The Orioles games don’t count just yet since it’s only spring training. This is a good thing for the O’s after yesterday’s shellacking in both ends of a split squad day. Fake baseball or not, it’s still on MASN - and if you’re out of the area, MLB Network - today, so that’s something to celebrate even towards the tail end of a warm winter. Baseball being back is good. Even 2020 Orioles baseball.
The lineup of pitchers expected to see action today is probably not the most thrilling bunch who might appear in an Orioles exhibition game over the next two weeks. Still, there are some guys here who we can hope have some decent days on an Orioles pitching staff ahead of them:
Asher Wojciechowski, Bruce Zimmermann, Shawn Armstrong, Richard Bleier, Evan Phillips, Eric Hanhold, Branden Kline
I’m curious to see a little of Zimmermann, the local Maryland minor leaguer who came to the O’s in the Kevin Gausman trade with the Braves. He doesn’t get talked about as much as some of the other pitchers in the system - he wasn’t a first round pick like Grayson Rodriguez and DL Hall, or a second round pick like Keegan Akin and Zac Lowther. He was just a guy in a trade whose return was not immediately overwhelming.
On Fangraphs, where Zimmermann is ranked as the #18 prospect in the system, he’s described in one of the shorter scouting reports of any prospect:
An athletic lefty with a four-pitch mix, Zimmerman is a fully baked, pitchability backend starter with a good slider.
That’s not a guy who’s going to win any Cy Youngs, but if he’s a guy who keeps the Orioles from needing to sign third-tier starting pitchers, that’s still a success. Of course, that’s a big if for a guy who’s already 25 and only has seven starts above Double-A under his belt.
The starting lineup for the game:
- Hanser Alberto - 3B
- Dwight Smith Jr. - LF
- Pedro Severino - C
- Rio Ruiz - 1B
- Chance Sisco - DH
- Stevie Wilkerson - 2B
- Dilson Herrera - RF
- Andrew Velazquez - SS
- Ryan McKenna - CF
A general rule of spring training is you’re more likely to see regular season regular players in a team’s home lineups early on in the exhibition season. This lineup is not an example of that rule in action.