Assessing the Orioles’ Roster So Far
So I was doing a series called “Orioles 2011 Outlook” where I planned to go position-by-position with thoughts on what to expect from each of them. Scratch that. Way I see it, interest in that kind of thing is low and you can probably guess what I’m going to say anyway. That, and I haven’t really had much zeal for speculation this spring. I just want the games to start.
Good news is we’re close now — tantalizingly so — and today we saw the first flurry of activity in regards to the eventual Opening Day roster. Five more cuts to come before the deal is sealed.
A few thoughts:
Nolan Reimold deserved a spot, no question. His numbers this spring far outpaced Felix Pie and by all accounts the troubles of 2010 are behind him. It just sucks that he has an option and Pie doesn’t. Keeping both wouldn’t have made sense, so sending Reimold out is the pragmatic move. No sense risking the loss of Pie, who remains a legitimate asset. Reimold will get his shot.
Zach Britton is a guy who I’m tempted to say deserves a spot, but that wouldn’t be accurate. One great spring does not erase the fact that he’s only pitched 66.1 innings in AAA. I’ve watched enough baseball to know that rushing guys to the big leagues is, more often than not, a terrible strategy. Maybe Britton’s ready, but I see no downside in letting him continue to develop and force the issue.
And, yeah, you do have to consider the service time clock. That’s just one reality of baseball-as-a-business. As a result, let’s see how Bergesen vs. Tillman plays out.
Mark Hendrickson seems to have gotten a bit of a raw deal. He’s been a good soldier here and it seems odd he’d be left out in favor of a bullpen carrying only one lefty. But, I trust Buck when he says they’re going north with the best 25. If Hendrickson isn’t one of them then so be it. I just hope this one doesn’t come back to bite us.
Beyond that, no real surprises or issues. The thing I’m really looking forward to is the decision re: Jake Fox. It’s hard to see a justification for him not making the team, numbers-wise, but the case is less compelling when you start thinking about where and when he’ll actually play.
But, again, best 25. That’s all I ask.
On another note: Andrew might want to say more about this (might not) but my understanding is that there’s a gathering of sorts in the works for O’s bloggers/blog readers on Friday at Pickles Pub. Not sure yet if I can make it but it’s definitely cool and, more likely than not, worth your time if you’re so inclined. Credit the good folks at Camden Chat for that one.
Four days away. Damn if it isn’t a wonderful thing.