Podcast Episode 55: Our first Orioles farm visit of the summer with Delmarva Shorebirds broadcaster Will DeBoer

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Welcome to Episode 55 of the Charm City Bird Watch Podcast with Jake McDonnellNolan McGraw, and Ian Schultz.

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What will the Orioles infield look like to open the 2019 season?

The Orioles open the 2019 regular season on Thursday afternoon at 1:05 from the Bronx against the Yankees. 25-man rosters are due on Thursday one hour before first pitch, and the Orioles have made a number of roster moves over the last few days.

Here’s some of the highlights

  • Mark Trumbo will begin the season on the injured list. Trumbo will stay in Florida to continue rehabbing his knee, but it could be a month or longer before he resumes baseball activities
  • Infielder Jace Peterson was reassigned to minor league camp on Sunday. Peterson played in 93 games for the O’s last season and was in the mix for an infield role
  • Relief pitcher Evan Phillips was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk despite not allowing a run in 9.2 innings of work this spring
  • The Orioles claimed catcher Pedro Severino off waivers from the Nationals on Saturday. Severino has played for the Nats in the last four seasons, leading some to believe that he will join Jesus Sucre as the O’s two catchers while Chance Sisco starts the year in Norfolk
  • Veterans Eric Young Jr. and Alcides Escobar were released

The O’s still need to make a handful of cuts to field a 25-man team. Last week I tried to project the starting outfield. Before Mike Elias and Brandon Hyde make their final moves, I wanted to predict what the starting infield will look like to begin the 2019 season.

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Orioles new approach makes 2019 Spring Training the most exciting in years

Yes, you read that headline correctly.

The Baltimore Orioles are coming off a historically poor season that accumulated 115 losses. It’s very possible that the Orioles will lose 100 games again in 2019. Even though no one expects the Orioles to come anywhere near the playoffs this year, the brand new, technology-driven approach introduced to several young players by General Manager Mike Elias, Assistant GM Sig Mejdal, and Manager Brandon Hyde makes this year’s Spring Training the most exciting Orioles camp in years.

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