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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 […]

Draft Spots on the Line When O’s Meet Royals

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Tonight, your Baltimore Orioles will begin a three-game set in Kansas City. On a grand scale, it may be the most important series the Orioles have left this season. In full-on rebuild mode, the 2019 Orioles are rubbing some fans the wrong way with their play of late. Ironically, it’s been a little too good. Despite Wednesday’s demolition at the hands of Max Scherzer and the Nationals, the O’s have won five of eight, including a recent three-game win streak against playoff-caliber teams Washington and Tampa Bay. They also took […]

Who Should Get September Call-Ups for the O’s?

Austin Hays looks down to the 3B coach.
Griesser’s Suggested Change of the Week Given the focus on developing youth this season, this week’s Suggested Change is one of my favorites. It’s finally time for September Call-Ups. The 2019 season has been a tough one to watch and I’m sure even tougher to play through as a member of the team. But, finally, reinforcements are coming. On September 1, the Orioles will be able to expand their roster from 25 to 40 players, giving GM Mike Elias the opportunity to bring up anyone who can contribute and provide […]

Payoff Pitch Prospect Report: Mountcastle IL MVP!

Ryan Mountcastle was named the International League MVP. Toby Welk is movin’ on up. Adley Rutschman launched his first HR in Delmarva, and Rylan Bannon is getting a taste of AAA ball. That and more in this edition of The Payoff Pitch Prospect Report. Thanks for watching, and check out this week’s full episode of The Payoff Pitch, as I’m joined again by Eric Arditti, right here!

Hot Take Tuesday: Jonathan Villar is O’s MVP

Jonathan Villar batting.
In a season in which the Orioles have mightily struggled, I’ve reasonably found it difficult to pick out bright spots to write about, whether in a Hot Take Tuesday or a Suggested Change of the Week. At the same time, one of the brightest spots that I repeatedly missed has become abundantly clear to me – it just took a milestone for me to realize it. This weekend, Jonathan Villar became the first Oriole since Manny Machado in 2015 to join the 20/20 club, and all of a sudden it […]

Gray Fenter Should be Moving On Up

Griesser’s Suggested Change of the Week With September call ups on the horizon, it’s safe to say the extra brutal dog days of the baseball season for a rebuilding team may be coming to an end. That’s not to say the last bit of the season won’t be painful – because it will – but to point out that watching younger players get a crack in the majors will become more and more possible moving forward. Still, we’re not quite there yet. Thus, this week’s suggested change is still rather […]

Why Online Gambling Gains Popularity

  Like any trend, it starts off slow and quiet before it reaches the masses, and then it grows day by day until it’s too popular to be contained. Online gambling has grown to be such a lucrative business that everyone around the world knows about it now. Take a look below at why everyone loves it so much.   The money gained is too good to ignore It’s true that sometimes you win and sometimes you lose, it’s just the way of life. But when it comes to online […]

Should Mason Williams Get a Call-Up?

Mason Williams swings.
Griesser’s Suggested Change of the Week The trend over the last few installments of this column has been opportunity. I’m sure this will come as little surprise, but this week will be no different. For the Orioles, giving unproven players the chance to step up at the MLB level is something worth doing, especially at this time of the year. The team is firmly in the cellar, scrapping to get through the season, and focusing organizationally on rebuilding a farm system that has been dry for the better part of […]

The Payoff Pitch: Welk What Do We Have Here?

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In this week’s episode, we have a very special guest, in Aberdeen IronBirds third baseman Toby Welk. We talk to Toby about his record-breaking pace in Aberdeen, being teammates with the #1 overall pick, and more. Later in the show, Russell Street Report’s Vasilios Nikolaou joins us to talk about Jon Heyman’s trash takes and plenty of other O’s topics. For more on Welk and some other O’s prospects, don’t miss this week’s Payoff Pitch Prospect Report, right here!

Harvey Regaining form for AAA Norfolk

Hunter Harvey pitching.
In this episode of The Payoff Pitch Prospect Report, I update Birdland on a guy tearing it up for the Aberdeen IronBirds (and no, it’s not THAT guy). Another infielder just got a promotion, and a former top pick is rounding into form in AAA. Check out this week’s full episode of The Payoff Pitch, where I was joined by Toby Welk!

Hot Take Tuesday: Kremer Most Important Piece From ’18 Fire Sale

Dean Kremer prepares to pitch.
Anyone who follows me on Twitter (@Kool_A1D_Jammer) knows that I’m a proud Stanser, or Hanser Alberto stan. Trust me, he’s one of my favorite Orioles since the rebuild began, I hope he sticks around for a while, at least in the MLB if not on the O’s. That being said, you might be surprised to know that my favorite player in the organization actually isn’t Alberto, and isn’t even on the big league squad. Instead, it’s a minor league arm that Dan Duquette acquired at last year’s deadline: Dean Kremer. […]

Warehouse Pod Ep. 40 – Grading Elias’ First Trade Deadline

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The trade deadline came and went with little action from the Orioles who were thought to be having a fire sale. At the end of it, Givens, Villar all remain with the club. How did the Orioles hold onto their most valuable assets when they have a minor league system that needs to be bolstered? Did the Orioles let a golden opportunity pass them by? Did Mike Elias hold onto Mychal Givens just so that “The Warehouse Podcast” could continue to talk about him relentlessly? On this episode of “The […]

Dugout Blowup Should be Last Straw for Davis

Griesser’s Suggested Change of the Week The Orioles highlight of this week, while a disappointing one, is undoubtedly the exchange between manager Brandon Hyde and first baseman Chris Davis on Wednesday night. Though it easily could have been nothing, having that sort of scuffle caught on camera in a 14-2 blowout loss to the Yankees is downright embarrassing. Chris Davis has to be held back from going after Orioles' manager Brandon Hyde #mlb pic.twitter.com/Kn6wEfNcZb — Sports Gifs & Videos (@Supreme_gifs) August 8, 2019 In the aftermath, most of the discussion […]

The Payoff Pitch Prospect Report: Who Won the Gausman Trade?

A little over a year ago, the Orioles dealt former fourth-overall pick Kevin Gausman and beloved reliever Darren O’Day to the Atlanta Braves in a move many saw as a salary dump. A year later, Gausman is a Cincinnati Red and O’Day has yet to throw a pitch for the Braves. So, who won the trade? We check in on the guys the Birds got in return below. Thanks for watching, and be sure to check out this week’s full episode of The Payoff Pitch with special guest Dan Turner […]