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2016 Orioles Spring Training Preview: Non-Roster Invitees

February 15, 2016

Under manager Buck Showalter and executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette, the Orioles have played fast and loose with the active roster, constantly shuffling players back and forth between the minors and majors throughout the season. So the players who aren't currently on the Orioles' 40-man roster needn't worry; many of them could be added at a moment's notice. Here are a few who could see some time in Baltimore this season.


If Tolleson's name sounds familiar, it's because he has prior experience with the Orioles, appearing in 29 games as a backup infielder in 2012. Tolleson didn't make much of a contribution for the Birds, batting .183 in 76 plate appearances, but he was a capable bench player for the Toronto Blue Jays the past two seasons, posting a .256 average and .697 OPS during 128 games while playing second base, third base, shortstop and both corner outfield spots. Tolleson is unlikely to beat out the more defensively sound Ryan Flaherty for a utility role, but he figures to be a phone call away at Triple-A Norfolk if the O's need some bench depth during the season.


Redmond, like Tolleson, had a previous go-round with the Orioles -- but if you blinked, you missed it. He was at spring training with the Birds in 2013, making five Grapefruit League appearances before the Blue Jays claimed him off waivers. Redmond is coming off a disappointing 2015 with Toronto, with a 7.31 ERA during seven games, but in 2014, he was an effective middle reliever, posting a 3.24 ERA during 42 games. There's a chance Redmond could make his Orioles regular-season debut in 2016, three years after his abbreviated first stint with the team.


Continuing the theme of former Orioles returning to the fold, Hoes is back in Baltimore for the first time since 2013, when the Birds traded him to Houston in the Bud Norris deal. Hoes was the Orioles' third-round draft pick in 2008 and is a close friend of O's center fielder Adam Jones, but those aren't the only reasons the Birds wanted him back. He has a track record as a solid hitter in the minors, especially in the on-base department, where he holds a career .369 minor league OBP. The O's removed him from the 40-man roster in January, but he cleared waivers and stayed in the organization. He's a safe bet to see some big league time in 2016.


Bowie Baysox 2015: Trey Mancini
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Patrick Cavey

Mancini stands no chance at cracking the Opening Day roster, barring a miracle. Still, the O's will give him a long look at spring training. Mancini emerged as one of the Birds' top hitting prospects in 2015, when he exploded at Single-A Frederick and Double-A Bowie for a .341/.375/.563/.938 line with 21 home runs and 89 RBIs. Mancini's performance earned him the Orioles' Brooks Robinson Minor League Player of the Year award. This year marks his first invite to big league camp, which will give the Birds' major league coaches a chance to evaluate him for a few weeks before he begins the season in the minors (likely at Norfolk).

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Issue 218: February 2016