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For Five Orioles Prospects, Much At Stake In Remaining Games

September 20, 2017
BALTIMORE -- With just 10 games remaining, the Orioles have several young players who can gain a lot from end-of-season play. They're trying to make a good impression and convince the team they're important to its future.

"We're trying to develop players and win at the same time," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "They don't have a track record up here and you don't know how they're going to do up here."
 
Here are five with much at stake:
 
Austin Hays
 
The 22-year-old outfielder has started six games and is batting .304. After going hitless in his first seven at-bats, Hays has gone 7-for-16 (.438).

The nice start from Hays could put him as the leader to start in right field for the Orioles next Opening Day.
 
Chance Sisco
 
The 22-year-old catcher has gotten into five games and is 2-for-3 with a home run and a double.
 
Since the team hasn't been mathematically eliminated from the wild-card race, Showalter hasn't started Sisco yet.
 
"I think you might lean more towards that if circumstances change," Showalter said. "That will kind of reveal itself to us as we go forward of what we can and can't do. We're going to try and win every ballgame and see what happens." 
 
Anthony Santander
 
At season's end, the 22-year-old Rule 5 draft choice will have accumulated 46 of the 90 consecutive days on the active roster required to allow the team to freely option him to the minor leagues. Santander will have to begin 2018 on the active roster for the Orioles and spend the first 44 days of the season there.
 
After spending the bulk of the season on the disabled list, Santander started in right field Aug. 18 and Aug. 19 -- the first two games he was on the active roster -- and went 2-for-8. Since then, Santander has played in parts of six games and gone hitless in eight at-bats.
 
In the final nine games of the season, the Orioles are playing the Tampa Bay Rays and Pittsburgh Pirates, two teams who aren't playing for the postseason, so there's a greater chance Santander will play some left field.
 
Tanner Scott
 
The 23-year-old left-hander was surprisingly called up from Double-A Bowie over the weekend, but he has yet to pitch.
 
While the Orioles hope Scott can be a starter, his initial appearances will probably come from the bullpen. Scott was a starter for the Baysox, but his innings were extremely limited.
 
"Well, with the short starts, you can never win, but it was good," Scott said. "I developed my offspeed more. It was a good experience, and I'm glad they did it, and I'll see what they want me to do now."
 
Jimmy Yacabonis
 
He had two stints with the Orioles earlier this season, but in his third stint, the 25-year-old has really blossomed.
 
Since his Sept. 1 recall, Yacabonis has pitched eight scoreless innings, and the three hits he allowed all came in one of his six outings.
 
He has a 3.07 ERA in 10 games and has a good chance to secure a bullpen spot for 2018.

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