Don wrote:1. Pitching overall. While I look past the stats, it is really the health and command from the starting five. The Bullpen has shown some stuff that could lessen some fans worries. It is a nice bonus that we can openly say Britton deserves strong consideration opening the season with the Orioles, but it will be realistically May 19th or later. Guys who were hurt are throwing and with some pop. Berken is at least showing that he is 100% and might start the season in Norfolk until he is back to form.
Despite hes struggles I still see little chance Berken is sent to Norfolk. With the way he pitched last year I don't think they'd send him back down there.
Don wrote:2. Ryan Adams - I said while he was in the AFL. He should be considered for at least the bench role with the Orioles. I am not saying his numbers suggest he is going to be the 2nd Baseman of the future, but he is better than people want to give him credit over the years. Seeing Brian Roberts was shut down, he should be going North as well.
Agree on this one. I think it'd be best to see Adams at second over guys like Andino, Green or Izturis.
Don wrote:3. Nolan Riemold - If spring can translate into Summer, who does not want to see him in left or DH every single day in the Orioles lineup.
How is he going to DH? The Orioles didn't spend $8 million on Vlad for him to sit on the bench. No chance he's playing in the field.
Don wrote:4. Jake Fox - It is tough to swallow for him as the backup, but his bat should get him around with Derrick Lee most likely out the first month of the season.
I think Fox would get the nod over Tatum if they were to set the 25 man roster tomorrow.