In becoming the first lefty to start a game for the Orioles this season Tuesday, Josh Rogers will have to prove he's different from another former Yankees farmhand to pass through Baltimore in Nestor Cortes Jr.
A first-round draft pick in 2012 who was in the major leagues less than a year later, Kevin Gausman has seen his constant efforts to fashion himself into a front-line major league starter play out in front of Orioles fans desperate for him to fill that role.
The Orioles' Adam Jones, Tim Beckham, Darren O'Day, Kevin Gausman and Caleb Joseph praised the team's four-year agreement with right-hander Alex Cobb, who arrives with a proven record of success and fills out the starting rotation.
The left-hander receives a minor league deal that will net him $2.5 million if he makes the major league club and includes incentives that could bring his salary to $5.7 million, according to USA Today.
Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy, the only two established starters on the Orioles, spoke at FanFest about the pressures that come with that distinction and their efforts to live up to their top-of-the-rotation billing.