Quick notes -- Marlins 3, Orioles 2

The readers have spoken, so I'm going to tweak the format for these daily breakdowns.

Originally, I was trying to pick only three players in each category, which is why I had a third group for "other performances." Basically, I intended to put notable players in this spot if I didn't include them in the first two categories.


People e-mailed me to say they didn't see the point in the third category, however, and I agree. So, starting with today, I'll only be mentioning the positive and negative performances in two distinct groups with no limit on the players in each category.

Final score: Marlins 3, Orioles 2


Thumbs up

Jake Arrieta -- Arrieta, who will turn 23 next week, tossed one scoreless inning against the Marlins. The right-handed pitcher had one strikeout and two groundouts in the outing. That's the type of performance you expect from a top pitching prospect. He's not going to make the Opening Day roster, but it's still good to show his stuff to the major league coaches.

Blake Davis -- In his only at-bat, the 25-year-old shortstop had an RBI double in the ninth inning. He is now 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI so far this spring. It's going to be good to track Davis' performance in the minor leagues during the upcoming season because he needs a good year in order to keep his place in the Orioles' future.

Hayden Penn -- It's probably now or never for Penn's future with the Orioles, so it's good that he pitched well in today's game. The 24-year-old right-hander, who is out of options, allowed two hits in two scoreless innings. Penn had three strikeouts in the loss. For now, I'm sticking by my earlier prediction that he makes the Opening Day roster as the No. 5 starter.

Wilfrido Perez -- The 24-year-old left-hander tossed a perfect inning, retiring all three hitters he faced on groundouts. Perez might be a sleeper to make the Opening Day roster, but it's likely that he'll spend a little more time in the minor leagues before making an impact in the majors. Keep an eye on his performance for the rest of the spring.

Matt Wieters -- The Orioles' top prospect redeemed himself from an 0-for-2 performance in yesterday's victory by going 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored today. Wieters served as the team's starting designated hitter, and he doubled against Marlins relief pitcher Logan Kensing in the sixth inning. Donnie Murphy pinch-hit for Wieters and grounded out in the eighth.

Thumbs down

Craig Brazell -- The 28-year-old first baseman, who received a non-roster invitation from the Orioles, remains hitless this spring. Brazell was 0-for-1 with a runner left on base in today's loss after he replaced Ty Wigginton. Overall, Brazell is 0-for-4 with an RBI.


Jolbert Cabrera -- It was a particularly tough afternoon for the 36-year-old utility player. Cabrera was 0-for-3 with a strikeout and three runners left on base. To make matters worse, he also committed a throwing error in the loss to the Marlins. Cabrera needs to turn his luck around in a hurry if he hopes to keep any chances of making the Opening Day roster.

Lou Montanez -- After two good performances, Montanez was due for a lackluster game offensively. The 27-year-old outfielder was 0-for-2 with a strikeout in today's loss, but he's still hitting .333 with two runs scored this spring. After Adam Jones was scratched due to a sore arm, Felix Pie started in center field and Montanez took over for him later in the game.

Nolan Reimold -- The 25-year-old outfielder was 0-for-2 with a strikeout and a runner left on base against the Marlins. Reimold did earn some positive points, however, when he turned a double play by forcing Marlins shortstop Robert Andino at second base. Pie also had an outfield assist by throwing out Marlins left fielder John Raynor at home plate in the fourth inning.