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  1. The draft is one week from today. Here's the latest from the mock drafts. I'll update this thread with the final mock drafts next Monday. I also have video links for each player below courtesy of MLB.com. ESPN: http://www.espn.com/blog/keith-law/insider/post?id=7116 Orioles: Tanner Houck - RHP - Missouri MLB.com: http://m.mlb.com/news/article/233694538/mlb-mock-draft-wright-greene-remain-12/ Orioles: Jake Burger - 3B - Missouri State Minor League Ball community mock draft: http://www.minorleagueball.com/2017/6/3/15735390/2017-minor-league-ball-community-mock-draft-after-action-discussion Orioles: Heliot Ramos - OF - Puerto Rico HS Perfect Game: https://www.perfectgame.org/Articles/View.aspx?article=13755 Orioles: Evan White - 1B - Kentucky SB Nation: http://www.blessyouboys.com/2017/6/5/15739506/2017-mlb-mock-draft-sb-nation-hunter-greene-brendan-mckay-minnesota-twins Orioles: David Peterson - LHP - Oregon Bleacher Report: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2712389-2017-mlb-mock-draft-with-two-weeks-remaining Baseball America: http://www.baseballamerica.com/draft/2017-mlb-mock-draft-3-5/ Orioles: Griffin Canning - RHP - UCLA
  2. Just wanted to point out that Jomar Reyes is quietly batting .520 (13-for-24) through his first six games. Yea I know. Small sample size and all that jazz. Still, an encouraging start from one of the more disappointing prospects from the 2016 season. Lets hope he's ready to break out and that this isn't a flash in the pan.
  3. The HOTSHEET is back. Check out who was hot (and not) among the Orioles Hangout top 30 prospects for the month of April. Baysox left-hander John Means earns the top spot on the list after pitching to a 1.40 ERA over his first five starts: http://www.orioleshangout.com/2017/05/01/orioles-minor-league-prospect-hotsheet-april-edition/
  4. TIDES ANNOUNCE OPENING DAY ROSTER Ron Johnson set to lead Tides for 6th consecutive season The Norfolk Tides and their parent club, the Baltimore Orioles, have announced the Tides Opening Day roster for the 2017 season. The roster features 13 pitchers and 12 position players, and the team will once again be managed by Ron Johnson. Joining Johnson are Pitching Coach Mike Griffin, Hitting Coach Sean Berry, Field Coach José Hernández, Athletic Trainer Mark Shiresand Strength and Conditioning Coach Trevor Howell. Norfolk’s pitching staff will consist of starters Mike Wright (slated to take the mound in tonight’s opener at Charlotte), Jayson Aquino, Alec Asher, Chris Lee and Gabriel Ynoa. Norfolk’s relievers include Richard Bleir, Parker Bridwell, Stefan Crichton, Joe Gunkel, Richard Rodriguez, Zach Stewart, Logan Verrett and Jimmy Yacabonis. The Tides Opening Day roster features six infielders: Robert Andino, Alex Castellanos, Johnny Giavotella, Paul Janish, Chris Johnson and David Washington. Manning the outfield for Norfolk will be Pedro Álvarez, Michael Choice, Chris Dickerson and Logan Schafer. The Tides will open the season with two catchers: Francisco Peña and Chance Sisco. Three players will open the season on Norfolk’s Disabled List: pitcher Nate Adcock, catcher Joel Polanco and outfielder Mike Yastrzemski. Infielder Jesús Montero will open the season on Norfolk’s Restricted List. The Tides open their 2017 campaign tonight at Charlotte, with first pitch from BB&T Ballpark slated for 7:05 pm. The game can be heard live on ESPN Radio 94.1 and watched live on MiLB.tv. The Tides open the home portion of their schedule on Monday, April 10 with a 6:35 pm game against the Gwinnett Braves. The first 10,000 fans on Monday will receive a 2017 magnet schedule courtesy of John’s Tax Service.
  5. Baysox Announce Opening Day Roster BOWIE, Md. - The Bowie Baysox announce today the 2017 Opening Day Roster. The roster features 10 players who were drafted by the Orioles since 2014 and only three players new to the Orioles organization. Some of the top prospects in the Orioles organization will also begin the year in Bowie. Tanner Scott, Garrett Cleavinger, Jesus Liranzo and Cedric Mullins are all among MLB.com’s Top 20 Orioles prospects. The starting rotation is expected to include RHP Brandon Barker, LHP John Means, RHP David Hess, LHP Tanner Scott and RHP Matthew Grimes. Each of them finished the 2016 season as part of the Baysox pitching staff with only Scott moving from the bullpen into the rotation for 2017. This year’s Opening Night roster features 14 players who played with the Baysox in 2016, including two members of the Orioles 40-man roster in Jason Garcia and Jesus Liranzo. INF Garabez Rosa, who is the Baysox career leader in games played and hits also returns for a fifth season in Bowie after being named an Eastern League All-Star last season. A total of six players on the Baysox 2017 roster will be making their Double-A debuts after making the leap from the lower levels of the Orioles organization: LHP Garrett Cleavinger, RHP Lucas Long, RHP Ryan Meisinger, INF Erick Salcedo, OF Cedric Mullins and OF DJ Stewart. The only newcomers to the organization are LHP Jed Bradley who briefly appeared with the Atlanta Braves in 2016, RHP Jefri Hernandez who was a Rule V pick (AAA Phase) from the Reds organization and Sean Coyle who was signed as a Minor League free agent after beginning his career with Boston. The 2017 Bowie Baysox season is presented by Money One Federal Credit Union. The Baysox 2017 home opener will be Thursday, April 13 against the Harrisburg Senators at 6:35 p.m. Don’t miss out as the team prepares to celebrate its 25th Season. Single game tickets are now available at www.baysox.com. ###
  6. Here's a link to a recent scouting report filed on Trey Mancini by Bernie Pleskoff of FanRag sports. I'm highly intrigued with his report on Mancini's defense in right field. He also grades out Mancini as a 50 and thinks he could develop into an everyday player eventually. https://www.fanragsports.com/mlb/orioles/pleskoff-scouting-report-trey-mancini/
  7. After missing several weeks with a knee injury earlier this season, Orioles prospect Glynn Davis is providing a spark for the Baysox with his speed. http://www.pressboxonline.com/2015/08/18/orioles-prospect-glynn-davis-progression-contingent-on-staying-health
  8. Mychal Givens' first big-league stint didn't last long, but the 25-year-old is working hard at Bowie and hopes to help the Orioles down the stretch. http://www.pressboxonline.com/2015/07/08/orioles-prospect-mychal-givens-looks-to-return-to-majors
  9. Q: I know he's only 18 and in his first full season in A... but is Jomar Reyes worth getting excited about? A lot of local guys have been talking up his quick progress at Delmarva, to be hitting as well as he is and with a (likely) power increase to come. McDaniel: Upside is huge. Massive raw power and huge kid with some feel to hit. There's a chance it ends up something like Miguel Sano, but obviously isn't at that top 25 prospect in baseball level yet. Q: Trey Mancini having a huge breakout season in the Orioles farm system. What do you know about him? Could he develop into a starting first baseman? McDaniel: Don't think so. Long frame and longish swing but has plus raw and is hitting more than expected; I'd guess platoon bat, but that's way more than his draft status would suggest. I liked him back to his days batting behind Jagielo in college and wondered why he didn't get more attention from scouts.
  10. Dariel Alvarez, one of the top position player prospects in the system, is off to a real disappointing start at Norfolk batting just .232/.265/.335 in 162 PA on the season. Being the numbers geek that I am, I'm here to tell you I think he is actually doing just fine and should heat up at the plate soon using a good old fashioned saber metric argument. Don't let 162 disappointing PA get you down on him just yet. Why? Because, taking a deeper look at the numbers, I see three very interesting things going on here. 2014 Alvarez: .306/.330/.472, 11% K percentage, 16.5% Line Drive Rate, .320 BABIP 2015 Alvarez: .232/.265/.335, 9.9% K percentage, 18.7% Line Drive Rate, .243 BABIP Do you see them too? Yes, so despite posting a much weaker slash line than he did in 2014, Alvarez has actually cut down his strikeouts and increased his percentage of line drives hit. But, he has gotten very unlucky on batting average on balls in play, as shown by the significantly lower BABIP in 2015. That should correct itself over time, especially if he maintains his current contact and line drive rates, and eventually that slash line should be more in line with what we expected to see from him. So, I keep telling myself. Let's hope I'm right. For what its worth, the scout that Roy Firestone talked also seems to think the bat will come around.
  11. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>People have asked me if I've heard about a guy on the Spring Training backfields that took a huge step forward. I hadn't, but I have now.</p>— Kiley McDaniel (@kileymcd) <a href=" ">March 26, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Orioles RHP Branden Kline sat 96-98 hit 99 mph for 4 innings yesterday, hit 98 mph in other MILB ST outing, 88-90 mph SL was +, CH flashed +</p>— Kiley McDaniel (@kileymcd) <a href=" ">March 26, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Kline was 2012 2nd rder from UVA & was last cut from my BAL list. Low 90s, fringy offspeed/CMD last yr; new delivery, Chris Archer comps now</p>— Kiley McDaniel (@kileymcd) <a href=" ">March 26, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>He's expected to start the season in the Double-A rotation, so be ready for the "whoa Kline is so much better!" articles in about a month.</p>— Kiley McDaniel (@kileymcd) <a href=" ">March 26, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>McDaniel is the lead prospect writer for FanGraphs as well as a former scout in the O's organization so I trust his word on these reports and am very excited to see how Kline performs this year.
  12. Dylan Bundy is starting the season with the Double-A Bowie Baysox, but the Orioles prospect remains focused on returning to the big leagues in 2015. http://www.pressboxonline.com/2015/04/13/orioles-prospect-dylan-bundy-intent-on-returning-to-major-leagues-in-2015
  13. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Hunter Harvey with a 96 mph fastball to Margot <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/orioles?src=hash">#orioles</a></p>— Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) <a href=" ">March 7, 2015</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> Granted, it's one inning of work in an exhibition game but sounds like Hunter Harvey made a nice impression today. Also, very impressive and encouraging that he's already touching 96 mph this early in the year.
  14. Welcome to the 2014 MLB draft where the Orioles 3rd rounder will receive as much attention as it ever will with it being their first pick of the draft. Day one has concluded and we are just 15 picks away from No. 90, the Orioles first selection in the draft. For all the draft junkies out there that have been paying attention to the names of interest 100-to-200 players deep like myself, who stands out to you as a possible fit for the Orioles at No. 90? It's a tough one predict as at this stage of the draft as the list of potential candidates for this pick is big and opinions vary on who's a 3rd round talent. But for discussion's sake, I thought I'd list several names that I like. (I'm no expert at this and I'll be thoroughly impressed at my guesswork if one of the following player's I mention actually gets taken by by the Orioles at pick 90) Chris Ellis - RHP - Ole Miss Really like this kid for the 3rd round. Hope he's still on the board. Command needs improvement and slider is below average but I like the plus fastball and changeup. Jace Fry - LHP - Oregon State Polished lefties that put up stellar results in the Pac-12 seem like "safe" picks to me. Fry's upside may only be a 4th starter but he's a good value for the 3rd round and may have a chance at reaching that upside rather quickly. Aaron Brown - LHP/OF - Pepperdine One of the better two way athletes in the country. His future is on the mound where he has three solid average pitches and pitched very well for the Waves this year. The possibility of a slight boost in stuff while concentrating on pitching full time intrigues me. Brian Anderson - 2B/OF - Arkansas He can hit and still has some projection in his power tool. I'm intrigued by his offensive minded second baseman profile if he can stick there. May also be an option at third with his athleticism and arm strength. Jeren Kendall - CF Kendall is an absolute burner and looks like a potential plus defender in center. His offensive profile is similar to Josh Hart in my opinion so he might be someone Gary Rajsich (who raved about Hart before and after draft day last year) is looking at if available. Casey Soltis - RF Soltis has a real nice looking left handed swing and could develop a plus hit tool in my opinion. He's not a real toolsy athlete but has enough arm for right and could be a nice find in the 3rd round. Maybe a Nick Markakis-light Keaton McKinney - RHP What I like about McKinney is that he features one of the best changeups in the prep class and a low 90's fastball with movement too. Drawbacks are concerns about his arm action and mediocre breaking ball but I like his durable 6'5, 220 pound frame and think he has a chance at a mid-rotation ceiling. Cobi Johnson - RHP I like his projectable frame, bloodlines (Dad pitched in bigs, now a roving instructor with Blue Jays) and advanced feel for pitching. Boom/Bust high school pitcher... Dylan Cease - RHP The upside play, Cease has one of the livelier arms in this class but an elbow injury that has kept him out since March dropped his stock. If available and his bonus demands aren't unreasonable, he could be a worthy gamble for the O's. If not, pass.
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