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Baysox reload with more pitching prospects

Over the past two seasons, a revolving door of pitching prospects has passed through Prince George's Stadium on the way to Camden Yards.

Brad Bergesen, Jason Berken, David Hernandez, Brian Matusz and Chris Tillman all spent time in the Double-A Bowie Baysox rotation in the previous two years before heading to the Orioles.

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The trend looks to continue in 2010 with left-hander Zach Britton being joined by right-handers Steve Johnson and Chorye Spoone at the top of the rotation."We'll see over time how it all develops, but we have some good young prospects and we've also got some guys who've been here before and had some success," Baysox pitching coach Kennie Steenstra said at the team's media day. "It'll be interesting to see how it all pans out."

Joining Britton, Johnson and Spoone in the rotation will be right-handers Ryohei Tanaka and Tim Bascom.

The starting lineup will be anchored by Brandon Waring, who won the 2009 Carolina League Player of the Year as a member of the Single-A Frederick Keys. The 24-year-old infielder batted .274 with 27 home runs and 96 RBIs in 136 games split between the Keys and Baysox last season. He'll be the starting third baseman for the Baysox to begin the year.

Pedro Florimon Jr. is expected to be the shortstop, while Ryan Adams will be the Baysox second baseman.

Robbie Widlansky, who won the Carolina League batting title last season with a .340 average in 86 games for the Keys, is likely to serve as the first baseman for the Baysox in 2010, according to Komminsk. Joel Guzman, a newcomer to the organization, is also going to see some playing time at first base. The 6-foot-7, 225-pound infielder hit .268 with 12 home runs and 59 RBIs while splitting time between the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs and Double-A Harrisburg Senators in 2009.

Due to Matt Angle's broken hamate bone, which will sideline him for the beginning of the season, Tyler Henson and Danny Figueroa will start in the outfield for the Baysox. Komminsk said it's unclear who will receive the bulk of the playing time in right field.

"On paper, we should be decent, but we'll see how it all shakes out," Komminsk said. "We have some good young prospects this year -- defensively, offensively, in the bullpen and starting pitching."

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