The Orioles have performed Ryan Mountcastle frequently in left discipline this spring, prepping the rookie for on a regular basis reps on the place in 2021. His short-term standing is now unsure.
Hyde didn’t present additional element on the damage, saying Mountcastle may return to the lineup Thursday. Mountcastle didn’t deal with the media on Wednesday.
“It’s one thing I can’t disclose proper now,” Hyde mentioned. “Hopefully, he’s on the market tomorrow.”
Mountcastle, 24, gave the impression to be getting scorching on the plate after a sluggish begin to spring, having homered in two of his previous three video games earlier than Wednesday. He has a slash line of .256/.250/.615 in 14 Grapefruit League video games total.
Ranked by MLB Pipeline because the Orioles’ No. 5 prospect, Mountcastle is projected to hitch Anthony Santander and Trey Mancini in the course of the order after slashing .333/.386/.492 with 5 homers in 35 video games in 2020.
Nevin collected one of many Orioles’ 4 hits as they had been shut out by Nathan Eovaldi and three others of their closing sport in opposition to Boston this spring. The O’s and Crimson Sox open the common season in opposition to one another April 1 in Boston and play one another 10 instances over the season’s first two months.
From the game
Has Dean Kremer performed sufficient to assert a rotation job? Although it has been an uneven spring for the rookie, the reply is probably going sure.
Kremer’s doubtless closing audition got here Wednesday. He struck out 5 over 4 2/3 innings and allowed a two-run homer by Hunter Renfroe. The best-hander produced 6.32 ERA in 5 begins in Grapefruit League play throughout 15 2/3 innings.
Earlier than the sport, Hyde challenged Kremer to enhance his fastball command. Kremer did battle at instances with management each in 2020 and this spring, strolling eight in Grapefruit League play. He issued 12 free passes in 18 2/3 innings down the stretch final summer season, when he went 1-1 with a 4.82 ERA in 4 begins.
“It positively had its ups and downs,” Kremer mentioned of his spring. “For probably the most half, I feel I achieved what I got here right here to do: Get a greater really feel for my stuff and get a spot on this roster.”
Extra from the sport
Offering a spotlight within the shedding effort Wednesday was No. 12 prospect Zac Lowther, who was summoned from Minor League camp and fired three innings of aid with out permitting a baserunner. The best-hander had one strikeout.
Lowther had been optioned to the Minors beforehand and spent a lot of his first huge league camp on the again fields earlier than that, more likely to open the season at Triple-A Norfolk with No. 9 prospect Michael Baumann and No. 21 Alexander Wells. All may very well be in Baltimore by season’s finish.
“That was the primary time I’ve seen him in prolonged sport motion, and I believed he actually threw the ball properly,” Hyde mentioned. “I appreciated the quantity of strikes that he threw and the way he went on the market with out worry and attacked their hitters.”
On the airwaves
The Orioles have a brand new Washington, D.C., radio residence. It was introduced Wednesday that ESPN 630 AM would be the new D.C. host of the Orioles Radio Community, efficient instantly. The station will carry all 2021 Orioles video games broadcast on the community.
“Just about each man on this clubhouse is tremendous useful and pleasant, man. By way of serving to one another out, whether or not or not we’re competing for a similar place, everyone seems to be providing their assist. Which I feel is de facto cool.”
— Rule 5 Draft choose Mac Sceroler, on competing for a bullpen spot