Dylan Bundy pitched well around two home runs in three innings for the Orioles, but rotation candidate David Hess retired all nine batters he faced in a 9-4 Grapefruit League win over the Minnesota Twins on Monday.
Orioles manager Brandon Hyde discussed the possibility of using an opener the way the Tampa Bay Rays did, with plenty to weigh in terms of the team's ultimate ambitions this season and the staff they can put together before making that decision.
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.
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.
Orioles pitching prospect Dillon Tate, who was one of three pitchers acquired for closer Zach Britton from the New York Yankees, said the slow but steady progress he's made in his uneven career have him on track for success.