1. 2011 MLB Mock Draft 2.0...High Schoolers Included!!

    Don't let the ridiculous pants fool you... Left-hander Daniel Norris has some serious skill and is starting to gain some helium with his sights set on being a top-five pick in next year's MLB draft...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about 4 years ago 24,771 reads 6 comments

  2. Orioles Top Prospects: Who's Hot and Who's Not, June 17

    It's been an exciting time for Orioles prospects. The past few weeks have seen the rise of Jake Arrieta to the big league club, where he has done more than just hold his own (a sub 3...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about 4 years ago 1,076 reads 1 comments

  3. How Will Jake Arrieta's Debut Compare To Recent Orioles Rookies'?

    Orioles' top pitching prospect Jake Arrieta will make his Major League debut this evening, taking on the vaunted Yankees...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about 4 years ago 172 reads 1 comments

  4. 2011 MLB Mock Draft...Because It's Never Too Early

    Scouts will tell you, minutes after the MLB draft is over, the task begins of putting together lists for who will be the top talent for next year's draft. Luckily, the scouts have me...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about 4 years ago 42,626 reads 9 comments

  5. 2010 MLB Draft Results: Getting To Know Manny Machado, the Orioles' New SS

    So I just spent the past three months obsessing over Jameson Taillon, and in an effort to get myself over Big-J (that's my nickname for him :), I've decided to immerse myself in Manny Machado...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about 4 years ago 965 reads 1 comments

  6. 2010 MLB Draft Recap: Harper Goes First...Cards, Angels, and Rays Big Winners

    All day long, I'll be updating the 2010 MLB draft via running article/blog. Hopefully, they'll be some good news coming out later today clarifying what's going to go down after the Nationals pop Bryce Harper at number one...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about 4 years ago 2,851 reads 6 comments

  7. Prince Fielder To Baltimore? What Would It Take?

    "Grow the arms and buy the bats." That's the philosophy Andy MacPhail said he was going to try to rebuild the once great Baltimore franchise with. So here we are, three years later...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about 4 years ago 1,121 reads 15 comments

  8. Which Baltimore Orioles' Prospects Are Tearing It Up?

    So, we're officially one-third of the way through the minor league season. It's time to review who's tearing it up among Orioles minor leaguers (non-prospects too!), and get to know the guys who are raking...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about 4 years ago 1,223 reads 0 comments

  9. Most Likely to Hit 40 Home Runs and Other 2010 MLB Draft Superlatives

    Unless Bryce Harper goes all Matt Bush on us, it's a pretty safe bet that he'll be the surest bet to have the longest, most prosperous (not to mention most lucrative) career of any 2010 draftee...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about 4 years ago 4,039 reads 24 comments

  10. 2010 MLB Draft: Who's Going to Impact Their Parent Club the Quickest?

    The Nationals were blessed to have the number one pick in the 2009 MLB Draft. With that dubious honor, they were able to select possibly the finest draft prospect in history, Stephen Strasburg, who will be making his big league debut in just a few days...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about 4 years ago 1,201 reads 3 comments

  11. Baltimore Orioles Top Prospects: Who's Hot, Who's Not, May 28

    Jake Arrieta leads a stellar class of "who's hot," for the last week and a half, while Kam Mickolio leads the other half, the "who's not-ers." So let's get right to it... The bi-weekly edition of "Who's Hot, Who's Not...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about 4 years ago 350 reads 0 comments

  12. Baltimore Orioles Top Prospects: Who's Hot, Who's Not (May 19)

    Where it's been quite an exciting time for minor league prospectors such as myself, it hasn't been too thrilling for Orioles fans...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about over 4 years ago 726 reads 0 comments

  13. Baltimore Orioles Top Prospects: Who's Hot and Who's Not, May 4

    If you're an Orioles fan, all of a sudden, there's a lot to be terribly excited about. The big league team has a nice little winning streak going, no-hitters are being tossed at the ...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about over 4 years ago 66 reads 2 comments

  14. Which Baltimore Orioles Jersey Do I Buy?

    So I'm in the market for a new baseball jersey. An Orioles one of course. And I'm having a hard time deciding. Ergo, I've decided to air my deliberations publicly and hopefully elicit some advice on who to purchase and why...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about over 4 years ago 920 reads 5 comments

  15. Baltimore Orioles Top Prospects: Who's Hot and Who's Not, April 26

    Fresh off the Orioles third win of the year, a heart-pounding, nearly coma-inducing 8-7 win over the Bo Sox, I present the second edition of "Who's Hot and Who's Not" for 2010...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about over 4 years ago 598 reads 0 comments

  16. Orioles Top Prospects: Who's Hot and Who's Not, April 14

    No doubt, it's been a rough week for the Baltimore Orioles. The roughest. Blown saves, surrendering four leads after the 8th inning, struggling with men in scoring position. It's been downright ugly...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about over 4 years ago 655 reads 1 comments

  17. Orioles Second Baseman Brian Roberts Headed to the Disabled List—Now What?

    So it wasn't his back, but it looks like Brian Roberts will be headed to the DL. Roberts came up wincing and in noticeable pain after swiping his second base of the year in the first inning of the Orioles home opener against the Blue Jays...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about over 4 years ago 450 reads 1 comments

  18. What Did We Learn From The Orioles Opening Series?

    So the Orioles' 2010 season opening series is through. The O's gritted their way through three games, all decided by one run, and managed to head back to Baltimore with one more victory ...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about over 4 years ago 102 reads 0 comments

  19. Is Anthony Ranaudo Going To Be the Orioles 2010 First-Round Pick?

    It's pretty clear that the 2010 MLB Draft is going to be pitcher heavy. Aside from catcher prospect Bryce Harper (aka the second coming of Stephen Strasburg in position player form), who is practically a shoe-in to go No...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about over 4 years ago 501 reads 0 comments

  20. Is Jameson Taillon Going to Be the Orioles 2010 First-Round Pick?

    Don't look now, but the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft is only 147 days away. Granted, so many things can happen between now and then. This time last year, the Orioles seemed like the front-runners for USC shortstop Grant Green...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about over 4 years ago 1,138 reads 4 comments

  21. Nick Markakis vs. Adam Jones: Who Is the Better Baseball Player?

    As usual, the idea for the this slideshow came from another night spent watching the clock countdown to closing time at work...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about over 4 years ago 624 reads 2 comments

  22. The Back-Up Plan: Who Gets The Job If Orioles 2B Brian Roberts Can't Go?

    How does any team replace a player who has averaged 46 doubles over the last six years, 39 stolen bases over the last four, and made two All-Star appearances? More importantly, how ...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about over 4 years ago 252 reads 0 comments

  23. Orioles Top Prospect No. 1: Brian Matusz

    It's been a long strange road, but the Orioles Top 30 prospects, my little "rip-off" of Baseball America's version, has finally come to a close. And without a doubt, there is no better prospect to top it all off than Brian Matusz...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about over 4 years ago 713 reads 1 comments

  24. Orioles Top Prospect No. 2: Josh Bell

    You have to give credit to Andy MacPhail. This past season, the Orioles desperately needed more production from the third base position...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about over 4 years ago 96 reads 1 comments

  25. Orioles Top Prospect No. 3: Jake Arrieta

    In any other organization, namely one without Chris Tillman or Brian Matusz, Jake Arrieta could easily pass for a number one pitching prospect. Great fastball, check. Above-average complimentary pitches, check...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about over 4 years ago 764 reads 0 comments