5 Orioles you might have forgotten played for them in 2023
Kyle Stowers, OF
Ok, I'm sure you probably still remember Kyle Stowers. Once a highly regarded prospect in the farm system, 2023 seemed like a bit of a lost year for Stowers. He made the opening day roster after a strong end to the 2022 season, but it was a dogfight for Stowers to get on the field, even as a defensive replacement.
He ended up seeing action in 14 games between opening day and May 14, his last game in the majors in 2023. He was optioned to Norfolk on May 15, where he spent the rest of the season as the Tides ended up winning the Triple A championship.
I had raised the possibility of Stowers potentially being a trade chip at the trade deadline, but the Orioles still held on to him, and he spent the rest of 2023 with the Tides. Across 75 games in between a few stints on the 7 Day minor league IL, Stowers had a .275/.388/.566 slash line, hitting 21 home runs with 10 doubles and 58 RBI's.
At this point, it seems clear that Stowers is a big league player, he doesn't need to spend any more time toiling in Triple A. Unfortunately for him, he's seemingly been passed in the outfield depth chart by Kjerstad and Colton Cowser, so there's no real path to major league playing time for him.