The Orioles will start this season with a number of younger prospects knocking on the door. Pair them with the younger weapons which have already arrived in Baltimore, and the O’s youth motion seems set to show a nook.
Regardless of low expectations for the unit as an entire, Orioles followers have lots to be enthusiastic about. Will Ryan Mountcastle proceed on the identical offensive tempo as 2020, and might Dean Kremer and Keegan Akin cement their locations within the O’s rotation?
Which participant from the younger group of arms will obtain the primary audition? Michael Baumann, Zac Lowther and Bruce Zimmermann will all head to Sarasota with aspirations of a spot on the 26-man-roster.
They’ll all get a shot in some unspecified time in the future this season.
The considered lastly seeing what Yusniel Díaz can convey to the desk and the pipe dream that’s Adley Rutschman in a giant league uniform this season are each enjoyable to dwell on. However there’s one other query to contemplate that isn’t fairly as attractive.
When all these guys present up, whose spots are they going to take?
Whereas Birdland could also be fantasizing over the top of one player’s contract, there are just a few others which will see their time in Baltimore come to an finish. Who must carry out this season?
DJ Stewart started final yr with a brutal 0-14 stretch on the plate. After a predictable demotion to the group’s different camp, Stewart started to determine issues out. He returned in early September and blasted seven residence runs in a 10-day stretch. Sadly, his Ruthian effort on the plate was quick lived.
The Orioles will definitely search for extra consistency from Stewart if he manages to make the group. The time for Jekyll and Hyde shenanigans has come to an finish with the return of Trey Mancini and the emergence of Mountcastle.
Stewart’s lack of ability to play heart subject makes him a marked man in outfield depth. The 27-year-old should use his bat to beat a scarcity of versatility and justify a coveted spot on the O’s bench. If the previous first-round choose has not put all of it collectively by the point Díaz will get the decision, Stewart’s time in Baltimore might come to an finish.
Rebuilds usually depart gamers on the present roster some margin for error. In any case, if the group had higher gamers to exchange them with, they might. Stewart has benefited from that sentiment, however not as a lot because the O’s solely possibility on the hot corner.
Rio Ruiz might have felt a way of urgency final season previous to a scorching begin. He slashed .300/.333/.750 by the primary 5 video games and performed the hero in an early victory in opposition to the Purple Sox. You’ll be able to most likely guess what occurred subsequent.
Ruiz cooled down through the canine days of the summer season. He slashed a measly .222/.286/.427 over 54 video games within the shortened season. After blasting three residence runs within the first week, he tallied simply six extra for the rest of the yr.
Ruiz will as soon as once more arrive in Sarasota as the favourite to start out at third. Ruiz has performed lower than 200 video games in an Orioles uniform, however one other full season of baseball ought to present a big sufficient pattern dimension for the Baltimore brass to decide. With out a step ahead, his pre-arbitration wage won’t be sufficient to justify a spot on the roster. Latest addition Tyler Nevin and overlooked prospect Rylan Bannon might push Ruiz out the door.
The Orioles claimed Jorge López final August to offer some a lot wanted pitching depth. López flashed loads of potential within the Royals’ group however didn’t ship too many instances. A scarcity of consistency and minor league choices led to a airplane ticket to Baltimore for López.
The O’s want for pitching depth has not modified, however neither has López’s lack of choices. The 28-year-old might start the yr within the rotation or as a swingman. Regardless, Lowther, Zimmermann and others are on their means. López is a pre-arb participant that may stay beneath group management till 2025, however he should present the Birds he’s price holding.
The identical may very well be stated for Rule 5 picks Mac Sceroler and Tyler Wells. Whereas the 2 pitching prospects should not in make-or-break years professionally, they each have a restricted period of time to point out the Orioles they’re price holding. Can both present sufficient to reveal they’re price an extended look? Solely time will inform.
The Orioles farm system has slowly advanced right into a nationally revered group. When the youngsters present up, they’ll want a spot to play. That’s baseball. Will any of the fellows talked about above keep away from the purge? We’ll discover out quickly sufficient.