Darin Blood: Acquired last July for Joe Carter, he underwent off-season elbow surgery. Possible midseason contributor.
Ricky Bones: Pitching coach Bruce Kison pushed for journeyman's signing. Ticketed for long relief unless Scott Kamieniecki buckles.
Rocky Coppinger: Uninspired winter ball experience. Orioles wonder: Is his time approaching or has it already passed?
Radhames Dykhoff: Sidney Ponson's first cousin. Should add to 170 minor-league appearances at Triple-A Rochester.
Scott Erickson: Has averaged 232 innings past three seasons, including league-high 251 1/3 last year. Entering five-year, $32 million contract.
*Mike Fetters: Split-finger specialist saved 32 in '96, projected for less visible role with fourth team in three seasons.
Chris Fussell: Top right-handed prospect has impressive stuff but lacks command.
Juan Guzman: Can be baffling to opposing hitters and his own manager. Consistency as No. 3 starter would be huge. So would improved run support.
Doug Johns: Team dangled his long-relief role to Jimmy Key, who retired instead. Enters camp on the bubble.
Scott Kamieniecki: Projected No. 4 starter supposedly recovered from season-ending disk surgery.
Gabe Molina: Set Double-A Bowie record with 24 saves.
Julio Moreno: Hasn't pitched since suffering weightlifting injury last spring.
Mike Mussina: After harrowing '98, could this be his 20-win season?
Jesse Orosco: Needs 47 appearances to eclipse Dennis Eckersley's career mark.
Sidney Ponson: Finished rookie season with a 7-3 rush. Was off-limits during offseason trade talks. Reports slimmer and more confident.
Arthur Rhodes: No one was bothered more last season by shifting roles. Invaluable piece of a retooled bullpen.
Heathcliff Slocumb: Needs to rediscover consistency. Suited for setup role; past suggests allergic reaction to closing.
Mike Timlin: Signed for four years, he has never closed for an entire season. Ground-ball pitcher suited for Camden Yards.
Chip Alley: Nonroster player last spring made Single-A Carolina League All-Star team.
Chris Hoiles: Back problems, an off-season trade and his much-criticized arm make him an emergency option. Must find at-bats as right-handed DH.
Charles Johnson: Winter's biggest upgrade. They've removed the merry-go-round from the Camden base paths.
Lenny Webster: Must reconcile diminished role after career offensive season. Will he remain Erickson's valet?
Mike Bordick: Could find himself batting second in newfangled lineup.
Carlos Casimiro: Second baseman carries soft glove and surprising power.
Will Clark: Promises intensity but must also bring a healthier elbow and protection for Albert Belle.
Delino DeShields: Inherits Roberto Alomar's position and offensive role but, hopefully, not the attitude.
Jerry Hairston: Orioles believe his time is soon ... but not now. Still adjusting to second base.
Ryan Minor: No longer considered a lock to succeed Cal Ripken. Massive strikeouts and power struggles at Double-A cause for concern.
Willis Otanez: Out of options, he's a trade candidate after enjoying monster season at Triple-A.
Calvin Pickering: Wasted experience in Puerto Rico this winter. Needs to overcome throwing problems and immaturity. Gets his chance at Rochester.
Jeff Reboulet: Valuable glove but 0-for-16 after Aug. 7.
Cal Ripken: Last year he immortalized 2,632. This year it's 3,000 (hits) and 400 (home runs). What about 2000 (season)?
Rich Amaral: Man for all positions offers speed and defense. Has stolen 69 of last 86 attempts.
Brady Anderson: Oriole for life must show himself anew to disenchanted organization.
Harold Baines: Left-handed DH sure to reach 350 homers and 1,500 RBIs. Working on fourth straight .300 season.
Albert Belle: Home run machine, batteries not included. Right field becomes Albertville.
Danny Clyburn: More likely to be traded than to return to Rochester.
Ivanon Coffie: Made 25 errors in 102 games at third base and shortstop in '98; had 16 homers compared with three for rest of career.
Eugene Kingsale: One home run in 1,050 professional at-bats.
Lyle Mouton: Career .288 hitter appears caught in numbers squeeze.
B. J. Surhoff: The ultimate grinder, he comes off career season but experienced fatigue from playing every game. Signed for three years; he'll be rested more often.
* -- Nonroster player
Pub Date: 02/25/99