SARASOTA, FL Orioles have not made any changes to their list of 28 people since the noon deadline for their submission has expired. No late waiver claims or deals, at least not yet.
The list remains the same 14 pitchers and 14 players in Friday’s opening game against the Rays at Tropicana Field.
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Eight players made their first career list of discoveries: Akin, Baker, Bowman, Bautista, Bembum, Gutierrez, Krebel and McKenna.
The team is training at Tropicano Field after yesterday’s trip to Tampa.
Executive Vice President / General Manager Mike Elias said in a video call today that he expects the 28 players to remain on the opening list despite the freedom to file waivers or trade.
“These crazy things happen in baseball, but I have no sign that this list will change before tomorrow’s game,” Elias said. “Now the auction is going on, there has been a storm for the last 24 hours. We did these things as always, but nothing worked. But it’s certainly a time of year when wire failure is getting a little interesting, and we’ll keep an eye on that. ”
Asked about decisions made with staff and expectations, Elias said:
“Obviously, we face a concern with navigation at the start of the season. Every team has. April will be difficult. John Means and Jordan Liles and these guys, they just got to the point where they got into this work area for four, five wheelbarrows. We also have Tyler Wells now in rotation, which looked great in the spring. We are very much looking forward to him as a long-term Premier League pitcher. But after a year of brief relief, the pandemic and rehabilitation of Tommy John will take some time to bring his legs up and responsibly stretch.
“And then we had a whole group of long-term men, volume starters, who carried for us the load up and down with Triple-A last year, who still need to really prove themselves as the starting pitchers of the major leagues, and we want to keep seeing those guys. All this together, we kind of came up with a plan on how to gather a bunch of long guys in our bullpen, and then we’ll have guys available for them every day to pick up a start so we don’t ask the starter to go too deep into the game and jeopardize his long-term health during the season ”.
Bowman will not be the fifth starter, at least for the first time through rotation. It is in the bullpen, with its use to be determined.
“It is capable of giving some length,” Elias said. “I don’t know if he wants (manager Brendan Hyde) to lead him to a shorter chance to win the game or something. This may happen, but it is an option to provide a length outside the pen and we’ll see where that goes. His spring stats were a bit uneven, but seeing his hand actions and speed return after an alternative platform injury in 2020 has finally been a big event for us.
“It’s time to follow him. He’s 26 1/2 or something like that and he’s ready to do it in the major leagues and he’s very ahead of that and we’re willing to give him the ball in the major leagues and see where he goes. He may be the one who will be our starting point in the long run, but he is also the one who has the material to be effective from the pen. ”
The Orioles will try not to lose 100 or more games for the fourth full season in a row. Life in the Eastern American League brings common problems, Elias said.
“We want to get better,” he said. “I think we’re getting more talented, we hope we get even more talented over the course of the year and that should lead to wins. But baseball is baseball. Sometimes improvement is not linear. We mean a broad perspective in terms of carefully developing a playlist of caliber that will remain at the forefront, but this team is young and talented, and the farm system underneath it is young and talented, and anything can happen, so we’re just going to keep working as smartly as possible, trying to make players better and see where it goes.
“I think we really hope to take a step forward this year.”
Hyde is also in his fourth year of reconstruction, always stressing his players the importance of winning, regardless of their situation, which has become tougher after the exchange of reliefs of Tanner Scott and Cole Sulser in Miami.
“He was a great part of our organization and, in my opinion, our front office,” Elias said. “It was a big project and continues to be a big project. We need someone at the major league level who is moving in the same direction as the rest of the organization, and we have a great working relationship from the lower league level to the major league level and through the front office and partnership group, and it’s not easy. We compete with 29 other teams. There’s a lot going on in that, and Brandon is a big part of that, and I think the improvement that we’ve seen in general, since we came here with him, was because of his contribution to that organization. “
Kyle Bradysh threw four simulated innings today at Twin Lakes Park, and his next appearance will be with Triple-A Norfolk.
“We’re going to get him out of here soon,” Elias said.
DL hall also quit today, but will stay longer after suffering an elbow injury last June that limited his seven starts in the Double-A Bowie.
“It’s a little more medical buildup, and much more attentive to where it will have total donations this year, and we’re trying to get into a situation where we don’t need to close it artificially dumped in September,” Elias said. It will be a little longer, but it looks amazing and feels healthy, and it will be something like this if we bring it to that mark in four, five halves and then give it back to the branch. otherwise he would have just started to break away from the injury, which is typical practice. “
Catcher Adly Rutschman continues to progress from tense triceps that ruined his chances of becoming a team. Today he worked again in Sarasota.
Elias said Rutschman came to camp with an “inner track” to make a command to his injury, which occurred “at the worst possible moment”.
“Once he gets back to a full-fledged version of himself and we realize his time is back, I think he’ll come back from where he left off, which was a very clear blow to affect that team,” Elias said. “It really stinks that it happened, but it could have been worse, and he’s fine. He trained here today and things are still going on, but we still have some benchmarks that need to be checked before send it to an affiliate game. “
The Orioles are on the verge of signing with Matt Harvey a low-league deal. Harvey will report to the expanded spring camp in Sarasota and build feedings.
It remains to be seen whether Harvey faces suspension for his testimony in the trial of Eric Kay.
Harvey made the club last spring on another Premier League deal, paying him $ 1 million, and went 6-14 with 6.27 ERA and 1,543 WHIP for 28 starts, covering 127 2/3 innings before the Orioles closed it out. for inflammation of the right knee – an injury he tried to punch in the second half.
“It’s true that we’ve been working on an agreement with Matt in the low league,” Elias said. “Obviously, now is a very unique situation, when everything he did turned out in the winter. I think from our point of view, he did a lot to help us last year. I know his performance was not the most beautiful, but the innings he threw, the luck he had, and I think most importantly for us, the professional and teammate he helped us get through a very difficult season, were what we wanted back. We feel he can provide us with depth and can help us.
“He was in the process of unlocking some things after the injury. Obviously he is in the situation he is in now because of non-field things, but having met him last year, understanding his approach to what is happening, our point of view is that this is something that is not should hinder him did not have another chance in this organization, especially given the way he behaved last year. So let’s see where it goes. “
note: The Orioles went into lower league trading, sending 27-year-old Mason McCoy to the Triple-A short stop to the Mariners for cash.
McCoy was the pick of the sixth round in 2017 from the University of Iowa, who appeared in 112 games with Norfolk last summer and reached 0.221 / .288 / .368, making 21 pairs, six triples, nine home runs and 43 RBIs. Other middle infidels bypassed it, and trade could provide a wider path to the majors. The glove is definitely impressive.