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.
Alex Cobb struck out the first four batters he faced — one apiece on a fastball, curveball and split-change in the first inning — and didn't allow any of his four hits until the Blue Jays’ three-run fifth inning in an eventual 4-3 Orioles win at Dunedin Stadium.
Austin Hays had a three-run double as the Orioles scored a bunch of runs early to take a big lead over the Yankees, who would later rally to win the Grapefruit League game at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
In a marathon 17-15 win by the split-squad Orioles over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday that featured 28 hits, nine errors and seven home runs, two sets of professional baseball players spent nearly four hours balancing on the edge of fun and folly.
Orioles outfielder Austin Hays had to re-learn how to run after offseason ankle surgery, and the resulting strides with that and his offseason fitness program have him in position to earn a major league job this spring.
Five Orioles staffers in varying roles with significant connections to former executive vice president Dan Duquette were let go Friday, just before the majority of the contracts in the organization are set to expire.
Like most years, the Orioles’ September roster additions will come in spurts and stops, with no true incentive to call players up before the end of the minor league season with the major league stretch run wholly devoid of competitive meaning.
Long before Cedric Mullins became the Orioles' center fielder of the future — let alone the first in what they hope is a wave of blossoming young talent to join a team that desperately needs it — there was an exchange that stuck with the dynamic, then-junior college outfielder.