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Orioles No. 3 prospect Mayo boasts power in return from injury

@thevandalorian
June 16, 2024

Coby Mayo has shown no signs of lag in his return from injury. MLB’s No. 19 prospect put his 65-grade power on display this weekend while on rehab assignment at High-A Aberdeen. The right-handed-hitting corner infielder connected on three home runs in his past three games, with two of them

Povich goes 6 scoreless in second start to push O's win streak to 6

@JakeDRill
June 12, 2024

BALTIMORE -- Cade Povich was so antsy for his MLB debut last Thursday that he had trouble sleeping and couldn’t eat breakfast. The 24-year-old left-hander expected to have the same anxiousness Wednesday, when he would return to the mound for his second big league start and his Camden Yards debut.

Linked by Lincoln: Cornhusker teammates duel in MLB as top prospects

First time in school history two Nebraska alumni start against each other in the Majors
@JakeDRill
June 12, 2024

BALTIMORE -- Spencer Schwellenbach recently learned he’d be making his third big league start when the Braves traveled to Camden Yards this week. Around the same time, Cade Povich was informed by the Orioles that his second big league start would come during the three-game series vs. Atlanta. What were

Are promotions coming for more O’s prospects?

@JakeDRill
June 12, 2024

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The Future of the AL East? Top prospects Holliday, Domínguez homer in same game

@JoeTrezz
June 8, 2024

You can expect to see this in the American League East for years to come. It's easy to foresee Orioles top prospect Jackson Holliday and Yankees top prospect Jasson Domínguez having plenty of head-to-head matchups in one of MLB's most competitive divisions going forward. This weekend they competed against one

Orioles impressed by Povich despite uneven debut

@JakeDRill
June 6, 2024

TORONTO -- On the fourth day of his MLB career, Connor Norby was joined in the visitors’ clubhouse at Rogers Centre by a fellow Orioles prospect called up to the big leagues for the first time -- Cade Povich. Having been Triple-A Norfolk teammates as recently as Sunday, Norby (O’s

Emergency passport secured, Povich's parents watch MLB debut in Toronto

@JakeDRill
June 6, 2024

TORONTO -- Tim Povich wasn’t expecting to wake up at 4 a.m. on Wednesday to fly from Omaha, Nebraska, to Denver, obtain an emergency passport and then fly on to Toronto. But when he found out his son, Cade Povich, was heading to The Show, he endured the long journey

No. 9 prospect Povich to make MLB debut on Thursday

@JakeDRill
June 5, 2024

TORONTO -- For the second time in a span of four days, a top Orioles prospect will be making his MLB debut at Rogers Centre in Toronto. Following Wednesday’s 3-2 loss to the Blue Jays, manager Brandon Hyde announced that left-hander Cade Povich will have his contract selected from Triple-A

Behind the scenes of Connor Norby's MLB debut

@JakeDRill
June 5, 2024

This story was excerpted from Jake Rill’s Orioles Beat newsletter. To read the full newsletter, click here. And subscribe to get it regularly in your inbox. TORONTO -- When Connor Norby laid down in bed Sunday night, he tossed and turned for 45 minutes. He was still shaking a bit.

Norby homers for first MLB hit: 'The coolest thing I've done playing baseball'

@JakeDRill
June 4, 2024

TORONTO -- After going 0-for-3 in his MLB debut on Monday night at Rogers Centre, Connor Norby was better rested and more at ease entering his second game as a big leaguer. The Orioles’ No. 6 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, was anxious in a different way on Tuesday. “I kind

O's No. 6 prospect Norby makes hurried trip to debut north of border

@JakeDRill
June 4, 2024

TORONTO -- Five days shy of his 24th birthday, Connor Norby left the United States for the first time in his life. A little before noon on Monday, he arrived at Toronto Pearson International Airport and stepped foot on Canadian soil. The country often known for its ice hockey and

No. 5 prospect Bradfield Jr. is burning up the basepaths

@JakeDRill
May 29, 2024

This story was excerpted from Jake Rill’s Orioles Beat newsletter. To read the full newsletter, click here. And subscribe to get it regularly in your inbox. ABERDEEN, Md. -- This season, catchers throughout the South Atlantic League are learning how difficult it is to throw out Enrique Bradfield Jr. on

Here are the top 10 pure-hitting prospects in the Minors 

@brendan_samson
May 28, 2024

What exactly is a pure hitter? It’s a term that many discuss, but few define. On last week's Pipeline Podcast, Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo detailed what a pure hitter is and took it a step further by ranking the top 10 pure-hitting prospects.

Joshua Liranzo highlights

May 20, 2024

Kjerstad plays hero at Triple-A with walk-off slam

@thevandalorian
May 19, 2024

Heston Kjerstad slapped an exclamation point on his return to Triple-A. MLB’s No. 22 prospect clubbed a home run off the first pitch he saw Wednesday and ended his week with an even bigger added roundtripper. Kjerstad -- who had 10 homers in the International League prior to his promotion

Kjerstad homers on first pitch back at Triple-A

@JoeTrezz
May 15, 2024

Heston Kjerstad needed only one swing to herald his return to Triple-A -- with that loud, distinctive thwack of bat hitting ball destined for the seats. Optioned back to Triple-A Norfolk after a three-week stint in the Majors, MLB's No. 23 prospect wasted no time. Kjerstad homered on the first

The Orioles unearth diamond in Etzel in the MLB Draft League

@JakeDRill
May 15, 2024

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Holliday hits first homer since returning to Triple-A

@JoeTrezz
May 9, 2024

The Orioles sent Jackson Holliday back to Triple-A to get everyday at-bats so he could find his swing, the idea being that if all went according to plan, MLB's top prospect would return to Baltimore in short order. More nights like Wednesday, and that day might approach quickly.

Triple-A Norfolk spins no-hitter behind No. 8 prospect's 11 K's

@brendan_samson
May 4, 2024

The Norfolk Tides staff may not have been perfect Friday night, but they were pretty darn close. The club spun a three-man combined no-hitter, fanning a whopping 13 batters in the process. The 2-0 win over Nashville at First Horizon Park marked the Orioles affiliate's first no-no since Chris Tillman’s

Making some noise: Mayo homers in his 4th straight

@JoeTrezz
May 3, 2024

How long will the Orioles let Coby Mayo keep mashing in the Minors? Baltimore's No. 3 prospect has long established himself as one of the best power hitting prospects in the game. With every big swing this season, he seems to be inching closer to Baltimore. Mayo homered in his

Which Triple-A Norfolk standout could join O's next?

@JakeDRill
May 1, 2024

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This 19-year-old O's catcher is one of baseball's best prospects

May 1, 2024

RICHMOND, Va. -- Coming off a strong performance in his first full pro ball season in 2023, Samuel Basallo was ready to put the same energy into his development over the winter. Everything was going well -- until he felt his arm give while throwing a ball in a Dominican

No. 1 overall prospect Holliday sent to Triple-A

@JakeDRill
April 26, 2024

BALTIMORE -- Jackson Holliday is returning to the Minors. On Friday, the Orioles optioned Holliday (MLB Pipeline’s No. 1 overall prospect) to Triple-A Norfolk only 16 days after he was called up to the big leagues for the first time. The 20-year-old infielder went 2-for-34 (.059) over his first 10

Orioles recall top outfield prospect Kjerstad

@bmags94
April 23, 2024

ANAHEIM -- When Austin Hays landed on the injured list on Monday with a left calf strain, it was almost a foregone conclusion that the Orioles would promote one of the many top outfield prospects performing at Triple-A Norfolk. That is indeed the case. Baltimore promoted outfielder Heston Kjerstad on

This O's prospect is racking up K's ... and cutting down on walks 

@JakeDRill
April 17, 2024

This story was excerpted from Jake Rill's Orioles Beat newsletter. To read the full newsletter, click here. And subscribe to get it regularly in your inbox.