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What are you excited to see/hear about in O's ST?

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My short answer is, everything and nothing.   I just eat up every positive quote, every positive report about how some player looks in camp, and every positive statistic and performance in the spring trading games.    I love it, every last bit of it.   And yet, I know it means very little.   Most players will make the team, or not make it, regardless of how they do in spring training.   And as often as not, player performance during the season, whether in the majors or the minors, will bear very little relationship to how they performed or looked in spring training.

So mostly, I’m just looking forward to having some games to watch, some box scores to read, and some reports and quotes to enjoy, rather than the cold vacuum of winter.   

All that said, what I really enjoy is seeing the few televised games and getting looks at players I’ve never seen or have only seen in previous Springs.    So, I’m most looking forward to getting some looks at Akin, Lowther, Kremer, Wells, Zimmermann, Mountcastle, Diaz, McKenna and the like.    And the Rule 5 guys.   
   
 

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I'm excited that the Orioles will be playing something that resembles baseball in a few days, and that five weeks from tomorrow (I think that's right) there will be real baseball, with the O's tied for first.

While I look forward to seeing some fresh talent that might be part of a competitive team some day, I try not to get too excited about any of them, the result of decades of seeing hyped guys not having the great careers they were destined for. I'll have to make a chronological list some day .  .  . it probably would start with Sam Bowens.

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I've said this in other threads, but I'm most excited to see the following:

Guys who struggled last year, but had noteworthy offseasons attempting to address the problems:
Davis, Mullins, Hess, Sisco
Could lump Carroll & Cobb in here now that they are healthy post-surgery

Prospects, both pitching and position player

Rule 5s

Baseball on TV/radio 

 

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Adley adjusting to the Pro's. I hope he plays in some ST games.

TTP for our pitchers (no one mentioned this? :))

The young OF'ers & pitchers (projected AAA rotation). 

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2 hours ago, Redskins Rick said:

It is for me. I would prefer to have my catcher and SS have plus defender skills and weak bat, then plus bat, and weak with the glove.

Of course, Ideally having both is fab and hard to come by.

 

I prioritize defense too but in the AL East it matters a little less every year.  Severino hitting is fun too, he has more pop than a little bit and is ALWAYS smiling.  He does not have a weak bat.  

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6 minutes ago, ChrisP said:

Adley adjusting to the Pro's. I hope he plays in some ST games.

TTP for our pitchers (no one mentioned this? :))

The young OF'ers & pitchers (projected AAA rotation). 

Hyde spoke on Adley extensively today and addressed his playing time specifically.  He will get some ABs, not a lot.

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2 minutes ago, Eric-OH said:

I prioritize defense too but in the AL East it matters a little less every year.  Severino hitting is fun too, he has more pop than a little bit and is ALWAYS smiling.  He does not have a weak bat.  

call me old school, but if you keep them off the base path, they cant score. :)

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Hays, the 2020 Rookie of the Year.  I think this guy is going to be the real deal and a big part of the next winning O's team.

Lowther's pitching.  I am looking for him to surprise some people and to look like he belongs in the majors.  I expect him to get sent to AAA, but be back  in a couple of months.

 

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I'm excited to see if any of the guys we added to the fringes of our roster can make a jump and be a contributor (a la Hanser Alberto last year). I'd love if one of the Herrera, Rondon, Valaika, Urena, Urias infielders become a useful piece and/or someone like Rodgers, Bailey, Stewart, or Rucker showed himself to be a piece that could have some higher than anticipated upside.

 

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I’m excited about the dark horses in camp. Who is this year’s Severino, the wavier pickup who becomes the starter? Or Means, the non-prospect who discovers the key?

Individually, I’m eager to watch Armstrong and Sulser, two guys I like, and regarding the starting pitching, I’m pulling for newbies( my choices are Stewart and Bailey) to displace LeBlanc and Milone, two guys brought on board as insurance, and who I hope turn out to be either phenomenal or unnecessary.

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40 minutes ago, Redskins Rick said:

call me old school, but if you keep them off the base path, they cant score. :)

That’s logical no matter what school you subscribe to.  I’m with you.

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I think the only thing that has my full attention right now is Chris Davis. 

I do not want to see Chris Davis fail. I know everyone on this board is ready to cut and run (been ready for over a year), they're tired of him, his excuses, him not saying what they want to hear, sticking around though the writing is on the wall. I'm in that camp too.

I'm hopelessly optimistic he's done something, anything, to earn a place on this team. He came to camp in shape, which is a start. I want him to be a good enough player to warrant being in the lineup everyday. I want him to earn some, any of his contract. I want people to feel good when he comes to bat. I want him to be the middle of the order hitter he should be.

It's a dumb wagon to get on, but I wasn't doing anything particularly important anyway.

 

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