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Orioles Get Extended Look At Some Younger Players

September 4, 2018
The Orioles expanded their roster to get an extended look at some younger players. The team is undergoing a full rebuild and the front office wants to determine which players have the potential to become key contributors.

Baltimore currently has 28 players on the active roster. There are still two available spots on the 40-man roster, which could be filled later this month. 

The players already recalled are: 

Chance Sisco -- The catcher was promoted from Triple-A Norfolk Sept. 3. Sisco is batting .191/.301/.283 during 176 plate appearances with the Orioles and has already been optioned twice. He has thrown out 12-of-38 runners attempting to steal.

Sisco was expected to make a bigger impact this season after making the Orioles out of spring training. Fellow rookie Austin Wynns outplayed him at the major league level and earned the backup role behind starter Caleb Joseph for the second half of the season. 

Andrew Susac, another young catcher, was placed on the restricted list Aug. 28 with a fractured left wrist. He batted .256/.405/.456 during 158 plate appearances for Triple-A Norfolk. There should be an interesting competition among this group in 2019. 

Jimmy Yacabonis -- The right-hander was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk Sept. 3. Yacabonis has made seven appearances, including four starts, with the Orioles this season. He is 0-2 with a 7.71 ERA during 21 innings. He also went 3-5 with a 4.26 ERA and 1.22 WHIP during 21 starts with the Tides.

Yacabonis pitched out of the bullpen Sept. 3 against the Mariners, throwing 1.2 scoreless innings with three strikeouts and a walk. He could earn another start this season. 

Breyvic Valera -- The versatile infielder was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk Sept. 1. He was part of the trade package with the Los Angeles Dodgers for Manny Machado. 

Valera has one hit during seven at-bats for the Orioles this season. He started at second base for the series finale against Kansas City Sept. 2 and committed a throwing error that allowed a run. 

Valera batted .229 during 38 games with Norfolk.

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