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.
Outfielder Henry Urrutia said a weeklong trip back to his native Cuba, from where he fled five years ago for an opportunity to play in the major leagues, has motivated him entering a pivotal spring training with the Orioles.
When Henry Urrutia made his major league debut in 2013, it was almost exclusively as a designated hitter. He played in 24 games for the Orioles, but only three innings in left field. This year, since his recall Saturday from Triple-A Norfolk, Urrutia has started in all five games, including four in left.
The Orioles announced a couple of expected moves Saturday afternoon, officially releasing outfielder Travis Snider from his contract while recalling outfielder/designated hitter Henry Urrutia from Triple-A Norfolk and optioning outfielder Junior Lake to Norfolk.
Outfielder DJ Stewart, the Orioles' 2015 first-round pick, struggled to start his professional career, batting just .136/.245/.277, going 6-for-44 over his first 12 games. He entered Friday with just one double, one homer, three runs scored and seven RBIs. Stewart's plate discipline has been as advertised, as he had seven walks and seven strikeouts going into the weekend.