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Chris Davis

For Orioles, keeping top prospects like Austin Hays in minors is clearest sign yet that development trumps winning

For Orioles, keeping top prospects like Austin Hays in minors is clearest sign yet that development trumps winning

When the Orioles introduced Mike Elias as their new baseball operations chief and Brandon Hyde as the manager this offseason, they touted the parallel experiences of taking the Houston Astros and Chicago Cubs from the basement to the World Series in a years-long process requiring elite player development and a whole lot of patience.

Days like Sunday are of a piece with all that, but this is the part no one is supposed to think about.

The Orioles on Sunday sent heralded prospect Austin Hays — their best player this spring — along with outfielder Anthony Santander and six other players

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