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:
|Alejandro De Aza||12|
Yes, Young is listed as an outfielder.
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|Einar Diaz||Asst. Hitting||55|
|Bobby Dickerson||Third Base||11|
|Wayne Kirby||First Base||24|
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.
|Dane De La Rosa||RHP||70|
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.
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.