Mike Elias on Orioles cuts; Wright gives up three homers; Reinheimer hangs on - BaltimoreBaseball.com

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Mike Elias on Orioles cuts; Wright gives up three homers; Reinheimer hangs on

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SARASOTA Fla.-What’s happening? – The Orioles cut their roster to 39 Sunday, when they optioned outfielders Austin Hays and Anthony Santander, right-handed pitchers Cody Carroll, Branden Kline and Yefry Ramirez and infielder Stevie Wilkerson to Triple-A Norfolk. They also reassigned infielder Christopher Bostick and right-hander Gabriel Ynoa to minor league camp.

The moves leave the Orioles with 39 players on the spring training roster.

Hays was the biggest name cut, and general manager Mike Elias thinks sending him out now is the right move, even thought Hays was  batting .351 and leading the team with five home runs and 13 RBIs.

“Spring training is spring training,” Elias said. “Couldn’t be more excited about him, and he understands the reasons why we’re doing what we’re doing. I think he knows it’s the best thing for him and his long-term career.”

Elias said that he hopes Hays can play center and right field for the Orioles.

“Center field is more valuable to a major league roster,” Elias said. “He has the speed and the athleticism to play center field at the major league level. He really hasn’t played it that much in his life, relatively speaking…He still has work to do on polishing his reads and routes, but the part you can’t teach is the speed and athleticism, which he has.”

Manager Brandon Hyde believes that too much is made of the Opening Day roster.

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“It looks like a lot different in June,” Hyde said. “There’s always this deadline of Opening Day…It’s a big deal to be on an Opening Day roster. At the same time, it’s one of 162. There are six months to go. Some guys are going to impact our club that aren’t going to be on our Opening Day roster.”

Andrew Cashner starts against the Detroit Tigers as the Orioles pay their only visit to Lakeland today. Jimmy Yacabonis, Nate Karns, Richard Bleier, Miguel Castro, Mychal Givens and Josh Lucas are also scheduled to pitch for the Orioles.

What’s happened?— Mike Wright allowed four runs on eight hits in five innings as the Orioles lost to the New York Yankees, 5-3, on Sunday.

Wright allowed home runs to Luke Voit, Miguel Anduar and Zach Zehner.

He threw 10 scoreless innings to begin spring training, but in his last two starts, both against the Yankees, Wright has allowed six runs on 14 hits in 7 2/3 innings.

“Got to keep the ball in the park,” Wright said. “Other than that, I thought it was a pretty solid outing. I’m glad I got through five, finally stretched past three. They’re a good hitting team, even though that’s not their starting lineup per se. Still a lot of good guys in there.”

Wright doesn’t think he’s locked up a starter’s job.

“I’ve never secured anything at any point,” Wright said. “There’s a while before we need a fifth starter. My mentality is to get outs on Opening Day.”

Hyde thought that the Yankees took aggressive swings against Wright.

“Got a little predictable at times,” Hyde said. “They took advantage of it. He’s got a really good changeup. I’d like to see him utilize it a little bit more, keep guys off-balance.”

Pedro Araujo pitched 1 2/3 innings, giving up a hit and walking one. Paul Fry threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings and has thrown 8 1/3 innings without giving up a run.

Miguel Castro allowed his first run of the spring in his first of back-to-back games.

Joey Rickard had two hits and is batting .405.

“He’s had a great camp,” Hyde said. “He’s a good baseball player, and he’s played like that this spring with his aggressiveness and at-bats all camp.”

Chris Davis was 1-for-3 with an RBI single and walk.

“I thought he had  really good swings,” Hyde  said. “This was his best day from an at-bat standpoint.”

What’s up with? Jack Reinheimer. Still in competition for the utility job, Reinheimer is hitting .400 (10-for-25) with a home run and three RBIs.

“It’s cool because usually there’s one or two things you want to work on in spring. It kind of takes a while to get your feet under you,” Reinheimer said.

“There’s a lot of talented guys in here,” Reinheimer said. “Makes for good competition. Down the road, it’s going to be good because it’s going to bring out the best in everybody.”

Reinheimer watched eight of his teammates get cut, but he’s still here.

“It’s never a fun conversation to have,” Reinheimer said. “I feel like I’m a big-leaguer, and I feel like I deserve to be in the big leagues, but I think that’s the same mindset everybody has.” 

What’s what?  Drew Jackson’s versatility is making him a good bet to stick with the Orioles, and Elias said that his ability to play the outfield gives him an advantage. Because he’s a Rule 5 player, that helps his chances enormously.

“The Rule 5 players, by their nature, have a little bit of an inside edge to breaking with the team,” Elias said. ‘Just because you can’t option them or they’re going to go back to their host organizations. We want to maximize our looks at those guys. It’s a little bit tougher choice to send them out of camp because you flat out lose them from the organization.”

What’s the word? “As soon as they’re ready and they have their development behind them in the minor leagues, and they’re ready to contribute and, most importantly, to stick up here, because I don’t want to see these guys come up and then struggle and fail and have to go back down, we’ll have them on the team.”Elias on the players sent to the minors.

What’s the number. 9. With the cuts, the Orioles still have nine non-roster players on their spring roster. They’re pitchers Gregory Infante, who has never reported because of health issues, Josh Lucas, catchers Carlos Perez, Jesus Sucre, Andrew Susac, infielders Alcides Escobar, Jace Peterson, Jack Reinheimer and outfielder Eric Young Jr.

What’s the record? 11-11-2. The Orioles play the Detroit Tigers at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland at 1:05 p.m.

 

17 Comments

17 Comments

  1. Ekim

    March 18, 2019 at 7:20 am

    I see Wright’s in mid season form. I’m sure every team on the O’s schedule is licking their chops hoping he makes the cut. Unbelievable! It’s like he’s aiming the ball for the bat, not trying to miss it. Be gone with ye!

  2. Fareastern89

    March 18, 2019 at 7:36 am

    Glad to see Rickard’s doing well, after all those trips on the Norfolk-Baltimore shuttle. Maybe he’s the Opening Day starter in right? And is Reinheimer doing well enough to threaten Escobar’s place on the roster?

    • Rich Dubroff

      March 18, 2019 at 9:25 am

      Fareastern, I think Reinheimer faces long odds to make the club.

      • GoOoooos

        March 18, 2019 at 10:33 am

        Why?

        • Rich Dubroff

          March 18, 2019 at 11:56 am

          I think the team will carry just three bench players and 13 pitchers. With both Rule 5 draft picks and a backup catcher, it will be hard, but not impossible for Reinheimer.

  3. Tony Paparella

    March 18, 2019 at 8:44 am

    Sounds like Hays may be pegged for center field thus giving him more work on the position at the minor league level.Elias said he (Hays) understands the reasoning behind the decision but reports I heard is that he was surprised he did not make the team.Just hope he maintains the good work and enthusiasm down there.I also believe Drew Jackson’s versatility is to his advantage right now.

  4. Boog Robinson Robinson

    March 18, 2019 at 9:38 am

    Mike Wright … “doesn’t think he’s locked up a starter’s job”.

    Well duuuhhh … this is what we call having an astute grasp for the obvious.

  5. Bancells Moustache

    March 18, 2019 at 9:52 am

    Again, until Trumbo moves on, the outfield logjam prevents usage of Hays, Diaz Stewart et al. I do find Elias comments regarding Hays in center as telling; the new penny shine is off Cedric Mullins and he’s looking more and more like just a guy. They have a name for switch hitters that cannot hit from the right side, platoon corner outfielders. But hey boys, 10 days from Opening Day!

  6. OrioleBaaebal

    March 18, 2019 at 10:07 am

    Put some Roids in Davis food do he’s suspended

  7. Orial

    March 18, 2019 at 11:01 am

    Interesting to hear Elias’ take on Wright. “Predictability” being his downfall is an astute observation. There you go Mr Brocail the ball’s in your hand–address it. I have no qualms about Hays going down and yes a permanent stint in CF could be in the cards. Look out Mullins you have competition.

    • Rich Dubroff

      March 18, 2019 at 11:54 am

      That was Hyde’s take, not Elias’, Orial.

  8. PA Bird Lover

    March 18, 2019 at 11:04 am

    Would someone add roids to Trumbo’s lunch box while spiking Davis’s tuna fish sandwich as well. Both are holding back young hungry talent.

    • TheGreat8

      March 18, 2019 at 11:45 am

      what if the young talent is so hungry too and they eats the fish sandwich. then all of them gusy would be suspended for dopin. this plan needs work. do you even know if davis eats tuna for lunch??

    • OrioleBaaebal

      March 18, 2019 at 10:39 pm

      Thanks for taking my comment appreciate it

  9. willmiranda

    March 18, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    Gotta keep the ball in the park, said Wright, other than that it was a good outing.
    Gotta keep the water out of the boat, said the Titanic, other than that it was a good voyage.

    • Bhoffman1

      March 18, 2019 at 7:56 pm

      Wright is no brain surgeon and definitely not a brainy pitcher

  10. Bhoffman1

    March 18, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    I love what Hyde said about once they up here he wants them to stick and not be sent down. I remember how Bucky would sent Gausman down as a rookie after he pitched great to clear a spot on the roster. Just what not to do to do to a young player

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