Jimmy HaynesHis projected role in 1996: Probably...


Jimmy Haynes

His projected role in 1996: Probably the No. 5 starter for the Orioles. He appears to have the inside track on the final spot in the rotation, although he'll have to beat out Rick Krivda.

Number crunching: Haynes shined after being promoted last September, allowing just 11 hits in 24 innings, going 2-1 with a 2.25 ERA. Before being called up, he went 12-8 with a 3.29 ERA for Triple-A Rochester. His smooth delivery and good mental makeup make him one of the top pitching prospects in the AL.

Where he has been in the off-season: In his hometown of LaGrange, Ga.

What he has been doing: "I throw and run every day, and I've been lifting at least three days a week. I've been playing a good bit of golf -- I'm shooting in the 90s, trying to learn more."

What he thinks is the Orioles' most significant acquisition of the off-season: "Roberto Alomar. He's just a great second baseman, probably the best in the game. Throw him in our lineup with Cal [Ripken] and you've got a great double-play combination."

What other team improved the most this off-season: "Cleveland's added a couple of guys. New York got Tim Raines and Kenny Rogers, and they kept David Cone, so they're probably going to be a pretty good team."

His expectations for 1996: "Hopefully, I'm going to be the fifth starter, and pitch like I did at the end of last year. Hopefully, we'll get in the World Series. I'm sure everybody expects us to win."

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