Week of February 10, 2020:
We are one day away, ladies and gentlemen! Pitchers and catchers report to Sarasota tomorrow! And with that note, we bring you another edition of Monday Thoughts!
Before we begin, I’d like to apologize for not putting out an edition of this series last week. It was the Monday after the Super Bowl, and I was in a food coma. My sincerest apologies, my Birdland brothers and sisters.
Anyway, let’s get right into it!
Can’t have too much pitching:
Pitchers and catchers report tomorrow, but Orioles GM Elias is still looking for more depth for the starting rotation.
Elias stated at an interview session at the newly introduced Birdland Caravan event that there will be a lot of bodies fighting for a spot on the big league roster.
Some of the names fighting for a spot are David Hess, Wade LeBlanc, Brandon Bailey, Brady Rodgers, Kohl Stewart, Keegan Akin, and Dean Kremer.
Elias also stated that John Means and Alex Cobb are the only locks to make the starting rotation, although Asher Wojciechowski has a solid chance of making it as well.
But Elias says that the Orioles are not done with offseason work, saying there is a possibility of signing another starter to either a major or minor league deal.
There are a lot of free agent starting pitchers that the Orioles could pursue. Former Oriole Andrew Cashner, Aaron Sanchez, Trevor Cahill, and Taijuan Walker are all possible candidates.
We’ll see which path Elias will take, with spring training just 24 hours away.
New swing for Mullins:
Oh my goodness… what happened to Cedric Mullins?
The man made the Opening Day roster last season, starting in center field against the Yankees. But not too long after that, Mullins was sent down to the minors due to his struggling offense.
That would be the last time we would see Mullins for the 2019 season. He would spend the rest of the year between Triple-A Norfolk and Double-A Bowie.
But with 2020 on the rise, Mullins is doing everything he can to retake his position in the Orioles crowded outfield picture.
Spending time in St. Louis this offseason, Mullins has updated his swing, with the help from what he called “a certain individual.” This individual is known to work with some of the league’s young stars, including Andrew Benintendi.
While there, Mullins says he was introduced to a lot of the new technology and used that knowledge to help develop a new approach and swing, which includes a leg kick on his left side.
Mullins says that he’s putting the past where it should be, in the past. He also says that his recent struggles were humbling, mainly because of the wide stretch of success he’s had throughout the entirety of his career.
Let’s keep a close eye on Mullins’ performance this spring and see what role he will play through this rebuild.
The success of the caravan:
This weekend was huge for both Orioles players and fans.
Throughout the weekend, the Orioles held their first ever Birdland Caravan event, visiting multiple cities around the great state of Maryland. Players visited local bars, schools, and other facilities, interacting with O’s fans from all over the state.
Trey Mancini had this to say about the new event:
“I think it’s a really cool idea and a different twist on what we’ve been doing things the last few years.Orioles outfielder Trey Mancini on the Birdland Caravan
Orioles legends such as Eddie Murray and Mike Bordick participated in the festivities, and young prospects Adley Rutschman, Grayson Rodriguez, Gunnar Henderson, Ryan Mountcastle, and Ryan McKenna, among others, made appearances as well.
Our very own Battery co-creator and writer, Justin Sutphin, attended part of the Caravan Saturday. Stay tuned to read his review of the event and see pictures of who he met!
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