Team Strengths: The O’s bullpen has respectable arms in Mychal Givens, Miguel Castro, Richard Bleier and Paul Fry.
Prospects Zach Pop and Cody Carroll, acquired in the Manny Machado and Zack Britton transactions, respectively, have shown promise in relief Too.
Team Weaknesses: Orioles’ starters had the worst ERA in the majors last year (5.48), and their offense was not much better, finishing 27th in runs scored. There are a few position players in the top minors who can help, with top prospects Yusniel Diaz, Ryan Mountcastle and Austin Hays all having conquered Double-A, but the starting rotation will get small from the farm.
What They Were About It: The Orioles did not sign one free agent to a significant league deal this offseason, instead opting to let their young players see more time. Chance Sisco, Trey Mancini and Cedric Mullins will have the chance to demonstrate they should be part of the Orioles’ future, whereas Diaz, Hays and Mountcastle must get their shots sooner or later.
Last Outlook: The Orioles are in year one of a reconstruct. Avoiding 100 losses and seeing their young players take actions forward would signify a successful season.
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