Brandon Hyde as made it clear. Ryan Mountcastle will spend most of his time practicing in left field. That puts DJ Stewart on notice. If DJ wants to hold on to his left field starting spot he better hit well.
Mountcastle brings with him an 871 OPS in AAA last year. He is expected to be a middle of the order bat. He just has to get better at playing the field. Left field to be exact. Maybe some 1B. His service time situations will be behind after 6 days of the season passes. After that the pressure builds to get the O's #4 prospect into the major league lineup. The O's have a few middle of the order bats. Maybe Hays if he is not leading off. Santander and Nunez. Davis if he can find his resurgence. Mountcastle would be a nice addition with the bat.
DJ Stewart bring other possibilities. Plate discipline has been a skill of his in the minors. 396 OBP in AAA last season. That would look nice in the #2 spot in the order. He also can bring power and if he builds on the 944 OPS he put up at Norfolk last year he could be hard to beat out. So far in 165 at bats in the majors he has a 744 OPS. That will not hold off Mountcastle. So it is up to DJ to get off to a good start and keep hitting.
Defensively neither of these players is a plus left fielder. DJ has more experience and a better arm but overall the bats will probably decide who get the playing time.
If Stewart does get off to a good start and Chris Davis does not maybe Mountcastle finds playing time at first. After 31 homers last season, Nunez has a long leash at DH. Although if Ruiz continues to not hit lefties, Nunez may platoon at 3B opening some at bats for Mountcastle at DH. But platooning is not what the O's want for Mountcastle. They want that bat in the lineup everyday.
Stewart/Mountcastle/ Davis will be a interesting combo to watch this season. The answer to who plays is in the bats.
The plan is wood. With wood I should be able to get the temperature up to 800-850, which is plenty good for a 90-second pizza with a good char.
Plus, my middle school aged boys have some thing about not working in coal mines. Don't know what that's all about...
The comet NEOWISE (named after the space telescope that discovered it.) Visible in the morning low on the horizon toward the NE. In the evening low toward the NW.
A view of it from the ISS. I don't know if this will embed... If not you can see the vid on the Wiki page here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C/2020_F3_(NEOWISE)
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