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Participant list for next week's Orioles minicamp finalized

Participant list for next week's Orioles minicamp finalized
Orioles pitcher Dylan Bundy on a rehab assignment for the Aberdeen IronBirds in June 2014. Bundy felt elbow stiffness after an appearance in the Arizona Fall League this week. (Karl Merton Ferrron / Baltimore Sun)

The Orioles have finalized their list of participants in next week's minicamp at the Ed Smith Stadium complex in Sarasota, Fla.

The three-day event, which will run from Monday through Wednesday, allows the major league staff an opportunity to see some of the organization's young arms up close, gauge their health and, in some cases, see whether they're worth a longer look come spring training.

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Top pitching prospects Dylan Bundy and Hunter Harvey will both be at the minicamp. For Harvey -- who did not pitch in a regular-season minor league game last season because of injuries -- the camp will be instrumental in helping the staff determine whether he should receive an invitation to big-league camp during spring training or build up his innings in minor-league camp.

Right-handers Jason Garcia and Mychal Givens, who both saw time in the Orioles bullpen last season, are also slated to attend.

So are left-hander Chris Lee and right-handers Parker Bridwell and Andrew Triggs, all of whom were added to the club's 40-man roster in November to protect them from being selected in the Rule 5 draft.

Left-handed side-armer Donnie Hart, as well as fellow lefties Ariel Miranda, C.J. Riefenhauser, Tanner Scott and Ashur Tolliver, are slated to attend. Right-hander David Hess is also on the list, as is right-hander Joe Gunkel, who was acquired from Boston last season in the Alejandro De Aza trade.

Right-hander Vance Worley, claimed off waivers by the Pirates in October, and left-hander Jeff Beliveau, signed to a minor league deal last month, are also both on the minicamp roster.

Minor league catchers Chris O'Brien and Jonah Heim will catch bullpen sessions, as will major league bullpen catcher Einar Diaz.

This will be the first time the major league staff gets the chance to see many of these pitchers throw. There are plenty of intriguing names, like the 21-year-old Scott, who struck out 60 in 42 1/3 innings at Aberdeen and Delmarva and is coming off an all-star campaign in the Arizona Fall League.

The staff for the camp will include manager Buck Showalter, pitching coach Dave Wallace, bullpen coach Dom Chiti, player development director Brian Graham, pitching assistant Ramon Martinez and Double-A Bowie pitching coach Alan Mills.

Harvey, the Orioles' first-round draft pick in 2013, drew rave reviews in his first big league spring training last season, but he suffered a fractured fibula on a comebacker during a minor league spring training game.

While rehabbing in Sarasota, he was shut down with a right forearm strain. He received a platelet-rich plasma injection but didn't resume throwing until September. He was quickly shelved again during instructional league.

Harvey's first full pro season in 2014 was also cut short in late July of that season because of forearm soreness.

Bundy -- who has been limited to 17 minor league games since Tommy John elbow surgery in 2013 and was shut down after just two innings in the Arizona Fall League as a precaution -- will be in big league camp with the Orioles regardless. He is out of minor league options this season, so the Orioles must carry him on the big league roster, if he's healthy.

This will be the third straight year the Orioles hold the camp in Sarasota. Previously, it was held in Baltimore in January in conjunction with FanFest.

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