SARASOTA, Fla. – Buck Showalter is pleased that the Orioles three-day minicamp has been worthwhile.
“This is completely voluntary…but the reputation of the camp has gotten around and people like coming. It’s very low-key but it immeasurably helps us get on with business when we start in February as opposed to wasting three or four days or a week trying to figure out where we are,” Showalter said.
Showalter will fly to Baltimore on Tuesday night to appear at an event sponsored by B.J. Surhoff at Towson University’s SECU Arena highlighting autism awareness. Pitching coach Dave Wallace and bullpen coach Dom Chiti will run the camp on Wednesday.
“We had like three guys that were here last year that weren’t really on the map that pitched in the big leagues last year. There will be some of those guys here that you’ll get to know after this camp that’ll show up in the big leagues next year,” Showalter said.
Mychal Givens, who is back this year, attended last year's minicamp.
NOTES: Showalter said that he’s excited about the addition of Mark Quinn as assistant hitting coach. Quinn was at minicamp to tour the Orioles facility.
He said that Quinn’s lack of experience as a hitting coach in organized ball shouldn’t be a disadvantage.
“I think it’s an advantage—his resume—the more you look at it. The guy has done nothing but teach all different type of people and hitters. I kind of like the fact that it hasn’t been just strictly professional. He’ll have a pretty good door opener with the players, not many people have been able to have done what he’s done,” Showalter said.
-Showalter said that he’s looking forward to seeing South Korean outfielder Hyun Soo Kim in action.
“We’ve had people see him play 20,30 games over there. We’ve got a pretty good idea of what he’s done over there. That will be interesting,” Showalter said.