O's fall to No. 22 in one farm system ranking and one 78-win prediction (updated)

As expected, the Orioles took a fall in the rankings when ESPN's Keith Law released his latest list ranking all 30 farm systems in baseball. Rated 10th on this list last year, the Orioles are now No. 22. The Chicago Cubs are No. 1. As for the rest of the American League East, Boston is No. 5, Toronto is No. 19, New York is No. ... read more

A look at the pitcher the O's gave up for Travis Snider

The Orioles tonight acquired lefty-hitting outfielder Travis Snider from the Pittsburgh Pirates for pitcher Stephen Tarpley and a player to be named later. To make room on the 40-man roster, they designated catcher Michael Ohlman for assignment. Tarpley is a lefty that will turn 22 on Feb. 17. The Orioles selected him in the third round of the 2013 draft out of Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community ... read more

No shift: Do MLB officials see fewer defensive shifts leading to more runs?

It seems that new Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred caught some people a bit off-guard with a comment he made during his first day on the job Sunday. He mentioned the possibility of eliminating defensive shifts. In his blog yesterday, ESPN's Buster Olney posted this video where Manfred made these comments. He also posted this transcript of that part of Manfred's interview with ESPN's ... read more

Some props for O's prospect Walker, plus another Toronto take on Duquette

Orioles first base prospect Christian Walker got some props yesterday. He was ranked by MLBPipeline.com as the seventh-best first base prospect in the sport. This is a nice ranking for Walker, which comes at a position that is usually plentiful with solid hitting prospects. Maybe it is a sign that he may have a chance to make the back-end of some top 100 prospects lists ... read more

Will Gamboa's long road lead to Baltimore in 2015?

It has been a very interesting last few months for Orioles right-hander Eddie Gamboa, who made it back to the club's 40-man roster on Dec. 3 when he signed a major league contract. That was a real triumph for Gamboa. For the last two years, he's been transitioning to a knuckleball pitcher. Last March, he worked 4 2/3 scoreless innings in big league exhibition games, ... read more

What the 2015 season might bring for some top O's prospects

Baseball America released its list of the top 10 Orioles prospects at the end of October. Four players on that top 10 are already on the Orioles' 40-man roster and probably six or more potentially could play for the Orioles this season. Today, let's take a look at what we might see from this group come April. 1) Dylan Bundy, RHP: Bundy is likely to ... read more

Prospect profile: Catcher Jonah Heim makes solid early impression with Orioles

When the Orioles drafted three high school catchers among their top seven picks in the 2013 draft, they knew it was going to take time to develop the trio and for them to advance through the farm system. So far, the process is going quite well for Chance Sisco, taken in the second round (61st overall) in 2013; Jonah Heim, taken in round four (129th ... read more

Trying to project the 2015 minor league pitching rotations

The Orioles will have some pretty good pitching prospects at all four of their full-season minor league affilates when the new seasons begin in April. We certainly don't know the rosters yet, and this is all subject to change, but here's taking a guess at where some pitchers could be with the starting rotations for Triple-A Norfolk, Double-A Bowie, Single-A Frederick and Single-A Delmarva come ... read more