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Karns, Harvey highlight first day of full-squad workouts - The Orioles turned in their busiest day of spring training with early meetings and lingering physicals followed by stretching and the first full-squad workout of camp. Players were spread over every field at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. Live batting practice was held in the stadium and on fields 2-4.
Orioles players to watch in Spring Training In holding their first full-squad workout on Monday, the Orioles ushered in the first official phase of a spring set to surprise. Fresh faces flood Ed Smith Stadium. Questions litter the roster. Battles abound at nearly every position. Here are 12 players to watch at the dawn of it all.
Orioles 2019 Top 30 Prospects list After a last-place finish in the American League East in 2017, the Orioles continued to trend in the wrong direction last year, losing a franchise-record 115 games en route to Major League Baseball's worst record.
Baltimore Orioles: Another Under The Radar Prospect, RHP Jay Flaa RHP Jay Flaa produced a solid 2018 season as a Baltimore Orioles prospect. He deserves watching as he enters the 2019 season.
Relievers left to wonder whether there's room for them in 'pen - The first full-squad workout today will feature 14 pitchers throwing live batting practice spread over four fields. Andrew Cashner, Dylan Bundy and Sean Gilmartin will throw off the Ed Smith Stadium mound. Nathan Karns, David Hess, Hunter Harvey and Cody Carroll are grouped together.
Some middle infield and Adley Rutschman talk If the goal was to create competition for playing time and jobs, the Orioles have more than done that in their infield, especially up the middle. Over the weekend, the club signed 32-year-old Alcides Escobar to a minor league deal.
Orioles ready for first full-squad workouts; Grapefruit League starts Saturday SARASOTA, Fla.-What's happening? - The Orioles will take the field later this morning for their first full-squad workout of the spring. They hope that shortstop Alcides Escobar will arrive in time. He'd be the 60th player in camp. Right-handed pitcher Gregory Infante and Jesus Sucre remain in Venezuela.
Baltimore Orioles: Will the O's use a traditional closer in 2019? The Baltimore Orioles might have an interesting plan in mind when it comes to bullpen usage in 2019. Who fills out the back of the bullpen in Baltimore?
Monday Bird Droppings: Where the full Orioles squad is together The position players reported to Orioles camp over the weekend. Soon enough, there will be real baseball.
Reason for optimism for each MLB team On this opening week of Spring Training, all 30 Major League teams have one thing in common: optimism. You've read a lot about teams being all-in for 2019 and also about some teams rebuilding. Here's what's also true: When players and coaches get to work in Florida and Arizona, optimism is infectious.
Steve Wilkerson competing for utility role Steve Wilkerson may be a clubhouse manager's worst nightmare and a manager's dream. For someone planning to move around, the speedy 27-year-old surely doesn't travel light. On the heels of a brief big league cameo last year, Wilkerson arrived at Orioles camp Sunday set to battle for a super-utility role.
Hyde: "I'm excited about the mix of middle infielders we have" - The Orioles aren't suffering from a shortage of infielders in camp. Major league and minor league deals. Guys come off the 40-man roster, clear waivers and receive invites. Bringing in Alcides Escobar raises the infield total to 14 and most of them can man the middle.
Eric Young Jr. adds to the Orioles' new aggressive baserunning identity SARASOTA, Fla.-Brandon Hyde has made aggression on the bases a priority. Hyde's predecessor, Buck Showalter didn't make it a priority, disdained the stolen base, but suddenly these Orioles have accumulated a trio of basestealers.
Orioles pitchers using technology in camp Like so many pitchers in Major League camps, Orioles hurlers have extra sets of eyes on them this spring. The Edgertronic cameras, perched on tripods, are set about a stride's length beyond the backfield bullpen mounds at the club's Ed Smith Stadium complex, as conspicuous as the coaches standing cross-armed behind them.
Eric Young Jr. on his opportunity and leadership role - Outfielder Eric Young Junior and infielders Hanser Alberto and Steve Wilkerson reported to Orioles camp this morning, leaving infielders Jonathan Villar and Alcides Escobar as the only position players who haven't arrived. Escobar signed a minor league deal yesterday and might not get here until Monday's first full-squad workout.
Sunday’s Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles have signed another infielder A big off-season for the Birds gets even BIGGER!
Trying to figure out the measure of success for this season It is a topic that has come up a few times over the winter, and it's a question I've been asked a few times in the last week or so: What will make for a successful season for the Orioles? As always, I'm going to seek your input on this one as well.
Orioles add Escobar to middle infield mix; Hyde counting down to first game SARASOTA, Fla.-What's happening? - Looking to increase their infield depth, the Orioles signed 32-year-old Alcides Escobar to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training. Escobar, an 11-year major league veteran, had been with the Kansas City Royals from 2011-18.
2019 Baltimore Orioles: Notable Additions, Subtractions, & Re-Signings Notable 2019 Baltimore Orioles Additions, Subtractions and Re-Signings. Notable Additions:. -Alcides Escobar, SS. -Eric Young Jr., OF. -Nate Karns, SP. -Christopher Bostick, UTL. -Carlos Perez, C. -Hanser Alberto, IF. -Gregory Infante, LHP. -Brandon Hyde, Man.
Baltimore Orioles: Alcides Escober Added Into Roster Mix As reported Saturday afternoon, the Orioles have signed former Kansas City Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. Escobar will make $700,000 if he secures a spot on the active roster, per Jon Heyman.
Orioles sign Alcides Escobar His defensive ratings also took a hit, and FanGraphs pegged him as the fourth-worst shortstop in the majors after he accumulated - 12 DRS over the course of the season, only slightly higher than the Orioles / Dodgers' Manny Machado, Mets' Amed Rosario, and Red Sox' Xander Bogaerts.
Orioles agree to terms with SS Alcides Escobar - The Baltimore Orioles have agreed to terms with shortstop Alcides Escobar on a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training. Baltimore has been looking to increase its infield depth, and Escobar is expected to challenge for the starting shortstop spot.
Yusniel Diaz looks to break camp with Orioles A lot has to go right for Yusniel Diaz to crack the Orioles' Opening Day roster. But the Orioles' No. 1 prospect per MLB Pipeline isn't letting that impede his plans to compete for a spot anyway. "That is the ultimate reason for being here," Diaz said through team translator Ramon Alarcon, shortly after arriving at Ed Smith Stadium on Saturday.
Orioles Sign Alcides Escobar To Minor League Deal Per a team release, the Orioles have signed shortstop Alcides Escobar to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training. MLB Network's Jon Heyman tweets that Escobar will receive $700K if he cracks the big-league roster.
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