Nate Adcock – 28-year old sinker-slider guy who has 123 major league innings. Missed all of 2016 after Tommy John surgery. Threw in the mid-90s and was a groundball pitcher before the surgery. The Orioles are strong in right-handed relief pitching but he provides depth at Norfolk and could see big league time if injuries occur. (40% chance of seeing Baltimore in 2017). Has started in the past so could be stretched into a long reliever at Norfolk.
Jed Bradley – A former #1 pick (15th overall – 2011) by the Brewers, Bradley was picked off waivers by the Orioles last fall before passing him back through waivers and out righting him to Norfolk. Threw in the mid-90s at one time but now sits in the 90-92 MPH range. His slider is below average and his change can flash average at times but command can be an issue with the pitch. He can get lefties out so there may be an opportunity to make him a left-handed reliever. Most likely ticketed for Norfolk and could be in the rotation there. (40% chance of seeing Baltimore in 2017)
Richard Rodriguez – Put up a nice season last year at Norfolk and can be stretched out over multiple innings. Earned his first big leagues spring training look, but his scouts don’t think his fastball-slider combination is anything special. (25% chance of seeing Baltimore in 2017)
Zach Stewart – A 30-year old starter who was signed out of the KBO this offseason despite a less than stellar season there. Former big leaguer who hasn’t pitche din the majors since 2012. Sinker, cutter, change guy who generates a lot of groundballs when he’s on. Provides deep depth at Norfolk. (5% chance of seeing Baltimore in 2017).
Yermin Mercedes – Short on catchers after the injury to Austin Wynns and the DFA of Francisco Pena, Mercedes will get a chance to catch some pitchers in spring training. The word is that Mercedes will be moved from catcher this year to either first base or the outfield and should start the year in Frederick. (1% chance of seeing Baltimore in 2017)
Audry Perez – Ticketed to pick up Chance Sisco at Norfolk, Perez is here to catch pitchers. Perez can hit a little but his catching is considered sub par. Still, if an injury occurs and the Orioles need a back up for a few weeks, they could do worse than Perez (30% chance of seeing Baltimore in 2017)
Chance Sisco – One of the top prospects in the system (#2), Sisco will be given some opportunity to saw Buck that he can handle the position defensively. His stick is basically major league ready though he could improve against lefties a bit more. The Orioles would love to be able to hand him at least a part of a platoon in 2018 but he’ll need to show he can control the running game. (75% chance of seeing Baltimore in 2017, especially as a September call up)
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Robert Andino – Who can ever forget Robert “Red Sox killer” Andino? Signed as middle infield depth, Andino will most likely patrol shortstop at Norfolk unless an injury occurs. Has only played in 13 major league games since 2013. (20% chance of seeing Baltimore in 2017)
Johnny Giavotella – A second baseman who has played a little third base and left field on occasion in the minor leagues. Former Angels and Royals second baseman who really is here as AAA depth. Could be competition from Ryan Flaherty for the utility role, but doesn’t have th arm or versatility to play anywhere but second base effectively. (20% chance of seeing Baltimore in 2017
Chris Dickerson – There three things that will always happen, death, taxes, and Chris Dickerson will get a major league spring training invitation from someone. Will be 35-years old this year and hasn’t been in the major leagues since 2014. (2% chance of seeing Baltimore in 2017)
Logan Shafer – 30-year old outfielder who has spent parts of last six years in the major leagues between Milwaukee and Minnesota. Good defensive outfielder who will not kill you in center field makes him a 5th outfielder candidate. Most likely scheduled to play center field at Norfolk but if the O’s need a back up outfielder his ability to play center could be his ticket onto the 25-man roster for a bit. (50% chance of seeing Baltimore in 2017).
David Washington – For no other reason then watching BP and early on in spring training when pitchers mainly throw fastballs, this 6-foot-5 outfielder/first basemen should be fun to watch. Lots of miss in his bat but when he connects he can hit the ball a long way. Ticketed for Norfolk but is depth at several positions and if he gets on a hot streak could possibly be given a chance. (20% chance of seeing Baltimore in 2017).