Most of the intrigue entering the season for the Tides comes in the crowded outfield. Christian Walker, one of the Orioles' top hitting prospects, is set to be the everyday left fielder as he learns that position. Xavier Avery, who was the last cut from the major league team after a great spring, will play center field. They're joined by outfielders Henry Urrutia, Dariel Alvarez, L.J. Hoes, and Alfredo Marte.
Outside of first base prospect Trey Mancini, the highlight of Bowie's roster is a loaded pitching staff. A six-man rotation led by 40-man roster pitchers Chris Lee, Parker Bridwell and Jason Garcia also includes possible major leaguers David Hess, Joe Gunkel and Ariel Miranda. The bullpen features Ashur Tolliver, Donnie Hart, Jon Keller and Stefan Crichton. Former major leaguer Julio Borbon will be the everyday center fielder.
Some of the top impact talent in the organization opens in Frederick. Hunter Harvey, the team's 2013 first-round draft pick, is scheduled to join the team next week after dealing with a spring groin injury. Left-hander Tanner Scott, who throws in the high 90s out of the bullpen, retired all six batters he faced on 16 pitches in the season opener Thursday. Third baseman Jomar Reyes is just 19 years old and could be the best hitting prospect in the system.
The Orioles' two first-round picks in 2015, outfielder DJ Stewart and shortstop Ryan Mountcastle, open the year in the South Atlantic League. Mountcastle homered in the season opener Thursday at Hagerstown. Left-hander Brian Gonzalez (third round, 2014) is back for a repeat with the Shorebirds in a rotation that also includes hard-throwing Dominican Ofelky Peralta. Outfielder Cedric Mullins and catcher Alex Murphy (Calvert Hall) are other highlights on the roster.