Baltimore Orioles: Five Storylines To Follow In The Second Half
By Nick Stevens
2) What do the Baltimore Orioles do with Chance Sisco?
The Chance Sisco who walks to the plate for the Baltimore Orioles is not the same Chance Sisco who found himself in Triple-A Norfolk to begin the season. With the Tides, Sisco looked frustrated on a nightly basis, opponents ran at will against him on the basepaths, and very little appeared to be going right for the 24-year-old catcher. Now with the Orioles, Sisco is oozing with confidence and flexing some real power at the major league level.
Through 19 games, Sisco is slashing .283/.394/.667 with six home runs. He isn’t being used as a platoon option for Brandon Hyde, but has been a steady contributor for the O’s and opening eyes, once again.
With Adley Rutschman clearly on his way to becoming the starting catcher in Baltimore for a very long time, hopefully, Sisco has to show Mike Elias and his staff that he can contribute in some capacity for this franchise. Elias doesn’t have to do anything right now with his catchers. He can continue to play Pedro Severino and Chance Sisco for the rest of 2019 and the majority of 2020, if he wants. Or will he make a move?
Will a team come calling for Pedro Severino at the trade deadline? If so, does Elias feel confident in giving Sisco primary duties for the next two years? Do we start to see Chance Sisco at different positions at some point in 2019? Is Sisco moved in the offseason after a dominant end to 2019?
So many questions! The catching position will be an intriguing storyline to follow from here on out. Both Severino and Sisco are auditioning to remain with the organization, both have been bright spots in the lineup, and both are fun players to watch. Let’s see how this one shakes out over the next few months.