Happy Monday, Birdland! It’s that time for another edition of Monday Thoughts! Today, we’ll go over what’s happened during the first two spring training games, who stood out, and anything else I found interesting!
So without further ado, let’s get started!
Rule 5 guys impress:
Rule 5 players Brandon Bailey and Michael Rucker both made their debut in an Orioles uniform during the spring home opener Sunday against the Red Sox.
Bailey came in the fourth inning of a 3-0 ballgame in the Orioles favor. He would go two innings, giving up just one earned run on three hits with two strikeouts.
Rucker would come in right after Bailey, and he also opened eyes in just one inning of pitching. He would ultimately give up just one hit and a strikeout.
These two have a golden opportunity amongst them, and they are taking and running with it to start the spring.
Brandon Hyde has noticed this mentality throughout camp:
“They’ve both come in hungry, and they understand the opportunity they have. And they’re appreciative and excited to be here. We’re going to throw them out there and see what we have.”Orioles manager Brandon Hyde
Let’s continue to keep an eye on both of these young arms and see what role is in store for them in 2020.
Mason McCoy flashes the leather:
Who has made the most flashy defensive plays in spring training thus far? No, it’s not Austin Hays or José Iglesias. It’s, in fact, Orioles No. 25 overall prospect, Mason McCoy.
In Sunday’s game at beat Ed Smith Stadium, McCoy made an amazing diving play to rob Red Sox first baseman Josh Ockimy of a hit.
McCoy has mostly been known for his glove, but he picked up a base hit and scored a run after coming in for José Iglesias in the third.
Although McCoy is projected to start the season in Triple-A Norfolk, let’s see what impact he makes this spring. Who knows, maybe he can sneak his way into a utility bench role.
Ureña clears waivers:
Last week, the O’s claimed infielder Andrew Velazquez from the Cleveland Indians and designated infielder Richard Ureña for assignment to clear space.
Ureña ended up clearing waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk. He was then given a non-roster invite to spring training camp.
The O’s have a ton of infield depth. Names like Ureña and Velazquez, as well as Stevie Wilkerson, Pat Valaika, Dilson Herrera, Ramón Urías, and José Rondón.
Let’s see who has a good enough spring to make a spot on the 26-man roster.
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