Zach Britton, the Orioles' top pitching prospect, has yet to allow a run in nine innings of work this spring. The Orioles don't want to start his arbitration clock earlier than they have to, but Britton's brilliance has thrust him into the conversation for the fifth spot in manager Buck Showalter's Opening Day rotation.
Britton pitched four scoreless innings in the Orioles' 6-4 win over the Astros on Saturday, and afterward, he talked about how he's trying to make the decision tough for team management.
"Whether they have their mind made up or not, it doesn't affect the way I go out and pitch," Britton said. "I think I'm getting opportunities to start games and go deep into games, which is nice. Just try to work on things, but have good outings -- just give them things to think about."
They're thinking alright.
You tell me: What should the Orioles do with Zach Britton when spring training camp breaks at the end of the month?