“He was impressive today,” Showalter said. “It's kind of nice. You see so much tape of these guys coming in and you read so many reports, and to be able to actually see them live, it's always a different look. Quickly, you can see why he's had success, the deception he has in his delivery. McFarland was maybe a guy who caught my eye today.”
“Will he start an inning and pitch multiple innings?” Showalter said of McFarland’s spring role. “Yes. … I'd be surprised if he didn't start a game, but it's not going to be necessarily throwing more innings than if he started the third inning.”
The Orioles will have their opportunity to evaluate McFarland, as more innings will be available this spring because of the World Baseball Classic.
“That's why we'll stretch him out early,” Showalter said. “We can always go either way. It's a good year to have a Rule 5 pitcher that you want to see, because you can get a lot of looks at him.”
The other pitchers who threw bullpen sessions on Wednesday were Jake Arrieta, Tommy Hunter, Brian Matusz, Zach Britton, Steve Johnson, Dylan Bundy, Todd Redmond, Adam Russell, Zach Clark and Mike Wright.