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Past articles by Nathan:

Orioles minor leaguer Luis Ortiz was a ‘fighter’ throughout cancer battle: ‘Everybody’s feeling it’

After Orioles minor leaguer Luis Ortiz died after a yearlong battle with leukemia Saturday, senior director of international scouting Koby Perez said: "He was a fighter. He said he was going to fight, and he did all the way to his last breath." → Read More

Orioles observations on a ‘good learning experience’ for Grayson Rodriguez, Adley Rutschman’s grand slam and more

After three dominant innings in which Grayson Rodriguez retired nine of 10 Red Sox with six strikeouts, the Orioles’ top pitching prospects failed to retire any of the five batters he faced in the fourth inning. → Read More

Orioles minor leaguer Luis Andrés Ortiz Soriano dies at 20 from cancer

Orioles minor league pitcher Luis Andrés Ortiz Soriano died from cancer Saturday. He was 20 years old. → Read More

Orioles observations on Austin Hays and Ryan Mountcastle’s signs of progress, injury updates and more

In the Orioles' 7-4 exhibition victory against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday, Austin Hays hit his second three-run home run in three days and, an inning later, Ryan Mountcastle rocketed a high-velocity pitch to left for a grand slam. → Read More

Orioles observations on Cedric Mullins’ last WBC tuneup, Nolan Hoffman’s ‘really cool’ day and more

Sunday’s exhibition against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field marked the Orioles’ center fielder’s final game with the club this spring before leaving camp to play for the United States in the World Baseball Classic. → Read More

Orioles observations on Kyle Gibson’s first start, Grayson Rodriguez’s stuff and more

Although the Orioles have incumbents who pitched better than veteran Kyle Gibson in 2022, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see his experience win out to earn the nod on opening day. → Read More

Orioles observations on Cole Irvin’s competitive mindset, Maverick Handley’s umpire experience and more

Despite the high likelihood he makes Baltimore's season-opening rotation, Cole Irvin is well aware the Orioles could choose to have him start the year in Triple-A, given he still has a minor league option remaining. “There’s a lot of talent here, so my job is never going to be secure,” Irvin said. → Read More

With 8 prospects in top 100, Orioles have baseball’s top-ranked farm system for first time

For the first time since Baseball America began ranking organizations’ minor league systems in 1984, the Orioles, who have eight top-100 prospects, top the list. → Read More

Spring training strangeness: Orioles, Pirates play without umpires in bottom of ninth inning

Without an umpire behind home plate, Orioles manager Brandon Hyde and Pirates manager Derek Shelton agreed to have catcher Maverick Handley call balls and strikes. "A little backfield action," Hyde said. → Read More

Orioles observations on Gunnar Henderson’s spring debut, Kyle Bradish’s dominance and an umpire-free 9th inning

Gunnar Henderson and Kyle Bradish impressed in their spring training debuts, and the Orioles and Pirates played the bottom of the ninth inning without umpires. → Read More

Orioles observations on Anthony Santander testing the pitch clock, Heston Kjerstad’s two home runs and more

Orioles outfielder Anthony Santander was dissatisfied with both the ruling and the pitch clock that led to him being assessed an automatic strike in the team's 10-5 win over the Twins in Saturday's Grapefruit League opener. → Read More

Orioles prospect Colton Cowser ‘had never failed’ before 2022. Learning from it has him eyeing a big 2023.

Outfield prospect Colton Cowser struggled at times in his first full professional season after the Orioles drafted him fifth overall. The work he put in this offseason has him poised for a potential major league debut in 2023. → Read More

Orioles remove ‘The Sun’ and Dempsey’s signs from Camden Yards

The Baltimore Sun logo had been featured in a space above the center field scoreboard since Camden Yards opened in 1992, becoming closely associated with the iconic venue. → Read More

After being designated for assignment 5 times this offseason, Lewin Díaz grateful to settle in with Orioles

Designated for assignment five times, claimed three times and traded once all between mid-November and mid-January, Lewin Díaz is now among the collection of candidates in the Orioles’ spring training camp to be their backup first baseman. → Read More

CEO John Angelos wants the Orioles to be ‘the next Tampa.’ What happened to the next Houston?

Given GM Mike Elias’ presence and the collection of former Astros employees who have also come to Baltimore, the Orioles’ rebuild has long been linked to Houston’s. But CEO John Angelos cited the Rays, Brewers and Guardians as teams they are trying to emulate. → Read More

‘Overachieved and overperformed’: CEO John Angelos suggests Orioles’ breakout didn’t justify larger 2023 payroll

Any internal belief among the Orioles that last year’s breakout was a mirage would help to explain a team projected to begin 2023 with the majors’ second-lowest payroll at nearly $65 million despite its expressed desire to reach the playoffs. → Read More

Five takeaways from Orioles CEO John Angelos’ meeting with media: Lease timeline, payroll plans and more

Orioles CEO and Chairman John Angelos expressed hope that a new long-term lease will be in place by July, how the team was "lucky" that it was rebuilding when the coronavirus pandemic started in 2020, and more. → Read More

Orioles observations on Félix Bautista feeling ‘rejuvenated,’ a live World Baseball Classic preview and more

With his fourth bullpen session since arriving in Sarasota last month, Félix Bautista continued his progress toward opening the year as Baltimore’s closer. → Read More

Finally ‘buzz’ worthy: Orioles sensing different energy in first post-rebuild spring training

After posting one of the majors’ five worst records in four straight seasons, the Orioles went 83-79 in 2022, finishing as the American League’s best team to miss the postseason. That’s led to a “good buzz” early in camp, new pitcher Cole Irvin said. → Read More

Orioles announce 2023 minor league coaching staffs, with all managers remaining in organization

Buck Britton, Kyle Moore, Roberto Mercado and Felipe Rojas Alou Jr. will be in their second seasons as the managers of Triple-A Norfolk, Double-A Bowie, High-A Aberdeen and Low-A Delmarva, respectively. → Read More