This trio of Baltimore Orioles outfielders need a strong rebound in 2020 if they want to stick around.
Believe it or not, we’re just a few weeks away from the first spring training workouts of 2020 and the return of having baseball to occupy our evenings on a nightly basis. If your excitement for 2020 has been a bit tempered by the Baltimore Orioles, I understand.
While I’m excited to be back in my usual seats at all of the local college baseball fields around my house and have an MLB game on TV every night, my excitement for the return of Orioles baseball isn’t as high, but they are still our Orioles and I’ll be at Camden Yards plenty of times this season, regardless of how bad the product on the field gets.
As we have discussed a few times already this offseason, finding small storylines to follow and keep you interested in 2020 shouldn’t be too difficult. They aren’t franchise-altering storylines, but they will have to suffice to get us through September.
One area I want to focus on today is the growth of three outfielders who entered 2019 with expectations of claiming starting roles at the major league level or continuing their climb up prospect boards. All three struggled to live up to the hype last year, but they are all still young and have the ability to create a life for themselves at the major league level. Will it happen in 2020?
First up, let’s look at a center fielder who has an opportunity to earn himself a 26-man roster spot after spring training.