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2016 Orioles Spring Training Preview: Projected 25-Man Roster

February 15, 2016

Attempting to predict the Orioles' Opening Day 25-man roster more than a month in advance is usually a fool's errand. But it's worth a shot, right?


3B Manny Machado

RF Nolan Reimold

CF Adam Jones

1B Chris Davis

DH Mark Trumbo

C Matt Wieters

2B Jonathan Schoop

LF Hyun-soo Kim

SS J.J. Hardy


IF Ryan Flaherty

C Caleb Joseph

OF Efren Navarro

OF Joey Rickard


RHP Chris Tillman

RHP Ubaldo Jimenez

RHP Kevin Gausman

RHP Miguel Gonzalez

RHP Vance Worley


RHP Brad Brach

RHP Dylan Bundy

RHP Mychal Givens

LHP Brian Matusz

RHP Darren O'Day

RHP Chaz Roe

LHP Zach Britton (closer)

On the offensive side, most of the positions are already spoken for; it's just a matter of determining which order they'll likely bat in Buck Showalter's lineup. Ideally, Showalter would like a more prototypical leadoff hitter -- a speedy on-base specialist -- but the Birds don't really have such a player. So Showalter may end up using Machado in that role again, as he did 111 times in 2015. Kim, who had a .406 OBP in the Korean Baseball Organization, could eventually slide into the leadoff spot if he proves capable of hitting major league pitching, but Showalter is more likely to plug him in the bottom of the order until he gets acclimated to the bigs.

As backups, Rickard -- a Rule 5 pick who must stay on the roster all season to remain under O's control -- has the inside track for a roster spot, and outfielder/first baseman Navarro, whom the Birds acquired from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, could add versatility to the bench.

Worley is the best bet to win the fifth starter's spot -- especially because he's out of options, while all his competitors are not. Roe, too, is out of options, which could convince the O's to carry him as their seventh reliever rather than risk losing him on waivers.

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Issue 218: February 2016