With it officially February and all of us battling the winter's 39th "significant weather event," we thought it might be time to look ahead to spring training.
Or at least revisit who will be there. Anyone who is on the 40-man roster gets an invitation. So will the following 13 players:
Pitchers (6): Mitch Atkins, Armando Gabino, Mark Hendrickson, Clay Rapada, Raul Rivero and Josh Rupe.
Catchers (3): Adam Donachie, Michel Hernandez and Caleb Joseph.
Infielders: (4): Ryan Adams, Nick Green, Brendan Harris and Tyler Henson.
The Orioles will probably have no more than 60 at big league camp, so that leaves about five to seven more spots that we don't know about yet. Some could be filled internally with minor leaguers already in the system, and others could be taken by minor league free agents that haven't been publicized yet as signing with the club. The Orioles usually do that in one official group announcement.
Outfielder Jeff Fiorentino, who recently signed a minor league deal, didn't get an invitation, and pitcher Nick Bierbrodt might not, either.
Remember, though, just because a player doesn't get a big league invitation doesn't mean he won't appear in a spring training game for the Orioles. With minor leaguers only a clubhouse door away in Sarasota, Fla., -- unlike hours away when the headquarters were in Fort Lauderdale -- various players may be pulled up to help the Orioles for a game or two, at home or away.
Last year, for instance, prospect Xavier Avery got some at-bats in a split-squad game in Fort Myers and Steve Johnson pitched in Port Charlotte after he came back from the San Francisco Giants' camp.
I'm sure the Orioles will do that again. It's another advantage of having everyone together. And manager Buck Showalter loves watching and interacting with upcoming players.
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