Minor league manager assignments for 2015 and other notes

All six managers, from the rookie-level Gulf Coast League up through Triple-A Norfolk, will return to manage Orioles affiliates next season. Three will return to their 2014 teams, while three will be with new clubs in 2015. The Orioles have not confirmed this or made any announcements yet about their 2015 minor league staff, but Ron Johnson is expected to return to manage at Triple-A ... read more

A tale of two men leaving the Orioles organization

You talk about something good happening to a guy who flew under the radar - well, it happened yesterday. Longtime Orioles minor league coach Butch Davis was hired by the Minnesota Twins as their first base coach. Seeing reaction on Twitter, it is clear that Davis had a lot of fans among O's minor league staff and players. They are thrilled he is returning to ... read more

Talking velocity with Mike Wright and a quick take on the Josh Donaldson deal

When the Orioles drafted right-handed pitcher Mike Wright in the third round out of East Carolina in 2011, they envisioned a big strong innings eater that has good velocity. He is 6-foot-6 and throws a fastball that can touch the mid 90s, sometimes more. You can't just teach that, and his size and velocity doesn't grow on trees. A recent addition to the Orioles' 40-man ... read more

Important season coming up for Urrutia

Here's hoping that everyone had a happy and safe Thanksgiving and no one bet the mortgage on the Cowboys. I'm heading out later today to buy a battery for my laptop. The power cord has a short in it, further complicating my efforts to post daily blog entries. Otherwise, it's a piece of cake. Or a slice of pumpkin pie, if that's your preference. I've ... read more

For Tyler Wilson, a memorable few weeks ends with his addition to 40-man roster

This has been a November to remember for Orioles pitching prospect Tyler Wilson. The right-hander turned 25 in September and got married on Nov. 15. Two days later, he and his wife Chelsea left for their honeymoon in Jamaica and three days later, he got an important phone call. It was the one where he found out he was added to the Orioles' 40-man roster. ... read more

Prospect Profile: Brian Gonzalez had strong debut season in O's system

When the Orioles finally made a draft pick last June, they selected a high school player with their top pick for the fifth time in six years. But unlike in some recent years, they didn't have one of the top picks in the draft. In fact, this time the Orioles' first selection came on Day Two and in the third round of the First-Year Player ... read more

One step closer to the bigs: Mike Wright gets added to the O's 40-man roster

Mike Wright's chances to help the Orioles in 2015 increased yesterday as the 24-year-old right-hander was added to the 40-man roster. Wright joined right-hander Tyler Wilson as 40-man additions Thursday and now neither pitcher can be taken by another team in the Rule 5 draft in December. "It is really awesome that the Orioles like me enough to protect me and I get to go ... read more

Orioles select contracts of Wright and Wilson (with Duquette quotes)

The Orioles announced today that they selected the contracts of right-handers Mike Wright and Tyler Wilson, protecting them from the Rule 5 draft that will be held on the final day of the Winter Meetings on Dec. 11 in San Diego. The Orioles have 37 players on their 40-man roster. They're expected to make a selection in the Rule 5 draft. Wilson, 25, was chosen ... read more