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Zac Lowther soaks in the experience at O’s camp

SARASOTA, Fla. - Coming off another strong minor league season, Orioles left-handed pitching prospect Zac Lowther is in big league camp for the first time. He’s trying to soak up the experience, learn from the older players and show the staff what he can do when he gets his chance. He certainly has done that since the Orioles drafted him No. 74 overall in 2017

Outfielder Cedric Mullins gets off to a strong start in camp

SARASOTA, Fla. - He was the Orioles’ Minor League Player of the Year in 2018 and their starting center fielder on opening day in 2019. But in 2020, Cedric Mullins is out to prove he can still play and still be a key part of the O’s future. In August 2018, Adam Jones moved to right field with Mullins taking over in center with the

Ryan Mountcastle on playing left and his early spring offense

SARASOTA, Fla. - With all the change of positions he has undergone and all the talk about his defense and whether it will be good enough for the majors, here’s another question about Orioles prospect Ryan Mountcastle. Has he found a home in left field? “I hope so,” he said this morning in the Orioles’ clubhouse. “I like the outfield. I feel like I’ve been

Bleier and Givens: Keeping Orioles teams loose since 2017

SARASOTA, Fla. - One was drafted by the Orioles in 2009 as a shortstop. The other was originally a Texas Ranger, selected in round six of 2008. He found his way to three other teams before the Orioles acquired him from the Yankees before the 2017 season. Right-hander Mychal Givens, once the Orioles converted him to the mound, made the majors pretty fast. He’s thrown

Asher Wojciechowski on his outing against Atlanta

SARASOTA, Fla. - Above all else, right-hander Asher Wojciechowski passed the health test today as he threw two innings against the Atlanta Braves at Ed Smith Stadium. He showed the blister on his right middle finger is indeed no longer an issue. He said that is important because just about every pitch he throws comes off that finger. “None at all,” he said when asked

For Stevie Wilkerson: New year, same challenge

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles’ versatile infielder and outfielder Stevie Wilkerson was designated for assignment last March 23 when the club added catcher Pedro Severino via waivers. But in this case the DFA was not very damaging for his career. Less than a month later - on April 22 - Wilkerson was called up from the minors and added back to the major league roster.

Pedro Severino on his 2019 and the O’s catcher of the future

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles might have lost 108 games last year, but for 26-year-old catcher Pedro Severino, the season was still special. He was given his first chance to play extensively in the major leagues. He was not even in the organization this time last year. He was claimed on waivers from Washington on March 23, 2019 and then made his first opening day

Thomas Eshelman on scoreless outing versus Boston (O’s lose 12-4)

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Right-hander Thomas Eshelman, one of a large number of rotation candidates in Orioles camp, made a nice first impression today. He pitched two scoreless against Boston on 19 pitches at JetBlue Park. After his outing, Eshelman said he made some winter changes and adjustments, and today provided good feedback that suggests they may work for him. “Definitely,” he said outside the

Was September surge a glimpse of the future for Trey Mancini?

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles’ Trey Mancini has made a few general references to an adjustment he’s made to his offensive approach. He’s not going to get very specific, because he doesn’t want opposing pitchers to get a sense of what he has done. He recently mentioned he’s often aiming to hit the ball at the second baseman - essentially drive the ball to right-center

Alex Cobb on outing, Brandon Hyde on Chris Davis (O’s lose 8-7)

CLEARWATER, Fla. - In his first game action since late last April, Orioles right-hander Alex Cobb threw a scoreless last of the first inning today versus the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. It was curious initially that he didn’t pitch a second inning as planned, coming off a season when he made just three starts. But Cobb, who has been feeling ill for several days,

Pregame updates on Diaz, K. Stewart and Wojciechowski

CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Orioles have played two spring games, with a third coming today here at Spectrum Field versus the Philadelphia Phillies. Yusniel Diaz, in camp as a non-roster outfielder, has yet to play and didn’t make this trip either. “Sore left shoulder,” manager Brandon Hyde said of Diaz’s absence. “No long-term concern. Just giving it a couple of days to let it calm

O’s bullpen righty Shawn Armstrong on his winter adjustments

Orioles bullpen right-hander Shawn Armstrong saw his performance fall off last year. Over four days in January at an O’s mini-camp in Florida, the coaches had him make some changes and adjustments. He feels it has already paid off and that his progress will continue during the upcoming season. In his first four years in the big leagues, in parts of 2015 through 2018, he

Wade LeBlanc on his two scoreless against Boston

SARASOTA, Fla. - In his first shot to show the Orioles he’s worthy of a starting rotation spot, veteran lefty Wade LeBlanc made a good opening impression this afternoon at Ed Smith Stadium. Two scoreless innings on 23 pitches against the Boston Red Sox. He retired six of the seven batters he faced, two on strikeouts, and pitched around a two-out single in the top

Trey Mancini on approach in early spring games

SARASOTA, Fla. - As he is about to begin his fourth full season in the majors, the Orioles’ Trey Mancini is way past the days of trying to make an impression in camp to win a job. He’s got one that is secure and doesn’t need to worry about taking any spring training 0-fers. He’ll see his first spring action today, batting second in right

After season of improving pitches, Akin ready to put that to work

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles lefty pitching prospect Keegan Akin calls spring training “a great experience” so far. He’s doing a lot of listening and learning. He’s got a good clubhouse locker spot. He sits between 2019 American League All-Star John Means and right-hander Alex Cobb, a veteran of eight major league seasons and 146 starts. “That’s a great seat. Can’t get much better in my

Brandon Bailey’s to-do list: Get to know teammates, make O’s roster

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles right-hander Brandon Bailey admits he has spent his first few days of spring training with his new team getting to know all of his teammates’ names. That is understandable, with so many players new to him. But he’s slowly starting to settle in at O’s spring training and looking forward to the best opportunity of his young career. He wasn’t drafted

What to make of the spring training stats

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles play their first 2020 spring training game tomorrow when they meet the Atlanta Braves in North Port, Fla., at the Braves’ new spring home. Starting then we begin keeping score and keeping stats. Some players will have strong springs on the stat sheet and some will not. A few things to keep in mind about the spring games: The win-loss

For the Orioles, there is no shortage of utility candidates

When it comes to the start of spring training games for the Orioles this Saturday, fans and reporters alike will begin tracking the chase for rotation spots. Is Alex Cobb healthy? Who will join him and John Means in the rotation? There are other areas in camp where there will be competition for a spot or spots. One area that is probably not going to

Dwight Smith Jr. looking for a repeat spring performance

When spring training games began last year, outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. was still with the Toronto Blue Jays. But he would end the spring season on a hitting tear for the Orioles. That led to him making his first big league opening day roster. The Orioles acquired Smith last March 8 for international bonus money. The Blue Jays had designated him for assignment three days

Ryan McKenna out to make an impression, plus Chris Davis’ comments

Since he has yet to play at Triple-A, outfielder Ryan McKenna is unlikely to break north with the Orioles to start the 2020 season. But he’s back in major league camp for the second year in a row, trying to making an impression and set himself up for a good season. The O’s outfield picture is a bit crowed right now, with seven outfielders on

What’s next?: Can Grayson Rodriguez repeat his strong 2019?

So what can 20-year-old right-hander Grayson Rodriguez do for an encore? In 2019, he had a great season for Single-A Delmarva, pitched a scoreless inning in the All-Star Futures Game and ended his year as co-winner of the Jim Palmer Award as the Orioles Minor League Pitcher of the Year. Rodriguez, who shared that award with right-hander Michael Baumann, went 10-4 with an ERA of

A take on the proposed new MLB playoff format

In Major League Baseball, 10 teams currently make the playoffs with three division winners and two wild card teams in each league. Under a new proposal from MLB that came out this week, that number would jump to 14 teams. Each league would have a top seed getting a first-round bye. The other six teams would play each in other in best-of-three series, all in

Doug Brocail’s strong praise for John Means and Alex Cobb

The Orioles may have plenty of uncertainty in their rotation at the start of spring training. They’ve got plenty of candidates competing for spots in the starting five. But they feel they’ve got two players that are a given at the top of the rotation, good health willing, of course. They are lefty John Means and righty Alex Cobb. Second-year pitching coach Doug Brocail was

Former O’s ticket holder will try to help team become a winner again

She is Harvard-educated and Bethesda, Md., born and raised. Her impressive resume at a young age includes time in both Major League Baseball and the National Football League. As a kid, she spent hours upon hours attending games at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, and now Eve Rosenbaum has an office in that warehouse she used to look at from the stands. On Nov. 25,

One player looking to repeat his offense and some shortstop talk

Happy Hanser Alberto is back with the Orioles in 2020 trying to duplicate his special 2019 season for the club. He’s always smiling, always happy and seems always thrilled to be an Oriole. And why not? How does a player claimed on waivers four times between the 2018 and 2019 seasons - twice by the Orioles - wind up batting .305? That ranked as the

Elias on Hyde, Mancini on leaderhip, Ruiz on his second half

Orioles pitchers and catchers will hold their first official workout of spring training today at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla. By next Monday, the full complement of nearly 70 players should be in camp. The first spring game is on Feb. 22, when the Orioles play in North Port at the Atlanta Braves’ new spring home. By the way, Orioles minor league pitchers and

Hays and Mountcastle ready for season, ready to make their marks

Orioles outfielder Austin Hays has had an interesting ride since the club drafted him out of Jacksonville University in round three of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft. A huge 2017 season and he was a finalist for national Player of the Year by Baseball America. Atlanta’s Ronald Acuña Jr. was the winner. But parts of Hays’ 2018 and 2019 seasons were impacted by injuries and

Sig Mejdal on more technology for hitters coming in 2020

FREDERICK, Md. - Orioles vice president and assistant general manager of analytics Sig Mejdal, said it was a fair observation. That is, there was more technology for pitchers than for hitters in the Orioles farm system last season. The hitters were not without some data and technology to help them try to get better. But pitchers had more. That showed in some of the results.

O’s Mike Elias on spring, prospects and more at Birdland Caravan

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. - The bus has been rolling throughout Maryland. The Orioles have been coming to their fans during two days of the Birdland Caravan that continues with more stops today in Westminster and Frederick. Over two days, O’s players, coaches and staff have made their way to Aberdeen, Fallston, Timonium, White Marsh, York, Pa., Annapolis, Bowie, Ellicott City and Fort Meade. I’ve watched

Elias on quest for more pitching during Birdland Caravan stop

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. - It seems for most teams in baseball, acquiring pitching is a never-ending process. The same applies to the Orioles. Orioles executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias talked pitching and other topics today during the second day of the Birdland Caravan. The last stop today for players and club officials was at a packed Calvert Brewing Company here. It’s just

More on the Orioles’ international efforts with Koby Perez

Yes, that was the Orioles represented on a top 100 international prospects list recently published by Baseball America. It was a list of the top 100 international prospect signings for the period that began July 2, 2019 and will end on June 15. The Orioles had two players on this top 100. The author of the list saw some players play in the Tricky League,

After rough year, David Hess looks for 2020 turnaround

He ranks third on the Orioles with 33 starts the last two seasons. He trails only Dylan Bundy (61) and Andrew Cashner (45). But as of right now he may be a longshot to significantly add to that in 2020. That is because right-hander David Hess took a big step backwards last year, going 1-10 with a 7.09 ERA in 23 games of which 14

Pondering some more spring questions and topics

With Orioles pitchers and catchers reporting next Tuesday to spring training, we’re less than a week away now. The first spring game is just over two weeks away on Feb. 22. So with that all coming fast, let’s take a look today at a few more random spring questions. They may not be the biggest facing the team, but just a few questions and topics

Will the Orioles offense improve in 2020?

Will the Orioles offense be better in 2020? Full seasons from players including Anthony Santander and Austin Hays and others could help that. While the Orioles offense was better in the 2019 second half, it ranked mostly from 11th to 13th in the American League in various categories for the full season. Here is a look at some of them with Major League Baseball average

Another look at the Orioles’ recent international signings

The Orioles have now signed a total of 34 players in an international amateur signing class that is the biggest in team history and has a chance to grow even larger. The Orioles announced 27 signings on July 2 and on Jan. 24 they announced seven more 16-year-old players signed out of the Dominican Republic. The totals now show 23 players from the Dominican Republic,

Pondering a few random spring training questions and topics

Next week, Orioles pitchers and catchers will report to Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla., for spring training. Late next month, a new regular season will begin. It’s coming fast. Today we ponder some random questions and topics that will be getting scrutiny in spring training. Will Alex Cobb be healthy?: The answer seems to be most definitely yes. Now the Orioles need to keep

Upon further review ...

Today, on Super Bowl Sunday, let’s talk some baseball. Seems appropriate even on such a big day for football as Orioles pitchers and catchers report to Sarasota, Fla., a week from Tuesday. Today we’re looking back at a few stories published here in recent weeks. Feel free to post some comments on those stories and/or present any other O’s comments and questions. The crack of

Another look at a couple of O’s top 100 pitching prospects

When the Orioles and their fans dream on a better future for the team - one that includes that elite pipeline - they surely dream of having some young pitchers come to the majors and hit it big. Any pitcher who contributes is important - starter or bullpen - but all teams covet young pitching that can become top-of-the-rotation starters. If you can produce a

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