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Minor League Spotlight: Highlighting Baltimore Orioles’ Prospects Dylan Bundy & Conor Bierfeldt

May 23rd, 2015 at 7:00 AM
By Josh Michael

It’s time for another edition of our Baltimore Orioles Minor League Spotlight and this week we focus on a particular pitcher and particular position player in the O’s system. Today we take a look at how RHP Dylan Bundy and OF Conor Bierfeldt.

Why these two guys? Well first off, there’s never a need for a reason to check in on Bundy, who is widely known as the Orioles’ top prospect, but Bierfeldt may be a surprise to you and what he’s doing deserves to be pointed out.

First we will start with Bundy, who we have all seen and know. Still just 22 years old, the right hander is in his first full season after undergoing Tommy John Surgery in 2013 that cost him all of 2013 and a major portion of 2014.

Bundy saw some action for the O’s in Spring Training and pitched okay. He had a 6.00 ERA over four appearances spanning six innings.

More importantly, he stayed healthy during the spring and was able to begin the 2015 with no limitations other than the organization imposed innings restrictions. Bundy has been in the starting rotation for the AA Bowie Baysox all season, and began working just two innings per start, then moved to three innings and on Thursday, he posted his first four inning start.

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Roster Decisions: Baltimore Orioles Have a Difficult Roster Decision Looming in a Few Days

May 22nd, 2015 at 10:37 AM
By Josh Michael

The Baltimore Orioles have an abundance of players currently on the disabled list and when some of them return, the Birds will be facing some difficult decisions in regards to their roster. One of those will come in the next four to five days when Ryan Flaherty appears to be ready to come off the DL.

Baltimore is expected to activate INF Everth Cabrera off the DL Friday, and one would assume that the corresponding move will be to option Rey Navarro back to AAA. While there's a chance it could be a different move, it's widely anticipated that Navarro will be the one to go.

That's fine and dandy, because it's a pretty simple decision, but once Flaherty comes back, which could be as early as Tuesday, the O's will have a difficult decision to make.

Flaherty is expected to begin a rehab assignment on Sunday and play a couple of games. He has hit .250 with two home runs, four RBI, three doubles, scored six runs and posted a .372 OBP in 13 games this season with the Orioles.

So why is it a difficult decision?

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Minor League Rundown: 5/21 Baltimore Orioles Affiliates Go 2-1, Dylan Bundy Impressive

May 22nd, 2015 at 9:04 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.

Four of the five of the Orioles' major affiliates are underway in 2015, while the Aberdeen Ironbirds opening their season in June.

'Camden Yards 3rd base replacement' photo (c) 2011, Keith Allison - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

AAA Norfolk Tides (21-19)

Tides Postponed due to rain

AA Bowie Baysox (21-19)

Baysox lose 1-0 in 13 innings

  • Mike Yastrzemski went 1-4 with a walk
  • Ronarsy Ledesma went 2-4
  • Dylan Bundy tossed four shutout innings while allowing just two hits, zero walks and struck out five. It was his longest start of the season
  • Gene Escat tossed four shutout innings in relief while allowing four hits, one walk and striking out three, has a 2.53 ERA this season

High-A Frederick Keys (22-19)

Keys win 4-3, score two runs in eighth inning for the win

  • Trey Mancini went 3-4 with a home run, two RBI and a run scored, hitting .293 this season
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News and Notes: JJ Hardy Delivers, Baltimore Orioles May Need a Bullpen Arm, and More (VIDEO)

May 22nd, 2015 at 8:09 AM
By Josh Michael

It's time for your daily dose of Baltimore Orioles news and notes. Today we touch on the O's coming through and getting a big win on Thursday, the possibility of needing to add a bullpen arm, and some interesting notes on some Orioles offensive players.

JJ Hardy delivers to preserve win and help Orioles win series

The Orioles got out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning on Thursday thanks to Steve Pearce's first career grand slam, but slowly and steadily the Seattle Mariners kept chipping away at the lead and before you knew it, the game was tied 4-4 in the seventh inning after Darren O'Day walked in the tying run with the bases loaded.

Baltimore's offense kept grinding and ended up giving themselves a chance to take the lead in the bottom of the eighth inning. Chris Davis reached base on an infield hit and was in motion on a 3-2 pitch that Pearce hit back to the mound, but thanks Davis being in motion, he advanced to second base. Now with one out, the O's had the go ahead run in scoring position and Hardy came through singling up the middle.

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Baltimore Orioles Q&A with TBLDaily’s Dan Clark – Third Edition

May 21st, 2015 at 10:51 AM
By Josh Michael

We announced it via Twitter a few weeks ago and are excited to present our second edition with you today. Our editor and Dan Clark of The Big Leagues Daily have agreed to have a discussion every fornight throughout the 2015 season.

Odds are, you have become familiar with Clark, the General Manager of TBLDaily.com, over the past few weeks. He came to Baltimore not long ago and had the trip of a lifetime, which you can view on TBLDaily.com. He has become a well known Orioles enthusiast, fan, and writer and we could not be more thrilled to be doing this with him this season.

How it works is that Dan and our editor will come up with questions discussing the hot topics in Birdland and provide our thoughts on them. Here at Orioles101, you will see Dan's responses to the questions, and over on TBLDaily, you can view our Editor's (Josh Michael) responses to the same questions. We hope this is something that everyone will enjoy and also help spread the word of Orioles baseball all over the world, including Australia, which is where Dan is located.

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