Buck Showalter let it slip into media a few weeks back that the current roster has 7-8 core players that he felt were in the future plans for the Orioles. Who is the core?
I am throwing the softball ones out into the mix...
1. Matt Wieters
- One of the top 3 complete catchers in the game with his second half offensive output. He could be the best defensive catcher in the game. This was seen as his liability and it is now his strength. Age, production, position, potential, and service time make a strong argument that he is still one of the best young players in baseball.
2. Zach Britton
– He must improve his craft to induce more swing and miss pitches and likely could by expanding his repertoire, but he keeps the ball down and induces an extremely impressive groundball rate. He is the type of pitcher that should always have success in Baltimore. His abilities and service time make his a key component in any Orioles future plans.