Projecting the Orioles' Opening Day roster after a round of cuts including Austin Hays, Anthony Santander, and Cody Carroll provided plenty of clarity into Mike Elias and Brandon Hyde's reasoning as they build the 25-man roster.
In sending Austin Hays out of major league camp despite his standout spring performance, the Orioles made the clearest indicator yet that even fielding the best or most exciting major league team possible won't get in the way of the player development plans they're putting in place.
Each of the Orioles’ three starting outfielders provided big swings in a 9-6 win over the Rays, with home runs by Anthony Santander and Cedric Mullins in the fifth inning setting the stage for a three-run double by Yusniel Diaz in the eighth.
Back in town for a quick two-game stint with Lowell, the Aberdeen IronBirds took game one Wednesday night with good pitching and some spectacular defense. Aberdeen (24-31) scored early and won the New York-Penn League game, 5-2. Game two of the series is set for 7:05 p.m. tonight (Thursday).
Left-hander Cameron Bishop continued his steady year for the Shorebirds with seven innings of one-run ball Thursday in a win over Kannapolis, striking out three and walking one while allowing three hits.
Orioles rookie outfielder Anthony Santander has had his flaws exposed as the Rule 5 draft pick has been forced to play every day. The team hopes the experience will provide him with a blueprint of what's required to succeed in the major leagues.
While the Orioles outfield has come under heavy scrutiny and experienced a lot of turnover in recent years, Austin Hays, Anthony Santander, Cedric Mullins and DJ Stewart have the future looking bright there.