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Minor League Spotlight: Recapping the Baltimore Orioles’ Dominican Summer League 2 Season

August 29th, 2015 at 11:30 AM
By Josh Michael

It's time for another edition of our Baltimore Orioles Minor League Spotlight. This week, we have a two-part series for you as we recap the O's Dominican Summer League affiliates seasons.

Baltimore, like some other organizations, actually have two teams in the Dominican Summer League, which were uniquely named DSL Orioles1 and DSL Orioles2. We know, original.

In part two, we are recapping the DSL Orioles2's season. It should be known that the DSL is considered a Rookie-League affiliate, and they play a 72-game schedule.

The DSL Orioles2 finished the season with a 27-45 record, which was good for 8th in the ten-team Dominican Summer League Boca Chica South division. The division was won by the DSL Giants who finished with a 53-19 record.

Unlike their counterpart in the DSL Orioles1, the DSL Orioles2 did much better at home (18-18) than they did on the road this season (9-27).

Despite their poor record, the team did have some standout performers, both offensively and on the mound. Let's take a look at some of those top performers.

DSL Orioles2 Top Offensive Performers
PlayerPOSGABRH2BHRRBISBAVGOBPOPS
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Minor League Spotlight: Recapping the Baltimore Orioles Dominican Summer League 1 Season

August 29th, 2015 at 7:00 AM
By Josh Michael

It's time for another edition of our Baltimore Orioles Minor League Spotlight. This week, we have a two-part series for you as we recap the O's Dominican Summer League affiliates seasons.

Baltimore, like some other organizations, actually have two teams in the Dominican Summer League, which were uniquely named DSL Orioles1 and DSL Orioles2. We know, original.

In part one, we are recapping the DSL Orioles1's season. It should be known that the DSL is considered a Rookie-League affiliate, and they play a 72-game schedule.

The DSL Orioles1 were the more successful of the two O's affiliates in terms of wins and losses this season. The DSL Orioles1 went 37-35 this season and finished third in the DSL Boca Chica Baseball City division. The DSL Blue Jays won the division with a 45-27 record.

Unlike it's parent club, the DSL Orioles1 were actually better on the road this year going 21-15 on the road compared to a 16-20 record at home.

There were some standout performers both offensively and on the mound for the DSL Orioles1 and we have laid out the top performers statistics for you below.

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More Roster Moves Coming Friday for Baltimore Orioles

August 28th, 2015 at 11:11 AM
By Josh Michael

It seems the Baltimore Orioles are almost constantly having to maneuver their roster with a barrage of roster moves and Friday will be no different. A number of roster moves expected to be made for the O's on Friday before their series opener with the Texas Rangers.

The upcoming roster moves began on Thursday, when it became known that OF Dariel Alvarez was going to join the team on Friday in Texas and finally make his big league debut.

In addition, we knew a roster move was coming on Friday anyway because Steve Clevenger would be returning from the Paternity List.

Baltimore already began the roster shuffle after their 5-3 loss on Thursday to the Kansas City Royals by optioning RHP Jorge Rondon to AAA Norfolk. Rondon allowed one run over four innings in two appearances since he was called up on Monday.

That move was not surprising. The Orioles had eight bullpen arms and Rondon was the most obvious choice to be optioned to clear one roster spot.

So by optioning Rondon cleared one spot, but if the Orioles are going to activate both Clevenger and Alvarez, then another spot would need to be opened.

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Minor League Rundown: 8/27 Baltimore Orioles Affiliates Go 2-3, Jomar Reyes Has Big Day

August 28th, 2015 at 10:00 AM
By Josh Michael

Here is your daily Baltimore Orioles Minor League rundown with quick game summaries for each of the Orioles Minor League affiliates for the day. Keep in mind that we have kept this to the five major affiliates, but will give you periodic updates on the Orioles DSL and GCL teams as well throughout the summer.

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AAA Norfolk Tides (73-59)

Tides lose 9-3

  • David Lough went 2-4
  • Sean Halton went 1-2 with two walks and a run scored
  • Mike Wright allowed one run on two hits, two walks and struck out one over four innings pitched

AA Bowie Baysox (74-56)

Baysox lose 8-3

  • Quincy Latimore went 1-3 with a home run, RBI, walk and a run scored
  • Mike Yastrzemski went 2-3 with a home run, two RBI and a run scored
  • Gene Escat allowed two runs on six hits, two walks and struck out three over four innings pitched

High-A Frederick Keys (61-69)

Keys lose 5-4

  • Adrian Marin went 2-5 with a home run, RBI and a run scored
  • Tad Gold went 3-4 with a run scored
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News and Notes: Baltimore Orioles Fall 5-3, Adam Jones Leaves Game, and More (VIDEO)

August 28th, 2015 at 8:04 AM
By Josh Michael

It's time for your daily dose of Baltimore Orioles news and notes. In today's edition, we talk about the O's 5-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals, Adam Jones leaving the game after crashing into the wall, and we preview the upcoming pitching matchups against the Texas Rangers.

O's lose 5-3, drop three of four to Royals

The Orioles' offense was once again shutdown by Royals' pitching scoring just one run through the first eight innings on Thursday and eventually losing 5-3.

Royals' starter Yordano Ventura pretty much dominated the Orioles over his six innings pitched. Ventura continuously pumped 100 MPH heat along with his breaking ball to keep O's hitters off balance and it showed. Baltimore managed just two hits against Ventura and struck out 11 times. The 11 strikeouts were a career high for Ventura.

Baltimore did manage to get some base runners though, thanks to four walks from Ventura, but couldn't take advantage of their opportunities, including the first inning where Chris Davis and Matt Wieters both struck out with two runners on.

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