2021 Spring Training: Rebuilding the Baltimore Orioles

The Baltimore Orioles have no intentions of making it to the playoffs in 2021. It is going to be another year of rebuilding for Baltimore. The Orioles are also going to be very young in some spots. Baltimore has one of the best farm systems in all of baseball.

Two of the Baltimore Orioles’ top prospects won’t probably reach the major leagues this season, but they could very well reach it next season. Catcher Adley Rutschman and right-handed pitcher Grayson Rodriguez are two key players to keep an eye on for the immediate future.

The main question is, why is important for them to develop in the minors instead of seeing major league action right away? This is so these players can properly develop instead of being rushed into the big leagues.

General manager Mike Elias has done a wonderful job of scouting and restocking the Baltimore Orioles farm system. Third-year manager Brandon Hyde hopes to continue developing bonds with his young players.

If this team can avoid 100 losses this season, this season will be considered to be a success for Baltimore. The Orioles will not finish ahead of the New York Yankees, the Toronto Blue Jays, and the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League East, but they could finish ahead of the Boston Red Sox.

The Baltimore Orioles may not be a fun watch in baseball this season unless they win some games early on in the season.

Starting Pitchers

John Means, Felix Hernandez, Wade LeBlanc, Dean Kremer, and Keegan Akin will be the starting pitchers. Means is actually a decent pitcher. Hernandez on the other hand will look to regain his form, just like he did with the Seattle Mariners. The Baltimore Orioles rotation could very shaky after number one and two.

Bullpen

Thomas Eshelman, Cesar Valdez, Tanner Scott, Hunter Harvey, and Cole Suiser will be the relievers. It is unknown at this team who will be the Baltimore Orioles closer for the 2021 season. The bullpen might be weaker than the starting rotation.

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Projected Lineup

(C) Pedro Severino, (1B) Trey Mancini, (2B) Yolmer Sanchez, (3B) Rio Ruiz, (SS) Freddy Galvis, (LF) Ryan Mountcastle, (CF) Cedric Mullins, (RF) Anthony Santander, and (DH) D.J. Stewart.

Outfielder Austin Hays and first baseman/designated hitter Chris Davis will be some other players to keep an eye on this season to get some playing time.

Mancini is the heartbeat of this Baltimore Orioles baseball team. He is one of the best offensive players on the team.

Trey Mancini is happy to be back after dealing with cancer treatments last season.

Mountcastle has a chance to break out this season for Baltimore with the bat.

Mullins and Ruiz are going to be two underrated players for the Orioles this upcoming season.

Key Dates

Sunday, February 28th: First spring training game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Thursday, April 1st: Opening day on the road against the Boston Red Sox.

Thursday, April 8th: Home opener at home against the Boston Red Sox.

The Baltimore Orioles will most likely finish in fourth or last (fifth) in the American League East. Baltimore will also most likely finish with close to 100 losses and land another top 10 draft pick in the 2022 MLB Draft.

Where do you think the Baltimore Orioles are going to finish in the American League East standings this season? Leave a comment below.

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