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Adley Rutschman still hasn’t signed, which could be causing some apprehension in Birdland. The reality is, Rutschman is signing. For how much of a signing bonus has yet to be determined, but it will probably land in the $8 million range (slot is $8.4 million). Bobby Witt Jr. signed for his full bonus (nearly $7.8 million), breaking Casey Mize’s $7.5 million record. This gives the Beverly Hills Sports Council (Adley’s representation) some leverage in negotiations. But no matter the figure, Adley will sign and become a member of the Orioles […]

Hanser Alberto is the Answer at Leadoff Hitter for O’s

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Leadoff hitter has been a massive position of need for the Baltimore Orioles since the departure of Brian Roberts. They’ve fiddled with the role, finding waiver wire pickups, drafting Rule-5 players, and trading for players late in the year, typically all before settling on a player meant to bat in the middle of the lineup. Now, with a new regime and a whole new roster (albeit a subpar one), the Orioles seem to have finally found a guy to kick the game off: Hanser Alberto. Quite frankly, Alberto has been […]

Sunny and Hot for O’s-Red Sox

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The weather will be quite pleasant for the opening game and middle game of the Red Sox weekend series with Friday evening’s game featuring very comfortable temperatures. We’ll warm up a bit for Saturday and Sundays game. A storm system may move in late Sunday but it should hold off until after the game is complete. Follow Christopher Bressi Weather Forecast Page for more information and daily forecasts: www.facebook.com/BressiWeather

Time for Bruce Zimmermann to Get the Call

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Griesser’s Suggested Change of the Week With the sheer volume of games in an MLB season, it’s inevitable that teams need to change things up on a regular basis. In fact, for an organization that’s grinding through the early stages of a rebuild like the Orioles are, it’s typical for some notable change to take place at least once per week. Keeping that in mind, as I transition into my work with Eutaw Street Report, I think it makes sense that I offer an eye on the thoughts that may […]

The Payoff Pitch: Dillon on Dylan

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On this week’s show, I’m joined by fellow Eutaw Street Report writer Dillon Atkinson. We talk about the recent turnaround from O’s pitchers, especially Dylan Bundy, and the way John Means and Gabriel Ynoa are stabilizing the rotation. On offense, we discuss Richie Martin’s sudden surge, Dwight Smith Jr.’s injury, Anthony Santander’s call-up, and more. Be sure to read Dillon’s article on Dylan Bundy here.

Rain May Cut O’s-Jays Series Short

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The weather should be quite pleasant for the opening and middle game of the Blue Jays series. We’ll watch Wednesday just in case showers move in earlier than expected but it should hold off until well after last pitch. Thursday is the most likely day to feature rain showers as a disturbance will move in from the southwest. However, it looks like most of the showers will be during the day with decreasing chances at night. There could be a delay to start Thursday but ultimately the game may be […]

Dylan Bundy’s Adjustments Proving Effective

Last year, Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy produced the worst season of his major league career, as he recorded a 5.45 ERA and 5.17 FIP over 171 2/3 innings while giving up a big-league leading 41 home runs. White Sox starter James Shields was next on the list with 34 long balls surrendered. There’s no way he could be worse in 2019, right? He’s a clear bounce-back candidate. Well, things didn’t look that way to start this season. In Bundy’s first six starts of this year’s campaign, he pitched to a […]

The Payoff Pitch: Draft Recap with Adam McInturff

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For the second time this season, Adam McInturff (@2080Adam) of 2080 Baseball has been kind enough to join us for the show. He goes over the Birds’ top several picks in the 2019 draft, including (of course) Adley Rutschman, but also Kyle Stowers, Zach Watson, and more! Listen here: Stay tuned for another edition of The Payoff Pitch tomorrow, where we’ll be premiering our new video segment, the Payoff Pitch Prospect Report!

The Warehouse Episode 35: Adley Our Lord & Savior

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They did not screw it up! The Orioles picked the guy that the entire baseball world expected them to. Adley Rutschman, the switch-hitting catcher out of Oregon State, now becomes the crown jewel of an O’s farm system on the rise. Will he actually be better than Buster Posey? How soon can he make it to the big leagues? How often will fans misspell his name? All questions that will be answered in good time. Now is a time of celebration. So far, Mike Elias’s first draft in charge of […]

Orioles Select Adley Rutschman First Overall

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After much unnecessary hand-wringing, the Orioles did what everyone expected them to do all along, drafting Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman with the first overall pick in the 2019 MLB first-year player draft. The Birds kept their cards close to the vest, as even moments before the pick was made, experts on Twitter had no idea if Mike Elias & Co. would throw a last-second curveball. An aside: I much preferred this to say, the NFL Draft situation, where the top overall pick is now known hours, if not days, […]

Who Will Orioles Draft with First Overall Pick?

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Oriole fans are eagerly anticipating Monday’s First Year Player Draft as Baltimore will make the 1st Overall Pick for only the second time in franchise history. This pick could very well define the Mike Elias era and the rebuild overall. More than likely whoever gets drafted 1.1 will immediately be the face of the Orioles for years to come. This guy will be billboard material and a guy people will rally around, watching his every move as he ascends through the Orioles system. Elias recently said he and his staff […]

The Payoff Pitch – Draft Preview with Luke Jackson

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Only five days until the 2019 MLB draft! Who will the Orioles pick? Most assume it will be Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman, but Texas high schooler Bobby Witt Jr. and Cal first baseman Andrew Vaughn could still be in the mix. Joining me today to talk about the draft, and give great scouting reports on all three players, is Luke Jackson from Press Box. Listen here: Thanks for listening/watching!  

Thursday Thoughts: Bad News Birds

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This is a weekly column that dives into some random thoughts about the Orioles/MLB. I used to do eight as a nod to Cal Ripken Jr. A couple years back, I cut it down to four or five, so consider it the Earl Weaver/€“Brooks Robinson era of Thursday Thoughts. (Today we have a Billy Ripken version) – A.S. 1. If you’ve watched the last week or two of Orioles baseball, I applaud you. You must really enjoy pain and agony. That, or you are locked in a dungeon somewhere and […]

The Payoff Pitch – Stan “The Fan” Charles

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This week, I’m joined by Baltimore sports talk icon Stan “The Fan” Charles of Press Box and PressBoxOnline.com. How much longer can the Orioles keep running David Hess & Dan Straily out there to get beat around? Where are the potential future relievers on this team? What’s up with the lack of fundamentals? Stan and I disagree about Trey Mancini’s future in Baltimore, and plenty of more great O’s talk! Thanks for listening to the Payoff Pitch c/o D&L Professional Window Tinting.

Weather Looks Good for O’s-Yankees

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The upcoming week features a long four-game set with the New York Yankees coming to town. With the traditional 7:05 start time Monday-Wednesday the weather looks to cooperate for all these start times with just a chance of a storm today but before the designated start time. If there is a game that may be affected by weather it would be Thursday but with the get-away day start time of 12:35, it should allow time to get the game in before afternoon and evening storms build in from the west. […]

ESR Interview: Willy Yahn “Just Tries to Win”

Willy Yahn is an infielder drafted by the Orioles in the 25th round of the 2017 draft. He is currently playing for High-A Frederick, where he is hitting .306/.317/.488 in 32 games. He was kind enough to sit down with ESR’s Matt Pyne for an interview. Listen or read the transcript below. Matt: So Willy, you were a standout at UConn, did you ever get a chance to meet George Springer? I know you probably didn’t get a chance to play with him. Willy Yahn: Yeah, I met him a […]

Revisiting the Manny Machado Trade – 10 Months Out

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On July 18 of last season, the most bittersweet – yet expected – move finally came to fruition. The Orioles traded superstar Manny Machado to the Los Angeles Dodgers. In return, the Orioles received outfielder Yusniel Diaz, right-handers Dean Kremer and Zach Pop, and infielders Rylan Bannon and Breyvic Valera. At the time, MLB Pipeline only had three of the five pieces ranked in the Dodgers’ top-30 prospects: Diaz fourth-best, Bannon 27th, and Kremer 28th. At the end of the 2018 season, this is where they ranked in the O’s […]

Should DJ Stewart Get a Call-Up?

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The Orioles played another very unfortunate baseball game last night, in which they bashed Cleveland Indians Ace and Terrible Human Being Trevor Bauer for seven runs and yet still got doubled up on. The Tribe hadn’t put up double-digit runs yet in 2019, but they posted two touchdowns on Baltimore, thanks in large part to plays like this: Oof. Here's how not to play defense.pic.twitter.com/May44vHM3Z — Sporting News MLB (@sn_mlb) May 17, 2019 At 14-29, the Orioles are exactly who we thought they’d be here by mid-May. Despite the fact […]