O's lefty Alex Wells moved to Double-A and met the challenge

When left-hander Alex Wells had solid stats last year at Single-A Frederick but was not as dominant as he was the previous season at Single-A Delmarva, you had to wonder if some of his doubters would be proven right. The lefty without the big fastball would have it tougher as he moved up the Orioles' minor league ladder. Surely hitters would figure him out with ... read more

Rutschman makes catching debut in GCL

PHOENIX - The hype over Adley Rutschman isn't going to subside or slow as long as he continues down this path. And that's fine with the Orioles, who are enjoying every step of it. Rutschman made his catching debut today in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League after serving as the designated hitter on Saturday in his first game. He went 1-for-4 with a stolen base ... read more

Rutschman homers in pro debut (Scott recalled and lineup)

The long-awaited debut of catcher Adley Rutschman unfolded today in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League and he again lived up to the hype. Chosen first overall by the Orioles in last month's First-Year Player Draft, Rutschman served as the designated hitter against the GCL Pirates in Bradenton and homered to right field in his third professional at-bat. Rutschman lined to shortstop and flied to deep ... read more

Veteran catcher, strong rotation put Baysox on top

We could not have expected this when the Double-A Bowie Baysox were 7-23 on May 5. That was the worst record in all of minor league baseball. But the Baysox have been winning big ever since, and they were 20-7 in June and are 12-3 in July. They are 44-21 since that low point and have the Eastern League's best second-half record at 21-6. There ... read more

On the O's farm, Bowie Baysox continue to roll

The Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds are no longer the only farm team Orioles fans can feel excited about it. Now there are several in terms of won-loss records. Through Sunday's games, three O's teams are in first place and another is one game out. Starting at the highest-level, Double-A Bowie has been on a winning roll for several weeks now. The Baysox are 29-9 since June ... read more

Chance Sisco on Futures Game: "It's an honor and to be in that game means a lot"

On Sunday the Orioles will be represented by two young pitching prospects in the All-Star Futures Game. Single-A Delmarva right-hander Grayson Rodriguez and Single-A Frederick left-hander DL Hall will play for the American League squad against the National League team in Cleveland. The Futures Games has become a pretty high-profile event featuring some of the top prospects in the sport. It will be televised live ... read more

Gary Kendall talks Triple-A prospects, plus other notes

Over the years, I've learned that manager Gary Kendall can provide some real solid insights on his players. He did that again this week. The first-year manager of the Triple-A Norfolk Tides was a guest on "The Scott and Jeremy show" on 105.7 The Fan in Baltimore. Kendall was asked about right-handed hitting prospect Ryan Mountcastle, who is ranked as the No. 2 Orioles prospect ... read more

Futures Game O's, the Friday farm and a very noteworthy win

It must be pretty exciting for the organization that the two Orioles pitching prospects to make the All-Star Futures Game are among the youngest players on either the American League or National League rosters. The rosters for the game on July 7 in Cleveland were announced Friday. Single-A Delmarva right-hander Grayson Rodriguez makes the roster at age 19 and Single-A Frederick lefty DL Hall joins ... read more

Hall and Rodriguez chosen for All-Star Futures Game

The top draft picks by the Orioles over the past two years will participate in the 2019 All-Star Futures Game, to be held July 7 at Progressive Field in Cleveland. Single-A Frederick left-hander DL Hall and Single-A Delmarva right-hander Grayson Rodriguez have been chosen on the American League side. The format has changed for the annual event, with top prospects divided by leagues following the ... read more

McCoy making major impression

The Orioles prospect talk doesn't usually bring infielder Mason McCoy into the conversation. Pitching is the area that warrants the most attention, and fans are waiting for first baseman Ryan Mountcastle and outfielders Austin Hays and Yusniel Diaz to be thrust into the rebuild. Catcher Chance Sisco made it back and DJ Stewart got the call before landing on the injured list with a sprained ... read more

North makes good on Yahn's bold prediction, rallies for 8-7 win in Carolina League All-Star Classic

FREDERICK, Md. - The South Division had jumped to a quick 4-0 lead in the second when Single-A Frederick third baseman Willy Yahn went up and down the North Division dugout, trying to pump up his teammates. "I was just saying to the guys - semi-joking around and semi-serious - 'Greatest comeback in All-Star Game history coming up,' " Yahn said. "We're just trying to ... read more

Sedlock will start Thursday for Keys after being backed off to limit innings

FREDERICK, Md. - Cody Sedlock's hiatus is about to end, and the right-hander couldn't be happier. Sedlock, who is 3-0 with a 1.44 ERA and 0.97 WHIP in eight starts for Single-A Frederick this season, will start Thursday at Wilmington when the Keys open the second half of their schedule. It'll be his ninth start of the season, but his first since May 25. "I've ... read more

Frederick is set to host the Carolina League All-Star game

OAKLAND - The All-Star break has arrived in the Single-A Carolina League, and tomorrow night the Orioles' Frederick Keys affiliate will host the All-Star game at Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium. Frederick previously hosted All-Star games in 1991 and 2005. In that most recent game, the Orioles' Nick Markakis not only won the pregame Home Run Derby, but hit two homers in the game ... read more

Trey Mancini's props for Delmarva, plus other notes

Trey Mancini might wind up playing in his first All-Star Game later this summer. And his third full-season in the major leagues is turning out to be a very good one. But Mancini has never forgotten his minor league roots. During this homestand he has walked through the clubhouse wearing a Delmarva Shorebirds T-shirt, and he was recently part of a group of Orioles that ... read more

Division champs: Delmarva celebrates clinching a playoff berth

Single-A Delmarva manager Kyle Moore admits he didn't know exactly how to feel. His team had just lost 1-0 at West Virginia, but in the visiting clubhouse, his players were listening to the Hickory-Greensboro game. If Greensboro lost, Delmarva would clinch a playoff berth even on a night the Shorebirds didn't win. Well, about 20 minutes after the Shorebirds lost, so did Greensboro. Then a ... read more

Gunnar Henderson interview, plus O's notes and Delmarva getting close

During an interview Thursday on 105.7 FM the Fan in Baltimore, Orioles second-round draft pick Gunnar Henderson covered a lot of ground. He included his love for the sport, a belief he can stay at shortstop, his power swing and his current Auburn commitment. With the No. 42 overall pick Monday night, the O's selected the 17-year-old lefty batting prep shortstop from John T. Morgan ... read more

Building an elite talent pipeline is about to kick into higher gear

One of the most exciting days of the 2019 baseball season is approaching for Orioles fans. It is a day where their team won't even play a game. But fans are clearly getting excited about the club's No. 1 draft pick that will be made Monday night. With the Orioles currently contending to pick No. 1 again next year, selling hope for the future might ... read more

Knight and Sedlock check out the Yard, plus more from Stewart

The Orioles welcomed two young pitchers from the Single-A Frederick Keys last night as right-handers Blaine Knight and Cody Sedlock came to Camden Yards on an off-night for their team. Before the game, they met some Orioles players, saw the sights at Camden Yards and did a round of interviews. Knight, drafted in round three last year out of the University of Arkansas, made five ... read more

Delmarva manager on Rodriguez, Hall and more (plus O's notes)

It has been a little over two weeks since my trek to Salisbury, Md. and Perdue Stadium to see up close how the Orioles' Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds affiliate had gotten off to a remarkable 24-4 start. The Shorebirds were playing at a .857 winning percentage through 28 games and they were obviously going to cool off some. But it hasn't been much. After last night's ... read more

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