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Projecting the Baltimore Orioles 25-man roster

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Projecting the Baltimore Orioles 25-man roster

As Opening Day nears for the Orioles, there are a lot of new faces in the clubhouse looking to find their strides.

With a new skipper in tow in Brandon Hyde, the O's are ready to put the 2018 season in the rear-view mirror.

Position Players (13)

Chance Sisco, C

The breakout star so far of spring training, Sisco pummeled four homers in just his first eights at-bats in Sarasota. 

Austin Wynns, C

After spending the first five years in the minors, the O's called up Wynns last season. He'll look to build on his rookie campaign in year number two.

Chris Davis, 1B

Davis had an extremely forgettable 2018 campaign, hitting .168/.243/.296. If his play continues, the O's may decide it will benefit the team to pay him not to play.

Austin Hays, OF

One of the top prospects for the ballclub, Hays will look to cement himself in the O's lineup once he is brought up. Adam Jones' departure could provide Hays a chance.

Jonathan Villar, 2B

Villar will look to build on his adequate partial season in Charm City last year where he slashed .258/.336/.392 and got 21 stolen bases after being traded to the O's in the Jonathan Schoop deal.

Rio Ruiz, 3B

Ruiz was claimed by the Orioles in early December, hopes to make a name for himself in Baltimore after spending the last three seasons in Atlanta.

Richie Martin, SS

After getting contacts last season, Martin's play elevated. Martin was selected by the O's in November's Rule 5 Draft.

Trey Mancini, OF

Now one of the marquee members in the clubhouse, Mancini will assume a larger role after going for 24 HR and 58 RBI in 2018 

Cedric Mullins, OF

Now in his second season in Baltimore after being called up late last season, Mullins will look to improve upon his first go-round with the O's.

Mark Trumbo, DH

Trumbo will hope to stay healthy for the new campaign. The veteran appeared in just 90 games in 2018.

Joey Rickard, OF

Once regarded as an intriguing prospect, Rickard's days could be numbered in Baltimore if major progression isn't reached. 

Renato Nunez, 3B

Nunez will be given the keys to 3B to start out the season with the dearth of options available.

Pitchers (12)

Dylan Bundy, SP

The presumed starter for opening day, Bundy will look to start fresh in 2019. Bundy allowed a major league-leading 41 homers last year, going 8-16 with a 5.45 ERA

Andrew Cashner, SP

Cashner will hope to rebound from his poor 2018 season. He posted a 4-15 record and 5.29 ERA last year.

Alex Cobb, SP

Cobb hopes to retool and reload for 2019 in the second year of his $57 million deal that he signed prior to last season. Prior to the All-Star break last season, Cobb was 2-12 with a 6.41 ERA.

Jimmy Yacabonis, SP

Yacabonis' role is undetermined at the moment, with skipper Brandon Hyde unsure if he will continue as a starter or if he will be more useful in the 'pen.

Dillon Tate, SP

After being acquired in the Zack Britton swap last season, reports say that  Hyde may deploy Tate as a rotation guy although every appearance he's had in the minors has been as a starter.

Richard Bleier, RP

Slated to pitch Saturday for the first time in spring training, Bleier looks to regain his impressive form from 2018 before being lost for the season due to injury. In 31 games before being shut down, Bleier went 3-0 with a 1.93 ERA in 32 IP.

Mychal Givens, RP

The presumed closer for 2019, the 28-year-old right-hander will be looked upon heavily to start out the season.

Mike Wright Jr., RP

Despite going 4-2 in 2018, Wright Jr. struggled with a 5.55 ERA. 

Miguel Castro, RP

At 6'7, Castro is one of the tallest relievers in the majors. He appeared in 63 games last season, sporting a 3.96 ERA

Paul Fry, RP

Fry impressed in his inaugural season last year, recording an impressive 3.35 ERA.

Yefry Ramirez, SP

Deployed primarily as a starting option in 2018, Ramirez could potentially be moved to the bullpen.

Pedro Araujo, RP

After struggling in his first season in the majors with a 7.71 ERA, the former Rule-5 pick will look to find his niche in the 'pen in year two.

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For the third time this season, the Orioles have put a position player on the mound

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For the third time this season, the Orioles have put a position player on the mound

It is rarely a good situation when a team has a position player take the mound. Usually, it's because one team is losing by plenty of runs, and don't want to waste a bullpen arm on a game that has already been decided.

For the Orioles, a lot more has gone wrong than right thus far in 2019. They are 1-10 at home, and only two teams in all of baseball have a worse overall record.

On Monday, Baltimore was blown out by the Chicago White Sox, 12-2, behind three different four-run innings. With the game well in hand, the Orioles put catcher Jesus Sucre on the mound to pitch the ninth.

It's the third time Baltimore has used a position player to pitch this season. It's the second time in three days, as Chris Davis took the mound for the Orioles on Saturday. The 2019 season is just barely over three weeks old.

No matter how bad Baltimore was expected to be, this situation is never ideal.

Sucre did pitch a scoreless ninth, however. The next time the Orioles are in a lopsided game, don't be surprised if he takes the mound again.

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: White Sox pop off for 15 hits in 12-2 win over Orioles

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: White Sox pop off for 15 hits in 12-2 win over Orioles

The White Sox erupted for double-digit runs in Baltimore Monday night, defeating the Orioles, 12-2. Brandon Hyde's team fell to 1-10 at home this season. 

PLAYER NOTES:

ORIOLES:

Outfielder Dwight Smith, Jr. is not expected to miss time due to injury, according to manager Brandon Hyde. Smith was removed during Sunday's loss with what was considered to be right quad tightness. While he may be held out a couple days, do not expect him to end up on the injured list.

Trey Mancini continued his hot streak from the plate with two hits on the night. The 27-year-old is batting .347 on the young season. 

Jesus Sucre (catcher) pitched in the 9th inning marking the third time this season a position player has taken the mound for Baltimore. 

WHITE SOX:

José Abreu broke out of his slump Monday night by crushing his 150th career home run in the 7th. It was part of his three-hit, 5 RBI night for the White Sox. 

Manny Banuelos made his first start since 2015, and pitched four scoreless innings while allowing just five hits and striking out four. The bullpen handled it from there allowing just four hits the rest of the way. 

INJURIES:

OF Dwight Smith, Jr.: Quadriceps, day-to-day

RP Richard Bleier: Shoulder, 10-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 10-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

COMING UP:

Tuesday 4/23: White Sox @ Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards 

Wednesday 4/24: White Sox @ Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards 

Friday 4/26: Orioles @ Twins, 8:10 p.m., Target Field

Source: Rotoworld

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