Baltimore Orioles 2019 Predictions

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Updated: March 5, 2019
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By: Baltimore Orioles Expert Writer

 Stephen Schenck (@WBBBStephenS)

 

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As the 2019 season approaches we’re here taking a look at the Baltimore Orioles upcoming season. After a disastrous 2018 season where the Orioles has the third worst record in MLB history since the start of 162 game seasons the birds went into reset mode. The team struggled mightily last season but showed life after the trade deadline trading Machado, Britton, and Gausman among others. As the calendar turns over the new season brings new life and hope to Orioles fans as hungry young players compete for spots on the opening day roster.

With the release of Buck Showalter and Dan Duquette the birds replaced the two with Brandon Hyde and Mike Elias respectively. Hyde’s most recent role was as the bench coach under Joe Maddon. Elias, a Virginia native was the Assistant General Manager for the Houston Astros. Both men’s staffs have been completely changed since the O’s of 2018 hoping to bring new life to the birds. Elias has brought in a few players that may leave an impact on the birds this year Nate Karns, Alcides Escobar, and Rule 5 players Richie Martin and Drew Jackson. Hyde’s approach at this point in spring training is to try players at multiple positions in spring training.

The Orioles have a lot of young exciting prospects in camp this Spring. From the Manny Machado trade is Dean Kremer, Zach Pop, and Yusniel Díaz with Yusniel being the 64th ranked prospect in MLB.
Cody Carroll, Dillion Tate, and Josh Rogers all involved in the Zach Britton trade. Tate is a former top 5 MLB draft pick but has been traded twice since then. Home grown prospects include D.J. Stewart, Ryan Mountcastle, and Ryan McKenna.

Of the Orioles from last season the biggest question mark is Chris Davis who was on pace to have the worst season in baseball history. He’s still locked into a massive contract that’s hard for the Orioles to move. Don Long, the new hitting coach is tasked with turning around Crush’s bat in 2019. The only roster locks at Starter are Alex Cobb, Andrew Casher, and Dylan Bundy. All three of these men are focused on turning around dreadful seasons last year.

The season looks more optimistic than last year’s down spiral. The birds are full with young hungry players looking to stay on the active roster going forward. The Orioles new style of play will see them run around the bases making pitchers nervous. 2019 will be a bounce back season for the Orioles with new faces and are determined on turning around the franchise for the future.

Stephen Schenck
Former batboy and assistant clubhouse manager for the York Revolution for four years

 

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