As we draw closer to Opening Day, let's revisit spring training camp one last time by discussing five players who impressed and five who didn't.FIVE WHO IMPRESSED
Felix Pie, OF: Easily the Orioles' best hitter this spring, Pie batted .342 with two homers and four RBIs and also drew four walks and had two steals. I'd like to see Nolan Reimold in the Opening Day lineup too, but Pie needs – and deserves – to play.
Brian Matusz, SP: Watching this kid get his work in this spring, it's easy to forget that he's 23 years old and preparing to be on his first Opening Day roster. I really hope fans don't expect too much from the lefty, but it's almost hard not to.
Will Ohman, RP: The lefty's numbers last year obviously weren't too impressive, but the nonroster invitee left no doubt that he should head north with the club. He allowed one earned run and just two hits while striking out 10 in 8 2/3 innings.
Jonathan Tucker, IF/OF: Tucker was everywhere this spring, getting on base and making diving plays in the field. The former 20th-round pick didn't have a realistic shot to make the club, yet that didn't stop him from hitting .385 and opening plenty of eyes.
David Hernandez, SP: It's a shame that the story was more on Chris Tillman not being in the rotation than Hernandez being in it. Hernandez deserved better, as he pitched with confidence and showed significant improvements from last season.
FIVE WHO DIDN'T
Jeremy Guthrie, SP: Perhaps, his struggles have been overblown because of his disastrous '09 season. But 17 earned runs, 28 hits and 13 walks in 20 2/3 innings would be alarming from everybody.
Michael Gonzalez, RP: Everybody I talked to in the organization is adamant that they are not at all worried about Gonzalez, whose velocity was way down this spring. Because I've never covered him before, I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and take him at his word when he says that he's just saving his bullets and he'll be a different pitcher come Opening Day.
Cesar Izturis, SS: OK, OK, I know Izturis is on the team for his glove, and he didn't disappoint defensively at all this spring. But going 9-for-53 (.170) with nine strikeouts and one extra-base hit will get you on this list every time.
Jim Johnson, RP: See Gonzalez above. He says he was just working on things and feels pretty good about where he's at. However, a 7.00 Grapefruit League ERA will always draw some skepticism.
Kevin Millwood, SP: Aside from one decent outing against the Phillies, he had virtually no success against big league hitters this spring, as evidenced by the 12.96 ERA and the 21 hits he allowed in 8 1/3 innings. He has historically had poor springs and it hasn't carried over to the regular season, so the Orioles have that going for them.
-- Jeff Zrebiec