4 Orioles players taking advantage of 2024 spring training

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Jackson Holliday

MLB Pipeline's No. 1 overall prospect for 2024 had to be included on this list, right? Holliday's appeared in seven games so far, four in February and three in March, and was actually having a bit of a rough go at things over those first four games. He was hitless with three strikeouts during the first two, but he has managed to ramp things up significantly in more recent games. On March 5, he had a three-hit day with a double, triple, and a stolen base, which made his line jump from .235/.278/.412 to .333/.364/.619.

Hopefully, this means that he just needed to find his feet a little and will continue to make strides in spring. If he can continue to be as good as he was on Tuesday, he could easily nudge Jordan Westburg from second base sometime in 2024. The plan has always been for Holliday to make his debut this season, so now it's just a question of when.

It took some time for MLB Pipeline's No. 1 prospect in 2023 — fellow Oriole Gunnar Henderson — to find his rhythm in the majors as well (and he only hit .216/.356/.378 in spring training last year), but then he went on to win Rookie of the Year. Chances are that the Orioles will introduce Holliday in the same way and give him only a few games in 2024 before making the call on moving him to second full-time in 2025, but despite the shaky spring training start, there's still every reason to believe he'll live up to expectations.