Orioles put 44 players on initial camp roster; Mancini placed on injured list - BaltimoreBaseball.com

Rich Dubroff

Orioles put 44 players on initial camp roster; Mancini placed on injured list

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The Orioles released the names of their initial 44 players on the 60-man summer camp roster on Sunday.

They added right-handed pitcher Cesar Valdez, who was in minor league camp and used as a fill-in during early spring games to the list. The 35-year-old Valdez struck out nine while walking none and gave up two hits in five innings.

Trey Mancini, who is recovering from colon cancer surgery and will not play in 2020, was placed on the 60-day injured list. The Orioles’ 40-man roster is now at 38.

Among the players who were on the 50-man roster when transactions were frozen in late March but not on this roster are: left-hander Bruce Zimmermann, right-hander Evan Phillips. catcher Taylor Davis, infielder Richard Urena, and outfielders Yusniel Diaz and Mason Williams.

David Hess, who was sent to Triple-A Norfolk after the end of camp, was added to the camp roster.

Phillips was rehabbing a sore right elbow when spring training ended. Among those left off the list are: left-handed pitcher Keegan Akin, right-handed pitcher Dean Kremer and infielder/outfielder Ryan Mountcastle, who are expected to see major league action in 2020. Outfielder Cedric Mullins, who was sent down to Norfolk along with Hess and Mountcastle, is also not on the list.

The Orioles might add players, including left-handed pitcher DL Hall, right-handed pitcher Grayson Rodriguez and catcher Adley Rutschman to give them additional work at an alternate site. None is expected to play for the Orioles in scheduled 60-game 2020 season.

PITCHERS (26)
RHP Shawn Armstrong
LHP Ty Blach*
LHP Richard Bleier
RHP Cody Carroll
RHP Miguel Castro
RHP Alex Cobb
RHP Thomas Eshelman*
LHP Paul Fry
RHP Mychal Givens
RHP Eric Hanhold*
RHP Hunter Harvey
RHP David Hess
RHP Branden Kline*
LHP Wade LeBlanc*
RHP Travis Lakins, Sr.
LHP John Means
LHP Tommy Milone*
LHP Tanner Scott
RHP Chandler Shepherd*
RHP Kohl Stewart
RHP Cole Sulser
RHP Dillon Tate
RHP Cesar Valdez*
RHP Hector Velázquez
RHP Asher Wojciechowski
LHP Rob Zastryzny*

CATCHERS (4)
Bryan Holaday*
Pedro Severino
Chance Sisco
Austin Wynns

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INFIELDERS (10)
Hanser Alberto
Chris Davis
Dilson Herrera*
José Iglesias
Richie Martin
Renato Núñez
Rio Ruiz
Pat Valaika*
Andrew Velazquez
Stevie Wilkerson*

OUTFIELDERS (4)
Austin Hays
Anthony Santander
Dwight Smith, Jr.
DJ Stewart

*Indicates Non-Roster Invitee

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6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. ClayDal

    June 28, 2020 at 5:03 pm

    They still have 16 slots to fill so it would look like some of the omissions will make it. Assuming Evan Phillips goes on the 45 day IL, here is my guess on the last 16.
    Mason Williams
    Ryan Mountcastle
    Cedric Mullins
    Taylor Davis
    Dean Kremer
    Keegan Akin
    Ryan McKenna
    Bruce Zimmerman
    Yusniel Diaz
    Zac Lowther
    Michael Bauman
    Rylan Bannon
    Issac Mattison
    2 waiver claims to be named later. Rutschman will probably be included just to have someone to catch all the pitchers. But you’re right, he won’t be playing for the Orioles this year

  2. In The Triangle

    June 29, 2020 at 7:26 am

    Someday we need to have a game where Rob Zastryzny faces Mike Yastrzemski.

    (Ben sobs softly in the background.)

  3. Bhoffman1

    June 29, 2020 at 2:12 pm

    Mason Williams any day over Dwight Smith Jr. I watched him in spring training . He has a quick bat and can plain out hit. Hope a contender picks him up

    • ClayDal

      June 29, 2020 at 2:25 pm

      Mason Williams probably gets added to the alternate camp. He can help Mountcastle learn to play defense. You wouldn’t want Mountcastle learning defense from Dwight Smith Jr.

    • Bhoffman1

      June 29, 2020 at 6:38 pm

      Correct but seriously Mason deserves a shot with a good team . Obviously he’s not in this teams present or future plans. He’s a former number draftee destined by the Yankees for stardom . He’s had injuries but he play his butt off for us but this team is not a fit for him they rather go with a loser like Smith jr

    • ClayDal

      June 29, 2020 at 7:02 pm

      Willams was a free agent this winter and re-signed with the Orioles on a minor league contract . For some reason wasn’t able to get a contract with a contender. He’ll probably be added to the roster later

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