Right-hander Dan Straily signed with the Orioles because the organization was one of the few that gave him the opportunity to be a starting pitcher. He also had plenty of familiarity with the coaching staff.
Orioles left-hander John Means built up his arm strength at a pitching facility this offseason, and honed the changeup that baffled the New York Yankees both there and with new Orioles "changeup guru" Chris Holt.
In lieu of counting major league wins, this week, we’re counting down five players whose performance in the majors this year can go a long way toward judging the first year of the Mike Elias-Brandon Hyde era of Orioles baseball. The fourth on that list is right-hander David Hess.
The Orioles are trying to lift themselves from the ashes of their historically bad 2018 season, and — win or lose — they can lift up their troubled city if their effort sends the right message to the fans.
The Orioles looked to recent champions in Houston and Chicago to assemble the trio of general manager Mike Elias, manager Brandon Hyde and assistant general manager for analytics Sig Mejdal to take the team in a new direction
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.
New executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias bantered with relievers Mychal Givens and Richard Bleier for long after their teammates left, an exchange that in Bleier's mind is a vital piece to helping the Orioles' long, daunting road back to winning begin smoothly.
Versatile infielder Jonathan Villar played both shortstop and second base after the Orioles acquired him last summer. He probably will be slotted at second now that former All-Star shortstop Alcides Escobar is in camp.
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.