We'll see how this feature develops over the next few weeks, but I thought it might be a good idea to track the performances of the various players in the Orioles' minor league system who are participating in spring training with the club. These breakdowns on O's on Deck will include minor leaguers and non-roster invitees, since they're often overshadowed by the other players in the game recaps.

Since most of the Orioles' spring training games aren't televised, I know the majority of fans rely on the Internet to follow the team's performance. I'm open to suggestions on how this feature should be handled, but I think it's best to pick some players who had a positive game, as well as others who didn't fare well.


Let's start with today's game against the New York Mets in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Final score: Mets 9, Orioles 3

Thumbs up

Robby Hammock -- The 31-year-old catcher, who is competing for a backup role with the Orioles, was 1-for-2 with an RBI double while serving as the designated hitter. He was thrown out attempting to stretch it into a triple, but that doesn't take away from the initial run-producing hit.

Lou Montanez -- The 27-year-old outfielder was 1-for-2, and he shined defensively against the Mets. Montanez collected two outfield assists in the game, including a double play that forced the Mets' Alex Cora at home plate. If he's able to string together a few similar performances throughout the rest of the spring, the Orioles might need to find a place for him at the start of the season.

Ross Wolf -- The 26-year-old right-hander tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings for the Orioles. The non-roster invitee will need to build off this strong performance if he hopes to make the team out of spring training.

Thumbs down

Craig Brazell -- The 28-year-old first baseman, who led all minor leaguers in home runs (39) in 2007, was 0-for-2 in the loss. He batted ..234 with 27 home runs and 87 RBIs in 130 games for the Seibu Lions in 2008, but he also had 139 strikeouts. So, I guess it's good news that he didn't collect any strikeouts today.

Jolbert Cabrera -- The 36-year-old utility player was 0-for-2 in the game, and he left two runners on base. With Chris Gomez and others ahead of him in the depth chart, Cabrera's margin of error will have to be small if he truly hopes to make the Orioles' Opening Day roster, so today's effort won't help.

Justin Turner -- The 24-year-old second baseman, who was acquired from the Cincinnati Reds for Ramon Hernandez in the offseason, was 0-for-2 and left three runners on base. Turner also grounded into a double play during the game.

Other performances

Blake Davis -- The 25-year-old shortstop was 1-for-1 with a walk in the game. He's going to start the year in the minor leagues, but he could push his way into the Orioles' future plans with some good hits in his time at major league spring training.

David Pauley -- For a player that's looking to earn a spot in the Orioles' rotation, Pauley didn't get off to a good start in spring training. The 25-year-old right-hander allowed four runs and five hits in 1/3 of an inning. It will be best for Pauley to realize that it's only one appearance, and he'll get other opportunities to prove himself during the spring.

Oscar Salazar -- The 30-year-old infielder was 1-for-2 with an RBI in the game for the Orioles. The odds are stacked against Salazar making the major league roster out of spring training, so it's important that he continues to collect RBIs when he's given an opportunity.