1. Checking Out This Year's Crop in the AFL

    When the Phoenix Desert Dogs take the field for the first game of the 2009 Arizona Fall League season, there will be Orioles scattered all over the field...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about 5 years ago 209 reads 2 comments

  2. Orioles Top Prospects: Whose Stock Is Soaring?

    It's been more than a month since I last posted a "Who's Hot and Who's Not" list, but a lot has gone on since then. My best friend got married, I celebrated six months of marital bliss with my ...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about 5 years ago 927 reads 2 comments

  3. Breaking News: Aubrey Huff Traded to Detroit Tigers

    Hmmm...guess that article on Brandon Cooney will have to wait. Roch Kubatko, from MASN Sports, just reported that Aubrey Huff has officially been dealt to the Detroit Tigers. The writing has been on the wall for much of this season...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about 5 years ago 361 reads 1 comments

  4. You Say Potato, I Say National Title: What Boise State Needs To Happen For BCS Championship Invite

    Much has been made of Boise State's undefeated seasons. Oh yeah! Haven't you heard. Undefeated regular seasons in three of the past four years...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about 5 years ago 670 reads 20 comments

  5. What To Expect from Brian Matusz Tonight

    Yeah, Brian Matusz is making his Major League debut this evening, taking on the Detroit Tigers. And yeah, many Orioles fans are expecting him to dominate the Tiggers with his four-pitch repertoire...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about 5 years ago 149 reads 2 comments

  6. Orioles Ship George Sherrill Off to L.A., Get Two Players In Return

    And just like that, Jim Johnson inherits the closer's role in Baltimore. That's right, just days after proclaiming that he would like to stay in an Orioles uniform for the long haul, ...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about 5 years ago 302 reads 4 comments

  7. Boise State Hooks The Hokies For $1.25 Million

    Kellen Moore and the most exciting show on (blue) turf are taking their circus to the nation's capital. Virginia Tech and Boise State agreed on a one game tilt, to be played at FedEx Field, home of D...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about 5 years ago 260 reads 0 comments

  8. Beak Performers: Handing Out Hardware to the Baltimore Orioles' Best

    I think it's safe to say that this season has been way more productive than anyone speculating on the Orioles successes and failures could have ever expected...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about 5 years ago 265 reads 1 comments

  9. Orioles Prospects Who Are Soaring (or Sliding) in Mid July

    Once again, it's a been a while since the most recent version of "Who's Hot and Who's Not." I'd love to give some great explanation, but frankly, I've just been a very busy beaver, and haven't ...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about 5 years ago 520 reads 2 comments

  10. How Well Do You Know Your Orioles?

    Hopefully, you all remember the classic Sportscenter segment that always aired near the end of the show. It was called "Did You Know...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about 5 years ago 222 reads 3 comments

  11. The 10 Most Thrilling Athletes of My Lifetime

    Sports Illustrated has recently published lists of the most thrilling athletes to ever play the game, people that experts on many different sports would pay to see play...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about 5 years ago 299 reads 3 comments

  12. What Does Boise State's Non-Conference Slate Hold in Store for Their BCS Hopes?

    For Boise State to get to their second BCS game, they will likely have to go 13-0, and for the Broncos to go 13-0, they'll have to win each of their five non-conference games...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about 5 years ago 284 reads 7 comments

  13. What Steve "Air McNair" Meant to Me

    Before this past week, the moment that stands out in my mind when I think of Steve McNair took place during his last days as a Tennessee Titan. McNair was coming off an injury-riddled 2005 season in which he was 4-10 in the games he started...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about 5 years ago 512 reads 0 comments

  14. Orioles' Mental Lapse in Loss to Angels Exposes Several Flaws

    Yeah, so maybe the red, white, and blue hats don't play as well as they look. The O's loss to the Angels was about as ugly as any this season. There were errors, misplayed balls, overthrows, and blown saves...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about 5 years ago 94 reads 4 comments

  15. Zachary Britton: The Kink in the Well-Oiled Machine

    For a guy with a 22-17 career record, a 3.23 ERA, and twice as many strikeouts as walks, Zachary Britton sure doesn't get a lot of attention. A third-round pick who puts up the kind of numbers that Britton has usually is considered a top-level prospect..

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about 5 years ago 62 reads 3 comments

  16. Brad Bergesen Stakes His Claim as Baltimore Orioles Staff Ace

    Just about everyone knew that the Orioles, fresh off their historic come-from-behind victory, would lay a big goose egg tonight. I mean come on, this is Red Sox-Orioles...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about 5 years ago 250 reads 1 comments

  17. Oscar Salazar Carves out His Own Niche: Super Utility Guy

    Somewhere amid the ridiculous buzz surrounding super-prospect Matt Wieters, and the noise following Nolan Reimold, Jason Berken, Brad Bergesen, and David Hernandez, super utility guy Oscar Salazar got the call up to Baltimore...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about 5 years ago 161 reads 1 comments

  18. Orioles' Brandon Snyder One Step Closer to the Show

    In the plan to rebuild the Orioles farm system laid out more than a year ago, Andy MacPhail stated that they would be cautious with their top prospects (unlike his predecessors) and that they would only promote players who they felt had truly earned it...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about over 5 years ago 740 reads 1 comments

  19. Orioles Top Prospects: Who's Hot, June 18

    It's been exactly a month since last I penned a "Who's Hot and Who's Not?" article. So, instead of checking out who's been hot over the last week or so, I've decided to take a more ...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about over 5 years ago 226 reads 0 comments

  20. Re-Ranking the Orioles' Top 10 Prospects

    Where does the Orioles minor league system rank now? Matt Wieters made his Major League debut on May 29th. Nolan Reimold beat him to the punch and debuted on May 14th...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about over 5 years ago 953 reads 3 comments

  21. Your 2009 Baltimore Orioles Draft Class

    It took more rounds than two decades worth of the NBA draft, but the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft is finally over. So now, let's take a look at the class of prospects, many of whom will play a serious role in the organization's future...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about over 5 years ago 844 reads 1 comments

  22. Orioles Surprise Pundits, Tab Matt Hobgood With Fifth Overall Pick

    After all the speculation, after all the rumors about Grant Green, Dustin Ackley, Aaron Crow and last but not least, Zack Wheeler, the Baltimore Orioles did a complete 180 and went with Norco High School righthander Matt Hobgood...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about over 5 years ago 513 reads 3 comments

  23. Is Zack Wheeler The Guy For The Orioles?

    Peter Schmuck of the Baltimore Sun makes it about 10 different sources, including MASN Sport's Roch Kubatko and MiLB writer/blogger Jonathan Mayo, who think the Baltimore Oriole's have already decided to take Georgia prepster Zack Wheeler with the No...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about over 5 years ago 370 reads 0 comments

  24. Bird Seed: Orioles Prospect Report All-Star Edition

    See if this makes sense. Delmarva is 29-23—two and a half games out of first place, and they have two All-Stars in Rick Zagone and Ronnie Welty. On the other hand, Frederick is 27-30 and currently occupying the cellar of the Carolina League...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about over 5 years ago 209 reads 0 comments

  25. Baltimore Orioles Draft Rumbles and Grumbles

    Only eight days remain until the 2009 MLB First Year Player Draft. Just like it's been almost all year, Stephen Strasburg is still the no-doubt, No...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about over 5 years ago 292 reads 5 comments