Baltimore Orioles 2020 Spring Training Preview
The Baltimore Orioles will be heading in a rebuild for the next few years. Baltimore is in its second season with Brandon Hyde as the manager and Mike Elias as the general manager. The Orioles had one of the worst records in baseball last season, but they played hard for their manager every single game.
One of the things that were true last season with Baltimore was that they gave up a ton of home runs and it was the most home runs given up ever in an MLB season. I can’t imagine the pitching is going to be worse this season, but you never know.
They have a very good farm system, but they won’t be seeing some of these players at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland until at least 2021 or 2022. A couple of key prospects they have in the farm system is right now is 2019 number one overall pick catcher Adley Rutschman and right-handed pitcher Grayson Rodriguez.
The Baltimore Orioles wished they can field them right now but they know their development in the minor league systems is going to be absolutely essential.
Pitchers and catchers will report on Wednesday, February 12. Everyone has to report by Tuesday, February 18.
However, this is the lineup that Baltimore will field this season even though it won’t be very good: 1. (2B) Hanser Alberto 2. (OF) Trey Mancini 3. (OF) Anthony Santander 4. (DH) Renato Nunez 5. (3B) Rio Ruiz 6. (OF) Austin Hays 7. (1B) Chris Davis 8. (SS) Jose Iglesias 9. (C) Chance Sisco
Some of the key players off the bench this season could be: (C) Pedro Severino, (C) Austin Wynns, (IF) Ryan Mountcastle, (IF) Richie Martin, (IF) Richard Urena, (IF) Pat Valaika, (OF) Dwight Smith Jr. (OF) Ryan McKenna, (OF) DJ Stewart, and (OF) Cedric Mullins.
This could be the worst starting rotation in baseball this season and the bullpen could potentially be even worse. Mychal Givens could be the closer once again for this team this season, but the question will be how many chances will he get because the Orioles may not get many chances this season.
Givens and Mancini could be two players that Mike Elias looks to trade at the trade deadline, but would he actually?
This team is going to play hard on a night-to-night basis, but the Baltimore Orioles are most likely going to wind up losing over 100 games again this season.
They will play their spring training games at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida.
Their first spring training game will be on Saturday, February 22 against the Atlanta Braves in North Port, Florida. Baltimore hopes to give the fans some joy during spring training because they probably won’t do much during the regular season.
The Orioles will be projected to finish last once again in the American League East Standings. The New York Yankees will probably finish in first place, the Tampa Bay Rays will probably finish in second place, the Boston Red Sox will probably finish in third place, and the Toronto Blue Jays will probably finish in fourth place.
Baltimore will open up the season at home on Thursday, March 26 against the Yankees.
How do you see the Baltimore Orioles in 2020? Leave a comment below.
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