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Mullins Stays Hot, but Tides Drop Three of Four

Cedric Mullins prepares to play defense.
The Norfolk Tides (47-44, 2nd place in the IL South through Sunday) stumbled to three losses in four games against the Gwinnett Stripers during the team’s first series since the AAA All-Star break. Center fielder Cedric Mullins, the No. 5 prospect in Baltimore’s minor league system, collected six hits in the series while extending his hitting streak to 15 games. Starting pitcher Asher Wojciechowski was another bright spot, tossing eight innings of one-run ball during Friday’s game.   Gwinnett 4, Norfolk 1 Gwinnett shortstop Luis Marte went 3-for-4 at the […]

Taking Stock of the Farm System (Pre-Trades Edition)

Ryan Mountcastle prepares to field.
This Orioles franchise is a pivotal point, with a lame duck GM and an uncertain future. They don’t spend internationally, so they bank on nailing the draft each and every year. That’s not the best practice in my opinion – or anyone’s opinion for that matter. In fact, Jim Palmer seems to agree. 🤷🏻‍♂️ 2018 MLB International Signings Tracker https://t.co/3aIUdJTa3U — Jim Palmer (@Jim22Palmer) July 3, 2018 I’m here today to talk the O’s farm system as it sits now, before the trades that will – hopefully – be made […]

Bullpen Arms Lead Tides to Four-Game Sweep of Stripers

Joely Rodriguez prepares to pitch.
A trio of pitchers who normally pitch out of the Tides bullpen combined for 12 strong innings during a four-game series against the Gwinnett Stripers, helping Norfolk kick off what could be the most important homestand of the year by sweeping all four games. Pedro Alvarez had five RBIs in three games, including a walk-off two run double in the tenth inning of the series finale.   TIDES SEASON TO DATE The Tides (40-35, 2nd in the IL South through Wednesday) returned home on Monday after stumbling their way through […]

Tides Recap: Cedric Mullins, Doubles Machine

Cedric Mullins in the batter's box.
Despite four doubles from center fielder Cedric Mullins, the Tides dropped two of three games to the Gwinnett Stripers to open a seven-game homestand. The Tides welcome the Charlotte Knights to Harbor Park on Thursday for a four-game weekend series.   TIDES SEASON TO DATE The Tides (33-29, 2nd place in the IL South through Wednesday) finished a six-game road trip prior to this homestand with a record of 3-3. Third baseman Renato Nunez hit .346 with three doubles over those six games, while catcher Caleb Joseph has hit .370 […]

The Rundown: Does Anybody Want the Fifth Starter Spot?

Nestor Cortes Jr. throws a pitch from the mound.
Opening Day is ten days away and the Orioles still have a few questions that need to be answered before the first pitch against the Minnesota Twins. Who Wins The 5th Starter Spot? Nestor Cortes Jr. and Miguel Castro will both take the mound on Tuesday night and whoever pitches the best will have the slight edge in winning the final spot in the rotation. We can never count out Mike Wright as it appears the organization really wants him to be the guy. It’s extremely frustrating that none of […]

Down O’n the Farm: Checking in on O’s MiLB Pitchers

Jimmy Yacabonis of the Orioles pitches.
Now that we’ve looked at the potential future of the Orioles lineup, let’s take a look at some of the guys that could be toeing the rubber at Camden Yards in the near future. We’ll kick it off with a look at a few future starters.   Starters Cody Sedlock– (1st round, 2016) Currently ranked as the Orioles’ second-best prospect and top pitching prospect, the sky is the limit for Sedlock. The promising 21-year-old out of Illinois has gone through a learning curve with the Frederick Keys so far during […]

Down O’n the Farm: Checking in on O’s MiLB Bats

Chance Sisco swings in the batter's box.
Sure, we’ve all grown to love this Orioles squad. But we also know that baseball is a business, elite-status players are harder to keep around now more than ever, and that a trade can happen at any second. With that being said, let’s take a look at some of the prospects in the Orioles minor league ranks position-by-position, and see who could be playing in Camden Yards sooner rather than later.   Catcher Chance Sisco– (2nd round, 2013) Currently ranked as the Orioles’ #1 prospect, the highly-touted 22-year-old has made […]

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 […]