Are we talking about “too many folks” or the Orioles? I think the Orioles are hoping for the .750- .800 version. Would be happy with anything more and disappointed with anything less. As far as counting on him, if he becomes the sub .700 version he runs the risk of diminished playing time or being replaced by Kjerstad, Mayo, or whoever. The great thing about depth and no star contacts is that it makes it easier to move on.
The only people I'm worried about counting on O'Hearn are Elias and Hyde. I'm resigned to the idea that he's going to get at least a month to prove last year wasn't a fluke, but I hope the leash is short.
Many of them are already on the 40 man and several of them will break camp and head north.
Two of the ‘24 projections are likely to run their course and become minor league FAs (Haskin and Nunez).
There’s 8 more projected for ‘25. That’s when the roster really starts getting interesting IMO, with just a sneak peak of crunches to come starting this year.
While that might be partly true, the shift doesn't explain why he had the .867 OPS in the first half and only .756 in the 2nd half. Shift wasn't altered or changed midseason.
I love the O'Hearn story. If we honestly unlocked his full potential and he can perform like he did for the first half last year that would be a great benefit to the Os. But I'm not going to really count on it, and I think too many folks are.