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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | December 6, 2012
I ran into Jim Callis and John Manuel, the editors of Baseball America, a few minutes ago. The duo knows minor league baseball and its players as well as anybody, so I asked them about T.J. McFarland, the 23-year-old left-handed pitcher that the Orioles just selected in the Rule 5 draft from the Cleveland Indians. McFarland, a sinkerball/slider pitcher who throws his fastball in the high 80s, went 16-8 with a 4.03 ERA in 27 combined starts at Double-A and Triple-A in the Indians' system in 2012.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | July 20, 2014
A familiar process plays out each time you see the descendant of a baseball legend in an obscure minor league ballpark. It's something both observers and the player himself have to deal with - the realization that he is not his namesake, then the understanding that such a standard is unfair and, finally, an appreciation for all the things the new generation does well. Orioles minor league outfielder Mike Yastrzemski, grandson of Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski, has dealt with it all, and now he is earning notice for more than just his name.
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By Dean Jones Jr and The Baltimore Sun | March 30, 2014
A look at how the Orioles' top 10 prospects, according to Baseball America, fared last season, with a brief analysis on each: 1. RHP Dylan Bundy 2013 statistics: Did not pitch Skinny: Bundy missed the entire 2013 season after Tommy John elbow ligament reconstruction, and he's not expected to return to games until June. But he made his major league debut at the end of the 2012 season and remains a vital part of the Orioles' future. 2. RHP Kevin Gausman 2013 statistics: 3-5, 5.66 ERA in 20 games (five starts)
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 21, 2014
Dylan Bundy's fast track to the majors during his first full pro season in 2012 might have some thinking that the Orioles top prospect will return to the big leagues sooner rather than later. But as Bundy prepared to pitch for the Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds on Saturday -- his second start since undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery -- the Orioles made clear that they will bring the 20-year-old right-hander along carefully. “This season is a rehab process,” Orioles player development director Brian Graham said.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2012
Orioles top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy was named to this year's Baseball America Minor League All-Star Team. Bundy, the fourth overall pick in the 2011 draft, was one of four starting pitchers selected from all levels of minor league baseball to make the first team. The 19-year-old right-hander was 9-3 with a 2.08 ERA in 23 starts between low Class-A Delmarva, high Class-A Frederick and Double-A Bowie. He struck out 119 in 104 innings and allowed just 67 hits. Despite speculation that Bundy might join the Orioles once rosters expanded, he is participating in instructional league in Sarasota, Fla. The team was selected by Baseball America's staff.
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By David Selig and The Baltimore Sun | February 19, 2013
Baseball America released its Top 100 prospects list Tuesday, and Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy comes in at No. 2. Bundy, the No. 4 pick in the 2011 draft, pitched 103 2/3 innings at three minor league levels in his first professional season last year before earning a September call-up to the Orioles. He ranks behind only Texas Rangers infielder prospect Jurickson Profar on this year's Baseball America list. Right-hander Kevin Gausman, the Orioles' top pick in last year's draft, is ranked No. 26 and the only other member of the organization on the list.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | November 6, 2012
Baseball America has acquired the list of minor leaguers that have applied for free agency and there are 25 former Orioles farmhands that can now look for work elsewhere. It's a procedural filing - some of the players will come back to the organization. A guy like infielder Steve Tolleson, for instance, who is established with manager Buck Showalter and gets call-up consideration anytime there is a need likely will view the Orioles organization as his best bet and re-sign. That is unless he can land a big league deal.
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By David Selig and The Baltimore Sun | August 6, 2013
Baseball America published the findings of its "best tools" polling Tuesday, and in a development that should suprise no one, Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is lauded for having the best power in the American League. The publication polls the major league managers and reveals the top three in each league in a number of categories. Davis also showed up as the No. 3 choice for "most exciting player" in the AL behind the Angels' Mike Trout and Tigers' Miguel Cabrera. Orioles center fielder Adam Jones was voted to have the best outfield arm and he ranked second behind Trout for best defensive outfielder.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 10, 2014
The Orioles have announced that they have trimmed their spring roster to 53 -- with 15 nonroster invitees -- by optioning catcher Michael Ohlman and left-hander Tim Berry to Double-A Bowie while reassigning catcher Brian Ward to minor league camp. Berry and Ohlman are on the club's 40-man roster; Ward was a spring training invitee. Ohlman, 23, had a breakout minor league season last year in High-A Frederick, hitting .313 with 13 homers in 100 games while earning the Carolina League Player of the Year honors.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | December 12, 2013
The Orioles have acquired minor league catcher David Freitas as the player to be named later in the deal that sent closer Jim Johnson to the Oakland Athletics for infielder Jemile Weeks last week. Freitas, 24, was selected in the 15th round out of the University of Hawaii by the Washington Nationals in 2010. The right-handed hitter was traded by the Nationals to the Athletics for catcher Kurt Suzuki in August 2012. Freitas is a .276 hitter with a .377 on-base percentage in four minor league seasons.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 13, 2014
Whether Kevin Gausman's strong start Thursday night, in which he shut down a Toronto Blue Jays team with one of the most dangerous lineups in baseball, solidified him a place in the Orioles starting rotation remains to be seen. But he has made it difficult for the club to do otherwise. Gausman held Toronto to just one run and five hits in six innings as the Orioles took the opener of their four-game series against the American League East-leading Blue Jays, 4-2, in front of an announced 17,403 at Camden Yards.
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By Trevor Hass, The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2014
Dylan Bundy is confident he can be the dominant pitcher he was before an elbow injury interrupted a promising start to his professional career. Bundy, on the cusp of pitching in his first game since 2012, spoke Thursday at Ripken Stadium, home of short-season Single-A Aberdeen and his new home for at least the next few weeks. He said his arm feels great, and he's eager to make his first start Sunday on the road against Hudson Valley. "I feel like I can be the same as I used to be," Bundy said.
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By Alejandro Zúñiga and The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2014
Michael Burgess is making a strong case for why he should return to Double-A baseball. The right fielder at High-A Frederick -- who spent the past two years at the Double-A level in other farm systems before being signed by the Orioles in the offseason -- has terrorized opposing pitchers while with the Keys. In his last 10 games, Burgess, 25, is hitting .389 with a 1.049 on-base-plus slugging percentage, raising his season batting average to .280. Burgess' recent tear was highlighted by a 3-for-3 performance on May 18, when he hit a home run and drove in four in the Keys' 7-6 loss to Winston-Salem.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2014
Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy is progressing toward another step in his recovery from Tommy John elbow ligament surgery last June. Bundy is expected to throw one inning in an extended spring training game Tuesday in Sarasota, Fla. It will mark the first time since March 2012 that he has pitched against hitters outside of the Orioles organization. An extended spring training game typically is between players from two different organizations who are still working out or rehabbing in Florida.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2014
Gone are the days when weekly newspaper stat lines and monthly issues of Baseball America were the only sources of information on a team's minor league players. A rising interest in fantasy baseball, the home team's future, and sadly, a cottage industry of autograph creepers have all led to a boom in minor league scouting reports and player stories online. Everyone wants to know who tomorrow's stars are, and the earlier you're in on someone, the more you can crow when he turns out to be a stud.
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By Dean Jones Jr and The Baltimore Sun | April 3, 2014
UPDATE (5:15 p.m. Thursday): Kevin Gausman was scratched from his start for Triple-A Norfolk on Thursday in case the Orioles need him for a potential doubleheader in Detroit this weekend. Right-hander Eddie Gamboa will start in his place. ORIGINAL POST Two of the Orioles' top three pitching prospects will make their 2014 season debut tonight as the organization's four full-season minor league affiliates play their first games. Right-hander Kevin Gausman -- the second-best prospect in the organization, according to Baseball America -- will start for Triple-A Norfolk in the 7:05 p.m. game at Harbor Park against Charlotte, an affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. Left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez -- No. 3 on Baseball America's list of top Orioles prospects -- will pitch for Double-A Bowie in the 6:35 p.m. game at Prince George's Stadium against Harrisburg, an affiliate of the Washington Nationals.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 26, 2013
All signs continue to be positive in Orioles top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy's recovery from  right forearm and elbow stiffness. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Bundy continues to have full range of motion without pain in his right arm after he received a platelet rich plasma injection. Showalter said if everything continues to go well, Bundy will be able to resume throwing June 10. Before he is cleared, he will have another visit with Dr. James Andrews. Bundy, ranked the second-best prospect in baseball by Baseball America, hasn't pitched in a regular-season game this year.
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By Dean Jones Jr and The Baltimore Sun | March 30, 2014
A look at how the Orioles' top 10 prospects, according to Baseball America, fared last season, with a brief analysis on each: 1. RHP Dylan Bundy 2013 statistics: Did not pitch Skinny: Bundy missed the entire 2013 season after Tommy John elbow ligament reconstruction, and he's not expected to return to games until June. But he made his major league debut at the end of the 2012 season and remains a vital part of the Orioles' future. 2. RHP Kevin Gausman 2013 statistics: 3-5, 5.66 ERA in 20 games (five starts)
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By David Driver, For The Baltimore Sun | March 29, 2014
Shawn Pleffner, 24, took a lead off second base at the minor-league complex of the Washington Nationals at Viera, Fla., on a 72-degree day. The former Arundel High School standout was among a group of four top minor-league prospects working on leads on fly balls. "Get a secondary lead. Get a good one," shouted Gary Cathcart, an instructor in the Nationals' farm system. It might seem at first glance that Pleffner, a 6-foot-5, 225-pounder with the build of an NFL linebacker, would be better off just honing his skill at the bat. But learning to run the bases is among the tasks the first baseman faces on the east coast of Florida during spring training sessions that begin around 8 a.m. "A good example is Cal Ripken Jr. ," Pleffner said of the Orioles' Hall of Famer.
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