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Saturday’s Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles have some exciting pitching prospects

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Elsewhere in Birdland: the bullpen is improving, Rutschman is the pick and the rotation needs to last longer.

Grayson Rodriguez waves to the Camden Yards crowd Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning, Birdland!

The Delmarva Shorebirds lost on Friday night, dropping their second game in three nights. But it was only their sixth loss in 31 games this season. They remain the best team in minor league baseball and a roster full of some of the biggest names in the Orioles farm system.

There is Grayson Rodriguez, last season’s top draft pick, who is dominating the Sally League with a 1.04 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 26 innings. Perhaps their most impressive hitter, at the moment, is Robert Neustrum, an Iowa product with a .329/.429/.529 slash line, including three home runs, three doubles and 14 RBI. Although he may be ignored in favor of infielders Adam Hall, Cadyn Grenier and Jean Carlos Encarnacion, all of whom are ranked higher on MLB Pipeline’s list of Orioles youngsters.

Minor league baseball is one of the best bargains in pro sports. And the Shorebirds are worth far more than the price of admission. If you are in the Salisbury area, check them out!

Links

Orioles can jumpstart rebuild by drafting catcher Adley Rutschman - Baltimore Baseball
There is certain sect of Orioles fans that aren’t so sure Adley Rutschman should be the pick in next month’s draft. Not because he isn’t really, really good (he is), but because he’s a college catcher and may make it to the big leagues too soon while the organization has too many other holes to fill. Don’t think like this, people.

Mychal Givens on the changes, improvement in O’s bullpen - MASN Sports
Bullpens are volatile on good baseball teams. The Orioles are not a good baseball team. Their bullpen has been one of their biggest problems, but one that seems to be straightening itself out...for now.

Brandon Hyde hopes for more length from rotation - Baltimore Sun
Yeah, me too, Brandon. Feels like we both are going to have to deal with it anyway.

Grayson Rodriguez dominating, exceeding expectations at Delmarva - Baltimore Sun
Don’t look now, but the Orioles have a few pitching prospects that are garnering national attention. Blaine Knight was just promoted to Frederick. D.L. Hall is thought of as a top 100 talent, and Grayson Rodriguez may soon join him. Will all of them pan out? Unlikely. But there is a lot more confidence that the current regime can make the most of their abilities.

Orioles birthdays and history

Is it your birthday? Happy birthday!

Kerry Ligtenberg, a right-handed reliever for 68 games on the 2003 Orioles, turns 48 today. Trent Hubbard, an Orioles outfielder for 31 games in 2000, is 55. Pitcher Mark Huismann, an eight-game Oriole in 1989, celebrates his 61st. And finally the late Milt Pappas was born on this day in 1939. Pappas is an Orioles Hall of Famer, having put together nine impressive seasons in Baltimore, but is likely best remembered as being traded to the Cincinnati Reds for Frank Robinson.

1897 - The National League Orioles beat the Washington Senators 6-3. But they are the victims of Senators catcher Duke Farrell, who picks up eight assists in the game (five caught stealing, one pick off and two on other fielding plays).