Down on the Farm

Down O’n the Farm: Top 10 Prospect Rundown

Hunter Harvey throws as Darren O'Day watches.
As we roll towards the second half of May with the Baltimore Orioles soaring atop of the AL East, one cannot help to be excited by their scorching-hot start to the season. But as bright as the O’s potential for this season seems to be in the early stages of the campaign, the Orioles also have a pretty promising future when you look at their top prospects and their respective track records through the minor league ranks. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the O’s top ten prospects […]

Down O’n the Farm: An Early Look Around the O’s Minor Leagues

Parker Bridewell pitches.
With the Orioles season a few weeks underway, all eyes are on the first place O’s as we head into May. But it’s never too early to keep tabs on the O’s farm system to see how the future birds of Camden are progressing. Starting with Norfolk and ending with Delmarva, let’s take a tour through the farm: First stop, Norfolk.   AAA Norfolk The Norfolk Tides got off to a rough start to begin the season, going just 2-8 in their first ten games, but despite a current three-game […]

Looking at Internal Options for Corner OF Help

baltimore oriole alvarez swinging bat after hit
It’s no secret that the Orioles corner outfielders are not getting the job done. It feels like whomever Buck Showalter has trot out into left field and right field that night ends up struggling. Whether it’s Alejandro De Aza, David Lough, Delmon Young, or Travis Snider, each player has been wildly inconsistent. This, understandably, has the fan base frustrated. To be fair, you can’t expect a great deal from any of these guys individually. Most of them haven’t been everyday players during their careers and all have been used in […]

Can Givens Help 2009 Draft Class Finally Break Through?

Mychal Givens pitches for the Baltimore Orioles in Spring Training.
Many Baltimore fans either don’t have fond memories of the 2009 MLB Draft, or else have chosen to block it from said memories altogether. Why? Well, that was the year the Orioles selected pitcher Matt Hobgood with the fifth pick of the first round. Hobgood was drafted out of high school and figured to be a cheap signing, which is why Baltimore ultimately selected him. However, Hobgood struggled all through the minors and, at 24, is still trying to make his way into the majors. The 2009 MLB Draft looked […]

Down O’n the Farm: Updated Evaluations

jonah heim batting for orioles with catcher and referee behind him
Full disclosure: I am NOT a scout. I’ve been a huge baseball fan since before I could walk, but I have no idea what to look for when it comes to trying to evaluate baseball talent. I was certain Nolan Reimold would be a perennial MVP candidate by now, for instance (though, if he could stay healthy…). However, the guy who provided me with these scouting reports knows what he’s talking about. He wishes to remain anonymous for various reasons, so I’m just passing along this information. Those of you […]