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2014 Orioles Spring Training Tracker


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Alright, Ladies and Gents. Ubaldo Jimenez and Suk-Min Yoon are officially signed. Everyone has reported to the friendly confines of the Orioles Spring training complex in Sarasota, FL. We are just a week away from exhibition games which means it's time for me to post the Orioles Spring Training Tracker. The Orioles official camp roster is listed below with a comment on each player's outlook posted next to their name.

Red = Locks to make team barring injury or trade

Blue = Bubble players trying to earn those last few spots up for grabs in the bullpen and on the bench

Everyone else for now is considered a long shot or no shot but that doesn't mean their outlook couldn't change as the Spring progresses.

This is where you can track all the spring training roster moves and get the latest info on all the players in camp.

(UPDATE: Spring Training is complete; Below is the expected 25 man roster, all in red)


53 Zach Britton LHP - Continues to impress; touching 96 mph with sinker; Out-of-options so he'll make the team unless he's traded - 3/19

16 Wei-Yin Chen LHP - Roughed up (3.1 IP, 10 H, 6 ER, 2 HR) vs TB today; Better sharpen up performance w/ under two weeks til opening day - 3/19

50 Miguel Gonzalez RHP - Didn't look his sharpest in final Spring outing vs BOS today; Expected to start Game 1 of road series in DET on 4/4 - 3/26

29 Tommy Hunter RHP - Expected to be named closer by Buck sometime soon; Pitched well this Spring against everyone but Will Middlebrooks - 3/26

31 Ubaldo Jimenez RHP - Ubaldo will start Game 2 vs Red Sox; Became second O's pitcher to work six innings today - 3/22

17 Brian Matusz LHP - Still getting stretched out as a starter; will probably return to relief role; Threw five shutout innings vs Rays AAA squad yesterday - 3/19

25 Bud Norris RHP - Worked into 6th inning vs MIN, allowing 2 ER on 7 hits in 5.1 IP; Likely 5th starter - 3/25

56 Darren O'Day RHP - Apparently working on a new breaking pitch; Should return to setup role he's served the O's well in the last two seasons - 3/3

60 Josh Stinson RHP - Locked up a bullpen spot with his strong Spring and lack of options; Showed nice strikeout rate this Spring - 3/29

30 Chris Tillman RHP - O's announce Tillman will get the opening day nod; Wasn't as sharp (4.2 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, BB, K) as you'd like to see in final Spring outing before opening day - 3/26

58 Ryan Webb RHP - Signed with groundball specialist/7th inning releiver expectations; Was shaky earlier in Spring but turning in solid outing recently - 3/26

Non Roster Invitees

47 Evan Meek - Entered camp a longshot, but blessed are the Meek as he has inherited a bullpen spot; I'll be here all week - 3/29


45 Steve Clevenger - O's informed Clevenger he made the team as backup catcher; Hitting an even .500 this Spring - 3/26

32 Matt Wieters - Returned to lineup after ankle issue sidelined him; Batting .316 this Spring - 3/19


19 Chris Davis - CRUSHHH set to prepare his follow-up act to 2013's sensational breakout season; Batting .433 with 4 HR this Spring - 3/23

3 Ryan Flaherty - Buck impressed with defensive versatility and he's had a solid Spring a the plate, batting .310 with 2 HR; Likely starter at 2B - 3/23

2 J.J. Hardy - Orioles shortstop enters final year of contract; Apparently he is open to extension talks if the O's are... 3/13

36 Steve Lombardozzi - Newly acquired infielder will to break camp in a UTL role for the Orioles - 3/29

6 Jonathan Schoop - A longshot at the beginning of camp, Schoop has made the club and will liekly start at second base on opening day; batted .385 this Spring - 3/29


23 Nelson Cruz - Should be team's primary DH and start in LF vs tough lefties; Plunked in head tonight vs TB but is reportedly fine - 3/27

10 Adam Jones - Has his first extra base hit of the Spring today; starting to get into regular season shape - 3/19

9 David Lough - Favorite to see lion's share of starts in LF but will probably sit vs tough lefties (Ex: Jon Lester on opening day) - 3/27

21 Nick Markakis - Leadoff candidate? Bigger and looks better, batting .361 this Spring with first HR today vs PIT; Contract year for Nicky - 3/23

28 Steve Pearce - Has been "locked in" at the plate this Spring in Buck's words; Made opening day roster for second straight season - 3/29

Non Roster Invitees

27 Delmon Young - Smoking the ball lately with the bat; Has been engaged from day one all camp in Buck's words; Made the team and may DH on opening day - 3/29

Suspended to start year:

40 Troy Patton LHP - Patton will serve 25-game suspension after testing positive for Adderall; Should rejoin team sometime in May - 2/21

Disabled List to start year:

67 Michael Almanzar - Conveniently, has tendinitis in left patella, so O's don't have to make decision just yet on whether to keep him on 25-man - 3/13

59 Edgmer Escalona RHP - Still shut down with shoulder inflammation and headed for DL to start the season, according to Roch Kubatko - 3/26 -

13 Manny Machado - All physical restriction have been lifted; However, not in time for Machado to avoid a trip to the 15- Day DL to start the season - 3/23

57 Francisco Peguero - Will have brace on wrist for two weeks; Heading for the DL to begin the season - 3/26

14 Nolan Reimold - Has made tremendous progress this Spring according to Buck, but needs more time to get back into baseball shape - 3/26

Reassigned to Minor League Camp


78 Nick Additon LHP - Sent to minor league camp; Started in Cardinals system last year but may work out of pen with crowded Norfolk rotation picture - 3/7

79 Tim Alderson RHP - Sent to minor league camp; Didn't make favorable impression after allowing 5 ER without recording an out vs MIN - 3/7

65 Mike Belfiore LHP - Sent to minor league camp today; provides left handed relief depth - 3/7

75 Tim Berry LHP - Has been optioned to AA; Prospect looked impressive in two perfect innings vs BOS on 3/8; Expected to pitch in AA rotation - 3/10

35 Brad Brach RHP - Impressed the O's this Spring and was a tough cut for Buck to make; Could be one of first arms called upon- 3/25

49 Dylan Bundy RHP - Optioned to AA; Rehab is "going as well as you could hope for" according to Buck. Threw off flat mound today - 3/19

70 Fabio Castillo RHP - Re-assigned to minor league camp; Throws hard but command issues have kept him (and will likely keep him) in minors - 3/8

61 Kelvin De La Cruz LHP - Cleared waivers after being removed from the 40 man roster to make room for David Adams - 3/26

31 Kevin Gausman RHP - The young stud had an impressive Spring; He'll start out at Norfolk but could have an impact with the O's sooner than later - 3/29

80 Eddie Gamboa RHP - Knuckleballer impressed this Spring with 6 K's in 4.2 scoreless innings; Reassigned early to begin stretching out for starting role at AA or AAA - 3/11

71 Brock Huntzinger RHP - Intriguing "depth" addition that impressed this Spring; May see time in Baltimore later this Summer; possible closer at AAA - 3/12

52 Steve Johnson RHP - O's announce Johnson has been optioned to AAA where he'll provide rotation depth; Showed good K% this Spring - 3/26

76 Chris Jones LHP - Orioles announce that the recently released lefty has been re-signed to a AAA contract - 3/3

66 T.J. McFarland LHP - Now that Mac's got options, he has been sent down to AAA where he'll provide depth in Norfolk's rotation - 3/29

74 Eduardo Rodriguez LHP - Top LHP prospect optioned to AA; Showed flashes of potential this Spring but still a few years away - 3/12

73 Mike Wright RHP - Reassigned to minor league camp on 3/8; Was dealing with elbow tendinitis a week ago but is fine now - 3/19

18 Suk-Min Yoon RHP - Optioned to AAA after second Spring outing today; Expected to build up innings at Norfolk and O's will go from there - 3/19


63 Caleb Joseph - Stuck around longer than expected this Spring; Buck noticed improvement in defense; Should finally start out a season at AAA - 3/23

48 Johnny Monell - To make room for newly acquired Lombardozzi, O's DFA'd Monell, who cleared waivers and will play catcher at Norfolk - 3/29

64 Michael Ohlman - Catcher of the future? Ohlman has been optioned to AA Bowie where he will start at catcher this upcoming season - 3/10

81 Brian Ward - Reassigned to minor league camp; Defensive specialist with questionable bat; Depth at Bowie or Norfolk - 3/10


1 David Adams - Claimed off waivers from the Indians; Can play third, second, and first and has reputation as great glove; Optioned to AAA where he'll provide depth - 3/23

12 Alexi Casilla - Hamstring and knee issues limited him this Spring in backup INF conversation; Reassigned to minor league camp today - 3/26

9 Ivan De Jesus, Jr. - Reassigned to minor league camp; Career .300 hitter in minors; provides insurance at AAA - 3/12

68 Chris Marrero - Former Nationals top prospect will likely start at first base in Norfolk; Sent to minor league camp today; Continues to recover from back ailment - 3/8

72 Cord Phelps - Former Indians prospect reassigned today; provides AAA depth at third or second base - 3/11

24 Jemile Weeks - Had lackluster Spring showing; Has option remaining and the O's sent him down to AAA today - 3/29


41 Julio Borbon - Reassigned today; Borbon held some promise with the Rangers a few years back; Interesting player to have stashed Norfolk - 3/11

34 Quintin Berry - Speedster with excellent career SB ratio; Depth signing that will open season as Norfolk's CF - 3/26

38 Xavier Paul - Lefty hitter that saw time in 4th OF role with Reds last year; Provide depth at Norfolk after O's re-assigned him today - 3/19

51 Henry Urrutia - He has options so he was optioned today; Little left to prove as a hitter but could stand to improve baserunning and outfield defense - 3/26

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I don't think Yoon is nearly as "red" as this indicates. He can be assigned to Norfolk to start the season and I would not at all be surprised to see him at least start the season in the AAA rotation.

Valid point. He's not necessarily a lock to break camp with the team if he doesn't beat out Norris as a starter and the O's decide to keep three out of options guys over him in the bullpen so he can continue to work as a starter at Norfolk. I'll edit it.

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Suk-Min Yoon threw his first bullpen yesterday. No official word yet on wether he'll be evaluated as starter or reliever this Spring. I'd assume he'll initially be evaluated as a starter based on Duquettes comments to the press -2/21

Heard Buck on the radio a few days ago say they will start him out as a starter.

I would assume he goes to AAA to get some exp against AAAA / MLB talent players.

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With an agreement reached with Nelson Cruz over the weekend (and the signing expected to become official on Monday), the out of options OF/DH threesome of Nolan Reimold, Steve Pearce, and Delmon Young figure to face an uphill battle of making the team now. Realistically, only one of those guys will make the team barring injury, especially if Buck wants a left handed DH option in Urrutia - 2/23

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Alexi Casilla left practice today and will reportedly sit out 2-3 days with a hamstring issue. Doesn't sound serious to me and probably just a precautionary measure. But, it could hamper his chances of making the team in the event that it becomes a "nagging injury"

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MASN Roch notes:

- Cruz expected to debut this Saturday (3/1) vs Blue Jays

- Yoon working on visa; Won't see him in action until at least 3/5

- Jimenez likely to make first Spring start next Friday (3/7)

- Young Manuel's knee to be re-examined on 3/18

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