice swings starting in the third inning and there were a ... read more

Minor league notes on Hall, Smith, Grenier and more

For a Double-A Bowie team that has been winning a lot and bashing the ball all year, another player has emerged recently with a hot bat. And that is infielder Cadyn Grenier, who has made 23 starts for the Baysox at shortstop, with five at second base and one at third base. Grenier, 24, posted a respectable .740 OPS in 2019 in 106 games between ... read more

Notes on minor league movement and All-Star voting

The Orioles are moving up another pitching prospect. Left-hander Kevin Smith, acquired from the Mets last summer in the Miguel Castro trade, has been promoted to Triple-A Norfolk. Smith, 24, had a 1.04 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in six games (five starts) with Double-A Bowie. He struck out 37 batters in 26 innings. MLBPipeline.com rates Smith as the No. 15 prospect in the Orioles minor ... read more

Stepping up his game: Grayson Rodriguez moves to Double-A and keeps rolling

Orioles pitching prospect Grayson Rodriguez has moved up the top 100 rankings to become the top-rated pitching prospect in baseball the old-fashioned way: He earned it. Rodriguez started the year dealing for high Single-A Aberdeen and went 3-0 with a 1.54 ERA in five starts. Then he got promoted to Double-A Bowie, where he is now 2-0 with a 0.90 ERA in two starts, allowing ... read more

Back on the radar: Ofelky Peralta off to good start at Bowie

It was during September 2013 when then-Orioles international scouting guru Fred Ferreira went to see a pitcher he had not yet seen throw before at a showcase in the Dominican Republic. Before the day was out in San Pedro de Macoris, Ferreira decided the Orioles had to have tall right-hander Ofelky Peralta. On the spot he agreed to sign him for $325,000. The kid could ... read more

In new Baseball America top 100, O's have top pitcher and catcher

Baseball America released an updated top 100 prospects list today and the Orioles organization now features the top-rated catcher in Adley Rutschman at No. 2 and the top-rated pitcher, with right-hander Grayson Rodriguez at No. 11. For a Double-A Bowie team that is 21-7, Rutschman is batting .293/.450/.586/1.035 with five doubles, eight homers and 22 RBIs. He has walked more than he has struck out, ... read more

Terrin Vavra off to a good start on O's farm

For a kid from Wisconsin drafted in the third round of 2018, Terrin Vavra's first full season in pro ball in 2019 could not have gone much better. He was the low Single-A South Atlantic League MVP for Asheville when he filled up the stat sheet. Then came the 2020 season and no minor league ball. Then late that year, he got traded to the ... read more

Triple-A skipper Kendall with thoughts on Wynns, Harvey, Bradish and more

Job one for any catcher is working with his pitchers and handling his pitching staff. If they can throw in a few hits and help the offense, that's a bonus. Orioles catcher Austin Wynns sees it that way, too, and since his recall to the big leagues Monday has caught two games where the Orioles have pitched well. On Monday versus Minnesota, O's pitchers allowed ... read more

Konner Wade grateful for second chance in Orioles system

No matter how much the surroundings and routine changed in spring training with baseball still working under COVID-related protocols, Konner Wade was overcome by a familiar feeling at Twin Lakes Park. Wade had walked those hallways before, dressed inside that clubhouse. And been told that the organization had no room for him. Four months after trading for him. There are aspects of his current situation ... read more

Rutschman on expectations and other notes

It was just over a week ago that Double-A Bowie catcher Adley Rutschman was batting .211 with a .404 slugging percentage. But some things have changed. After a huge doubleheader on Sunday when he homered in each game and drove in seven runs, Rutschman's stats look a lot better and are probably about where many expected they would be. As Bowie took a pair of ... read more

More players movin' on up on the farm

We are not even a month into the minor league season and the Orioles moved four more players Sunday with promotions. More could be coming sooner rather than later. Moving up from low Single-A Delmarva to high Single-A Aberdeen are shortstop/third baseman Jordan Westburg and first baseman J.D. Mundy. Westburg, 22, went 4-for-6 with six RBIs in his final two games with the Shorebirds. He ... read more

Are more promotions brewing on the O's farm?

When the Orioles promoted infielder Joey Ortiz yesterday from high Single-A Aberdeen to Double-A Bowie, that opened a spot for another infielder at Aberdeen. Could 19-year-old Gunnar Henderson be ready to move up already and take that spot? Would his low Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds teammate Jordan Westburg join him, or does the 22-year-old drafted out of Mississippi State move up first? Good questions, and while ... read more

Grayson Rodriguez joining Double-A Bowie

Grayson Rodriguez was destined to pass through Aberdeen. Five dominant starts became his limit. The Orioles are promoting Rodriguez, their top pitching prospect, from the Single-A IronBirds to Double-A Bowie. Rodriguez, the 11th overall selection in the 2018 draft, is the organization's No. 2 prospect per MLBPipeline.com. He threw 23 1/3 innings with Aberdeen, which moved to full-season status in 2021, and allowed only four ... read more

Hanifee undergoes elbow surgery (updated)

Orioles minor league pitcher Brenan Hanifee, a fourth-round pick in the 2016 draft out of Turner-Ashby High School in Virginia, underwent ulnar collateral ligament reconstructive surgery on his right elbow yesterday in Dallas. The team announced that the procedure was "successful." Dr. Keith Meister performed the surgery. Meister handled the same procedure in October on pitcher Carter Baumler, a fifth-round selection in 2020 out of ... read more

A closer look at a great start for Delmarva's offense

When you see the scores for the Orioles' low Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds, you notice some big offense. When the season started, they scored seven, eight and 11 runs among the first few games. Then they spent a week hammering struggling Fredericksburg during a six-game sweep. The bats didn't slow much last week against Carolina. The Shorebirds (13-5) won 12-8 on Saturday and 13-3 on Sunday. ... read more