Fansided: Baltimore Orioles: Four Prospects Added To Roster, One Surprise Left Off
Finally, some Baltimore Orioles roster news! On Wednesday afternoon, hours before the 8 pm EST deadline to finalize 40-man rosters, the Orioles announced the addition of four prospects to the roster, protecting them from the upcoming Rule 5 draft in December.Infielder turned outfielder Ryan Mountcastle, pitchers Keegan Akin and Dean Kremer, and outfielder Ryan McKenna have all been added to the 40-man roster. The roster now stands at 39 players.
It's been assumed for a long time now that Mountcastle, Akin, and Kremer were locks to be protected.
Camden Chat: Orioles minor league recap 4/21: Ryan Mountcastle homers yet again
The Tides were leading this game 5-0 after starting pitcher Yefry Ramirez got them through five shutout innings with just one hit and three walks allowed, striking out seven. He has yet to allow three starts. That's good! Except then they lost, in part because rehabbing big leaguer Nate Karns gave up three runs while pitching just one third of an inning, with up-to-now-perfect reliever Jay Flaa coughing up the last run in the seventh to take the loss.There is good news even in defeats in the minors - well, sometimes. Prospect Ryan Mountcastle blasted his fourth home run in his past five games as part of a game where he drove in four runs, raising his season OPS to .
Fansided: Baltimore Orioles: Important Roster Decisions Due By Tonight
By 8 pm EST tonight, the Baltimore Orioles will have to set their 40-man roster and decide which Rule 5 draft-eligible prospects the organization wants to protect and which are left vulnerable and available for other teams to select in the December draft.Will the Orioles protect RHP Cody Sedlock, their 2016 first-round draft pick out of Illinois, after making a drastic turnaround and putting together one of the more impressive pitching performances down on the farm last season? What about the hot name around town lately, RHP Gray Fenter? Recently named the most athletic prospect in the system by MLB Pipeline, will outfielder Ryan McKenna be added to the 40-man?
Camden Chat: Wednesday Bird Droppings: Where it is the deadline to protect players from the Rule 5 draft
Good morning, Birdland!Teams have until 8 p.m. ET tonight to make decisions on their Rule 5 eligible players. If the organization does not want to risk losing them to next month's draft, then those players have to be added to the 40-man roster. If the club is willing to take the chance, then they can leave them unprotected and risk losing them a few weeks from now.
This very website and this very writer put together a quick overview of what qualifies a player for Rule 5 eligibility and which players the Orioles are at risk of losing.
Fansided: Baltimore Orioles: Three Rebound Candidates For The 2020 Season
As a fan of any sports team, especially the Baltimore Orioles, one of the more depressing and frustrating aspects of following your favorite team closely is watching a player with high expectations placed on them struggle. You have all these hopes of this particular player making a valuable contribution to the team, but they fall short and the process of trying to figure out what they can to do rebound begins.In Birdland, we saw Trey Mancini go from an American League Rookie of the Year finalist in 2017 to a -0.3 fWAR player in 2018.
Camden Chat: Tuesday Bird Droppings: Where Brian Roberts is on the Hall of Fame ballot
Good morning, Camden Chatters.It's Hall of Fame voting season, and this year's batch of eligible inductees was announced yesterday. Among the new candidates, most of the national media attention is going to Derek Jeter -- because of course it is -- but here in Birdland, the bigger story is that longtime Orioles second baseman and leadoff hitter Brian Roberts is listed on the ballot.
This year's newcomers are players who last played in 2014 and spent at least 10 years in the majors, but not all such players even make it through the screening process to get their names listed (Erik Bedard and Nate McLouth, for instance, didn't make the cut despite fitting the criteria).
Camden Chat: Monday Bird Droppings: Where the O's Frederick affiliate faces an uncertain future
Hello, friends.There are now 129 days remaining until Orioles Opening Day 2020. With the BBWAA awards for the 2019 season in the rear view mirror, the reality sets in that there will not be much new to say about this team between now and when they start reporting for spring training in slightly less than three months.
With no significant roster additions on the horizon, there are other things to wonder about. Over the weekend, the New York Times posted a list of minor league teams that could be eliminated under MLB's proposal for reorganizing the minor leagues.
Fansided: Baltimore Orioles: Brian Roberts Joins Hall of Fame Ballot
On Monday afternoon, the National Baseball Hall of Fame officially released the 2020 Hall of Fame ballot, including 18 players who find their name on the ballot for the first time. Former Baltimore Orioles second baseman, and current radio/tv broadcaster for MASN and 105.7 The Fan, Brian Roberts is one of those making their debut on the ballot.Roberts joins outfielder Sammy Sosa and starting pitcher Curt Schilling as the other players on the 2020 Hall of Fame ballot with ties to the Baltimore Orioles.
A fan favorite during his time in the Charm City, Roberts was a first-round pick of the Orioles back in 1999 out of the University of South Carolina.
Camden Chat: Orioles minor league recap 6/6: Fenter and Rom combine for Shorebirds shutout
Joey Rickard had a nice night at the plate. The center fielder drove in four runs on two hits, including a three-run homer. Stevie Wilkerson also recorded two hits and scored twice in five at-bats. Cedric Mullins went 1-for-4. Mark Trumbo singled and walked in four trips to the plate, while Ryan Mountcastle went hitless.Tyler Herb battled through eight hits, two home runs and two walks to allow just two runs on three strikeouts in five innings. Out of the bullpen, Chandler Shepherd racked up five strikeouts in three innings.
Camden Chat: Who will the Orioles protect from the Rule 5 draft?
The 2019 edition of the Rule 5 draft does not take place until December 12, but teams have to start making preparations now. This Wednesday is the deadline for clubs to set their 40-man rosters and protect players from next month's draft. That means that the Orioles have a few tough decisions to make.As Orioles fans, you are likely familiar with the process of selecting a player in the Rule 5 draft by now. Any player chosen must then remain on that team's big league roster (now expanded to 26 in 2020) for the entirety of the following season.
Camden Chat: The O's GM has been with the organization for one year today.
Good morning, Birdland!We are officially one year into the Mike Elias era of Orioles baseball. How is everyone feeling?
The performance at the major league level has been predictably bad. Even still, the team did improve by seven wins over the previous season, and they did it with very few big names, a luxury that the 2018 iteration did have.
Elias's background is in scouting and player development. On that front, the O's seem to have improved by leaps and bounds. Selecting the top player in the draft, Adley Rutschman, certainly helps, but it was far from the only factor.
Fansided: Baltimore Orioles: Three Bounce-Back Free Agent Pitching Options
Over the last few weeks, we have highlighted four different possible low-cost pitching options the Baltimore Orioles could target in free agency this winter. If you haven't had the opportunity to check any of them out, you can find the links below. Let's offer up one final free agent profile piece, but this time we're upping it to include three possible options.Mike Elias has made it clear that he is looking to add pitching depth to come in and compete for rotation and bullpen spots in spring training after watching his pitching staff just barely crawl across the finish line of the 2019 season.
Fansided: Baltimore Orioles: Mike Elias On Possible Offseason Activity
When it comes to offseason movement, the annual General Manager meetings aren't where we typically see much movement, but conversations surrounding possible deals are started and the offseason wheels are kicked into motion ahead of next month's Winter Meetings. What does this mean for the Baltimore Orioles?We already know that Mike Elias isn't going to make any big waves in free agency. At least when free agent signings start to roll in, it will provide us with a fun hunt for information about who this new player that we have probably never heard of is.
Fansided: Baltimore Orioles: Three Rookie Of The Year Candidates For 2020
We don't want to get ahead of ourselves, or buy into a large amount of hype based on small sample sizes, but it's November and the Baltimore Orioles are expected to be very quiet this winter, so we're going to allow ourselves to daydream about a few young rookies looking to make in impact in 2020.It's been a long time since Gregg Olson won Rookie of the Year honors in 1989, but plenty of Orioles rookies have made immediate impacts in their first year in the major leagues and put together strong resumes for ROY honors.
Camden Chat: Orioles 2020 home schedule will include 6:35 weeknight games in April, May, September
The Orioles announced the game times for their 2020 home schedule on Thursday afternoon, and along with that announcement came a surprise. For Monday-Thursday games before Memorial Day and after Labor Day, the Orioles have changed the standard start time of 7:05 to 6:35.There will be a total of 16 games that have the times altered as a result of this. Nine of the games will be played in March, April, or May and seven will be played in September. This will end up including the final four home games that the Orioles play in the regular season.