Kurt Ainsworth, RHP

Born: Sept. 9, 1978.

Height: 6-3. Weight: 192.

Skinny: With shoulder healed, could be No. 2 starter.

Rick Bauer, RHP

Born: Jan. 10, 1977.

Height: 6-6. Weight: 218.

Skinny: Multi-purpose reliever still aspires to start.

Denny Bautista, RHP

Born: Oct. 23, 1982.

Height: 6-5. Weight: 170.

Skinny: Jewel of Jeff Conine trade likely headed to Double-A Bowie.

Erik Bedard, LHP

Born: March 6, 1979.

Height: 6-1. Weight: 191.

Skinny: Former No. 1 pitching prospect made fast recovery from 2002 ligament-replacement surgery.

Daniel Cabrera, RHP

Born: May 28, 1981.

Height: 6-7. Weight: 220.

Skinny: Was 0-7 at Single-A Delmarva before posting 2.96 ERA in last 11 starts.

David Crouthers, RHP

Born: Dec. 18, 1979.

Height: 6-3. Weight: 203.

Skinny: His 11 wins between Single-A Frederick and Bowie ranked second in organization.

Darwin Cubillan, RHP

Born: Nov. 15, 1974.

Height: 6-2. Weight: 177.

Skinny: Spring invite led International League with 66 appearances and Triple-A Ottawa with 20 saves.

Omar Daal, LHP

Born: Feb. 23, 1972.

Height: 6-3. Weight: 193.

Skinny: Trying to reclaim rotation spot after spending more than two months on disabled list.

Mike DeJean, RHP

Born: Sept. 28, 1970.

Height: 6-2. Weight: 220.

Skinny: Signed for right-handed setup role but also can close; has 52 career saves in seven years.

Eric DuBose, LHP

Born: May 15, 1976.

Height: 6-3. Weight: 233.

Skinny: Converted to starter last spring, he's expected to settle into rotation this season.

Brian Forystek, LHP

Born: Oct. 30, 1978.

Height: 6-1. Weight: 177.

Skinny: Added to 40-man roster after going 9-9 with 3.39 ERA and 103 strikeouts at Bowie; could advance to Ottawa.

Buddy Groom, LHP

Born: July 10, 1965.

Height: 6-2.. Weight: 201.

Skinny: ERA jumped from 1.60 to 5.36, and streak of 70 or more appearances ended at seven years.

Ryan Hannaman, LHP

Born: Aug. 28, 1981.

Height: 6-3. Weight: 200.

Skinny: Went 1-3 with 3.79 ERA in five starts at Frederick after coming over in Sidney Ponson trade.

Jorge Julio, RHP

Born: March 3, 1979.

Height: 6-1.. Weight: 223.

Skinny: Was 36-for-44 in saves last year; left Venezuelan Winter League because of weakened shoulder.

Adam Loewen, LHP

Born: April 9, 1984.

Height: 6-6. Weight: 230.

Skinny: Top prospect had 2.70 ERA in seven starts with short-season Aberdeen; on fast track to majors.

Rodrigo Lopez, RHP

Born: Dec. 14, 1975.

Height: 6-1. Weight: 187.

Skinny: Last year's Opening Day starter fighting to stay in rotation.

John Maine, RHP

Born: May 8, 1981.

Height: 6-4. Weight: 190.

Skinny: Given spring invite after being named organization's Minor League Pitcher of the Year; 185 strikeouts led minors.

John Parrish, LHP

Born: Nov. 26, 1977.

Height: 5-11.. Weight: 175.

Skinny: No longer bouncing from rotation to bullpen, he'll pitch in middle and late relief.

Sidney Ponson, RHP

Born: Nov. 2, 1976.

Height: 6-1. Weight: 249.

Skinny: Returns to organization as favorite to start on Opening Day after winning 17 games last year.

Rob Ramsay, LHP

Born: Dec. 3, 1973.

Height: 6-5. Weight: 215.

Skinny: Reliever with Seattle Mariners in 1999 and 2000; had baseball-sized brain tumor removed in 2002.

Matt Riley, LHP

Born: Aug. 2, 1979.

Height: 6-1. Weight: 207.

Skinny: With career revived, he's a serious candidate to fill back end of rotation.

Eddy Rodriguez, RHP

Born: Aug. 8, 1981.

Height: 6-1. Weight: 194.

Skinny: Saved 13 games at Bowie and tied for Eastern League lead with 56 appearances; bound for Ottawa.

B.J. Ryan, LHP

Born: Dec. 28, 1975.

Height: 6-6. Weight: 247.

Skinny: Tied club record with 76 relief appearances in 2003; became primary left-handed setup man.

John Stephens, RHP

Born: Nov. 15, 1979.

Height: 6-1. Weight: 212.

Skinny: Soft tosser was fourth in International League with 132 strikeouts, but is long shot to crack Orioles' rotation.


Raul Casanova

Born: Aug. 23, 1972.

Bats/throws: S/R.

Height: 6-0. Weight: 221

Skinny: Spring invite returned to organization last summer and hit .295 in 27 games at Ottawa.

Geronimo Gil

Born: Aug. 7, 1975.

Bats/throws: R/R.

Height: 6-2. Weight: 227.

Skinny: Went from starter to minors last year because of defensive lapses and weak bat.

Bill Haselman

Born: May 25, 1966.

Bats/throws: R/R.

Height: 6-3. Weight: 220.

Skinny: Spring invite has chance to back up Javy Lopez after spending most of last year at Triple-A Pawtucket.

Javy Lopez

Born: Nov. 5, 1970.

Bats/throws: R/R.

Height: 6-3. Weight: 215.

Skinny: Signed to three-year, $22.5 million deal to solve the team's catching woes.

Robert Machado

Born: June 3, 1973.

Bats/throws: R/R.

Height: 6-1. Weight: 210.

Skinny: Back as spring invite after initially declining assignment to Ottawa in fall.

Keith Osik

Born: Oct. 22, 1968.

Bats/throws: R/R.

Height: 6-0. Weight: 200.

Skinny: Vying for backup job after appearing in 80 games with Milwaukee Brewers last season.


Jose Bautista, IF

Born: Oct. 19, 1980.

Bats/throws: R/R.

Height: 6-0. Weight: 193.

Skinny: Rule 5 third baseman must stay all season or be offered back to Pittsburgh Pirates; also can play outfield.

Clay Bellinger, IF/OF

Born: Nov. 18, 1968.

Bats/throws: R/R.

Height: 6-3. Weight: 190.

Skinny: Signed to minor league deal, former Yankee likely to start year at Ottawa.

Larry Bigbie, OF

Born: Nov. 4, 1977.

Bats/throws: L/L.

Height: 6-4. Weight: 215.

Skinny: Former No. 1 draft pick expected to start in left field but can play all three positions.

Napoleon Calzado, IF

Born: Feb. 9, 1977.

Bats/throws: R/R.

Height: 6-3. Weight: 181.

Skinny: Spring invite hit .311 at Ottawa, where he's headed again, after moving up from Bowie.

Marty Cordova, OF/DH

Born: July 10, 1969.

Bats/throws: R/R.

Height: 6-0. Weight: 213.

Skinny: Might not be ready to start season after ligament-replacement surgery in August.

Jack Cust, OF/DH

Born: Jan. 7, 1979.

Bats/throws: L/R.

Height: 6-1. Weight: 225.

Skinny: Power prospect could be headed to fourth team in four years if he doesn't stick with Orioles this spring.

Mike Fontenot, IF

Born: June 9, 1980.

Bats/throws: L/R.

Height: 5-8. Weight: 160.

Skinny: Second baseman named organization's Minor League Player of Year after hitting .325 at Bowie.

Eddy Garabito, IF

Born: Dec. 2, 1978.

Bats/throws: S/R.

Height: 5-8. Weight: 186.

Skinny: Utility type a handy commodity at Triple-A, but no place for him on Orioles' roster.

Jay Gibbons, OF

Born: March 2, 1977.

Bats/throws: L/L.

Height: 6-0. Weight: 193.

Skinny: Most Valuable Oriole returns to right field after Vladimir Guerrero signed with Anaheim.

Jerry Hairston, IF

Born: May 29, 1976.

Bats/throws: R/R.

Height: 5-10. Weight: 185.

Skinny: Trying to fend off Brian Roberts for second base and leadoff jobs; missed half of 2003 with broken foot.

Luis Lopez, IF

Born: Sept. 4, 1970.

Bats/throws: S/R.

Height: 5-11. Weight: 175.

Skinny: Spring invite played briefly for Orioles in 2002, re-signed to Triple-A contract last summer after stint at Colorado Springs.

Luis Matos, OF

Born: Oct. 30, 1978.

Bats/throws: R/R.

Height: 6-0. Weight: 208.

Skinny: Center fielder's average never dipped below .300 last season; hit safely in first 15 games after recall.

Darnell McDonald, OF

Born: Nov. 17, 1978.

Bats/throws: R/R.

Height: 5-11. Weight: 208.

Skinny: Shoulder surgery ended his season at Ottawa after 40 games, prevented likely call-up to majors.

Mark McLemore, IF/OF

Born: Oct. 4, 1964.

Bats/throws: S/R.

Height: 5-11. Weight: 195.

Skinny: Signed to minor league deal with chance to serve utility role, add a little clubhouse leadership.

Carlos Mendez, IF

Born: Jan. 18, 1974.

Bats/throws: R/R.

Height: 6-0. Weight: 228.

Skinny: Career .303 hitter in minors finally reached majors last year, for 26 games, but has no position.

Melvin Mora, IF/OF

Born: Feb. 2, 1972.

Bats/throws: R/R.

Height: 5-11. Weight: 198.

Skinny: Lone All-Star rep, signed to three-year deal, projected as starting third baseman but can play anywhere.

Jose Morban, IF

Born: Dec. 2, 1979.

Bats/throws: S/R.

Height: 6-1. Weight: 170.

Skinny: Stayed with club last year as Rule 5 shortstop but probably headed to Bowie, with possible shift to third.

Chad Mottola, IF

Born: Oct. 15, 1971.

Bats/throws: R/R.

Height: 6-3. Weight: 220.

Skinny: Spring invite and 2000 International League MVP has played in majors with Cincinnati, Toronto and Florida.

Rafael Palmeiro, IF/DH

Born: Sept. 24, 1964.

Bats/throws: L/L.

Height: 6-0. Weight: 190.

Skinny: Returns as free agent with designs on everyday duty at first base and needing 220 hits for 3,000.

Tim Raines, OF

Born: Aug. 31, 1979.

Bats/throws: R/R.

Height: 5-10. Weight: 189.

Skinny: Led organization with 52 steals between Bowie and Ottawa, but outfield might be too crowded.

Brian Roberts, IF

Born: Oct. 9, 1977.

Bats/throws: S/R.

Height: 5-9. Weight: 172.

Skinny: Could unseat Jerry Hairston at second base after filling in nicely last season.

David Segui, DH/IF

Born: July 19, 1966.

Bats/throws: S/L.

Height: 6-1. Weight: 216.

Skinny: Trying to find at-bats as part-time DH and pinch hitter after three trips to DL and elbow surgery.

B.J. Surhoff

Position: OF/DH

Born: Aug. 4, 1964.

Bats/throws: L/R.

Height: 6-1. Weight: 215.

Skinny: Signed to another minor league deal, competing for part-time outfield, first base and DH role.

Pedro Swann, OF

Born: Oct. 27, 1970.

Bats/throws: L/R.

Height: 6-0. Weight: 200.

Skinny: Ottawa MVP appeared in eight games with Orioles before coming off 40-man roster and getting a spring invite.

Miguel Tejada, IF

Born: May 25, 1976.

Bats/throws: R/R.

Height: 5-9. Weight: 200.

Skinny: Signed six-year, $72 million contract during winter meetings to continue Orioles' tradition of shortstop excellence.

Walter Young, IF

Born: Feb. 18, 1980.

Bats/throws: L/R.

Height: 6-5. Weight: 296.

Skinny: Pirates' Minor League Player of the Year, South Atlantic League MVP in 2002.

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