In breakout outfield prospect Ryan McKenna, selected by the Orioles in the fourth round of the 2015 draft, the club has a player whose emergence could mean their run of futility with high school outfielders in the draft comes to an end.
First baseman Trey Mancini, who last season won the Eastern League batting title, opened the season with four home runs in his first six games for the Baysox. The rest of his team entered Saturday with four home runs between them.
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.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said the team planned to use iPads in the dugout as resources to replace the mounds of paper scouting reports and matchup information that go into decision-making during a game.
Reserves Xavier Avery and Steve Tolleson both hit two-run homers off Phillies reliever Ernesto Frieri as part of a five-run fourth inning. Garabez Rosa hit a game-tying homer and Ryan Flaherty scored on a wild pitch in the ninth as the Orioles won their exhibition finale, 8-7, over the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said as his starting pitchers struggled this spring that he expected them to be ready when the season arrived. Yovani Gallardo, in his final spring start, was the latest to prove him right.
Whether outfielder Hyun Soo Kim¿s next step is accepting an assignment to Triple-A Norfolk or returning to South Korea remains to be seen. But one thing became clear on Tuesday: Kim will not be running down the orange carpet at Camden Yards on Opening Day.
Right-hander Kevin Gausman said he saw his pending trip to the disabled list to begin the season coming when he had his cortisone injection in his shoulder earlier this month, and hopes to be back about two weeks into the season.
Outfielder Nolan Reimold, who struggled badly through the beginning of spring as the team won just five of its first 23 games, is coming around as both he and the Orioles (10-14-4) strive to end the preseason where they want to be.
The Orioles ended up traveling to Charlotte Sports Park, but their Grapefruit League game against the Rays lasted just six pitches before a sudden downpour led to the cancellation of Saturday's contest with two outs in the top of the first inning.
Orioles catcher Matt Wieters took swings off a pitching machine Friday for the first time since his abrupt exit from Saturday¿s Grapefruit League game after just one inning upon feeling stiffness in his surgically repaired right elbow.
Half of their Grapefruit League schedule now completed, the Orioles seem to be no closer to finding answers on two of their most pressing questions entering spring training one month ago: starting pitching and their corner-outfield spots.
As expected, the Orioles¿ one-year, $5.75 million deal Pedro Alvarez was made official Thursday morning, the team announced. To make 40-man roster space, the Orioles released right-hander Andrew Triggs, who could be re-signed.
Buck Showalter held his first press gathering of spring training in the media workroom of the Ed Smith Stadium complex, and alluded to the fact that he could be in the same room a few days from now for a press conference to introduce a new free-agent signing. The Orioles are still engaged in negotiations to sign right-hander Yovani Gallardo and outfielder Dexter Fowler. Though neither has agreed to terms with the club, the Orioles were still considered the leading candidates for both.
The Orioles still have adding another hitter on their wish list, and they have discussed acquiring first baseman Ike Davis from the New York Mets, according to an industry source. Those talks apparently hit a roadblock when the Mets were asking for left-handed pitching prospect Eduardo Rodriguez.
Outfielder Michael Morse, who finished the season hitless in his last 10 games with the Orioles, will undergo surgery Wednesday to fix a bone outgrowth in his left wrist, according to an industry source.
With Steve Johnson going on the disabled list and right fielder Nick Markakis away from the team due to the death of his paternal grandmother, the Orioles decided to call up outfielder Xavier Avery to give the team some bench depth.
To clear a roster spot for right-hander Miguel Gonzalez's return from the disabled list Tuesday, the Orioles optioned right-hander Jair Jurrjens to Triple-A Norfolk after just one start with the big league club.