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Pipeline names Orioles' Prospects of the Year

MLB.com @Britt_Ghiroli

BALTIMORE -- As the Orioles head into a transitional phase that started with a rebuild and will soon include a new general manager and manager, Baltimore's beleaguered farm system has shown some promise. Leading the charge is outfielder Cedric Mullins and left-handed pitcher Zac Lowther, who were named MLB Pipeline's Prospects of the Year for the Orioles.

Each team's Hitting and Pitching Prospects of the Year were chosen by the MLB Pipeline staff. To receive consideration, players must have spent at least half the year in the Minors and appeared on the team's Top 30 Prospects list.

BALTIMORE -- As the Orioles head into a transitional phase that started with a rebuild and will soon include a new general manager and manager, Baltimore's beleaguered farm system has shown some promise. Leading the charge is outfielder Cedric Mullins and left-handed pitcher Zac Lowther, who were named MLB Pipeline's Prospects of the Year for the Orioles.

Each team's Hitting and Pitching Prospects of the Year were chosen by the MLB Pipeline staff. To receive consideration, players must have spent at least half the year in the Minors and appeared on the team's Top 30 Prospects list.

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Mullins, a 13th-round Draft pick in 2015, started the season at Double-A Bowie and hit .289 with 12 home runs and 29 doubles between there and Triple-A Norfolk. He made his big league debut on Aug. 10, taking over center field duties from longtime outfielder Adam Jones. Mullins became the first Oriole ever to record a three-hit debut and was a bright spot for the O's in a tough 2018.

Mullins, who turned 24 last week, hit .235/.312/.359 with nine doubles, four homers and 11 RBIs in 45 big league games. His mentality was immediately impressive to former Oriole manager Buck Showalter.

"I saw that calmness, [bench coach John Russell] and I were talking about it in Spring Training the first time he came over [to big league camp]," Showalter said after Mullins' first week. "He's not a guy that has to try to see how easy he can make things look. There's just a flow to his game. I think it's one of those guys that, when you do the analytics and stuff -- his closing speed and all that other stuff --you might be surprised by how good he is, compared to the way it looks to the naked eye."

Video: BAL@NYY: Mullins reaches on an error, drives in a run

Lowther is ranked as the O's No. 17 prospect. A competitive-balance pick in last year's Draft, he dominated at Class A Delmarva, compiling a 1.16 ERA in six starts. He was promoted to Class A Advanced Frederick, going 5-3 with a 2.53 ERA in the Carolina League. Between the two levels, he posted a 2.18 ERA in 123 2/3 innings with a 0.98 WHIP.

Mullins was named the Brooks Robinson Orioles Minor League Player of the Year, while Lowther was Co-Jim Palmer Pitcher of the Year, sharing the honors with Double-A Bowie's Keegan Akin.

Video: Callis breaks down MLB Pipeline's Team of the Week

The 22-year-old Lowther, who was selected out of Xavier, is listed at 6-foot-2 and 235 pounds.

Last year's winners were outfielder Austin Hays and lefty Alex Wells. Hays, a candidate for the big league club, dealt with injury all season. Wells went 7-8 with a 3.47 ERA in 24 starts for Frederick. Hays is the Orioles' fourth-best prospect while Wells is listed at No. 25.

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

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McKenna collects two more hits in Fall League

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Here's a team-by-team breakdown of how all 30 teams' prospects fared in Arizona Fall League action on Thursday:

Gameday: Surprise 10, Glendale 9 | Salt River 7, Scottsdale 6 | Mesa 10, Peoria 9

Here's a team-by-team breakdown of how all 30 teams' prospects fared in Arizona Fall League action on Thursday:

Gameday: Surprise 10, Glendale 9 | Salt River 7, Scottsdale 6 | Mesa 10, Peoria 9

AL East

Blue Jays
Blue Jays No. 9 prospect Cavan Biggio went 0-for-2, but walked four times and drove in a run. Right-hander Zach Jackson recorded four strikeouts while allowing one hit in 1 1/3 innings of relief for Surprise.

2018 Arizona Fall League rosters

Orioles
Orioles No. 12 prospect Ryan McKenna went 2-for-4 with two runs and a walk out of the leadoff spot for Glendale. One of the hits was a double, McKenna's second extra-base hit in as many games after he tripled on Wednesday. Starter Chris Lee gave up one hit over two scoreless innings, while righty Jay Flaa worked 1 1/3 scoreless frames despite issuing four walks. Tyler Erwin also struggled with his control as he allowed one earned run on three walks and two hit batsmen.

Rays
Shortstop Lucius Fox, the Rays' No. 9 prospect, connected on a three-run home run in the eighth inning en route to his second straight two-hit game for Peoria. He scored two runs, walked once and stole a base, finishing 2-for-4. Joe McCarthy (No. 17) also reached base twice, going 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI. On the mound, right-hander Phoenix Sanders allowed five runs (four earned) on five hits, two walks and two balks in 1 1/3 innings, while Brandon Lawson took the loss after giving up a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning.

Red Sox
Esteban Quiroz put Mesa on the board with a third-inning solo homer and reached base five times, going 2-for-3 with three runs scored, three walks and an RBI. Mike Shawaryn, Boston's No. 9 prospect, tossed 1 1/3 hitless innings in relief.

Yankees
Steven Sensley plated a pair of runs with a double and finished 2-for-5 for Glendale. Hobie Harris posted 2 1/3 innings of one-run ball in relief, while Matt Wivinis recorded an out late in the game.

AL Central

Indians
Indians No. 6 prospect Yu Chang went 1-for-5 and logged his second start at third base for Glendale. Hard-throwing righty Dalbert Siri scuffled in relief, allowing three earned runs on three hits and a walk in one inning.

Royals
Royals No. 2 prospect Khalil Lee went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, two walks and a stolen base from the bottom of Surprise's lineup. Catcher Meibrys Viloria also made an impact with a 1-for-4 performance that included a two-run double and two walks. Grant Gavin recorded the save despite allowing an unearned run on one hit.

Tigers
Daniel Pinero and Daniel Woodrow each collected two hits, an RBI and a steal for Mesa. Eduardo Jimenez was sharp in relief, striking out a pair of hitters over two perfect frames, though Tigers No. 26 prospect Sandy Baez was hammered for five earned runs on five hits in two-thirds of an inning.

Twins
Twins No. 19 prospect Luke Raley went 0-for-4, but walked twice and scored a run for Salt River. Hector Lujan gave up three runs and retired only two hitters. Jaylin Davis went 2-for-5. Adam Bray picked up the win for Salt River with two hitless innings.

White Sox
White Sox No. 4 prospect Luis Robert (No. 44 overall) went 2-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored. He's hit safely in all three games so far for Glendale. Outfielder Luis Alexander Basabe (No. 9) and shortstop Laz Rivera (No. 28) each drew a walk, but collectively finished 0-for-7. More »

AL West

A's
Outfielder Luis Barrera scored the walk-off run in the 10th for Mesa to cap a 1-for-4 game in which he scored two runs, walked twice and stole a base. Right-hander Calvin Coker retired all four batters he faced in relief, striking out one.

Angels
Brett Hanewich pitched around a pair of walks as he struck out the side in the 10th to earn his second win in as many outings for Mesa.

Astros
Astros No. 8 prospect J.B. Bukauskas threw 3 1/3 innings in a start for Scottsdale. The right-hander yielded one unearned run that scored on a passed ball, but was lights-out otherwise. He gave up three hits, struck out five and walked one. Abraham Toro-Hernandez (No. 21) went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI. Trent Thornton (No. 24) followed Bukauskas and gave up two runs on two hits. Ronnie Dawson went 0-for-3, but walked three times. Erasmo Pinales gave up two hits but also struck out two in a scoreless frame.

Mariners
Mariners No. 2 prospect Evan White has five RBIs through two games after his 1-for-3, three-RBI game for Peoria. Chris Mariscal also had a solid game, going 2-for-4 with two runs, while Matt Walker worked an inning in relief.

Rangers
Third baseman Charles Leblanc tallied two hits and two walks out of the No. 3 spot in Surprise's lineup. Starter Tai Tiedemann and reliever Joe Barlow both struggled as they allowed a combined eight earned runs on eight hits over 4 2/3 innings. Rangers No. 15 prospect C.D. Pelham tossed a scoreless inning to earn the win.

NL East

Braves
Braves No. 6 prospect Christian Pache (No. 66 overall) went 1-for-5, but also grounded into a pair of double plays, while outfielder Izzy Wilson scored a run from the No. 2 spot in Peoria's lineup. Jeremy Walker was effective as he completed three innings of one-run ball in his first AFL start. He was relieved by Braves No. 12 prospect Kyle Muller, who struck out a pair but allowed one run on two hits and two walks in one inning.

Marlins
Marlins No. 16 prospect Jordan Yamamoto was impressive in his start for Salt River. The right-hander racked up five strikeouts, including each of the final two batters he faced, over three scoreless innings. Kyle Keller followed Yamamoto and gave up two runs -- via a two-run homer -- in 1 1/3 innings. Chad Smith was the third Marlins farmhand to toe the rubber, and he cruised through 1 2/3 scoreless innings. He issued one walk and didn't give up a hit. Tommy Eveld put together a scoreless outing as he threw 1 1/3 innings. Brian Miller (No. 11) was inserted as a pinch-runner. Bryson Brigman (No. 26) went 1-for-4.

Mets
Mets No. 2 prospect Peter Alonso turned in a multi-hit effort for the third straight day for Scottsdale. After his 2-for-4 night, Alonso is 7-for-12 through three games. Joe Zanghi cruised through his one inning on the mound, yielding one hit in a scoreless frame. Andres Gimenez (No. 1) entered the game as a pinch-runner and drew a walk in his only plate appearance. Ali Sanchez (No. 25) went 0-for-1. Gerson Bautista gave up one hit over two scoreless innings, and Matt Blackham took the loss after he gave up an unearned run in the bottom of the 11th.

Nationals
Nationals No. 2 prospect Carter Kieboom picked up a pair of hits, including a triple, and scored a run as part of his 2-for-6 night for Salt River. Daniel Johnson (No. 10) went 1-for-5.

Phillies
For Scottsdale, Darick Hall went 2-for-5, including a two-run homer, his first long ball of the Fall League.

NL Central

Brewers
Catcher Mario Feliciano, Milwaukee's No. 23 prospect, went 1-for-3 with an RBI, two runs scored and two walks in his first AFL game. Weston Wilson went 1-for-5 with an RBI double, but also committed two errors at third base.

Cardinals
Tommy Edman was a catalyst out of the leadoff spot for Surprise with his 2-for-4, three-walk performance. He also drove in a run, scored once and swiped a pair of bases. Jeremy Martinez also tallied a hit, while Lane Thomas reached base on a pair of walks.

Cubs
Cubs No. 29 prospect Trent Giambrone paced Mesa's offense as he went 4-for-6 with two RBIs and one run scored. 2018 first-rounder Nico Hoerner (No. 6) went 0-for-5, but picked up an RBI in his second Fall League contest. PJ Higgins didn't collect a hit, but drove in a run and walked twice. Starting pitcher Justin Steele (No. 8) was tagged for four earned runs and five hits in 1 2/3 innings, while lefty Manuel Rondon permitted one walk over two hitless frames in relief.

Pirates
Pirates No. 5 prospect Cole Tucker drove in three runs and stole two bases in a 2-for-5 showing for Surprise. Bryan Reynolds (No. 8) also collected two hits, going 2-for-5 with two runs, while Will Craig (No. 16) scored a run after entering as a pinch-hitter.

Reds
Reds No. 3 prospect Taylor Trammell went 1-for-5 for Scottsdale. Shed Long (No. 8) picked up a hit as a pinch-hitter, while Alfredo Rodriguez (No. 23) went 2-for-4.

NL West

D-backs
D-backs No. 4 prospect Pavin Smith came through with an RBI single as part of a 1-for-4 night for Salt River. Daulton Varsho (No. 5) went 1-for-4 with an RBI and Drew Ellis (No. 9) went 1-for-5 with a two-run homer.

Dodgers
Dodgers No. 2 prospect Keibert Ruiz (No. 39 overall) went 1-for-3 with two walks and an RBI for Glendale. Errol Robinson (No. 20) also had a strong game, going 2-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and a stolen base, while designated hitter Cody Thomas contributed by scoring one run. On the mound, relievers Nolan Long and Andre Scrubb allowed a combined five runs (three earned) on three hits and three walks.

Giants
Giants No. 10 prospect Heath Quinn went 0-for-5 for Scottsdale. C.J. Hinojosa (No. 28) went 0-for-6. Chase Johnson gave up three runs on three hits in one inning. Matt Winn went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts.

Padres
Padres No. 13 prospect Buddy Reed went 1-for-5 and scored a run for Peoria. Left-hander Travis Radke recorded three strikeouts and three walks as he allowed an unearned run on two hits in 2 2/3 innings of relief.

Rockies
Rockies No. 11 prospect Tyler Nevin reached base four times (3-for-5 with a walk) and drove in a run for Salt River. Justin Lawrence (No. 17) gave up one unearned run in one inning, but he avoided a big inning by inducing a 1-2-3 double play when he was stuck in a bases-loaded, no-outs jam. Josh Fuentes was inserted into the game as a pinch-runner.

This is the Orioles' greatest postseason moment

The most memorable October event of the divisional era for every club
MLB.com @williamfleitch

There are just four teams remaining in this year's postseason, but every fan, even those of the Mariners (the team with the longest postseason drought, now up to 17 seasons), can relate to what it feels like to be in the playoffs. The late nights, the constant tension, the stakes so high you can barely breathe ... and when something wonderful happens, the release and the pure, unbridled jubilation.

With that in mind, we take a look at the greatest postseason moments of the division era. Even if your team isn't a postseason team, you can remember your great October moments … and if it is, you can dream of maybe having another one this month that's even better.

There are just four teams remaining in this year's postseason, but every fan, even those of the Mariners (the team with the longest postseason drought, now up to 17 seasons), can relate to what it feels like to be in the playoffs. The late nights, the constant tension, the stakes so high you can barely breathe ... and when something wonderful happens, the release and the pure, unbridled jubilation.

With that in mind, we take a look at the greatest postseason moments of the division era. Even if your team isn't a postseason team, you can remember your great October moments … and if it is, you can dream of maybe having another one this month that's even better.

(For the purpose of this exercise, we are going back to 1969, which is the start of divisional play and the birth of the postseason as we know it.)

AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST

Blue Jays: Joe Carter's World Series walk-off, Oct. 23, 1993
The Blue Jays might not have that many postseason moments, but the greatness of this one more than makes up for that. Runner-up: Jose Bautista's ALDS Game 5 bat flip, Oct. 14, 2015.

Video: 93 WS, GM 6, PHI@TOR: Joe Carter touches them all

Orioles: Brooks Robinson's incredible play, 1970 World Series, Oct. 10, 1970
The best part about this play, which might be the greatest defensive play in World Series history, is how surprised the umpire looks. Even he can't believe what he just saw. Runner-up: David McNally's grand slam, World Series Game 3, Oct. 13, 1970.

Rays: First and only World Series trip clinched, Oct. 19, 2008
A decade ago, and still pretty jaw-dropping that all this happened. Runner-up: Grant Balfour strikes out Ken Griffey Jr. to clinch the first ALDS victory, Oct. 6, 2008.

Red Sox: First World Series title since 1918, Oct. 27, 2004
You might remember when this happened. (It's when lifelong Red Sox fans Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore got on television.) Runner-up: David Ortiz's ALCS grand slam vs. the Tigers sent a cop joyous in the bullpen and turns the series around on Oct. 13, 2013.

Video: Must C Classic: Red Sox win first WS since 1918

Yankees: Reggie Jackson's three homers in 1977 World Series
There's a reason no one else gets to be called "Mr. October." Runner-up: Mr. November -- Derek Jeter's World Series Game 5 walk-off homer on Nov. 1, 2001.

Video: 1977 WS Gm6: Reggie becomes Mr. October

AL CENTRAL

Indians: Eddie Murray's walk-off, Game 3, 1995 World Series, Oct. 24, 1995
It was Cleveland's first World Series game in 41 years, and ended with a Hall of Famer sending the crowd into euphorics. Runner-up: Rajai Davis' home run off Aroldis Chapman, 2016 World Series, Nov. 2, 2016

Royals: Royals win 2015 World Series, Nov. 1, 2015
It was a magical season and a magical World Series that just seems more improbable each year that goes by. Runner-up: The Don Denkinger play, and aftermath, 1985 World Series, Oct. 26, 1985.

Tigers: Magglio Ordonez sends Tigers to World Series, Oct. 14, 2006
The sounds that crowd makes the minute the bat meets the ball still gives you chills 12 years later. Runner-up: Kirk Gibson's Game 5 homer, 1984 World Series.

Twins: Kirby Puckett's Game 6 walk-off, 1991 World Series, Oct. 26, 1991
The original "We Will See You Tomorrow Night." Runner-up: Twins win 1987 World Series, their first in Minnesota, Oct. 25, 1987.

Video: Must C Classic: Puckett crushes a walk-off homer

White Sox: White Sox win 2005 World Series, Oct. 26, 2015
A game that was razor-tight, in a series that was much closer than anyone remembers. Runner-up: Scott Podsednik's Game 2 walk-off, Oct. 23, 2015.

AL WEST

Angels: Scott Spiezio's homer, Game 6, 2002 World Series, Oct. 26, 2002
The most Rally Monkey of all the Rally Monkey moments, his three-run clout cued the rally from a 5-0 deficit. Runner-up: Troy Percival gets last out to win 2002 World Series, Oct. 27, 2002.

Astros: Charlie Morton finishes the Dodgers off, 2017 World Series, Nov. 1, 2017
This was so long ago you might not remember it, but trust me, it was wonderful. Runner-up: Chris Burke sends everybody home after 18 innings, 2005 NLDS.

Video: WS2017 Gm7: Morton induces groundout to close out WS

Athletics: Eck closes out the 1989 World Series, October 28, 1989
When in doubt, go with the Hall of Famer closing out a series for an all-time great team. Runner-up: Joe Rudi's amazing catch, World Series Game 2, Oct. 14, 1973.

Mariners: Ken Griffey Jr. slides home to win the 1995 ALDS, Oct. 8, 1995
Basically, everything wonderful about the history of Mariners baseball, happening in one play. Runner-up: Mariners win most recent postseason series, 2001 ALDS over Cleveland.

Video: Griffey slides home to clinch the ALDS in 1995

Rangers: Neftali Feliz sends Texas to its first World Series, 2010 ALCS, Oct. 22, 2010
Over the hated Yankees, no less. Runner-up: Josh Hamilton's 2011 World Series Game 6 homer, which was this close to being one of the greatest baseball moments of recent memory.

NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST

Braves: Only World Series win in Atlanta, Oct. 28, 1995
It still seems amazing that this is the only one they ever got. Runner-up: The Sid Bream Slide, Oct. 14, 1992.

Marlins: Edgar Renteria's walk-off to win 1997 World Series, Oct. 26, 1997
Poor Cleveland. Runner-up: The Bartman play, and all that followed, 2003 NLCS.

Video: WS1997 Gm7: Fish win first WS on Renteria's walk-off

Mets: Mookie Wilson reaches base, Ray Knight scores, Mets win on Bill Buckner's error, Game 6, 1986 World Series, Oct. 25, 1986
A Mets comeback for the ages. Runner-up: Miracle Mets win 1969 World Series.

Video: 1986 World Series, Game 6: Red Sox at Mets

Nationals: Jayson Werth's 2012 NLDS walk-off, Oct. 11, 2012
After this, the Nats lost the series. But for the moment, it was great. Runner-up: Strasburg fans 12 to extend last year's NLDS.

Phillies: Brad Lidge gets the last out of a long game, 2008 World Series, Oct. 27, 2008
It took a couple of days for this game to actually finish, but no Phillies fan would ever complain. Runner-up: Roy Halladay's no-hitter, 2010 NLDS against Cincinnati.

NL CENTRAL

Brewers: Paul Molitor's inside-the-park homer, 1982 ALCS, Oct. 6, 1982
Runner-up: Nyjer Morgan's walk-off over Arizona in 2011 NLDS, particularly when called by Bob Uecker.

Cardinals: David Freese's triple to tie 2011 World Series Game 6, Oct. 27, 2011
The walk-off homer in the 11th gets more air time, but this was truly one of the most insane hits in World Series history. Runner-up: Ozzie Smith's 1985 NLCS homer off Tom Niedenfuer, the "Go Crazy, Folks" moment.

Video: WS2011 Gm6: Freese saves the Cards with a huge triple

Cubs: History in 2016
This was … not a tough call. Runner-up: Kyle Schwarber's shot atop the Wrigley scoreboard, Game 4, 2015 NLDS.

Video: Cubs win first World Series title in 108 years

Pirates: Willie Stargell's homer, 1979 World Series, Game 7, Oct. 17, 1979
And to do it in such beautiful threadsRunner-up: Pirates fans scare Johnny Cueto into dropping the ball, 2013 NL Wild Card Game at PNC Park.

Reds: Big Red Machine wins a Fall Classic for the ages, Oct. 22, 1975
It's only East Coast Bias that makes you think of Carlton Fisk when you think of this series. Runner-up: Reds sweep heavily favored A's in 1990 World Series.

NL WEST

D-backs: Luis Gonzalez off Mariano Rivera, 2001 World Series, Nov. 4, 2001
Ah, the perils of playing the infield in … Runner-up: Tony Womack's hit in 2001 NLDS.

Video: Must C Classic: Gonzalez walks off, wins World Series

Dodgers: Kirk Gibson pulls himself around the bases, 1988 World Series
Runner-up: Juan Uribe's 2013 go-ahead homer in Game 4 NLDS against Atlanta.

Video: Must C Classic: Gibson's 1988 WS walk-off home run

Giants: First World Series win in San Francisco, 2010 World Series, Nov. 1, 2010
Edgar Renteria hit .412 with two homers and six RBIs and the city got its first celebration. Runner-up: Madison Bumgarner's dominance in 2014 World Series.

Padres: Tony Gwynn's bad hop double, 1984 NLCS, Game 5, Oct. 7, 1984
The biggest hit of Gwynn's career was a bizarre one, but it got the job done. Runner-up: Padres finish off Braves to win 1998 NLCS.

Rockies: The Holliday slide, Oct. 1, 2007
He touched the plate … well, eventually. Maybe not technically the postseason either, but it came after Game 162. Runner-up: Rockies sweep D-backs to reach 2007 World Series.

Will Leitch is a columnist for MLB.com.

Orioles moving on from Showalter, Duquette

MLB.com @Britt_Ghiroli

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles are headed in a new direction, as the club officially announced on Wednesday night that neither manager Buck Showalter nor executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette will continue with the organization. The contracts for both men conclude at the end of the month.

In a release, the club also announced plans to hire an executive from outside the organization to replace Duquette. In the interim, director of player development Brian Graham will oversee baseball operations. Graham, vice president of baseball operations Brady Anderson and director of scouting Gary Rajsich currently remain under contract with the club.

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles are headed in a new direction, as the club officially announced on Wednesday night that neither manager Buck Showalter nor executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette will continue with the organization. The contracts for both men conclude at the end of the month.

In a release, the club also announced plans to hire an executive from outside the organization to replace Duquette. In the interim, director of player development Brian Graham will oversee baseball operations. Graham, vice president of baseball operations Brady Anderson and director of scouting Gary Rajsich currently remain under contract with the club.

The partnership of Duquette and Showalter, while often a rocky one, brought the Orioles three postseason trips over a five-year stretch. But things soured quickly after 2016's American League Wild Card loss, and the O's went 47-115 this year, the worst mark in club history.

Showalter arrived first, taking the helm in August of 2010 after the team fired Dave Trembley and promoted Juan Samuel to interim manager. Duquette was hired to replace Andy MacPhail in November of 2011 after nine years away from the game. The new duo led Baltimore to its first non-losing season in 14 years in 2012, as the O's won the AL Wild Card Game against Texas before falling in the Division Series to the Yankees.

Both were extended in 2013, Showalter signing a five-year contract and Duquette extending his contract four years to run concurrent with the manager.

Duquette became known for under-the-radar pickups like pitchers Miguel Gonzalez and a one-year deal for Nelson Cruz, both key components in the 2014 American League East-winning team, and Showalter deftly navigated an impressive bullpen that season.

The O's reached the AL Championship Series that year without All-Stars Manny Machado, Chris Davis or Matt Wieters. Showalter won the 2014 AL Manager of the Year and Duquette took home the Sporting News Executive of the Year Award.

"Everyone in Birdland and across our organization will cherish these memories, and we all join in thanking Dan and Buck for their contributions," team spokesman Greg Bader said in a club statement.

"As we look forward to the next chapter of Orioles baseball, we are grateful for the ongoing support of our fans. While this year has been a challenge, the organization is determined to grow and change in ways that will ultimately lead us back to the postseason."

Showalter brought an air of accountability to a long-beleaguered franchise, though the club's staple -- a standout bullpen and exceptional defense -- waned over the past few years. Many believe that Showalter's slip-up in the Wild Card loss in '16, when he failed to use All-Star closer Zach Britton in a loss in Toronto, was the beginning of his demise.

For Duquette, who entertained a job offer with Toronto prior to the 2015 season, there were missteps as well. Notable is the trade of right-hander Jake Arrieta (with reliever Pedro Strop) to the Chicago Cubs in July 2013. Smaller signings, like outfielder Travis Snider, and the failure to re-sign outfielders Nick Markakis and Cruz after the '14 season, have also loomed large.

Duquette kickstarted the Orioles rebuild this summer, trading Machado, Britton, Kevin Gausman, Jonathan Schoop and Darren O'Day. He spoke of the team's three-year plan at the time and the need to build up analytics and scouting. That will now fall on someone else.

Duquette, whose first GM job was with the Montreal Expos in 1991, spent eight years with the Brewers to start his career. He was with Boston (1994-2002) and is credited with helping to architect some of the Red Sox's World Series winning '04 club.

Showalter finishes 669-684 with the Orioles, a winning percentage of .494. His career record is 1,551-1,517, a .506 winning percentage.

Showalter was the third oldest manager in the Majors, behind the Cubs' Joe Maddon and the Giants' Bruce Bochy. This season was his 20th as a big league manager, including four with the Yankees, three with the D-backs and four with the Rangers. This year's team was his first to lose 100 or more games.

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

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30 top prospects in the AFL -- 1 from each team

MLB.com @JonathanMayo and @JimCallisMLB and @GoldenSombrero

The Arizona Fall League has long been a haven for the best prospects in all of baseball to come together and put the finishing touches on their development on the way to the big leagues. This year is no different, with 15 players from MLB Pipeline's Top 100 prospects list slated to play starting on Tuesday.

Seven clubs are sending their No. 1 prospect to the AFL, and each team is sending an impressive array of up-and-coming talent. Here is a list of the top prospect from each organization that fans can check out in AFL action next week.

The Arizona Fall League has long been a haven for the best prospects in all of baseball to come together and put the finishing touches on their development on the way to the big leagues. This year is no different, with 15 players from MLB Pipeline's Top 100 prospects list slated to play starting on Tuesday.

Seven clubs are sending their No. 1 prospect to the AFL, and each team is sending an impressive array of up-and-coming talent. Here is a list of the top prospect from each organization that fans can check out in AFL action next week.

AL East

Blue Jays: Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B (TOR No. 1; MLB No. 1)
Guerrero, the top prospect in this year's Fall League, batted .381 with 20 homers, 78 RBIs and more walks (42) than strikeouts (38) at 19 this season while ascending to Triple-A. He'll need to improve his defense at the hot corner to avoid a move down the positional spectrum, but it's a generational-type bat capable of shattering records this fall en route to a 2019 big league debut.

Orioles: Ryan McKenna, CF (BAL No. 12)
McKenna, 21, led all Orioles farmhands in average (.315), OBP (.410), hits (148) and runs scored (95) while splitting his season between Class A Advanced Frederick and Double-A Bowie. The 2015 fourth-rounder swung the bat particularly well in the Florida State League, hitting .377/.467/.556 with 97 hits over 67 games, and impressed with his center-field defense at both stops.

Rays: Lucius Fox, SS (TB No. 9)
The speedster Fox performed well in the Florida State League but scuffled during the final month of the season in Double-A after celebrating his 21st birthday. He ultimately posted a .692 OPS with 29 stolen bases across the two levels. In 2017, Fox finished with a .691 OPS and 30 steals.

Red Sox: Michael Chavis, 3B/1B (BOS No. 1; MLB No. 69)
After Chavis ranked third in the Minors with 68 extra-base hits and fifth with 31 homers last year, he missed the first 80 games of 2018 with a suspension for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance during the offseason. When he returned, he batted .298/.391/.538 (mostly in Double-A) to continue to establish himself as one of the best power-hitting prospects in the game. His strong arm is an asset at third base.

Yankees: Estevan Florial, OF (NYY No. 2; MLB No. 45)
Florial played in Fall League a year ago, batting .286/.383/.414 for the Scottsdale Scorpions, and returns after losing half of the 2018 season to a right hamate injury. He has one of the highest ceilings in the league as a potential 30-30 player who can handle center field. Florial has well above-average raw power, speed and arm strength, though he'll have to prove he can make consistent contact at the plate.

2018 Arizona Fall League rosters

AL Central

Indians: Yu Chang, SS (CLE No. 6)
Spending his age-22 season with Triple-A Columbus, Chang produced a .256/.330/.411 line with 13 home runs while playing the bulk of his 127 games as a shortstop. He's improved defensively in every season and committed just nine errors in 94 games at short with Columbus. Now 23, Chang is back in Fall League this year after hitting .304 over 15 games with Mesa in 2017.

Royals: Khalil Lee, OF (KC No. 2)
Though Lee intrigued clubs as a high school left-hander with a low-90s fastball and a promising slider, the Royals preferred him as an outfielder and made him a full-time position player after taking him in 2016's third round. He has a chance to have solid or better tools across the board -- his arm strength is his best attribute -- and displays some of the best patience in Kansas City's system as well as the ability to fit anywhere in the outfield.

Tigers: Daz Cameron, OF (DET No. 8)
When the Tigers got Cameron from the Astros as part of the Justin Verlander trade late last season, he had turned in what looked like a breakout season. He kept it going in his first year with Detroit, playing across three levels and reaching Triple-A at age 21. Cameron was particularly strong during his Double-A stint with a .285/.367/.470 line to go along with 12 steals in 53 games.

Twins: Brent Rooker, OF (MIN No. 7)
After a stunning first summer of pro ball that saw Rooker reach the Florida State League and hit 18 homers in 62 games, any encore was bound to seem like a disappointment. Yes, the strikeout rate (26.4 pct) was a bit high, but he spent his first full season in Double-A and led the system in homers (22) and finished third in RBIs (79).

White Sox: Luis Robert, OF (CWS No. 4; MLB No. 44)
Shortly before international signing rules drastically changed, the White Sox spent $52 million ($26 million bonus, matching amount as a penalty for exceeding their bonus pool) in May 2017 to land Robert. Damaged ligaments in his left thumb limited him to 50 games this summer, but Robert's five-tool potential was obvious. He has electric bat speed, well above-average foot speed and the range and arm strength to play anywhere in the outfield.

AL West

A's: Eli White, INF (OAK No. 18)
White is coming off the season of his career as he hit .308/.388/.450 over 130 games with Double-A Midland. The 24-year-old, an 11th-round pick from the 2016 Draft, came up as a shortstop but added second and third base to his resume this season. In addition to the defensive versatility, White also showed some increased power this season as he hit nine homers, more than double his previous career high of four.

Angels: Jahmai Jones, OF (LAA No. 4)
Things didn't exactly go according to plan for Jones in his third full season of pro ball, as he saw his batting average and OPS drop considerably from 2017. On the plus side, his walk rate did go up, and he reached double digits in home runs (10) and steals (24) while reaching Double-A before his 21st birthday. Jones did all that while making the transition from the outfield to second base.

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Astros: Forrest Whitley, RHP (HOU No. 2; MLB No. 8)
MLBPipeline's highest-rated pitching prospect, Whitley worked just 26 1/3 innings this season because of a 50-game suspension for violating the Minor League drug program and oblique and lat injuries. When he did take the mound, Whitley continued to show the ability to miss bats with four pitches: a lively mid-90s fastball, a 12-to-6 curveball, a power slider and a fading changeup.

Mariners: Evan White, 1B (SEA No. 2)
The Mariners' 2017 first-rounder was a force during the second half as he slashed .320/.400/.512 with eight home runs, 16 doubles and 40 RBIs over his final 64 games in the California League. He's yet to hit for much power, but there's a lot to like in White's ability to hit for average and get on base in addition to his near-elite defense at first base.

Rangers: Julio Pablo Martinez, OF (TEX No. 2; MLB No. 56)
When the Rangers failed to sign Shohei Ohtani, they used their surplus international bonus pool money to sign Martinez for $2.8 million in March. He's a well above-average runner who plays a fine center field, and he has more power than a typical 174-pounder thanks to his bat speed and strong hands and wrists. Unlike most Fall League players, Martinez has yet to play in a full-season league after spending most of his pro debut at short-season Spokane.

NL East

Braves: Cristian Pache, OF (ATL No. 6; MLB No. 68)
After taking a big step forward offensively in the Florida State League (.285/.311/.431), Pache earned a promotion to Double-A at age 19 in August. He held his own, especially at the outset, but finished the season 1-for-22. One of the best defensive outfield prospects in the game, a stint in Fall League will help Pache hit the ground running back in Double-A in 2018.

Marlins: Monte Harrison, OF (MIA No. 1)
The tooled-up Harrison improved his stock as much as any player in last year's Fall League, showing a power-speed combo that ultimately led to him being acquired from the Brewers in the offseason Christian Yelich trade. It was on display again in the 22-year-old's first Double-A campaign, as Harrison totaled 19 homers and 28 steals but also struck out in 36.9 percent of his plate appearances.

Mets: Andres Gimenez, SS (NYM No. 1; MLB No. 55)
The Mets don't shy away from pushing their young players aggressively, and Gimenez has responded, reaching Double-A before he turned 20 and putting up his best offensive numbers (.281/.347/.409) stateside. The 2018 Futures Gamer is a tremendous defender at a premium position, and while he likely will never have a ton of pop, he's starting to grow into more extra-base thump at the plate.

Nationals: Carter Kieboom, SS (WAS No. 2; MLB No. 39)
Keiboom was plagued by injuries during his first full season but put it all together this year to reach the Double-A level at age 20. Playing in 123 games across two levels, the 2016 first-round pick hit .280/.357/.444 with 16 home runs and 31 doubles.

Phillies: Arquimedes Gamboa, SS (PHI No. 11; MLB No. 21)
The Phillies have pushed Gamboa aggressively since signing him for $900,000 out of Venezuela in 2014, sending him to high Class A as a 20-year-old this season. Though he batted just .214/.304/.279, he's still a quality defender with good patience and promising power potential for a middle infielder.

NL Central

Brewers: Keston Hiura, 2B (MIL No. 1; MLB No. 30)
The best pure hitter in the 2017 Draft lived up to his reputation in his first full season by hitting .291 with 13 homers and 33 doubles while reaching Double-A in his first full season. The Brewers already have the 22-year-old second baseman on the fast track to the Major Leagues, and the hope is that he'll get a jumpstart on the 2019 season with a productive campaign in Fall League. Hiura also stands to benefit from additional work at second base after lingering issues with his throwing elbow limited him to DH duties for the first month-plus this season.

Cardinals: Conner Greene, RHP (STL No. 27)
In his first season with the Cardinals after coming over from the Blue Jays in the Randal Grichuk trade, Greene was so-so as a starter in Double-A. He improved somewhat with a move to the bullpen and a bump up to Triple-A and has the power repertoire to excel in that role. Greene'll continue to work on the transition to relief in Fall League while hoping to improve his command (6.4 BB/9 in 2018).

Cubs: Nico Hoerner, SS (CHC No. 6)
The Cubs' first-round pick (24th overall) in June, Hoerner is the top 2018 Draft pick playing in Arizona. Though he played just 14 games in his pro debut before straining ligaments in his left elbow while diving for a ball, that was long enough to show why scouts considered him one of the best offensive-minded middle infielders available. Hoerner has exceptional hand-eye coordination, an advanced approach and developing power.

Pirates: Cole Tucker, SS (PIT No. 5)
A broken thumb kept Tucker, an Arizona native, from attending Fall League a year ago, but now he's ready to go. The tall and athletic shortstop tied for the system lead in stolen bases with 35, his third year of 25 or more steals. Tucker was swinging a hot bat at the end of the season, including hitting a pair of playoff homers for Double-A Altoona.

Reds: Taylor Trammell, OF (CIN No. 3; MLB No. 17)
The Futures Game MVP has all the tools needed to be an elite-level player and finished third in the organization with 25 steals despite missing some time with a concussion in August. Trammell has an advanced approach at the plate (career .372 OBP) and is still learning to tap into his power. The 21-year-old could see time in all three outfield spots this fall.

NL West

D-backs: Jon Duplantier, RHP (ARI No. 1; MLB No. 80)
Durability concerns coming out of Rice forced Duplantier down to the third round of the 2016 Draft, but he answered those questions with a huge first full season across two levels and a trip to the Futures Game. While he pitched well in 2018, biceps tendinitis forced him out for nearly two months, so the right-hander is making up for lost innings in Fall League.

Dodgers: Keibert Ruiz, C (LAD No. 2; MLB No. 39)
One of the game's best catching prospects, Ruiz held his own offensively this year as the second-youngest regular (age 19 for most of the season) in the Double-A Texas League. He's a switch-hitter with advanced feel for the barrel and developing power, with most of his home runs coming as a left-hander. Ruiz is improving defensively and could become a solid receiver with arm strength to match.

Giants: Heath Quinn, OF (SF No. 10)
The second-highest pick (third round) in Samford history behind only Phil Ervin, Quinn has a similar offensive profile but has had difficulty staying healthy in pro ball. Hamate and shoulder injuries affected his first full pro season, while a hamstring strain sidelined him for a month in 2018. He drives the ball to all fields and has deceptive athleticism for a 6-foot-3, 220-pounder, showing solid speed once he gets going.

Padres: Buddy Reed, OF (SD No. 13)
The 2016 second-rounder struggled in his first pro season but rebounded in 2018 to hit .271 with 48 extra-base hits and 51 steals in 122 games between two levels including Double-A. The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder boasts some of the best tools in this year's Fall League, though questions remain about his hitting ability.

Rockies: Sam Hilliard, OF (COL No. 9)
First drafted by the Twins as a left-handed pitcher out of Crowder (Mo.) JC in 2014, Hilliard signed as an outfielder after a year at Wichita State in 2015. He's still somewhat raw at the plate, but Rockies officials once likened him to Larry Walker because he's a tooled-up right fielder who bats from the left side. Hilliard has plus raw power, speed and arm strength, giving him 20-20 potential and the ability to play anywhere in the outfield.

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Orioles instructs shows farm system on the rise

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The Baltimore Orioles' farm system is on the rise again after a midseason talent infusion made possible by a strong Draft and a host of notable July trades.

For that reason, this year's fall instructional league is the first opportunity for club officials to work hands-on with many of organization's new players.

The Baltimore Orioles' farm system is on the rise again after a midseason talent infusion made possible by a strong Draft and a host of notable July trades.

For that reason, this year's fall instructional league is the first opportunity for club officials to work hands-on with many of organization's new players.

Instructional league rosters

On top of normal instructional league camp, the Orioles held a fall strength and conditioning class for 18 players as well as a special hitting camp for eight select hitters, including some relatively new to the organization.

"We've learned that when a hitter doesn't have to compete in a game -- when he doesn't have to take the adjustments directly into a game -- he's much more willing to make adjustments and to try different things," said Orioles director of player development Brian Graham.

"So each day those guys showed up and were in a separate camp where all they did was hit, watch video, do drills, track balls live," he added.

Cadyn Grenier, the Orioles' No. 9 prospect, was part of that group in his first fall league after hitting .216/.297/.333 in 43 games with Class A Delmarva during his pro debut.

"I think there was so much emphasis with him on making contact that he'd swing early in the count and there'd be too much panic to his swing," said Graham about Grenier, whom Baltimore signed for $1.8 million after selecting him with the No. 37 overall pick in June.

"He's really developed a solid foundation to hit," continued Graham, "and now that he has better foundation and better balance, he can use the whole field to hit and not panic. He's developing confidence."

Though plus defense at shortstop likely will always be Grenier's calling card, Graham and the Orioles are increasingly confident that they will develop a player capable of impacting the game on both sides of the ball.

"We know there's speculation about whether he'll hit, but this kid's going to hit. He's going to be an offensive player and a defensive player," said Graham.

Rylan Bannon, one of the five players Baltimore acquired from the Dodgers in the Manny Machado blockbuster, also has made strides in the Orioles' fall hitting camp.

"When you have the ability to see your swing on video every single day and notice the adjustments, you can really develop a feel for what you're doing. You can make some changes and adjustments and feel good about it, and that's what Bannon's done," Graham said about the Orioles' No. 21 prospect.

An eighth-round pick in the 2017 Draft, Bannon spent much of his first full season at Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga and then advanced to Double-A Bowie following the July trade. Altogether, the 22-year-old third baseman hit .275/.389/.507 with 22 home runs between the two stops.

"It's unique and there's a lot of moving parts," said Graham about the 5-foot-10, 180-pounder's right-handed swing.

"He still has a high leg kick and a lot of movement forward when he hits, but it's controlled movement, and the bat comes into the hitting zone. He's really done well."

Perhaps no Orioles hitting prospect surprised and impressed more in 2018 than Adam Hall, who excelled with Class A Short Season Aberdeen after beginning the year in extended spring training. This fall, meanwhile, Hall is participating in his second straight instructional league.

"Our infield coordinator Dave Anderson and hitting coordinator Jeff Manto deserve a lot of credit because they did a great job with this kid. They spent a lot of time with him and gained his trust, and Adam responded really playing well.

Hall, No. 26 on Baltimore's Top 30, was named the organization's Player of the Month for August after he compiled a 19-game hitting streak while slashing .390/.462/.524 with 15 steals. Overall, the 19-year-old shortstop produced a .293/.368/.374 line with 65 hits and 22 steals over 62 games in the New York-Penn League.

"He did everything: played good defense, showed an average-to-plus arm, swung the bat really well while hitting the ball to all directions and stole bases," said Graham about the 2017 second-rounder.

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.

Showalter's most memorable O's moments

It's the end of an era. According to sources, Buck Showalter's reign as the king (OK, fine, manager) of the Orioles is at an end. You know what will never end? The memories he left behind. Let's look back at some of our favorite Showalter moments from his time in the Orioles dugout.

O's honor Jones, shut down Astros in finale win

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BALTIMORE -- At 3:03 p.m. ET on Sunday, Adam Jones emerged, running out of the home dugout at Camden Yards full speed -- like he has for the past 11 years -- and headed toward center field. It was only when he approached second base that he realized he was all alone. With his walk-up music blaring and fans on their feet, Jones spun around and faced the crowd, relishing the moment. Teammates hovered, the umpire crew doffed their caps and even the Astros' dugout joined in the applause as the 33-year-old, the face of the franchise and the O's return to prominence, got his salute.

The ovations, of course, didn't stop there. Every time Jones strode to the plate in the Orioles' season-ending 4-0 win over the Astros, it was a moment that stood still. Astros starter Charlie Morton gave Jones his own tribute, staying off the mound for several minutes in the first inning as the veteran dug in to an eruption that only ended when the first pitch landed in Houston catcher Max Stassi's glove.

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BALTIMORE -- At 3:03 p.m. ET on Sunday, Adam Jones emerged, running out of the home dugout at Camden Yards full speed -- like he has for the past 11 years -- and headed toward center field. It was only when he approached second base that he realized he was all alone. With his walk-up music blaring and fans on their feet, Jones spun around and faced the crowd, relishing the moment. Teammates hovered, the umpire crew doffed their caps and even the Astros' dugout joined in the applause as the 33-year-old, the face of the franchise and the O's return to prominence, got his salute.

The ovations, of course, didn't stop there. Every time Jones strode to the plate in the Orioles' season-ending 4-0 win over the Astros, it was a moment that stood still. Astros starter Charlie Morton gave Jones his own tribute, staying off the mound for several minutes in the first inning as the veteran dug in to an eruption that only ended when the first pitch landed in Houston catcher Max Stassi's glove.

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"A lot of people talk about putting on a moment," said Orioles manager Buck Showalter, who was visibly choked up talking about Jones. "Some of them are put together by good music and things that create some environment. Here in Baltimore, it's put on by people, by the emotion and the deep love they have for Adam."

Video: HOU@BAL: Showalter on shutout win in season finale

A free agent at season's end, Jones played one inning in center field before moving to right and went hitless in four at-bats. He was replaced in the top of the ninth to the loudest roar of the day. The typically stoic veteran tipped his cap to the crowd several times -- each causing the crowd noise to tick up a decibel -- hugging replacement Joey Rickard and Astros first-base coach Alex Cintron on his way to a line of teammates and coaches awaiting an embrace.

"Lot of years here, lot of games, lot of blood, sweat and tears," Jones said. "I greatly appreciate it from the fans' standpoint, my teammates for sending me out there on the island all by myself [to start the game]. Buck for letting me get an inning in center field, where I started. It's been a cool weekend. Very appreciative and humbled that people care."

Video: HOU@BAL: Mancini lines an RBI single to take the lead

Indeed, it is the end of an era in Baltimore baseball -- one that could also include the end of Showalter's tenure -- and it was a welcome respite in the long, emotionally charged season that the O's wrapped it up with a win.

"That was some hard timing," Showalter said of giving Jones a proper sendoff. "Had to tell all the eight guys not to go out with him, to make sure Joey knew when to go out, and I had to tell the umpires. It's about doing what's right for Adam. OK, and really for Baltimore. So it was pretty easy."

Jones -- the heartbeat of past winning clubs and a consummate teammate -- was honored as Most Valuable Oriole prior to the game and was picked up on offense by his teammates. Baltimore held Houston to one hit and scored four runs in the fourth to record its first win over the Astros this season and end 2018 with a 47-115 record.

Video: HOU@BAL: Beckham rips an RBI double down the line

"To be a part of it was pretty special," said Orioles starter Jimmy Yacabonis, who pitched four scoreless innings, of watching Jones' farewell.

Showalter -- who, like Jones, has an expiring contract -- was harder to pay tribute to. He came out of the dugout once, to contest a hit-by-pitch in the third inning, and the fans got to their feet to try to give him an ovation before he quickly ducked back to the bench.

Asked if he noticed the crowd, Showalter blinked back tears and said, "What do you think?"

Video: HOU@BAL: Yacabonis fans Bregman to end the 1st

What did it mean to the O's skipper, who brought back respect and helped turn the tide that saw three postseason trips in five years?

"I'm not going to go there," Showalter said. "Thanks. You know how much it means to me."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
The Orioles used RBI doubles from Tim Beckham and Renato Nunez to build on the lead with Trey Mancini's single getting the scoring going. DJ Stewart capped the rally by stealing second base, then scoring on a throwing error by Stassi.

It was all Baltimore would need, as the pitching staff combined on a one-hitter to keep Houston off the scoreboard.

Video: HOU@BAL: Nunez rips an RBI double into the corner

YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
"Thank you Cap10!" signs floated around Camden Yards for Jones on Sunday. The outfielder spent time before the game taking a lap around the ballpark and handing out balls and bats to fans as tokens of appreciation.

"Well, I got too much stuff in here, didn't want to take it with me," Jones said. "Might as well give some people some balls."

Video: HOU@BAL: Jones hands out signed bats to Orioles fans

HE SAID IT
"I'm going into this really excited, because I've never been flirted with. So I want to see who I can flirt with." -- Jones, on hitting free agency for the first time

Video: HOU@BAL: Jones, Showalter, Mancini on end of season

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

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2019 Draft order set: O's have No. 1 pick

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Unlike in 2017, when the race for the No. 1 overall pick in the next year's Draft came down to a walk-off homer on the final day of the season, there was no such drama this summer. The Orioles, whose 115 losses were the fourth-most in modern big league history, clinched the top choice in 2019 with nine games remaining.

Baltimore owned the first selection only once in the previous 54 Drafts, choosing Ben McDonald in 1989. The Orioles haven't had a top-five pick since having six straight from 2007-12, when they grabbed Matt Wieters (fifth in 2007), Brian Matusz (fourth in 2008), Matt Hobgood (fifth in 2009), Manny Machado (third in 2010), Dylan Bundy (fourth in 2011) and Kevin Gausman (fourth in 2012).

Unlike in 2017, when the race for the No. 1 overall pick in the next year's Draft came down to a walk-off homer on the final day of the season, there was no such drama this summer. The Orioles, whose 115 losses were the fourth-most in modern big league history, clinched the top choice in 2019 with nine games remaining.

Baltimore owned the first selection only once in the previous 54 Drafts, choosing Ben McDonald in 1989. The Orioles haven't had a top-five pick since having six straight from 2007-12, when they grabbed Matt Wieters (fifth in 2007), Brian Matusz (fourth in 2008), Matt Hobgood (fifth in 2009), Manny Machado (third in 2010), Dylan Bundy (fourth in 2011) and Kevin Gausman (fourth in 2012).

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Assigned pick values rise each year based on MLB's revenue growth, so Baltimore will be allocated more than the $8,096,300 assigned to the No. 1 pick in 2018. The Tigers, who gained that choice when Pablo Sandoval's ninth-inning homer in the Giants' last game of 2017 dropped San Francisco to the No. 2 slot, signed Casey Mize for $7.5 million, setting a record for the Draft's bonus-pool era. Mize's bonus tied those of Bubba Starling and Stephen Strasburg for the second-highest in Draft history, trailing only Gerrit Cole's $8 million.

Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman, the Most Outstanding Player at the 2018 College World Series, and Colleyville (Texas) Heritage High shortstop Bobby Witt Jr., the son of the 16-year big leaguer and No. 3 overall selection in the 1985 Draft, are the leading candidates to go No. 1 overall at this point.

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Like the Orioles, the Royals locked up the second choice well before season's end, securing it when they suffered their 102nd loss last Saturday. Kansas City has picked that high three times before, taking Alex Gordon at No. 2 in 2005, Luke Hochevar at No. 1 in 2006 and Mike Moustakas at No. 2 in 2007.

The White Sox (No. 3 overall), Marlins (No. 4) and Tigers (No. 5) round out the first five selections. Detroit, which took Mize at No. 1, and Chicago, which popped Nick Madrigal at No. 4, had top-five choices this year. Miami hasn't picked that early since 2014, when it used the No. 2 choice on Tyler Kolek.

Three teams have multiple first-round selections because they received compensation choices when they couldn't sign 2018 first-rounders. The Braves pick ninth and 21st, the D-backs 16th and 26th, and the Dodgers either 23rd or 25th along with 31st.

Because each team's highest first-round pick is exempt from forfeiture, the only way the first-round order could change would be if a team that doesn't receive revenue sharing and exceeded the luxury tax this season has two first-round picks and signs a free agent who rejects a qualifying offer, in which case it would lose its second-highest first-rounder.

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2019 First-Round Draft Order
Draft order is based on the reverse order of 2018 regular-season standings, with 2017 records used to break ties.

1. Orioles (47-115)
2. Royals (58-104)
3. White Sox (62-100)
4. Marlins (63-98)
5. Tigers (64-98)
6. Padres (66-96)
7. Reds (67-95)
8. Rangers (67-95)
9. Braves (compensation for unsigned 2018 first-rounder Carter Stewart)
10. Giants (73-89)
11. Blue Jays (73-89)
12. Mets (77-85)
13. Twins (78-84)
14. Phillies (80-82)
15. Angels (80-82)
16. D-backs (82-80)
17. Nationals (82-80)
18. Pirates (82-79)
19. Cardinals (88-74)
20. Mariners (89-73)
21. Braves (90-72)
22. Rays (90-72)
23. Rockies (91-72)
24. Indians (91-71)
25. Dodgers (92-71)
26. D-backs (compensation for unsigned 2018 first-rounder Matt McLain)
27. Cubs (95-68)
28. Brewers (96-67)
29. Athletics (97-65)
30. Yankees (100-62)
31. Dodgers (compensation for unsigned 2018 first-rounder J.T. Ginn)
32. Astros (103-59)
33. Red Sox (108-54)

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Jones has left lasting impact on O's, Baltimore

Future is uncertain for longtime center fielder, but legacy is clear to teammates and family
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BALTIMORE -- In the winter of 2010, years before he was signed to a contract extension, Adam Jones reached out to fans on Twitter. Not yet making the kind of money that later enabled him to renovate three Boys & Girls clubs and build a computer center, the center fielder simply wanted some addresses.

Jones, vacationing with a teammate in Europe at the time, then picked a half-dozen fans to whom he sent postcards from some of his favorite stops. It was, he figured, an easy way to brighten someone's day. Eight years later, you'd be hard-pressed to find an Orioles fan who doesn't appreciate Jones for what's he brought to the field and the remarkable impact he's had off it.

BALTIMORE -- In the winter of 2010, years before he was signed to a contract extension, Adam Jones reached out to fans on Twitter. Not yet making the kind of money that later enabled him to renovate three Boys & Girls clubs and build a computer center, the center fielder simply wanted some addresses.

Jones, vacationing with a teammate in Europe at the time, then picked a half-dozen fans to whom he sent postcards from some of his favorite stops. It was, he figured, an easy way to brighten someone's day. Eight years later, you'd be hard-pressed to find an Orioles fan who doesn't appreciate Jones for what's he brought to the field and the remarkable impact he's had off it.

"He knows what he wants in life. He wants to take care of everybody," said former O's teammate Quintin Berry, who grew up with Jones in San Diego and remains his best friend. "He always wanted to take care of people, always wanted to help out. He's like that with his teammates. He's like that with his community. Some guys, success changes them. He's never changed."

Jones, named the Orioles Heart & Hustle recipient earlier this season, will be honored in Sunday's season finale as the club's Most Valuable Oriole. Despite a down offensive year for the 33-year-old on a team ravaged by trades and in the thick of a rebuild, one can't overlook what Jones has accomplished in his tenure.

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He ranks fifth in Orioles history in home runs, behind a formidable quartet: Cal Ripken Jr., Eddie Murray, Boog Powell and Brooks Robinson. Last year, Jones posted a club-record seventh consecutive 25-plus-home run season.

Jones is one of just five American League center fielders to hit the 250-homer mark while at the position and ranks tied for second in Orioles history with 93 outfield assists. This spring, he made his 11th straight Opening Day start in center field, becoming the first player to do that in one uniform since one of Jones' idols, Ken Griffey Jr. (1989-99 with Seattle).

"He reminded me of Eddie and Cal," said former head athletic trainer Richie Bancells, who retired last year after spending more than four decades in the organization, including during Ripken's infamous Iron Man streak. "I know those are big names, but I think the numbers over the years have proven that.

Video: NYM@BAL: Jones homers, gives gloves to young fan

"He's always reminded me of an old-school guy. I said this to him at one point. I hope when his boys are old enough I get a chance to sit with them and tell them what kind of player their dad was. I mean that, because of how highly I think of him as a player and a person."

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Jones is a free agent at season's end, and his waning days with Baltimore have hardly been a fond farewell tour. After refusing a trade to the Phillies at the Deadline, Jones exercised his 10-and-5 rights to finish out his contract. At first, he cited not wanting to uproot his family. Later, he admitted playing time was also a factor.

Depending on who you talk to -- both camps have separate opinions -- Jones also nixed the possibility of going to the Yankees before they landed Andrew McCutchen. Baltimore, which already had dealt Manny Machado, Zach Britton, Brad Brach, Kevin Gausman, Jonathan Schoop and Darren O'Day, was hoping to shed the remainder of Jones' salary and perhaps get a prospect in return.

Once it became clear he wouldn't relent, the organization called up prospect Cedric Mullins and moved Jones -- whose defensive metrics have dwindled in recent seasons -- to right field. In September, they started sitting him sporadically to look at some of their younger players, including 28-year-old John Andreoli and Joey Rickard, a 27-year-old who has been up and down for three years. In mid-September, they added outfield prospect and former first-round pick DJ Stewart to that mix.

Video: BOS@BAL: Jones helps Mullins lead O's out of dugout

Initially, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he was being "careful" physically with Jones, though admitted later there were other things at play. 

"I'm not going to tell you that's the complete reason," Showalter said before the O's series opener in St. Petersburg in early September. "It's really a lesser one. We've got some people we want to see play."

Jones, who will finish the year with a substantial drop in his RBI and home run totals, didn't play the entire three-game series at Tropicana Field. 

"He feels as good physically as he has in a long time. I think that bodes well for him. He and our training staff have done a good job of picking the days off for him," Showalter said of sitting the veteran. "That doesn't have anything to do with today's subject matter.

"I talked to Adam. He knows what's going on. It's been a while since he's missed some games being healthy, so it's a little different territory for him, but I think he understands what's going on."

Watching Jones' playing time shrink has rubbed some former teammates the wrong way.

"The way they are treating a guy who has not only been a leader, but has had an impact the way he has, is disrespectful," said Machado, who was shipped to the Dodgers in July. "I've seen first-hand the past seven years the way he's given so much, day in, day out, the grind that he's had. He's been a very impactful person in the city and in the clubhouse. Seeing what they are doing is kind of sad.

"Sometimes you have to give respect to guys who leave it all out on and off the field and give you their all. Sometimes you have to give guys the respect they deserve, and that guy is named Adam Jones."

Video: HOU@BAL: Jones lays out to make a great diving grab

"The city has always appreciated him," Berry said. "There are things that have happened this year that prove that people forget quickly. People start taking you for granted when things change. I know Baltimore is doing a rebuild now, but it's almost like he's getting lost in the shuffle."

Jones has said he has no control over when he plays and has maintained a positive attitude in interviews. Still, it's hard to envision the 33-year-old privately not feeling hurt by an organization he chose to sign with to the tune of $85.5 million in 2012.

"It's an unfortunate situation over there with what he's going through, especially with what he's done for that team and that organization," said right fielder Nick Markakis, who had his own disappointing farewell, signing with the Braves as a free agent in '15 after the Orioles had concerns about whether he'd physically hold up.

"You hate to see what is happening, but Adam is the type of person who can deal with it. He's mentally strong, and he's a pro in every way with the way he handles himself. In the long run, I think he'll be fine, and it will work out for him."

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Since he was acquired prior to the 2008 season in a trade with the Mariners for Erik Bedard, Jones has been an everyday presence. He and Markakis became synonymous with hard work. Call it friendly competition or a return to the old Oriole Way. Neither guy wanted to ever take a day off and incur the wrath of the other about being soft.

Video: Orioles win three Gold Gloves in 2014

By the time Jones signed the six-year deal during the 2012 season -- the biggest contract in club history at the time -- it was as much about his character as his numbers. He played 162 games that season, followed by 160 and 159. It was no surprise that Markakis, who suffered a season-ending injury on a CC Sabathia pitch in '12, played in 160 and 155 the next two seasons.

"He's a player that plays injured and plays every day," Markakis said. "He plays just as hard as anybody in the big leagues. His track record shows that. That's why he is the person he is today."

The pair, along with shortstop J.J. Hardy, became the core of a hard-nosed '14 team that cruised to an American League East title despite missing All-Stars Machado, Matt Wieters and Chris Davis.

Video: TOR@BAL: Jones shares pies with fans after clinching

"I believe in '14 we wouldn't have had the year we had without him in the clubhouse and on the field," said Cardinals reliever Bud Norris, who had a career-high 15 wins as a starter for the O's that season. "He got more out of me in Baltimore than I expected to get out of myself. It came from him pushing me and never settling. That's the kind of guy we needed."

Norris, who will see Jones at his bachelor party and wedding this offseason, calls the outfielder the best teammate he's ever had. And the more people you talk to, the more you realize he's not alone in that sentiment.

"I wouldn't have rather spent those eight years in the same uniform with anybody else," said Markakis, who remains close to Jones. "It says a lot about him, the kind of teammate and person he is."

"He was a person that you could look up to," Machado added. "Seeing what he did he made me want to be a better player."

Seeing how Jones went about his business had a similar effect.

"He's so consistent," said Yankees reliever and former Oriole closer Zach Britton. "Always had your back. You didn't hear him bad-mouthing another teammate after an error or mistake."

Effort is the only hot button for Jones, who was told countless times by Bancells to ease up sometimes or he'd hurt himself. Did the outfielder really need to run full bore and jump up, spikes into the wall, on a ball that sailed 20 rows deep into the seats?

"Adam's always on. OK? He doesn't have an off button," said manager Buck Showalter, who is still in awe of the pitch-perfect impression Jones did of the O's skipper at his wedding.

"Not many people can make me laugh during a game. He can make me laugh during a game."

Tweet from @Cut4: "The Buck Showalter" - Adam Jones, 2015, Baseball Player: pic.twitter.com/ls24xq1nBz

Jones, who is never shy about giving a teammate a pie to the face -- a tradition that has since ended -- loves to talk trash and has been the class clown since high school, when he and Berry would get in trouble for hiding in the snack bar. He brings in donuts for the clubhouse, is a standout in the team talent show and once filled out an entire Orioles lineup card with members of the media.

"He's the face of that franchise right now. I'm not sure who takes over that role," Britton said. "You always have to have someone the fan base can relate to. Adam is definitely that guy."

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Never afraid to speak his mind, Jones has often found himself embroiled in the national spotlight. He took to Twitter in 2013 when a banana was thrown at him in San Francisco and when he was mistaken and briefly detained by Toronto customs in a case of mistaken identity. He also spoke out last year after he was the target of racial epithets at Fenway Park.

Video: Jones on treatment from Red Sox fans at Fenway

And when Baltimore was dealing with civil unrest in '15 over Freddie Gray's death, Jones -- knowing the weight of his words -- didn't hesitate to get behind the microphone, urging the city to heal.

"People appreciate me showing up to work every day, Jones said, "And in a city like Baltimore, a place where fans don't like excuses, fans just want to you to show up to work and [shut up] and play the game hard. That's what I've done. Not [shut up], but play the game hard."

Jones, who met his wife, Audie, in Baltimore, is planning his sixth annual tailgate that benefits the Boys & Girls club (he's an alumni of the San Diego branch). Earlier this year, he gave $8,500 to the Mamie Johnson Little League team. And on Saturday, he and Audie, in partnership with the Orioles Charitable Foundation, presented a check for $150,000 to several local non-profits.

Instagram from @simplyaj10: Just a few of local Baltimore places that the Jones' have touched. There are more so sorry for not putting them on the shirt but you know you're on my mind and heart. #playersweekend

Never ones to just write a check, the Jones family visited every charity, meeting the kids and finding out exactly where the money would go.

"It's the right thing to [do]: show kids, especially the areas you come from ... to show those kinds of kids that, look, anybody can make it," Jones said. "That's all I'm trying to do, is just show these kids that there's a way. You work your tail off. There's an outlet and there are people who support you."

If Jones' time between the lines at Camden Yards is truly through after Sunday, don't expect a lot of outward emotion from No. 10. He's heard the ovations, and he's appreciated them. And then, like he's done thousands of times before, he puts his head down, digs in and gets to work.

"I know it means a lot to him. How could it not?" Audie Jones said of the home crowd's support this final weekend. "It is kind of sad for everyone. Who knows what will happen next year, but it's weird, coming to a close, being here for 11 years. ... It's bittersweet, I guess."

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

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Wilkerson collects three hits in Fall League

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Here's a team-by-team breakdown of how all 30 teams' prospects fared in Arizona Fall League action on Wednesday:

AL East

Here's a team-by-team breakdown of how all 30 teams' prospects fared in Arizona Fall League action on Wednesday:

AL East

Blue Jays
MLB's No. 1 overall prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. continued his hot start with two more doubles in a 3-for-4 effort. Guerrero Jr. has been on fire to start the AFL and is 6-for-9 through two games. Santiago Espinal (No. 22) went 0-for-5 at the plate. More »

2018 Arizona Fall League rosters

Orioles
Steve Wilkerson and Ryan McKenna combined to reach base six times and scored three runs in Glendale's loss against Peoria. Wilkerson was 3-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI out of the leadoff spot, while McKenna, Baltimore's No. 12 prospect, finished 1-for-2 with a triple, two walks and two runs scored from the bottom of the order.

Rays
Rays No. 30 Ryan Boldt scored a run as a part of a 1-for-4 performance for Peoria, while left-hander Dalton Moats fired two perfect frames with two strikeouts out of the bullpen.

Red Sox
Bobby Dalbec, the Red Sox No. 6 prospect, went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts. Josh Ockimey (No. 10) reached base with a walk, but otherwise went 0-for-3 with a trio of strikeouts. Teddy Stankiewicz got the start for Mesa, but the outing didn't go as he would have liked. The right-hander gave up three runs over two innings.

Yankees
Estevan Florial and Thairo Estrada, the Yankees' Nos. 2 and 16 prospects, respectively, each recorded a single and an RBI in Glendale's loss against Peoria. Florial, MLB Pipeline's No. 45 overall prospect, also picked up an outfield assist when he threw out Buddy Reed at the plate from left field.

AL Central

Indians
Indians No. 6 prospect Yu Chang went 1-for-4 in his 2018 AFL debut after hitting .304 over 15 games with Mesa a year ago. Outfielder Connor Marabell was one of two Glendale batters to finish with multiple hits, going 2-for-5. Pitching in relief, left-hander Rob Kaminsky allowed one earned run on two hits and struck out pair.

Royals
Nick Heath, hitting atop the Surprise lineup, went 3-for-6 with three stolen bases and three runs scored. Arnaldo Jose Hernandez cruised through 1 2/3 innings on the mound and struck out a pair. Walker Sheller was equally effective on the mound as he closed the game with a scoreless inning.

Tigers
Daz Cameron, the Tigers' No. 8 prospect, went 1-for-5 at the plate for Mesa. Daniel Woodrow, a 23-year-old outfielder also had a tough night at the plate going 0-for-4.

Twins
Twins No. 18 prospect Travis Blankenhorn turned in an 0-for-4 performance while Jaylin Davis went 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Devin Smeltzer gave up three hits in his two innings on the mound, but was able to keep those runners from scoring.

White Sox
White Sox No. 4 prospect Luis Robert (No. 44 overall) was 1-for-5 with a strikeout for Glendale after a 1-for-4 showing in his AFL debut on Tuesday.

AL West

A's
A's No. 18 prospect Eli White had a nice night at the plate as he finished 2-for-4 with a double and a stolen base. Skye Bolt (No. 30) also had a nice night at the plate. He also went 2-for-4, but did so with a two-run homer. Angel Duno got roughed up on the mound as he gave up four runs in just 2/3 of an inning. Conversely, Jake Bray didn't yield a run or a hit and picked up a pair of strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings. Sam Sheehan also tossed 1 1/3 frames and gave up one run on five walks.

Angels
Angels No. 4 prospect Jahmai Jones remains hitless in the AFL, but he did score a run and has tallied three through the first two games. Third baseman Roberto Baldoquin also scored a run, while going 0-for-2 at the plate. On the mound, Daniel Procopio gave up two runs on two hits in two innings of work.

Astros
Abraham Toro-Hernandez, the Astros No. 21 prospect, came through with an RBI single in the first inning and also drew two walks as part of a 1-for-3 night. Ronnie Dawson came up big for Scottsdale as he hit a pair of doubles and drove in as many runs. Dawson also added a single and finished 3-for-5.

Mariners
Evan White, Seattle's No. 2 prospect, notched two singles from the three spot in Peoria's lineup. He also scored a run in the contest before finishing 2-for-5. Catcher Joe DeCarlo was 1-for-4 with an RBI and a walk.

Rangers
Rangers No. 2 prospect Julio Pablo Martinez went 1-for-5, while Yanio Perez did the bulk of the damage at the plate, finishing 2-for-5 with three RBIs. Charles LeBlanc went 4-for-5, while Josh Morgan went 1-for-5.

NL East

Braves
Braves No. 6 prospect Cristian Pache (No. 68 overall) tallied three hits, an RBI and scored two runs as Peoria won for a second time in as many games. Shortstop Ray-Patrick Didder also collected two hits in the victory.

Marlins
Marlins No. 1 prospect Monte Harrison reached base three times as he drew a walk to supplement his 2-for-4 night. Brian Miller (No. 11) also walked and picked up a hit, finishing 1-for-4.

Mets
Andres Gimenez and Peter Alonso, the Mets' Nos. 1 and 2 prospects, each went deep in Scottsdale's win over Mesa. Gimenez hit a solo blast and finished 1-for-4, while Alonso finished a triple shy of the cycle and scored three runs. More »

Nationals
Nationals No. 7 prospect Daniel Johnson went 0-for-3 at the plate and Tres Barrera (No. 15) went 0-for-4. On the mound, Luis Reyes (No. 23) gave up seven runs in 1 2/3 innings while Jordan Mills gave up a run in his two innings.

Phillies
Phillies No. 11 prospect Arquimedes Gamboa walked twice, but didn't do much else offensively as he finished 0-for-3. Austin Listi had an equally frustrating night at the plate as he went 0-for-4. Seth McGarry struck out four and yielded just one hit over two scoreless innings.

NL Central

Brewers
Brewers top prospect Keston Hiura (No. 30 overall) followed his impressive AFL debut on Tuesday by going 2-for-4 with a grand slam, giving him seven RBIs in his first two games with Peoria. More »

Cardinals
Cardinals No. 27 prospect Conner Greene gave up two runs in 1/3 of an inning. Connor Jones (No. 30) gave up one hit in two scoreless innings. Evan Kruczynski picked up the win for Surprise. The lefty gave up five runs, however none were earned. Lane Thomas went 2-for-5 at the plate. Will Latcham also pitched and gave up two runs in 1 2/3 innings.

Cubs
Jhonny Pereda picked up his first hit of the Fall League in a 1-for-4 performance. Bailey Clark, a 23-year-old right-hander, notched a pair of strikeouts as he pitched 1 2/3 scoreless frames.

Pirates
Pirates No. 16 prospect Will Craig hit his first homer of the Fall League, a two-run blast, and later picked up another hit to finish 2-for-5.

Reds
Reds No. 8 prospect Shed Long played a big part in Scottsdale's win as he went 1-for-3 with a trio of RBIs. He also drew a pair of walks. Ty Boyles threw a perfect inning in relief, notching a pair of strikeouts in the process.Wyatt Strahan and Alex Powers followed Boyles on the mound and were equally effective as each gave up a hit in a scoreless frame.

NL West

D-backs
D-backs No. 3 prospect Jazz Chisholm picked up a couple of hits and finished the night 2-for-5. However, he was caught stealing in his lone attempt. Right-hander Tyler Mark gave up a run on four hits, but his night was cut short as he left the game with an injury. Bo Takahashi followed Mark and proceeded to give up two runs in an 1 1/3 frames. Kevin Ginkel had the best showing of the night among D-backs prospects as he struck out the side to close the game in the ninth.

Dodgers
First baseman Jared Walker showed the power that allowed him to hit 25 homers during the regular season across two levels of A ball when he launched a solo shot to deep right field in the bottom of the seventh inning. Left-hander Ben Holmes turned in a strong first start, tossing three scoreless frames, allowing three hits and a walk while striking out four.

Giants
Giants No. 10 prospect Heath Quinn struck out four times, but also drove in a run as part of a 1-for-5 night. Melvin Adon (No. 19) gave up two runs (one earned) in his inning of work on the mound, while Garrett Williams (No. 20) gave up one run on two hits over two innings and picked up the win. Right-hander Sam Wolff closed out the game as he struck out two in a perfect ninth.

Padres
Padres No. 13 prospect Buddy Reed went 3-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI from the leadoff spot and also threw out a runner at the plate in his AFL debut. Hudson Potts (No. 23) went 1-for-5 with a double, while right-hander Miguel Diaz tossed three innings of one-run ball, allowing three hits and one walk while striking out three. Dauris Valdez, a 6-foot-8 righty, worked a scoreless sixth inning for Peoria to earn the win.

Rockies
Rockies No. 11 prospect Tyler Nevin picked up an RBI double for his lone hit of the night. Nevin later added an RBI via a groundup and finished 1-for-4 with two RBIs. Josh Fuentes also doubled and finished 2-for-4 with an RBI.