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Orioles announce 2015 spring training roster and coaching staff

There will be 56 players in Orioles spring training competing for the 40 spots on the roster. Does this look like a potential World Series winner to you?

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Spring training is almost upon us. The first workout for Orioles pitchers and catchers will be in the morning ten days from now. They begin the Grapefruit League schedule on March 3. There is nothing inherently exciting about pitcher fielding practice, nor about spring training games, but they do mean that baseball is on its way back, and with it, warmer weather. Baseball season is the best season.

Though the biggest Orioles acquisitions this offseason were Travis Snider and Delmon Young, that doesn't mean they did nothing. Dan Duquette is always tinkering on the fringes of the 40-man roster. It's easy to lose track. Here's where things stand with a little more than a week to go until camp begins:


Pitchers (22)

Player L/R Uniform #
Tim Berry LHP 73
Brad Brach RHP 35
Zach Britton LHP 53
Dylan Bundy RHP 49
Wei-Yin Chen LHP 16
Oliver Drake RHP 71
Eddie Gamboa RHP 68
Jason Garcia RHP 61
Kevin Gausman RHP 39
Miguel Gonzalez RHP 50
Tommy Hunter RHP 29
Ubaldo Jimenez RHP 31
Brian Matusz LHP 17
T.J. McFarland LHP 66
Bud Norris RHP 25
Darren O'Day RHP 56
Chris Tillman RHP 30
Logan Verrett RHP 64
Ryan Webb RHP 58
Tyler Wilson RHP 63
Mike Wright RHP 59
Wesley Wright LHP 40

Catchers (3)

Player Uniform #
Steve Clevenger 45
Caleb Joseph 36
Matt Wieters 32

Infielders (7+1)

Player Uniform #
Chris Davis 19
Ryan Flaherty 3
J.J. Hardy 2
Manny Machado 13
Rey Navarro 43
Jimmy Paredes 38
Jonathan Schoop 6
Christian Walker 18

Outfielders (8)

Player Uniform #
Alejandro De Aza 12
Alex Hassan 57
Adam Jones 10
David Lough 9
Steve Pearce 28
Travis Snider 23
Henry Urrutia 51
Delmon Young 27

Yes, Young is listed as an outfielder.

MLB Coaching Staff

Coach Role Uniform #
Buck Showalter Manager 26
Dom Chiti Bullpen 54
Scott Coolbaugh Hitting 47
Einar Diaz Asst. Hitting 55
Bobby Dickerson Third Base 11
Wayne Kirby First Base 24
John Russell Bench 77
Dave Wallace Pitching 37

Then there are the non-roster invitees. By default, they don't matter, because if they did, they would be roster invitees. A couple are actual prospects who might get some big league time, and you never know who might distinguish himself. After all, Young was here on a minor league contract with a camp invite just a year ago and he turned out to be a big part of the team.


Pitchers (6)

Player L/R Uniform #
Dane De La Rosa RHP 70
Hunter Harvey RHP 62
Mark Hendrickson LHP 34
Steve Johnson RHP 52
Chris Jones LHP 75
Chaz Roe RHP 65

Everyone is going to want to see Harvey. Best of luck to 40-year-old grandfather Mark Hendrickson as he tries to make his way onto the team. The bullpen situation is rather crowded. It's hard to imagine him getting in there without an injury to someone else.

Catchers (3)

Player Uniform #
J.P. Arencibia 15
Ryan Lavarnway 60
Brian Ward 74

Infielders (3)

Player Uniform #
Michael Almanzar 67
Paul Janish 1
Chris Parmelee 41

Outfielders (3)

Player Uniform #
Dariel Alvarez 79
Nolan Reimold 14
Matt Tuiasosopo 48

Alvarez is the other interesting name in a prospect-y sense, and of course long time readers know that I am always rooting for Reimold in all things. Can he show that he's still got some game and burst back onto the scene? That would make me happy.

Other additional staff for spring training includes a number of former Orioles and some minor league managers and coaches whose duties were not specifically enumerated by the team. You might recognize some of these names: Brady Anderson, Mike Bordick, Scott McGregor, Alan Mills, and B.J. Surhoff.

Does that look like a potential World Series-winning bunch? Well, maybe not, but then again, neither did last year's spring training roster, and they came only eight wins short.