BAPR Plus: Baltimore Orioles

The Orioles spent most of their spring looking at veterans, as most of their prospects are in the lower levels of the system, but a couple of former prospects from other organizations had solid springs.

Who’s Hot: Former Indians’ prospect Jeremy Guthrie has seemingly rediscovered his stuff since coming to Baltimore in a waiver claim during the offseason. Guthrie went 1-0, 1.20 with 14 strikeouts and only three walks in 15 innings. He has earned a job in the bullpen as a long reliever, but if he keeps throwing like he’s shown this spring, it’s possible he could even move into the rotation if injuries occur.

Outfielder Jon Knott, a pickup from the Padres, hit .289/.341/.579 to make a surprise bid at making the 25-man roster. He ended up falling short, as he’ll head to Triple-A Norfolk.
Who’s Not: Catcher Adam Donachie’s bid to make the team as a Rule 5-pick fell flat. He hit a respectable .263/.364/.421, but the Orioles decision to carry at least 12, and maybe 13, pitchers meant that there was no way the team could carry a third catcher. The Orioles tried to work a deal to keep Donachie, but the Royals asking price was more than the team wanted to pay. He’ll head to Triple-A Omaha instead.

“He was a good young kid,” Perlozzo said. “He came in here and played very well, caught well and in an organization where we need some more catching, we would have liked to have kept him.”