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Learning Experience for “Fall Stars” Kremer & McCoy

Dean Kremer prepares to pitch.
After strong starts to the Arizona Fall League season, RHP Dean Kremer and INF Mason McCoy have been selected to represent the Baltimore Orioles at this year’s Fall Stars Game. McCoy, the Orioles’ 24th ranked prospect according to MLB Pipeline, has a .417 on-base percentage across 36 plate appearances. Though not displaying much power aside from a line-drive triple to deep right-center field the other night, he’s hit the ball well, including nine hits in 21 at bats against right-handed pitching. Kremer, ranked 8th in the Orioles’ system, has started […]

An Offseason Blueprint for the Birds

Austin Hays running bases.
Griesser’s Suggested Changes of the Offseason Finally, after a long hiatus, I’m back with a brand new installment of my Suggested Change of the Week, and considering the 54-108 record that the Orioles are carrying into the offseason, there are a good number of adjustments and additions to make. As I’ve written before, this first year of the rebuild hasn’t really been all that bad, despite the team’s win/loss record. The Orioles uncovered a few players who could be hidden gems, like Anthony Santander, Hanser Alberto, John Means, and Pedro […]

Will the Real Trey Mancini Please Stand Up?

Trey Mancini watches the ball after making contact.
The 2019 Major League Baseball season has reached its conclusion and it’s time to look forward to the offseason and 2020. But looking back on this past season, there were a number of Orioles who produced impressive campaigns: John Means, Jonathan Villar, Hanser Alberto, Renato Núñez and Trey Mancini. Let’s talk about the last name on the list. We’ve seen quite a crazy start to the career of the Orioles’ first baseman/outfielder. Mancini wasn’t known as a top prospect of any sorts while coming up through Batimore’s farm system. He […]

What’s Driving the Huge Growth in the Betting Market?

Across the world, an increasing number of people are now placing bets on sporting events and other phenomena. Attracted by offers such as the Golden Nugget online promo code, more and more fans are flocking to online casinos and sportsbooks. From the US and Europe to Asia and beyond, one of the oldest pastimes in the world has been given a new lease of life and is surging forward – a surge largely driven by the ongoing rise and proliferation of digital technology. A brief history People have placed wagers […]

The Payoff Pitch – Arizona Fall League Update w/Adam McInturff

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On this week’s show, we’re pleased to once again be joined by Adam McInturff of 2080 Baseball. Adam updates us on what some Orioles are doing in the Arizona Fall League. Before that though, I play GM and talk about who will and won’t be in Baltimore next year, among guys currently on the club. For more on the O’s in the AFL, check out this week’s Payoff Pitch Prospect Report.

A Look at Arbitration-Eligible O’s

Jonathan Villar in the batter's box.
As the first season under the new regime begins to wind down, it’s time to take a look at what’s in store for the second offseason under Orioles executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias. We’ve seen that, from the beginning of this rebuild, the club has no plans to add more salary than what’s necessary for the time being. They’re trying to shed payroll in any possible way. Designated hitter Mark Trumbo will become a free agent at the end of the season, and I’m sure Elias is […]

Arizona Fall League Preview

Dean Kremer prepares to pitch.
Tonight begins the Arizona Fall League, MLB’s annual offseason instructional league, comprised of some of baseball’s most elite Minor League talent from all 30 teams. Each year, MLB clubs send a minimum of seven prospects to Arizona for a bit of additional offseason work. The Orioles are not known for sending their best prospects to the desert; the last notable O’s duo to participate was Dylan Bundy and Chance Sisco in 2015. However, in its 27-year history, the Fall League has included 19 future Most Valuable Players and 29 future […]

Orioles Season Winding Down

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We’re officially into September which means the MLB season is drawing to a close. There’s still plenty of ball left to play with baseball’s biggest prize still up for grabs. The World Series kicks off in October. Brandon Hyde will take his men to Boston at the end of the month where their campaign will finish against the Red Sox. It’s been a season of ups and downs for the Orioles. They’ve experienced the joy of huge wins and the despair of crushing defeats. The team has learned plenty of […]

Hot Take Tuesday: Torkelson Shouldn’t be O’s Target in ’20 Draft

Spencer Torkelson swings.
With the 2019 season wrapping up, the Orioles are in a battle for the #1 overall pick, something I wrote about (along with many other O’s fans) this past week. At this point, it’s really a matter of Baltimore and Detroit being in a two-horse race. However, unlike last season, I don’t think it’s all that important for Mike Elias to snag the top selection. Adley Rutschman was one of the best prospects in recent memory; this year’s class doesn’t seem to have the same disparity in talent at the […]

The Payoff Pitch – Roch’in Around the Clock

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On this week’s episode, I am honored and excited to be joined by longtime O’s beat writer Roch Kubatko. Roch talks about covering the two losingest seasons in franchise history, players that need to be moved to the 40-man roster, Jonathan Villar’s future, Austin Hays, and the 2020 first overall pick. Thanks for listening, and stay tuned for this week’s Payoff Pitch Prospect Report!

Hot Take Tuesday: Number 1 Overall Pick, Here We Come!

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In this week’s installment of Hot Take Tuesday, I’m going to have to go back on something I wrote a while back, something I really would rather not do. Normally, when you make a fiery take you stick by it, so please don’t question my credibility – I love the game of the hot take and fully respect it. At the same time, I think this take is just as hot as my prior one was, and with that one being so far out of question at this point, I […]

Richie Martin Should Start Every Day for Rest of 2019

Richie Martin playing defense.
Griesser’s Suggested Change of the Week With so many players having been called up for September roster expansion and the upcoming end of all minor league play, there’s going to be far fewer moves to be made for the remainder of the year. As a result, this will be the last regular installment of the Suggested Change of the Week, at least until the offseason. Still, I do think there’s one managerial change for the Orioles to make, and that revolves around making a consistent dedication to youth. This year, […]

Ryan Mountcastle Doesn’t Get the Call-Up

Ryan Mountcastle certainly turned heads this year in his debut at AAA. At only age 22, Mountcastle led the International League in hits and total bases, but no other major offensive categories. However, he may have been the most consistent hitter in the league, thus earning him 2019 International League Most Valuable Player honors. Mountcastle is the first Norfolk Tide to win the award since 1997. Many consider this to be a major step forward for the former 1st Rounder, but looking deeper into the numbers, this may not be […]

Hot Take Tuesday: O’s 2019 Season Has Been a Success

(Ed note: An earlier version of this post attributed it to Derek Arnold. Aidan Griesser is the correct author. We apologize for the error.) Sitting at 45-92 late on Monday night, there’s no question that the Orioles…well, suck. They’re not easy to watch at all, and quite frankly, I’m about ready for the season to end. It’s only natural that all of our minds are solely focused on the Baltimore Ravens at this point. However, perhaps because of how awful the summer has been, what’s been going through my mind […]