After solid debut, an even bigger Jomar Reyes readies for second season on O's farm

At just 17, the Orioles felt Dominican-born prospect Jomar Reyes had progressed enough this time last year to bypass playing in the Dominican Summer League and move right to the minor leagues in the United States. That decision proved to be the right one. Reyes played third base for the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Orioles and performed well in 2014. Over 53 games, he batted ... read more

Follow-up act: After breakout season, Steve Pearce will try to do it again

So what will Steve Pearce do for an encore? Coming off the best year of his life, what can he do to try to repeat the amazing success he had during the 2014 season? Consider that going into last year, Pearce had hit 17 career homers in 743 at-bats over parts of seven seasons with four different teams. Last season, he hit 21 in 338 ... read more

A look at pace of play rules coming to the minors (plus O's minor league notes)

Minor League Baseball issued a press release today detailing pace of play rules coming to Double-A and Triple-A games this season. One big difference I see between earlier rules announced in MLB is that offenders in the majors are subject to fines while offenders in the minors can have a ball or strike issued against them. Here is the release: Minor League Baseball today announced ... read more

Ripken brothers talk Orioles, IronBirds and more at Aberdeen event

ABERDEEN, Md. - Former Orioles Cal Ripken Jr. and Bill Ripken see the 2015 Orioles making another run at the playoffs. In fact, they predict it will happen. Before an Aberdeen IronBirds Hot Stove dinner event last night at Ripken Stadium, where they were scheduled to take fans questions, the brothers sized up the Orioles with less than two weeks to go before their opener. ... read more

Injury bug hits Orioles, plus a few more Florida quotes

Just when it looked like the Orioles were having a strong spring training in terms of few injury concerns, on came the news that catcher Matt Wieters will most likely start the year on the disabled list. So will minor league right-handed pitching prospect Hunter Harvey. The Wieters news is not surprising, as April 17 will be when he is 10 months removed from surgery. ... read more

O's minor league Pitcher of the Year impressing in spring training

SARASOTA, Fla. - Several young pitchers from the Orioles minor leagues have done well in major league camp this spring. But only Tyler Wilson has posted eight scoreless innings in O's exhibition games. A 10th-round draft pick in 2011 out of the University of Virginia, Wilson has pitched in four games working two scoreless innings each against the Rays, Phillies, Blue Jays and Twins. "I ... read more

Duquette on Wieters, Graham on Harvey, Bundy on his outing today

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles got a bit of a scare earlier today when 2013 first-round pick Hunter Harvey had to leave his minor league start early in Fort Myers against the Twins. Pitching for Single-A Frederick, Harvey was hit by a combacker and was taken out of the game. Orioles director of player development Brian Graham got the news in Sarasota at the club's ... read more

Dylan Bundy, Hunter Harvey pitch in minors today (plus other notes from Twin Lakes Park)

SARASOTA, Fla. - It's the fourth day of Orioles minor league exhibition games at Twin Lakes Park and for the first time, top draft picks Dylan Bundy and Hunter Harvey will be pitching in minor league exhibitions. While Single-A teams Delmarva and Frederick are on the road in Fort Myers playing against Minnesota, Triple-A Norfolk and Double-A Bowie are home today at noon against the ... read more