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How season delay impacts AL East clubs

March 19, 2020

The indefinite delay of Major League Baseball due to the coronavirus pandemic has left teams with much more time for evaluation than originally planned. In the American League East, the uncertainty of when the games will begin has unique implications for each team. Here is a look. Blue Jays Toronto’s

Prospect Mountcastle among O's roster moves

RHP Hess, OF Mullins and IF Urías also optioned to Triple-A
March 19, 2020

Though baseball has been put on pause due to the coronavirus pandemic, clubs remain free to sort out roster situations that were unresolved when Spring Training stopped. The Orioles operated with an eye toward that Thursday, optioning Ryan Mountcastle and three others to Triple-A Norfolk. The club’s No. 4 prospect

4 key Spring Training takeaways for Orioles

March 16, 2020

When baseball went on hold, along with much of the world, due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, the Orioles were in the process of learning about themselves ahead of the 2020 season. • Each club's key takeaway from Spring Training Let's refresh some of those lessons given everything else

Every club's 2020 farm system, ranked

@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
March 9, 2020

Since MLB Pipeline began ranking prospect talent before the 2015 season, the top-rated systems have sparked big league success. The Cubs (pre-2015) and Red Sox (mid-'15) won World Series, the Dodgers (pre-2016) advanced to consecutive World Series, and the Brewers (mid-'16) and Braves (pre-'17) have made multiple playoff appearances. The

Q&A with Orioles prospect Grayson Rodriguez

March 9, 2020

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Before Adley Rutschman arrived, Grayson Rodriguez was the top prospect in the Orioles' system. The 2018 first-rounder has put up an eye-opening 2.46 ERA in 29 games (28 starts) across Rookie-level and Class A stints since the Orioles selected him with the 11th overall pick. Going

Orioles prospect report from Spring Training

March 9, 2020

SARASOTA, Fla. -- More than any prospect in baseball, Adley Rutschman is the face of his franchise. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 Draft, Rutschman went to an Orioles club that has lost 223 games across the past two seasons, the fourth-worst total ever in the Majors over

Notes: Zimmermann solid; Alberto OK after HBP

March 7, 2020

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- If a strong showing at Triple-A Norfolk during the second half of last season brought Bruce Zimmermann to the front stoop of the big leagues, his spring outings so far have him banging on the door. On Saturday afternoon, Zimmermann impressed again with a good mix

Notes: Rutschman to Minors; Phillips shut down

Orioles also return pair of Rule 5 pitchers to original teams
March 6, 2020

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Orioles made a series of roster moves on Friday before their 5-1 victory over the Yankees. Most notably, they sent their most celebrated prospect to Minor League camp, and they returned their two Rule 5 Draft picks back to their original clubs. Catcher Adley Rutschman was

Notes: Harvey in midseason form; Hardy's return

March 2, 2020

SARASOTA, Fla. -- At this point in Spring Training, the Orioles are making no decisions regarding the back end of their bullpen. They can stick Mychal Givens in the ninth and build the rest of their late-inning alignment backwards from there. They could keep Givens’ role flexible, deploying him as

Meet Ryan McKenna ... or is that Tony Stark?

'Mini Macks' dishes on celebrity look-alike, favorite meal, best baseball memory and more to
February 23, 2020

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The future is the theme of Orioles Spring Training this year, with nearly half of the club’s top prospects in camp with the team. That’s a lot of fresh faces, many of whom should arrive in Baltimore before long. Each week, will sit down for a

Rutschman rakes, Stewart makes progress

February 19, 2020

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Sitting at his locker in the Orioles clubhouse on Wednesday morning, Adley Rutschman was asked if, having been here 12 whole days, he had begun to feel the grind of spring, if he’d become bored yet with the routine that these weeks of early workouts tend to

Meet 'Rutsch': Prospect talks food, music, crush

Rutschman's likes include breakfast, Eric Church, Emily Ratajkowski
February 16, 2020

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The future is the theme of Orioles Spring Training, with nearly half of the club’s top prospects in camp with the team. That’s a lot of fresh faces, many of whom should arrive in Baltimore before long. Each week, will sit down for a personality-themed Q&A

Rutschman the star as Birdland Caravan begins

February 7, 2020

ABERDEEN, Md. -- As the anticipation built, Adley Rutschman rubbed his palms together. He hopped in place, spun once and gave his left cheek the slightest tap, as if to snap himself into the zone. Then he dove through the doors into a roar of applause. Inside, Hall’s Cross Roads

Here are 5 O's prospects to watch as camp NRIs

January 31, 2020

BALTIMORE -- In less than two weeks, a snapshot of the Orioles’ future will be plain to see in Sarasota, Fla. Fourteen of the Orioles’ Top 30 Prospects, per MLB Pipeline, are set to be with the club when Spring Training opens at its Ed Smith Stadium complex, six as

O's fans to see future at prospect-laden camp

January 28, 2020

BALTIMORE -- Adley Rutschman won’t be the only top Orioles prospect joining the club in Spring Training, though his formal invitation was announced Tuesday by the team. The rest of camp is going to be defined by its prospect feel as well. • Spring Training: Schedule | Tickets | Information

Rutschman invited to Orioles camp

January 28, 2020

BALTIMORE -- The Adley Rutschman show is coming to Sarasota, Fla., this spring. Rutschman, the No. 4 overall prospect per MLB Pipeline and the first overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft, was among 23 non-roster players invited to Baltimore's Major League Spring Training, the club announced on Tuesday. Pitchers

Inbox: Does prospect Diaz have O's in sight?

Beat reporter Joe Trezza answers questions from fans
January 24, 2020

BALTIMORE -- Just a few weeks separate the Orioles from the official start of camp in Sarasota, Fla., and all the sunshine and optimism that date annually brings. While we wait, we figured we’d bide the time by tackling another batch of Orioles questions. Fresh faces and young players were

Mountcastle bound for bigs, but at what position?

O's No. 4 prospect carries big bat, but needs to find defensive home
January 13, 2020

At this point a year ago, Ryan Mountcastle was preparing for a spring that would take him to new positions and effectively function as an introduction to the new front office and field staff that had recently arrived in Baltimore. This spring, the Orioles will meet Mountcastle in Sarasota, Fla.,

O's add four to 40-man ahead of Rule 5 Draft

Baltimore leaves three of seven top 30 prospects unprotected
November 21, 2019

BALTIMORE -- In an effort to protect them from next month’s Rule 5 Draft, the Orioles added four of their top prospects to the 40-man roster on Wednesday, selecting the contracts of first baseman/outfielder Ryan Mountcastle, left-hander Keegan Akin, righty Dean Kremer and outfielder Ryan McKenna. By doing so, the

Orioles Arizona Fall League updates

October 26, 2019

Seven O's prospects played for the Surprise Saguaros in the 2019 Arizona Fall League: Right-hander Dean Kremer (No. 8), left-hander Alex Wells (No. 20), second baseman Rylan Bannon (No. 23), second baseman Mason McCoy (No. 24), right-hander Cody Carroll, right-hander David Lebron and outfielder T.J. Nichting.

Kremer carries late-season '19 success into AFL

October 16, 2019

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Dean Kremer had, by pretty much any measure, an eventful 2018 season. It was a breakout campaign that saw the right-hander lead the Minor Leagues in strikeouts and finish with a nifty 2.88 ERA while reaching Double-A for the first time. He also was involved in the

Hays dazzles again, but O’s lose in extras

No. 6 prospect hits game-tying HR after Givens' eighth blown save
September 22, 2019

BALTIMORE -- Another night, another Austin Hays moment. The Orioles’ rookie center fielder is making a habit of stealing the spotlight, and he did so again in their 7-6 loss to the Mariners on Saturday night at Camden Yards. In his season debut on Sept. 7, it was with a

Pipeline names Orioles Prospects of the Year

September 19, 2019

BALIMORE -- For the Orioles, the 2019 season was all about building blocks, identifying the pieces that’ll factor heavily into their plans for 2020 and beyond. In that sense, they were thrilled about what developed down on the farm. Armed with new tools and development philosophies brought in by Mike

Hyde sees Hays developing like Pollock

'That's a huge compliment' says O's outfield prospect
September 12, 2019

BALTIMORE -- It’s been less than a week since Austin Hays returned to the Majors, courtesy of a surprise September callup that’s doubling as an audition for 2020 and beyond. The early returns have him running with it -- Hays notching his first three-hit game and several highlight-reel defensive plays

Prospect Hays gets defensive in season debut

September 8, 2019

BALTIMORE -- Big league grass back under his spikes for the first time in two years, Austin Hays had his “legs loose, ready for anything.” On the inside, a jumbled web of emotion, which Hays described as “excitement, nerves, all mixed in.” In his head, a timeless baseball adage that