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Sisco hits two more homers (plus O’s fans worldwide check in)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Take the combination of a player who gave his confidence a reboot over the winter and a first-year manager who quickly has established a relaxed spring camp and you get a player who struggled last year but now has three homers in six spring at-bats this year. Chance Sisco, go ahead and put 2018 behind you and welcome to a new year

DJ Stewart on vibe in camp and competing with other young players

SARASOTA, Fla. - Outfield is an area where the Orioles feature some young, up-and-coming talent, led by Yusniel Diaz, who is ranked as the team’s No. 1 prospect and is in the top 100 list of several national outlets. It’s a position to watch in camp to see Diaz, along with Austin Hays, Ryan McKenna, Cedric Mullins, Anthony Santander, Mike Yastrzemski and DJ Stewart, to

Carlos Pérez looking to stand out among crowded catcher competition

SARASOTA, Fla. - With six catchers in the Orioles’ spring camp, it can be hard to stand out among the group this early. But veteran Carlos Pérez took advantage of the one chance he’s gotten so far here on Sunday afternoon. He batted in the last of the fourth against Toronto with the Orioles down 5-4. He hit a booming two-run double to center for

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

Even after big second half, Alex Cobb looking for more, plus other notes

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles right-hander Alex Cobb was one of the best pitchers in the American League in the second half last year. In 11 starts after the All-Star break, he went 3-3 with a 2.56 ERA, .232 batting average against and 1.156 WHIP. His ERA was fifth in the AL among pitchers that made at least 10 starts after the break. And while Cobb

Right-hander David Hess on his spring debut

SARASOTA, Fla. - In his first spring training chance to state his case for a 2019 rotation spot, right-hander David Hess was pleased with his results today versus Toronto at Ed Smith Stadium. In the second spring game for the Orioles, Hess went the first two innings, allowing three hits and one run on a solo homer. He didn’t walk or strike out a batter

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

The player that is paying it forward, plus other notes

SARASOTA, Fla. - New Orioles outfielder Eric Young Jr. is ready for some double duty in spring camp. He is trying to win a job and roster spot for his new team while at the same time very ready to help any young players that need advice - including some who might win a roster spot that keeps him off the team. It’s kind of

Hunter Harvey shows his potential plus other notes

SARASOTA, Fla. - It’s been said more than a few times about Orioles pitching prospect Hunter Harvey: The talent is clearly there, he just needs to finally stay healthy. We were reminded of that this week. Harvey dazzled during a live batting practice session on Thursday at Ed Smith Stadium. I know this even though I didn’t arrive here until yesterday as I checked out

Steve Wilkerson’s hitting help, AL East odds, Eastern League change

When he began to prepare for the 2019 season, Orioles infielder and utility candidate Steve Wilkerson went beyond just working out and getting in some swings and throws. He went to a swing coach who has a strong reputation. Wilkerson spent some time in Santa Clarita, Calif., with Craig Wallenbrock, who has worked with several major leaguers. A coach some feel turned around the career

Can Cobb, Cashner and Bundy lead the rotation to better days?

Among many areas where the Orioles can show improvement in 2019 is their starting rotation. Their 2017 rotation ranked last in the American League with a 5.70 ERA and .837 OPS against. Their 2018 starters ranked last with a 5.48 ERA and .850 OPS against. Plenty of room to get better. The Orioles did produce 64 quality starts to rank seventh in the AL and

Machado gets his money and moves west, Mountcastle adds a position

In the end, Manny Machado got what he likely wanted most - a massive contract in length and dollars. He’s expected to sign with the San Diego Padres for 10 years and $300 million. Pending what happens with Bryce Harper, it’s the richest contract ever signed by a baseball free agent. Giancarlo Stanton signed a 13-year deal for $325 million, but that was an extension

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

Some middle infield and Adley Rutschman talk

If the goal was to create competition for playing time and jobs, the Orioles have more than done that in their infield, especially up the middle. Over the weekend, the club signed 32-year-old Alcides Escobar to a minor league deal. He’s an 11-year major league veteran who played in the 2015 All-Star Game and also won a Gold Glove that year with Kansas City. Escobar

Trying to figure out the measure of success for this season

It is a topic that has come up a few times over the winter, and it’s a question I’ve been asked a few times in the last week or so: What will make for a successful season for the Orioles? As always, I’m going to seek your input on this one as well. Well, since the won-loss record is expected to be poor again, and

This spring Davis will battle his critics and opposing pitchers

So Chris Davis reported to the Orioles spring training camp yesterday. He had arrived in town earlier, but an illness kept him from the Ed Smith Stadium complex. Davis yet again granted Orioles reporters an interview, taking time to answer many questions. You can read some of his quotes here. He reiterated that he spent some time this winter working with people from his baseball

After 19 years in the booth, Joe Angel had a classy goodbye for O’s fans

After a 42-year broadcasting career and 19 seasons in the Orioles radio booth, Joe Angel announced his retirement last night. He appeared on the “Orioles Hot Stove” radio show on flagship station 105.7 FM The Fan. He had a quite a career broadcasting Major League Baseball for the San Francisco Giants, Oakland Athletics, Minnesota Twins, New York Yankees and Florida Marlins in addition to the

Would occasional use of an opener work for the Orioles?

There are some who see use of the opener in baseball as at least intriguing and maybe even innovative. Others push back against such a pitching plan and don’t like it or don’t see it working well for teams much moving forward. An opener is a pitcher who starts a game but faces only a few batters or stays in for only an inning or

A few more questions for spring training

We recently looked at a few questions that we should get answers for during spring training in this space. It included a look at the catcher position, the leadoff spot in the order and the rotation among other topics. Clear here for a look back at that entry. Today let’s throw a few more questions and topics out there. Who will emerge from the glut

Farmhand Yastrzemski invited to take his shot

Playing in a major league spring training game is going to be nothing new for Orioles outfield prospect Mike Yastrzemski. He’s played in 30 such games in four different seasons. The difference is that he previously came over from minor league camp. This spring - for the first time in his pro career - he’s in major league camp as a non-roster invitee. He’s got

In Sarasota, Yefry Ramírez will make his case for a rotation spot

For a player who began his pro career at 17 playing third base in the Rookie-level Dominican Summer League, right-hander Yefry Ramírez did OK as a pitcher in 2018. Dealt by the Yankees to the Orioles at the trade deadline in 2017 for international bonus money, Ramírez pitched well at Triple-A Norfolk and made his major league debut June 13 for the Orioles versus the

Would a three-batter minimum for pitchers be good for baseball?

Baseball officials are reportedly suggesting several changes in the game to the Major League Baseball Players Association in a continuing attempt to streamline and improve the game and pace of play. One change would require any pitcher to face at least three batters before he could be replaced by another hurler. At first glance, this seems like a positive. Fewer bullpen moves would speed up

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

What they are saying about Frank Robinson, remembering ‘89 and O’s add a pitcher

You talk about a man who had a massive impact on a sport - and his country, really - it was Frank Robinson, who died yesterday at 83. The tributes has been flooding in from so many. He made his mark on the Orioles, leading the club to four World Series, winning two, during his six years as an O’s player from 1966-1971. He was

Frank Robinson made a good Orioles team great

Here is all you need to know about Frank Robinson’s massive impact on the Orioles: They have won three World Series since moving to Baltimore in 1954, and two of those three came during Robinson’s six seasons with the club between 1966 and 1971. So, two World Series titles in six seasons with Robinson and one in the other 59 seasons he was not on

One year after O’s debut, Steve Wilkerson hoping for return trip

For the Orioles’ versatile Steve Wilkerson, the 2017 season was a very solid one. He was hoping 2018 would find him competing for a job as the club’s utility infielder who can also play some outfield. That didn’t happen and 2018 was a real challenge for him, even though he will always remember it as the year he made his major league debut and checked

Can a former overslot Houston draft pick make it with the Orioles?

In June 2012, current Orioles general manager Mike Elias was a key contributor to what was a strong draft for the Houston Astros. It was one that got them shortstop Carlos Correa and pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. for their first two picks. Houston’s fifth pick in that 2012 draft was a California high school infielder named Rio Ruiz. He played for the Astros until they

O’s Keegan Akin on Michigan winter workouts, 2019 outlook

Give Orioles lefty pitching prospect Keegan Akin credit for being smart enough to know that while he had a strong 2018 season, hitters won’t care about that when they face him in 2019. And Akin did have one impressive 2018 season. For Double-A Bowie, he went 14-7 with an ERA of 3.27 in 25 starts. Over 137 2/3 innings, he allowed 114 hits with 58

After brief shot in majors, Cedric Mullins looks for more this season

As Orioles outfielder Cedric Mullins gets set for the new season - one where he could be the everyday center fielder - he said the major league experience he gained late last year is very valuable to him now. “I think it was pretty important,” said Mullins, who made his major league debut Aug. 10. “You get the nerves out. You get to see a

Pre-spring training edition: 10 questions for O’s fans

It’s been too long. Our last edition of 10 questions was before Christmas, and now the countdown to the report date for Orioles pitchers and catchers is in single digits. The team will be playing spring training games in less than three weeks. So, per usual, answer one or all 10 questions and provide short answers or answers that are very expansive. Respond to the

Still waiting on Machado and Harper as Kendall moves to Triple-A

At the start of the offseason, MLBTradeRumors.com released its predictions for the free agents this winter. Bryce Harper was predicted to sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers and get a 14-year contract for $420 million. Manny Machado was projected to sign with Philadelphia for 13 years and $390 million. So it’s February and we are still waiting. Will either of these players get anywhere close

Austin Wynns is set to bring intensity and passion to the field

When spring training begins and catcher Austin Wynns tries to show the new coaching staff what he can do, we know passion will not be in short supply. He’s a high-energy, intense player who is clearly very invested in the pitcher-catcher combo and working together with his hurler to get a good result. Wynns made his major league debut last June 5 at the New

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