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Minor Monday: Stowers has power potential for Orioles

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Kyle Stowers comes off as the quintessential surfer dude with his blonde hair and laid-back attitude.

However, once he’s on a baseball diamond, it’s all business.

The California native and Stanford grad was one of the most productive players this season in the Orioles’ farm system, and he was recently named Brooks Robinson Co-Minor League Player of the Year Award, an honor he shared with catcher Adley Rutschman.

Stowers slashed .283/.387/.526/.914 with 23 doubles, a triple, 27 homers and 84 RBIs between High-A Aberdeen, Double-A Bowie and Triple-An Norfolk. He was also solid defensively and showed the tools that can translate to the major-league level.

Stowers, 23, hopes he has a chance to make the Orioles out of spring training in 2022.

“Obviously, I have a high belief in myself as a player and what I’m capable of doing on the field,” Stowers said. “But … that being said, I wasn’t necessarily expecting anything in terms of moving up. It’s been fun to kind of experience different coaches, different levels, different players.

“And then having good friends at each level has been a lot of fun. There is a special group of people in this organization, and everywhere you go, you are able to fit right in, get comfortable, and it’s made an easier transition onto the field.”

Stowers led the Orioles minor-league affiliates in home runs even with the two promotions.

He earned Orioles Minor League Player of the Month honors in July after batting .340/.436/.640 (34-for-100) with a 1.076 OPS, 9 doubles, 7 home runs, 17 runs scored, 15 RBI,s and 16 walks in 27 games for the Baysox.


Stowers, who was selected by the Orioles with the 71st overall pick in the 2019 Major League Baseball draft, is rated as the No. 11 prospect in the Orioles’ system by MLB Pipeline and No. 17 by Baseball America.

Over a full minor-league season, Stowers said he grew as much mentally as he did technique-wise as a player. He plans to carry the momentum he built this season into the Arizona Fall League.

“I think that during my early stretch in Double-A, I got off to a slow start and just kind of didn’t get into bad habits of feeling bad for myself,” Stowers said. “I just stayed resilient. Kept that belief in myself whether I start the game off with a hit or a strikeout, it didn’t change my confidence going into the next at-bat. If I had a bad game, it didn’t change my confidence going into the next. I had full belief that I was going to perform to the best of my ability each time I got the chance.”

Rutschman and Stowers became friends as their paths crossed at Bowie and Norfolk. He was happy to share the Minor League Player of the Year Award with his pal.

The two could be reunited again next season in Baltimore.

“Kyle and I are super close and, having the opportunity to play with him this year again, for the first time since 2019, it’s a blessing,”  Rutschman said. “We’ve had a lot of fun this year and it’s great to be able to share this with him. It would be awesome [to play together in the majors]. You can’t really draw it up any better than playing with your good friends and having good people around you as you’re playing. It just makes the whole experience so much more fun and enjoyable.”

Baysox manager Buck Britton was named the winner of the Cal Ripken Sr. Player Development Award, named for the late coach and manager who designed  “The Oriole Way.” Britton has been impressed by the influx of talent, highlighted by Stowers, Rutschman, and pitcher Grayson Rodriguez, who was named Jim Palmer Minor League Pitcher of the Year. In 2019, Rodriguez shared the award with Mike Baumann, with whom he played this season at Bowie.

“You are talking about elite players at the top, but this system as a whole has gotten a lot better,” Britton said. “The influx of talent, just in the last couple of years, has been incredible. So, yeah, to have these guys at the top, I think they are going to represent that next wave that gets here and hopefully fit in with the guys playing well here and … this thing turns around pretty quick.”



  1. SquatCobbler

    October 4, 2021 at 7:36 am

    The article talks about his defense. What position does he play now, and what position does he project to? Also, I think I’ve read that he has strikeout issues. Is that true?

    • HmmmImNotSoSureAboutThat

      October 4, 2021 at 8:00 am

      He’s played 719 innings in RF and 165 innings in LF across three minor league teams in 2021 according to Baseball Reference and MiLB dot com. He has struck out 171 times in 530 plate appearances in 2021; struck out 53 times in 228 PAs in 2019. His slash line dropped a bit re: what is provided in the article above to .278/.383/.514/.898 still pretty incredible in light of his high strike out %.

  2. Boog Robinson Robinson

    October 4, 2021 at 7:39 am

    Hang Ten young Mr. Stowers. Look forward to watching you play ball.

  3. CalsPals

    October 4, 2021 at 7:51 am

    Love to see him with these guys, can already see an orange & black t-shirt give away, Stowers Power…lol…go O’s…

  4. AkronOhioOriole1

    October 4, 2021 at 8:28 am

    Our outfield could be something in the near future….Mullins, Hayes, Santander, Stowers, Kjerstad, Cowser and maybe Elijah Green. We could even trade 1 or 2 for some good quality pitchers.

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      October 4, 2021 at 8:32 am

      You forgot Stewart.

    • dlgruber1

      October 4, 2021 at 5:12 pm

      BRR, listen, I agree with you probably 99% of the time but I gotta say this. Your support of Stewart reminds me somewhat of another persons support of Urias and Severino. Don’t get me wrong, as Seinfeld would say, “not that there’s anything wrong with that.” I just have to disagree this one time. I see no future for Stewart in Baltimore. That doesn’t mean I don’t think he’ll have a 10 year MLB career. I just don’t see it being for the O’s.

      • HmmmImNotSoSureAboutThat

        October 4, 2021 at 6:37 pm

        That person who supports Urias and Severino is pretty dern sharp, supporting the 3rd and 4th highest WARs of position players on the O’s in 2021 per Baseball Reference. Pretty dern sharp indeedy do bwaaaahahahahaha…WAR WAR WAR is the way to GO GO GO. Yes I’ve had a beer or two too!

        • Boog Robinson Robinson

          October 4, 2021 at 7:08 pm

          I remember my first as well Joey.

      • Boog Robinson Robinson

        October 4, 2021 at 7:07 pm

        DL…I know i’ve defended Stewart in the past and really I don’t think he’s as bad as the average poster on this site thinks he is, but I was honestly going for a bit of humor on this one.

        Maybe I was a bit off on my delivery. I’ll work on it. 🙂

  5. Kangaroo Court

    October 4, 2021 at 8:48 am

    Stowers , Rutschman and Neustrom are the reasons that I believe that DJ Stewart and Pedro Severino could be traded before spring training next year.

    • jimcarter

      October 4, 2021 at 1:05 pm

      There’s no earthly way any of these prospects start the season next year. The Orioles will opt for the delay and extra year of eligibility.

      • Dantor

        October 4, 2021 at 1:39 pm

        As of now, if the O’s want to keep control on the prospects, they will have to remain in the minors for at least 3 weeks at the start of next season. With their record this year and the pitching, 3 weeks is not going to make a big difference. Just hope the management(?) some makes some moves this off season to get some quality starters and relief pitchers.

    • CalsPals

      October 4, 2021 at 1:19 pm

      Depends on the new CBA…go O’s…

  6. Orioles20

    October 4, 2021 at 8:48 am

    Hopefully he makes the team over Stewart. Stewart needs to go. He’s a bust. These outfielders we have in the system are the real deal. Coincidentally there all left handed hitters which does not bode well for Stewart. They all can hit for average and power while playing defense something Stewart doesn’t.

  7. CalsPals

    October 4, 2021 at 9:23 am

    Read some good articles on Brooks Lee, not so sure he may be a better pick for the O’s…especially with a name like Brooks…lol…go O’s…

  8. Buzz1979

    October 4, 2021 at 10:01 am

    Time to slice the dead wood off the roster!

    • willmiranda

      October 4, 2021 at 8:52 pm

      Or the roster off the dead wood?

  9. MDNative58

    October 4, 2021 at 10:23 am

    DJ had repeated opportunities and at best is a streaky hitter who plays poor defense. He’s gone. Santander is too expensive. He’ll be like Villar. Same with Severino.

    • CalsPals

      October 4, 2021 at 10:26 am

      Santander would at least start, Severino would make too much for a backup…go O’s…

  10. Baltimore Castaway

    October 4, 2021 at 12:13 pm

    It will be a very different kind of off-season for Mike Elias as he starts to craft a team-of-the-future for these Orioles in Baltimore.

    In looking at the 2022 Outfield, I wont be surprised to see Elias trade-off some of the guys we’ve been watching here over the last couple of Seasons, guys like; Austin Hays, and Santander being the most valuable trade pieces to move. Don’t see them moving Cedric Mullins, but who knows? I would trade any player on this year’s Roster except John Means for a decent return.

    The Worm-is-starting-to-turn in Baltimore. That’s right–I said it.

  11. Buzz1979

    October 4, 2021 at 12:13 pm

    66!!! wild pitches, 10 passed balls. You can bet another 15 or so were not wild pitches, but passed balls!

  12. BobKominski

    October 4, 2021 at 2:53 pm

    Rich – a question or 2…
    1) Is there any Fall Instructional League going on in Sarasota? Intrasquad games or actual match ups with other teams?
    2) When do Arizona Fall League guys get named?
    3) Any buzz on new CBA progress? I saw a comment somewhere that both sides may agree to a 1-year extension of current deal, since apparently no progress has been made.

    • Rich Dubroff

      October 4, 2021 at 4:38 pm

      I will answer your questions later this week, Bob, but I can answer No. 2 now. The AFL guys will be named on Wednesday. Originally, they were supposed to be named today, but MLB has now decided on Wednesday.

  13. Bhoffman1

    October 4, 2021 at 5:42 pm

    John’s Means wife seems like an incredible woman. She posted photos of them and his no hitter on Instagram. You should see the comments from fans praising the great and enjoyable season and can’t wait to see the birds next year in Camden Yards. Twilight Zone

    • CalsPals

      October 5, 2021 at 7:31 am

      Not surprised…go O’s…

  14. OriolesNumber1Fan

    October 4, 2021 at 6:46 pm

    I can see Rutschman being brought up maybe after the first month if he’s still showing all the current signs that he’s ready. He would have to be added to the 40 man roster along with all the others that HAVE TO BE ADDED and that list is pretty long!!! Or they could lose them in the Rule 5 draft. There are currently 5 more minor league players that need to be protected. Last year the Orioles lost 2 future pitchers, bullpen (possibly future closer) Zack Pop to the Marlins and Gray Fenter although Fenter was returned. Fenter will have to be added along with the other 5 current on this list. Then there are 8 more that could be lost that were not protected last year or have to be added with Brett Cumberland, Cody Sedlock, Cameron Bishop, Felix Bautista and Mason McCoy heading that list!
    Last year, the Orioles opted to DFA team home run leader Renato Núñez and non-tender everyday second baseman Hanser Alberto and lost 2 real good young pitchers. If they didn’t non-tender these 2 guys they surely would have lost 2 more!!! So, anyone that thinks they should have kept these two guys and the Orioles are cheap are not looking at the BIG picture here!!! It makes NO SENSE to draft all these kids and let them go before ever getting to Baltimore!!! Or to complain that the Orioles payroll is low with having all these 1st and 2 year players on the roster either. Arbitration players or trades have to come off one end to add the young minor league players eligible on the other end. Some players are too valuable to just let go so they could be offered salaries but then traded away. Guys like Mancini, Santander could fall into this group for more way younger players that are not eligible to compensate the moves. They also have Richie Martin, John Means, Jorge López, Paul Fry, Adam Plutko, Severino and Tanner Scott all first time arbitration eligible as well. I could see the Orioles keeping Means and Lopez from this group but the others have to come off for the others to get added. I could see the Orioles having a very busy off-season to decide on all of these players. But Rutschman could be added but I see that after the season starts when you can put someone on the 60 day DL. Maybe Stowers as well BUT these 2 kids will need to play consistently or why bother. So again, the Orioles will have a lot of tough decisions to make this off-season!!!

    • HmmmImNotSoSureAboutThat

      October 4, 2021 at 6:50 pm

      Rutschman and G Rodriguez will be on the Oriole’s OD roster and the O’s will win 75 or more games next season if a full 162 game schedule is played…sleep well ON1F

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      October 4, 2021 at 7:16 pm

      You’re saying that Rutschman has to show FURTHER signs that he’s ready? Bwaaahhhahaaahaahahahahaaaaa

      • OriolesNumber1Fan

        October 5, 2021 at 7:10 am

        Stop crying. Vlad Guerrero Jr. batted .381 on three levels before he was brought up. Rutschman batted .285. in 2021. Big difference! And no crybabies allowed!!!

        • Boog Robinson Robinson

          October 5, 2021 at 8:48 am

          I was laughing.

    • Rich Dubroff

      October 4, 2021 at 8:18 pm

      Dario, Adam Plutko is not on a major league contract and would have to be put back on the 40-man roster, which isn’t going to happen, to be eligible for arbitration. I don’t believe Richie Martin has accumulated enough service time to be eligible for arbitration.

      There is plenty of room for the Orioles to protect all the players they would like to this year.

      There is no need to add Rutschman and Stowers until they are added to the 26-man major league roster. There will be decisions to make, but many of them will not be tough ones.

      • OriolesNumber1Fan

        October 5, 2021 at 7:20 am

        Rich – You need to read “The Orioles face a looming 40-man roster crunch this offseason” written by By Tyler [email protected]_TyYoung Aug 9, 2021, 9:01am EDT – one of your fellow writers and tell him he’s wrong then!!!

    • Buzz1979

      October 4, 2021 at 8:24 pm

      McCoy is not considered a prospect.

      • OriolesNumber1Fan

        October 5, 2021 at 7:46 am

        Guys don’t need to be a prospect to be added to the 40 man roster. DJ Stewart and Severino WERE considered prospects and you’re looking to cut them. John Means was NOT considered a prospect and he out performs both of them!!! Also, J.D. Martinez went undrafted and unrecruited out of high school, wound up at Nova Southeastern (Fla.) and got a $30,000 bonus as an Astros 20th-rounder in 2009. And look at him now!!!

        Whit Merrifield, 2B delivered the walk-off hit to win the 2010 College World Series for South Carolina but lasted nine rounds that June because scouts didn’t see a carrying tool. That rap dogged him in the Minors too and he never made MLB Pipeline’s Royals Top 30 — and yet he led the AL with 192 hits and 45 steals last year and made his first All-Star team this summer.

        And there’s a lot more players that outperformed their draft status!

        • OriolesNumber1Fan

          October 5, 2021 at 7:54 am

          Oh and I forgot Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom, He famously spent more time on the dirt than the mound at Stetson, but the promise he showed in the latter role earned him a ninth-round selection by the Mets in 2010.
          Oh and Cards: first baseman Paul Goldschmidt – Even after breaking the home record during his three years at Texas State, Goldschmidt received little fanfare ahead of the 2009 Draft before signing with Arizona for $95,000 as an eighth-round pick.

          • Boog Robinson Robinson

            October 5, 2021 at 8:50 am

            Anybody else?

          • OriolesNumber1Fan

            October 5, 2021 at 3:13 pm

            Diamondbacks OF David Peralta was signed by the St. Louis Cardinals as a non-drafted free agent in September 2004, Peralta struggled as a pitcher in the Cardinals’ system for two seasons and was released at the end of 2008. He resurfaced as an outfielder in 2011 and, after three successful seasons in independent ball, signed with the D-backs in mid-2013. He played in just 104 Minor League games before making his big league debut at age 26 in 2014, launching a career that’s seen him slash .291/.347/.479 and post at least a 3.6 WAR twice in six seasons going forward!
            LA Dodgers 3rd Baseman Justin Turner – A $50,000 senior sign out of Cal State Fullerton by the Reds in 2006, Turner bounced around the Minors as a utility type with contact hitting ability but no other notable tool, topping out at No. 27 on Baseball America’s 2008 list of the Reds’ top prospects. Since signing a Minor League deal with the Dodgers in 2014 and reworking his swing, he has batted .303/.382/.505 and been a force in the postseason.
            SF Giants OF Kevin Pillar – He went undrafted despite setting an NCAA Division II record with a 54-game hitting streak at Cal State Dominguez Hills in 2010 and wound up signing for $1,000 with the Blue Jays as a 32nd-round senior the next June. He didn’t move the prospect needle much after winning low Class A Midwest League honors in his first full pro season, climbing only as high as No. 15 on MLB Pipeline’s Blue Jays Top 30, yet he has carved out a career as one of the better defensive center fielders in the big leagues.
            Reds: RHP Luis Castillo – Originally signed by the Giants in May 2012, Castillo was traded three times before he finally landed with the Reds in January 2017, after the Marlins — who believed that the young right-hander would never develop a good enough breaking ball to remain a starter — packaged him with two others prospects for Dan Straily. Ranked as the Reds’ No. 7 prospect entering the 2017 season, Castillo excelled in Double-A, made the jump straight to the Majors in June and delivered 15 impressive starts in the Reds’ rotation. The 26-year-old has since become the team’s ace and garnered All-Star honors in 2019 as part of dominant campaign.

    • dlgruber1

      October 4, 2021 at 9:16 pm

      If I were Brett Cumberland I’d hope to be left off the 40 man roster. What future does he have in Baltimore?

  15. HmmmImNotSoSureAboutThat

    October 4, 2021 at 6:52 pm

    Rich! Hearing of all sorts of coaches and managers being let go or reassigned by the Orioles! Give us the scoop please!

  16. OriolesNumber1Fan

    October 4, 2021 at 6:53 pm

    Whoops Severino is in his second year of arbitration!

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