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What could the 40-man Orioles additions in ’23 contribute to; Hyde deserved General Manager

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There were no real surprises in the additions the Orioles made to their 40-man roster on Tuesday. Baseball’s MVP Grayson Rodriguez and football player Joey Ortiz were supposed to be added.

The inclusion of left-hander Drew Rom was expected, and despite potentially missing the entire 2023 season due to Tommy John surgery, the favorite to land on the 40-man roster was Seth Johnson. Johnson, which was acquired from Tampa Bay on August 1Street The trade that sent Trey Mancini to Houston, it was 40The tenth The overall pick by the Rays in 2019, and if the Orioles were to trade him, they would make sure to protect him.

He would be taken off the 40-man roster and placed on the 60-day injured list during spring training. Johnson underwent Tommy John surgery shortly after the trade.

Along with the four prospects, the Orioles added Noah Dinoyer, who was sent to the Arizona Fall League. A year earlier, they sent another unknown relative, Logan Gillaspie, to the Fall League and he was added to their 40-man roster and pitched in 17 games for the Orioles with a 3.12 ERA.

Denoyer is a 24-year-old signed as an undrafted free agent after participating in junior college and summer league bats in the Upper Midwest. He was 5-2 with a 2.89 ERA in 21 games, five starts for Double-A Bowie, High-A Aberdeen, and the Florida Complex League Orioles. Denoyer’s most impressive stat is his hitting-to-walk ratio: 99/17 in 71 2/3 innings pitched.

The Orioles bullpen has been stellar in 2023, but replicating that success may be difficult, and new weapons will be needed.

Like Gillaspie, Denoyer didn’t make the Triple-A when he was placed on the 40-man roster and could start the season with Norfolk, but if he pitches well, he’ll get a chance with the Orioles.

Rodriguez will compete for a starting spot in spring training. Romm, who was 7-2 with a 4.37 ERA in 19 games with Bowie and 1-1 with a 4.54 ERA in seven games with Norfolk, is likely to return to the Tidepool to start the season but could find his way to Baltimore early on. the classroom.

It’s hard to predict where Ortiz will be in the 2023 Orioles. After hitting . 269 with 15 home runs, 71 RBIs, and . 792 OPS at Bowie, Ortiz hit . 346 with four homers, 14 RBIs, and a 0.967 OPS in 26 games with Norfolk. He’s played mostly shortstops in the minors but played 26 games at second base last year. The Orioles could give Ortiz and Jordan Westberg their minor league player of the year looks at second base and shortstop during spring training.

Westburg, who was drafted in 2020, didn’t have to be added to the 40-man roster.

The Orioles will likely lose a player or two in the Rule 5 draft. Catcher Maverick Handley may be a loss, but he never played above Double-A and it’s hard for a catcher to play in the majors without Triple-A experience.

It’s easier to hold a roster spot for a full season for a reliever or player than it is for a catcher, so it’s possible that Handley will remain with the Orioles or be brought back through spring training or the 2023 season.

The Orioles have 39 players on their 40-man roster and may participate in the Rule 5 draft.

Hyde General Manager Eligible: Unlike the other awards, Rookie of the Year, Cy Young, and Most Valuable Player, the Manager of the Year award is not based on statistics. It’s more than just a “feel” award.

If the award were based on stats, the Orioles’ 31-game improvement in 2022 under Brandon Hyde would have convinced enough voters that he deserved the award.

Terry Francona, who picked up his third award as manager of the Cleveland Guardians, also did an excellent job. The Guardians won the American Central League away.

When the Orioles left Cleveland on September 1Street After winning two of three at Progressive Field, the AL led Central with a game. They won the division by 11. The Orioles had to compete in the tougher America East League.

Francona missed most of the 2021 season due to illness, and Cleveland was 80-82.

Much has been said about Francona running the youngest baseball team. The Orioles were tied for their fifth youngest, but Francona had a veteran third baseman in Jose Ramirez and more established starts in Shane Pepper, Triston McKenzie and Cal Quantrill of the Orioles.

Hyde created a winning combination even after two of his most veteran relievers, Tanner Scott and Cole Sulser, were traded just before the season and lost his MVP, John Means, after just two starts.

With Maines and Rodriguez, who lost a crucial three months due to an injury late when he was about to be called up to the Orioles, non-factors, Hyde coaxed a record from a team expected to lose 95 or more games.

Hyde received nine first-place votes, while Francona had 17.

Peter Schmuck of BaltimoreBaseball.com voted for Hyde, Houston’s Dusty Baker, and Seattle’s Scott Service, who finished third.

Francona has the advantage because he is known for his excellence in officiating, and is likely to be a deserving Hall of Famer, but Hyde did an even better job this year.

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