Orioles 25-Man Roster: Based Upon Spring Training

Allow me to introduce to you the starting lineup of the 2013 Orioles based upon their performance in Spring Training (with less than a week to go). It is going to be a little bit surprising as to who has made the club and who will be cut. Don’t think of it only as the results of tryouts, think of it as a salary savings!

March 25, 2013; Sarasota, FL, USA; Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher T.J. McFarland (66) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

2B – Brian Roberts – (.333) – no problems here!

CF – Trayvon Robinson – .326

LF – Lew Ford – .405

1B – Steve Pearce – .368 with 6 homers

C – Matt Wieters – (.429) – awesome!

RF – Conor Jackson – .327

3B – Danny Valencia – .323

DH – Jason Pridie – .310

SS – Ryan Flaherty – .239

Backup Catcher – Luis Exposito (.381)

Utility Players – Chris Dickerson (.306), Alexi Casilla (.304), Chris Davis (.318)

Starters – Jake Arrieta, Steve Johnson, Dylan Bundy, Jair Jurrjens, Kevin Gausman

Relievers – Mark Hendrickson, T.J. McFarland, Darren O’Day, Luis Ayala, Tommy Hunter, Mike Belfiore, Brian Matusz

Not making the cut – Adam Jones (.182), Nick Markakis (DL?), Nolan Reimold (.244), Nate McClouth, (.220), J.J. Hardy (.179), Taylor Teagarden (.304), Manny Machado (.256), Wilson Betemit (.216/DL), Chris Tillman (no stats), Jason Hammel (5.00 in 9 innings), Wei-Yin Chen (8.22), Miguel Gonzalez (4 innings), Jim Johnson (7.50), Pedro Strop (5.40), Troy Patton, (6.75)

So, if you count it up, it is less than half of the players who actually WILL make the final 25-man roster. (I will say that the staring five pitchers does not look all that bad!) With the statistics so entirely upside-down from what you would expect, it makes one wonder what the full benefits of spring training really are. Is it simply a matter that the guys with the good numbers are fighting for their lives to get a job and are thereby more focused, while those with the better career records are relaxing and working on certain specific elements of their game? Hope so! And this strategy of hiding pitchers and giving them work against minor league hitters ……… more on that another day.

Topics: Baltimore Orioles

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  • Tits Magee

    Wow Randy, a back up catcher hitting 304 (333 as of yesterday) isn’t making the cut? Have you ever taken a look at the catching position beyond the mighty awesome M.W.? THIN is the word. Where is your back up catcher in the 25 man or are you suggesting the Os go to the post season with 1 catcher? What are you saying?

    • Randy Buchman

      I listed a backup in the article – Luis Exposito. Understand that this was a light-hearted piece that simply pointed out that so many of the regulars have worse stats than those trying out for the team…. and in a pure tryout sense, they would not make it. Did you read this as a serious suggestion on my part about the 25-man roster? If so, my jocular attempt at humor was quite off the mark.

  • Jesse Buchman

    You scared me for a second when it seemed that Adam Jones had disappeared!