For the Orioles' top two prospects — right-handers Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman — it is no different. Both pitchers made it to the major leagues in their first full professional seasons, but each has faced adversity over the past year.
Orioles pitcher Bud Norris has talked this spring about showing Baltimore fans what he can do when he is healthy and pitching at the level he demands from himself. He used the Grapefruit League to make his point, finishing a good spring with a solid effort Tuesday in a 4-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins.
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter has talked often this spring about the challenge of selecting the club¿s Opening Day roster ¿ and saying the best 25 players might not necessarily be the right 25 players to start the season with.
In early December, Jemile Weeks' baseball career was thrown upside down. He was traded away from the only organization he had ever known, the Oakland Athletics, and sent to the Orioles for one of the franchise's most popular players, closer Jim Johnson.
Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez was roughed up for four runs over two innings in his second spring start as the club lost, 6-5, to the Philadelphia Phillies at Ed Smith Stadium in front of an announced 7,010.
Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette gave few clues Sunday morning on how involved the club is in acquiring free-agent starting pitcher Ervin Santana, but indicated that the team's priority now is looking at its existing staff.
When Orioles' left-hander Zach Britton came into the visitors' dugout Wednesday night after taking a sharp liner off his right glove hand, Triple-A Norfolk manager Ron Johnson asked to see Britton's glove.
Britton — now 26 — is no longer a prospect. More importantly, he's out of minor league options, so it's either make the major league roster this spring or a likely departure from the Orioles knowing that his potential was never realized here.
He opened the Orioles¿ Grapefruit League season by striking out three and giving up just one hit over two innings against a representative Tampa Bay Rays lineup in the Orioles 4-2 win at Charlotte Sports Park.
Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette will not rule out another free agent acquisition to upgrade the team's offensive lineup, though top remaining hitter Kendrys Morales would require the club to give up its third pick in the June draft.
SARASOTA, Fla. ¿ The Orioles could make an official announcement on the signing of South Korean pitcher Suk-min Yoon later today, but a press conference to introduce the right-hander likely wouldn¿t come until after the weekend.
The Orioles won't hold their first workout for pitchers and catchers until Friday here at the Ed Smith Stadium complex, but the atmosphere during Thursday's workout on report day was one that resembled a full-squad day.
The Orioles have agreed to terms with South Korean pitcher Suk-min Yoon, who will compete for spot in the starting rotation, but it would be premature to assume that he'll be in the starting five when the season opens.