The Davidsonville resident and Boys’ Latin graduate is a two-time Tewaaraton Award finalist and the only player in NCAA Division I history to rank in the Top 20 in points (second), assists (tied for second) and goals (20th) per game.
Pitching development has barreled forward in recent years, with data-tracking systems, speed cameras and reams of information helping teams refine and advance the arsenals of their young arms. Now the Orioles hope to join the revolution.
What's proved to be a year of seismic changes for the Orioles on and off the field still packed in plenty of actual baseball over the required 162 games, even if it might have been nice for them to mercifully end by about halfway through.
With the announcement of Wednesday's agreement that will allow Cuban players to safely come to the United States to play baseball in the same manner that professionals from South Korea and Japan can, the Orioles will have an even wider talent base to sift through.
"The way he prepares, the way he sees the game, he seems to be two steps ahead of the next guy across the way in the other dugout," pitching coach Reid Cornelius said of his former boss, reported Orioles manager Brandon Hyde.
New Orioles GM Mike Elias said the club will monitor the free agent market this week at the Winter Meetings, but the focus is on doing the things that will make them attractive to players in the future, not marketing themselves for now.
Many of the Orioles' prizes from their July teardown trades were dealt by their prior clubs with this week in mind — when they'd have to be added to the 40-man roster to be protected from the Rule 5 draft. But only one remained to be added by Tuesday's deadline — right-hander Dillon Tate.
The Orioles have several pitching prospects who, like Astros Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel, have to overcome the soft-tossing lefty stigma to succeed in the majors. What does Keuchel have to say about that progression that they can learn?
Buck Showalter won't return to manage the Orioles in 2019, according to an industry source, ending what until this season had been a productive relationship with the manager who took over in August 2010 and brought playoff baseball back to Baltimore and an organization that was starved for it.
Just a handful of Astros who won last year's World Series were with the team when their rebuild began, a signal to the Orioles and their fans that they might not see the current players around when the winning returns.