His prospect status took a hit, but a door is still ajar for Yusniel Diaz

It was a year when Orioles minor league outfielder Yusniel Diaz dealt with some injuries and saw his prospect rankings take a hit. But he ended the year hitting well and there is optimism that the key player acquired in the July 2018 Manny Machado deal could still become a key future player for the Orioles. The 23-year-old Cuban-born Diaz was signed by the Los ... read more

Where the O's were ranked in minor league top 20 lists

Baseball America has been rolling out its league top 20 prospects lists for each minor league level, and they have completed the four full-season leagues where the Orioles have affiliates. In the Triple-A International League, first baseman/left fielder Ryan Mountcastle of the Norfolk Tides was rated as the No. 7 prospect with pitcher Keegan Akin No. 20. In the Double-A Eastern League, Bowie outfielder Yusniel ... read more

Mountcastle, Baumann, Rodriguez among Orioles award winners

Ryan Mountcastle didn't squeeze onto the Orioles' expanded roster this month. However, he's going to be at Camden Yards this weekend. His name won't be in the lineup, but it's etched with the past recipients of the Brooks Robinson Minor League Player of the Year Award. Mountcastle has been chosen as the organization's top position player and will be honored in an on-field ceremony before ... read more

Two O's are Baseball America classification All-Stars

Two Orioles minor league pitchers were named classification All-Stars by Baseball America. The publication names All-Star teams for each classification - Triple-A, Double-A and so on down the line. That involves three leagues in each classification in most cases and Baseball America selected six pitchers - five starters and one reliever for each team. Double-A Bowie lefty Zac Lowther was named a Double-A classification All-Star. ... read more

Double-A Bowie's season ends in Game 4 loss in Eastern League final

BOWIE, Md. - When the long grind of a professional baseball season ends it can be abrupt and jarring. There can be sadness that it ended and about how it ended. The Double-A Bowie Baysox players, staff and fans, no doubt, felt some of that last night. On a cool night at Prince George's Stadium, some of the magic we saw from the Baysox during ... read more

Trenton beats Bowie to win the Eastern League championship

BOWIE, Md. - Held to three hits and one run last night, the Double-A Bowie Baysox were no-hit through five innings tonight. When they finally got something going, it was not enough and too late. The Trenton Thunder beat Bowie 5-2 tonight to win the Eastern League Championship Series three games to one. Trenton wins its fourth Eastern League championship and first since 2013. Bowie, ... read more

Bowie notes: Cedric Mullins' bat heating up in playoffs

BOWIE, Md. - He began the season as the center fielder for the Orioles and is ending it in center with Double-A Bowie. But with the season about to end on the farm, 24-year-old outfielder Cedric Mullins is finally getting his bat going and maybe that's the first step to turning around what has been for him a rough 2019 season. Mullins hit just .094 ... read more

Lefty Alex Wells threw a gem, but Bowie lost in Game 3

BOWIE, Md. - The box score says that Double-A Bowie lefty Alex Wells was the losing pitcher in Game 3 of the Eastern League Championship Series last night. Trenton beat Bowie 2-1 at Prince George's Stadium to take move to within a win of the Eastern League title. But Wells' performance on the field said something very different. He was in command and control and ... read more

Trenton beats Bowie in Game 3 of Eastern League finals (quotes added)

BOWIE, Md. - With the Prince George's Stadium crowd cheering loudly for a strikeout in the top of the seventh to get Double-A Bowie out of big jam, Trenton instead got a run - and the batter didn't have to do a thing. Trenton got the lead in a manner not often seen in baseball anymore. A steal of home. It led Baysox lefty Alex ... read more

Bowie notes: Diaz heats up, Lowther update and more

BOWIE, Md. - It seems the longer the Eastern League playoffs go, the better outfielder Yusniel Diaz is swinging the bat for the Double-A Bowie Baysox. Diaz and his Baysox teammates will host Trenton tonight at Prince George's Stadium. It's Game 3 of the best-of-five Eastern League Championship Series, which is tied at a win each after Bowie beat Trenton last night. Diaz was limited ... read more

Elias on latest changes in organization

Executive vice president/general manager Mike Elias confirmed this afternoon that the Orioles informed 14 more employees that they won't return in 2020. Elias said the total includes individuals at the Dominican academy who hadn't been reported. There are indications that more changes are coming, though Elias didn't address them in specific terms. He said the amount of hires could exceed the losses, but there will ... read more

In pursuit of championship, Bowie has to go through MLB pitchers

The Double-A Bowie Baysox play at Trenton tonight at 7:00 p.m. in Game 1 of the best-of-five Eastern League Championship Series. Bowie is in the finals for the second time in the club's 27-year history, looking for its second title. The Baysox came from down 1-2 in games to beat Reading in Games 4 and 5 in 2015 to win its only Eastern League championship. ... read more

Minor, Manto among latest dismissals from Orioles (updated)

The changes in various departments in the Orioles organization, reaching down to the lower levels of the minors, continued today with the firings of at least eight more employees. According to sources, the Orioles are parting ways with minor league hitting coordinator Jeff Manto, minor league catching coordinator Don Werner, special assignment pitching instructor Ramón Martinez, Single-A Frederick manager Ryan Minor, Keys pitching coach Justin ... read more

Bowie advances to Eastern League Championship Series

For just the second time in their 27-year history, the Double-A Bowie Baysox are headed to the Eastern League Championship Series. The Baysox had 20 hits and routed Harrisburg 12-5 on Saturday afternoon to take that playoff series, three games to one. Bowie (79-65) will now face the Trenton Thunder (79-62) in the championship series. Trenton, a Yankees affiliate, will host the first two games ... read more

Fenter dazzles with 13 strikeouts, but Delmarva offense sputters in 1-0 loss

SALISBURY, Md. - Single-A Delmarva manager Kyle Moore didn't worry when the Shorebirds offense was a little slow out of the gate Friday night in Game 2 of their South Atlantic League semifinal series against the Hickory Crawdads. The way Gray Fenter was dealing gave the bats ample time to adjust and wake up. "Our offense does that, has done that a lot," Moore said. ... read more

Veteran hitting coach Radison energizes Shorebirds - and vice-versa

SALISBURY, Md. - Beneath the third base stands at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium, the sound of bat meeting ball is keeping beat with Waka Flocka Flame's epithet-rich "50K Remix." Before each swing, Dan Radison's right arm snakes around a screen, feeding a pitch to a waiting batter. Over and over, Radison simulates a low, drivable offering, and over and over, faux line drives are sprayed ... read more

Mills on his first year managing and uncertain future

Alan Mills became the third manager of an Orioles minor league affiliate to earn an award for his work in 2019. And he's still uncertain about his future, wondering if he's going to stay with them, the obvious preference, or be searching for a job. Mills was chosen as the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League's Manager of the Year after leading the rookie-level Orioles to the ... read more

Bowie rallies in eighth to win playoff opener 5-3 (with quotes)

BOWIE, Md. - In search of a second Eastern League title, the Double-A Bowie Baysox broke a 2-2 tie in the last of the eighth tonight to beat Harrisburg in their playoff opener. The Baysox take Game 1 of the best-of-five league semifinal series 5-3 after a three-run eighth. They host the Senators for Game 2 on Thursday night at Prince George's Stadium. Jesse Valentin ... read more

Delmarva and Bowie begin the minor league playoffs tonight

They've had a great year and they were reeling off wins from opening day on. And now the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds will try to finish off a great season with a South Atlantic League championship. They'll send their ace, right-hander Grayson Rodriguez (10-4, 2.68 ERA) to the mound tonight in Game 1 of a best-of-three league semi-final series at Hickory. They were the two clubs ... read more

A look at some of the top pitchers at Delmarva

KANSAS CITY - As the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds charge toward next month's South Atlantic League playoffs we got another reminder this week of how special their pitching staff has been this year. It started Tuesday night with lefty Drew Rom and continued the last two nights with right-handers Gray Fenter and Grayson Rodriguez. The trio combined to pitch 16 no-hit innings, allowing one unearned run ... read more