News, notes and links from around the web including: FanGraphs ranks Orioles #15 in their Organizational Rankings, why Zach Britton needs to open 2011 in the minors, if the Orioles can have a 20-20 player (Mark Reynolds?) and more.
As if there wasn’t already enough hype surrounding Zach Britton, Roch Kubatko profiles the young lefty for Baseball America and Steve Melewski interviews Tim Kurkijan about the 23 year old’s future.
Zach Britton has performed better than any other Orioles pitcher in spring training. Here’s a look at what makes him so special and what the future holds for the young lefty.
With Justin Duchscherer headed for an MRI on his hip, it’s looking more and more likely that he’ll open 2011 on the disabled list. Many have labeled Britton as the front runner to take over for Duchscherer. Here are five reasons why Britton shouldn’t get the nod over Chris Tillman.
Notes on Brian Roberts‘ neck injury, Derrek Lee’s BP session, the game day pitching schedule, a look at which pitchers the Pirates will throw at the Orioles and more.
Guest writer Dave Gershman of Beyond the Box Score provides plenty of reasons for optimism heading into the 2011 season. Dave details some of the potential you may or may not see from your 2011 Orioles.
Britton posted a 2.70 ERA with 124 strikeouts in 153.1 innings between Bowie and Norfolk.
Zach Britton pitched 6 innings with 9 strikeouts in a 7-6 Tides win.
Mychal Givens went 1 for 4 with a home run and a walk in a 7-6 Aberdeen loss.