The Orioles should be announcing their invitations to spring training this week. By my unofficial count, there are at least 16 players with minor league contract getting invites, and there could be a few more.
Manager Buck Showalter likes to keep the number in camp below 60 because he doesn’t want to use the auxiliary clubhouse, and besides he wants to have a fair look at everyone in camp.
In November, the Orioles announced a few minor league signees who were getting invitations, and they’re included among these.
Pedro Beato-He had a good year with Norfolk in 2015. Beato was originally picked by the Orioles with the 32nd pick of the 2006 draft. He was lost to the Mets four years later in the Rule 5 draft and returned to the organization last year after going 4-2 with a 4.34 ERA in 84 games from 2011-14 with New York, Boston and Atlanta
Jeff Beliveau-A left-handed signed in December with a 1-0 record and 4.00 ERA in 58 games with the Cubs and Rays from 2012-15
Cesar Cabral-Another left-hander who pitched two scoreless innings for the Orioles last year. Also pitched in 12 games with the Yankees in 2013-14.
Hunter Harvey-The Orioles’ first pick in 2013 hasn’t pitched competitively since July 2014, but looked good in last month’s minicamp.
Todd Redmond-He’s 5-8 with a 4.25 ERA in 67 games with the Reds and Blue Jays. Was in camp with the Orioles in 2013.
Ashur Tolliver-Yet another left-hander. He’s been in the Orioles organization since 2009, but hasn’t pitched above Double A.
If C.J. Riefenhauser passes through waivers, that’s still another left-hander who could get an camp invite.
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Jonah Heim-The Orioles like this young man who bears a resemblance to Matt Wieters. Hasn’t caught above Delmarva yet.
Audry Perez-He played three games with the Cardinals in 2013-14 and worked well as a catcher in Norfolk a year ago.
Chance Sisco-Ended last season with Bowie, and could get a look this spring, too.
Paul Janish-The Orioles haven’t officially announced his signing, but of all the non-roster players, he stands the best chance to make the ballclub, especially if there’s an injury in the middle infield. Janish played with the team for the last six weeks of 2015 and has tons of major league experience. A slick fielder who didn’t hit badly last season.
Trey Mancini-The Eastern League’s batting champion, Mancini gets his first invitation to big league camp. His path at first base is seemingly blocked by Chris Davis, but maybe there’s a position change in the future—for Davis—or Mancini. He’ll be with Norfolk this season.
Ozzie Martinez-This shortstop had a fine season with Bowie, and the Orioles were happy to re-sign him. Martinez played 33 games for the Marlins in 2010-11.
Steve Tolleson-He returns to the organization after three years away. He played 29 games for the Orioles in 2012, delivering some key hits. His time in Toronto ended badly, but Showalter has a soft spot for infielders who can help young pitchers develop in the minors.
Xavier Avery-He was traded to Seattle for Michael Morse in Aug. 2013, and after stops in four other organizations, is back. His only big league action came in 2012 when he played in 32 games for the Orioles.
L.J. Hoes-The Orioles reacquired Hoes in November from Houston, and he seemingly had a decent chance to make the team, but was designated for assignment last month when Efren Navarro came aboard. Hoes passed through waivers and was outrighted to Norfolk last week.
Alfredo Marte-Like Avery, Beliveau and Janish, his signing has never been officially announced. Marte played in 71 games the Diamondbacks and Angels from 2013-15.
Joey Terdoslavich-This Sarasota native was on the 40-man roster for a few weeks, but was dropped when Davis re-signed. Can play first base and the outfield. The switch-hitter played in 92 games in Atlanta from 2013-15.