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Who will be this year's Mychal Givens?


Who will be this year's Mychal Givens?

SARASOTA, Fla. – A year ago, Mychal Givens came to minicamp. He was one of many young pitchers there, but the only one who made it to the big leagues.

Now, Givens is expected to contribute to the Orioles this season, and instead of being a quiet young pitcher, many of this year’s attendees flocked around him, looking for advice.

“Just the learning curve, that’s the biggest difference from last year and this year, soaking up the information when I was here,” Givens said.

Pitching coach Dave Wallace got a chance to look at Givens, who attended but did not throw at the three-day minicamp that concluded at the Ed Smith Stadium complex on Wednesday.

The minicamp gives Wallace and bullpen coach Dom Chiti a chance to know new players.

The important thing is building a relationship with them and we’ve been able to do that, but now that you see when they do step on a mound, you have a sense of their personality, what they’re all about and that kind of thing. That’s the whole purpose of this camp, to familiarize yourself with guys who you don’t know that well, and it’s evolved over the last couple of years where it’s been a really good thing,” Wallace said.

“The best example is Mychal Givens a year ago, just making a little bit of a transition and then he ended up pitching in the big leagues for us this year and I don’t know that anyone expected him to.”

So many new names, new faces that Wallace and Chiti must know. Joe Gunkel, Donnie Hart, David Hess, Christopher Lee, Tanner Scott—and others.

Which one of them will be this year’s Givens?

“The beauty of that is that you don’t know. There probably will be. There will be somebody out of these 15, 16 guys and we have our ideas who they might be, but I would bet that most of us would be surprised about who it might be. It always happens that way,” Wallace said.

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The most unbelievable catch of the Orioles' dismal season came in the team's final game

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The most unbelievable catch of the Orioles' dismal season came in the team's final game

It's not how you start, it's how you finish, and boy did Orioles right fielder Steve Wilkerson make sure the team went out with a bang against the Boston Red Sox.

Bottom of the eighth, game knotted at four, Jackie Bradley Jr. sent what seemed to be a moonshot to right field...

But what happens next is arguably the best catch of the entire MLB season. 

This catch by Wilkerson is nothing less than spectacular. Not only did he possess the focus to track the ball beyond the wall, but the athleticism to make the catch while almost tumbling over backwards into the crowd. 

This year may have been a huge let down for Baltimore, but here's to a bright spot heading into the offseason. 


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Orioles Roundup: Baltimore topples Blue Jays, 11-4

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Orioles Roundup: Baltimore topples Blue Jays, 11-4

The Orioles are now five games better than last season's woeful 47-115 record. While they continue to win meaningless games late in the season, their poor season won't go away. 

Player Notes:

Dylan Bundy gave up only two runs in seven innings pitched against the Blue Jays, bringing his season's ERA down to 4.79. 

Also, Trey Mancini went a perfect 5-5 in the Orioles win Tuesday night. He's now batting .373 against Toronto, hitting 25 of his 94 RBI this season against Toronto. Dwight Smith Jr. also impressed with a 3-4 showing, hitting a homer and three RBI of his own. 


OF Mason Williams, knee, out indefinitely

RP Hunter Harvey, biceps, sidelined, day-to-day

RP Josh Rogers, elbow, 60-Day IL, out indefinitely 

SP Alex Cobb, back, 60-Day IL, 2020

Coming Up: 

Wednesday, Sept. 25: Orioles at Toronto, 7:07 p.m. at Rogers Centre

Thursday, Sept. 26: Orioles at Boston, 7:10 p.m. at Fenway Park

Friday, Sept. 27: Orioles at Boston, 1:05 p.m. at Fenway Park