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  • Grayson Rodriguez Throws Off Full Mound Wednesday

    Baltimore Orioles pitching prospect Grayson Rodriguez (lat) threw off a full mound on Wednesday for the first time since landing on the minor league injured list in early June. As long as Rodriguez doesn't suffer any setbacks from here on out, the Orioles are optimistic that he'll pitch in games again in 2022. The No. 3 overall prospect in baseball, per MLB Pipeline, Rodriguez was 5-1 with a 2.09 ERA, a 0.84 WHIP and an 80:14 K:BB in 56 innings over 11 starts at Triple-A Norfolk before his injury. He was knocking on the door to join the Orioles rotation, but it remains to be seen if he'll make his MLB debut later this season. Rodriguez should already be stashed in all dynasty/keeper leagues.

    Aug 10 · Source via Orioles Grayson Rodriguez prospects
  • Cade Povich Dominates In First Start With New Club

    Baltimore Orioles new pitching prospect Cade Povich was arguably the centerpiece of last week's trade that saw big-league closer Jorge Lopez dealt from the Orioles to the Twins. The southpaw has a mid-90s fastball that figures to increase a few ticks as he rises through the minors. He also throws a decent changeup, slider, and curveball. Povich's best tool is his control; he has a fantastic tendency to locate his pitches in the zone, inducing strikeouts and weak contact all while keeping walks to a minimum. The 24-year-old made his debut in the Orioles' system on Saturday, throwing six shutout innings. He surrendered one hit and zero walks while striking out eight batters. He was quite efficient, working through the Wilmington lineup with ease. It's hard to imagine this is the last time Povich appears on one of these prospect reports.

    Aug 10 · Source via Orioles Cade Povich prospects
  • Felix Bautista Converts Second Consecutive Save Tuesday

    Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Felix Bautista earned his sixth save of the season and his second in the last two games in Tuesday's 6-5 win over the Blue Jays. Bautista entered to close things out with a one-run lead. He got the first out on a flyout, allowed a single, got the second out on a strikeout, and ended the game by getting Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to line out. Bautista has a nasty pitch arsenal and has done very well for the O's this season, compiling a 1.69 ERA with a 12.00 K/9 rate. He appears to be worth a roster spot in all leagues at this time with Jorge Lopez leaving the bullpen at the trade deadline.

    Aug 10 · Source via Orioles Felix Bautista closers
  • Felix Bautista Earns Four-Out Save Monday

    Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Felix Bautista picked up his fifth save of the season in Monday's 7-4 win over the Blue Jays. Bautista came into the game up by two with two outs in the eighth inning and runners on first and second. He got a groundout to end the inning and stayed on to pitch the ninth inning. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. reached first on an error and Alejandro Kirk singled, but Bautista then struck out Teoscar Hernandez and got Bo Bichette to ground into a double play to end the game. The big flamethrower has pitched very well overall this season and seems to be the favorite to take up the closing duties for the O's with Jorge Lopez traded. He now has a 1.72 ERA with a 12.06 K/9 rate. Bautista is worth a look in most fantasy leagues at this time given his strong performance and how well the O's have played.

    Aug 9 · Source via Orioles Felix Bautista closers
  • Cedric Mullins Drops To Eighth In Batting Order

    Baltimore Orioles outfielder Cedric Mullins is starting in center field and hitting eighth in the batting order on Monday against Toronto Blue Jays left-hander Yusei Kikuchi. It will be just the second time all year that Mullins has hit eighth in the order. He's gone 8-for-25 (.320) with a home run, three RBI, four runs scored and two stolen bases in six games over the last week, but he's also hitting just .211 (32-for-152) with only three of his nine home runs against left-handed pitchers this year. It's unclear if the 27-year-old will hit lower in the lineup against southpaws moving forward, but it's obviously bad news for his DFS value. In his place, right fielder Ryan McKenna will hit leadoff for the O's on Monday.

    Aug 8 · Source via Orioles Cedric Mullins
  • Dodgers Claim Rylan Bannon Off Waivers From Orioles

    The Los Angeles Dodgers claimed third baseman Rylan Bannon off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles on Monday after he was designated for assignment last week. Bannon was originally drafted by the Dodgers in the eighth round in 2017 out of Xavier University. He got his first taste of major league action with the Orioles this year and went 2-for-14 (.143) with five strikeouts and two runs scored in just four games played. In 78 games at Triple-A Norfolk this year, the 26-year-old hit .229/.347/.407 with 11 home runs, 58 RBI, 45 runs scored and six stolen bases in 326 plate appearances. Bannon will attempt to make a name for himself in the Dodgers minor league system moving forward.

    Aug 8 · Source via Orioles Dodgers Rylan Bannon
  • Austin Hays Returns On Monday

    Baltimore Orioles outfielder Austin Hays (oblique) is back in left field and is hitting sixth in the batting order on Monday against Toronto Blue Jays left-hander Yusei Kikuchi. Hays missed the last four games with left oblique tightness, but fantasy managers will have him available for the week. The 27-year-old hasn't been as good against left-handers this year with a .252 average (28-for-111) and four of his 12 home runs, but he's worth reinserting into starting fantasy lineups against Kikuchi on Monday. Overall, Hays has hit .258/.317/.429 with 12 long balls, 47 RBI, 49 runs scored and two stolen bases in 398 plate appearances over 96 games played.

    Aug 8 · Source via Orioles Austin Hays
  • Austin Hays Sidelined Against Pirates

    Baltimore Orioles outfielder Austin Hays (oblique) will miss yet another game on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Hays has been out of the lineup since Tuesday with tightness in his left oblique, which can be a difficult injury to come back from in short order. Although he's day-to-day for now, this could turn into an injured list situation. However, he did some baseball activities on Saturday and could be nearing a return in a few days. Brett Phillips will get another start in left field on Sunday and will hit eighth against Pirates right-hander Bryse Wilson. The former Tampa Bay Ray has gone 2-for-8 with two doubles in his first three games with Baltimore, but on the year he's hitting a lowly .151/.226/.260 with five homers, 15 RBI, 21 runs scored and seven stolen bases in 78 games.

    Aug 7 · Source via Orioles Austin Hays
  • Austin Hays Remains Out Saturday

    Baltimore Orioles outfielder Austin Hays (oblique) is out of the starting lineup again on Saturday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Hays is dealing with oblique tightness, but he downplayed the injury on Friday, so he could return to Baltimore's lineup on Sunday. Brett Phillips will get another start in left field on Saturday while hitting ninth in the batting order against Pirates right-hander JT Brubaker. Phillips has gone 1-for-6 with a double and four strikeouts in two games since coming over from the Tampa Bay Rays. In his 75 games for Tampa this year, Phillips hit .147/.225/.250 with five home runs, 14 RBI, 21 runs scored and seven stolen bases before being designated for assignment. He'll be a low-upside DFS dart throw against Pittsburgh.

    Aug 6 · Source via Orioles Austin Hays
  • Austin Hays Dealing With Side Soreness

    Baltimore Orioles outfielder Austin Hays (side) was out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Texas Rangers due to a sore left side. According to Orioles manager Brandon Hyde, Hays could return to action for Friday's series opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates following the team's day off on Thursday. The 27-year-old is slashing .258/.317/.429 with 12 home runs, 47 RBI, 49 runs, and two stolen bases in 96 games in 2022. Hays is considered day-to-day. Ryan McKenna will continue to handle right field duties while Hays is sidelined.

    Aug 3 · Source via Orioles Austin Hays
  • Jorge Mateo Swipes His 26th Bag Wednesday

    Baltimore Orioles shortstop Jorge Mateo was 0-for-3 during Wednesday's 6-3 win over the Texas Rangers, but walked, scored a run, and stole a base. It was his 26th steal of the season, which is second in all of baseball and leads the American League. However, the rest of Mateo's numbers are hard to swallow as he owns a .216/.264/.389 slash line with 10 HRs, 32 RBI, and 41 runs. The 27-year-old can be used for his stolen base production in deeper formats but might hurt the other categories too much in standard leagues.

    Aug 3 · Source via Orioles Jorge Mateo
  • Twins Acquiring Jorge Lopez From Orioles

    The Minnesota Twins are finalizing a deal to acquire closer Jorge Lopez from the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday in exchange for left-hander Cade Povich, right-handed reliever Yennier Cano and more prospects from the Complex League, according to sources. The Twins had been using a committee approach to the ninth inning this year, but Lopez will presumably step right in as the club's new closer after the trade. The 29-year-old right-hander was excellent with Baltimore this year, posting a 1.68 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP with 19 saves, 54 strikeouts and only 17 walks in 48 1/3 innings. Lopez's fantasy value increases with the deal to the first-place Twins. Back in Baltimore, Felix Bautista should be first in line for save chances with Lopez no longer around.

    Aug 2 · Source via Orioles Jorge Lopez closers
  • Joseph Ortiz Coming Off Big Week In Minors

    Baltimore Orioles shortstop prospect Joseph Ortiz is a defense-first player with phenomenal glovework and a plus arm. He projects as the Orioles' shortstop of the future, using his fantastic baseball instincts, fluid footwork, and great glove-to-throw skills. He isn't super speedy, but he has enough range to cover the shortstop position adequately. Ortiz has never been known as a major power hitter, but he has seen a somewhat surprising uptick in homers over the last couple of seasons. He's an average hitter who will ideally cut down on strikeouts and develop a bit more discipline before he reaches the big-league level. All criticism aside, Ortiz is coming off a huge week in Double-A. Through six games, he went 14-for-27 with three homers, four doubles, 11 RBI, and nine runs. The 24-year-old undoubtedly factors into Baltimore's future plans and could have some low-end fantasy appeal in the majors as soon as 2024.

    Aug 2 · Source via Orioles Joey Ortiz prospects
  • Rays Acquire Jose Siri In Three-Team Deal

    The Tampa Bay Rays acquired outfielder Jose Siri from the Houston Astros on Monday in a three-team deal that also involved the Baltimore Orioles sending first baseman/outfielder Trey Mancini and right-hander Jayden Murray to the Astros for right-handers Seth Johnson and Chayce McDermott, according to sources. Siri was great for the Astros in 21 games in his rookie season in 2021, hitting .304/.347/.609 with a .956 OPS, four home runs, nine RBI, 10 runs scored and three stolen bases. However, he's really struggled in 48 games for Houston in 2022, slashing just .178/.238/.304 with three homers, 10 RBI, 18 runs scored and six stolen bases in 147 plate appearances. Tampa is expected to designate outfielder Brett Phillips for assignment to make room for Siri on the active roster.

    Aug 1 · Source via Astros Orioles Rays Trey Mancini Brett Phillips Jose Siri
  • Trey Mancini Acquired By Astros

    The Houston Astros acquired first baseman/outfielder Trey Mancini from the Baltimore Orioles on Monday, according to sources. It's unknown who the Orioles will get in exchange, but they are expected to receive multiple players. With Mancini now in town, the struggling Yuli Gurriel will now find himself on the bench more often. Houston's top first base target was Washington Nationals first baseman Josh Bell, so he's now unlikely to land with the Astros before Tuesday's deadline. The 30-year-old Mancini will bring the Astros an experienced hitter from the right side of the plate. In 354 at-bats with Baltimore this year, he was hitting .268/.347/.404 with 10 home runs, 41 RBI and 39 runs scored.

    Aug 1 · Source via Orioles Trey Mancini
  • Anthony Santander Has Three Hits, Homers

    Baltimore Orioles outfielder Anthony Santander enjoyed a strong game in Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds, going 3-for-4 at the plate with a solo home run. Santander now has 19 long balls on the year, as well as an 11-game hitting streak. He has multiple base knocks in three of his last four contests. Santander has been an underrated fantasy option all season, with a .796 OPS, 47 runs scored, and 56 RBI in 385 plate appearances.

    Aug 1 · Source via Orioles Anthony Santander
  • Trey Mancini Homers Against Rays

    Baltimore Orioles designated hitter Trey Mancini went 2-for-4 with two RBI, a run scored and a strikeout in the 3-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday. The long ball was his 10th of the season, a two-run shot, and he's had multiple hits in each of his last two games. The 30-year-old is hitting .271/.346/.411 with 10 homers, 40 RBI and 37 runs scored in 343 at-bats this season, and even though the Orioles have made a run of late, there's a chance that he could be traded before Tuesday's Aug. 2 deadline. In the month of July, Mancini has gone 20-for-82 (.244) with three home runs, 10 RBI and seven runs scored in 21 games played.

    Jul 29 · Source via Orioles Trey Mancini
  • Felix Bautista Records Four-Out Save On Thursday

    Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Felix Bautista closed the door on the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday to earn his third save of the year. He pitched the final 1 1/3 innings of the game and retired each of the four batters he faced, striking out three along the way. The team's primary closer, Jorge Lopez, had pitched two consecutive days prior to Thursday, so he was likely unavailable for Thursday's game. While Lopez has had a few stumbles this year, he still has a stellar 1.71 ERA and 0.99 WHIP on the year. Even though Bautista has been even more dominant (1.50 ERA, 0.86 WHIP), it's unlikely that there's a changing of the guard in the ninth for the Orioles at this point.

    Jul 28 · Source via Orioles Felix Bautista closers
  • Orioles Place Tyler Wells On Injured List

    The Baltimore Orioles placed right-hander Tyler Wells (side) on the 15-day injured list with left side discomfort on Thursday and recalled right-handers Beau Sulser and Logan Gillaspie from Triple-A Norfolk in corresponding moves. Left-hander Nick Vespi was optioned to Norfolk. Wells left his start on Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Rays in the fifth inning and will now be forced to miss the next two weeks. Kyle Bradish (shoulder) is expected to return soon to take Wells' spot in the rotation for the time being. Wells is 7-6 on the year with a 3.90 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 68 strikeouts and 23 walks in 94 2/3 innings over 20 starts for the O's in 2022. He's been good at preventing runs, but his 4.40 FIP and 17.8% strikeout rate leave a lot to be desired from fantasy managers.

    Jul 28 · Source via Orioles Tyler Wells closers
  • Cedric Mullins, Adley Rutschman Resting Thursday

    Baltimore Orioles outfielder Cedric Mullins and rookie catcher Adley Rutschman are not in the starting lineup on Thursday against the Tampa Bay Rays. It will be Mullins' first game out of the starting lineup since July 3. The 27-year-old snapped a five-game hitting streak on Wednesday. Rutschman has swung the bat well coming out of the All-Star break, going 7-for-17 with three doubles, one RBI and four runs scored in six games. Ryan McKenna is starting in center field and batting eighth, while Robinson Chirinos is behind the plate and hitting ninth against Rays left-hander Ryan Yarbrough. Both McKenna and Chirinos are low-upside DFS options at the bottom of Baltimore's lineup. Between the two of them, they have a combined three home runs in 2022.

    Jul 28 · Source via Orioles Cedric Mullins
  • Tyler Wells Likely To Land On Injured List

    Baltimore Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said there's a pretty good chance that starting pitcher Tyler Wells (back) will land on the injured list, but the team will wait until he undergoes more testing on Thursday. The Orioles are calling Wells' injury a lower back/side ailment after he was forced from his outing early on Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Rays. The 27-year-old right-hander entered the day with a 3.69 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 63 strikeouts in 90 1/3 innings over 19 starts, and he allowed four earned runs on six hits with five strikeouts and no walks before leaving in the fifth inning. Wells has been good at limiting runs in his second big-league season, but a low strikeout rate and a 4.28 FIP don't give him a ton of upside the rest of the way.

    Jul 28 · Source via Orioles Tyler Wells closers
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