The Baltimore Orioles are currently hosting a mini-camp at their Spring Training complex in Sarasota, Florida and despite an expected slow day to kick off the camp, plenty of news and notes came out of the warmer weather.
There are only two Orioles reporters attending the mini-camp, and unfortunately we are not among them, but are as engulfed in the happenings as much as anyone.
Young will compete for the designated hitter position against left handed pitching and his career .303 average against lefties gives him a great shot at making the team.
Also, former Oriole Jack Cust will reportedly be in attendance today performing somewhat of a tryout type of workout. The key thing to remember here is that he contacted the Orioles, not the other way around and he has not played in the big leagues since 2011, so unless he sets the world on fire, we wouldn't expect much to come out of it.
Perhaps the biggest news to come out of day one was the update on highly touted pitching prospect Dylan Bundy, as MASN's Roch Kubatko provided some great updates and quotes from the young right hander, which you can view here.
Kubatko reports that Bundy has set a goal of June 28 to pitch in a "competitive" game. Bundy is currently working on a throwing progression and Roch quoted Bundy on his rehab process,
"I'm up to 60 feet now. It feels great. Now it's just a progression to get out to 200 feet and then get on a mound. I think the plan is hopefully to be on a mound or a half-mound at the end of spring training."
Kubatko was also able to speak with Manager Buck Showalter regarding Bundy's rehab,
"I really like the way his rehab's going," Showalter said. "I think he's going to make it (by June). We're at the point now where he's doing baseball activities, throwing. But it's not like it's a given. Even when he was healthy, he wasn't a finished product. But I look forward to him being a viable option for us in July."
We stand by our stance that it is highly unlikely we will see Bundy pitch for the Orioles in 2014, but the important thing here is to not rush Bundy's return and make sure that he is 100% healthy and ready to go come 2015.
Outfielder Henry Urrutia is also in Sarasota and Kubatko reported that Urrutia spent a considerable amount of time shagging fly balls and working on his footwork in the outfield. Despite the fact that the left field position is one that can be one in Spring Training, the Orioles seem to be leaning towards Urrutia being the left handed DH against right handers as opposed to a major contributor in the outfield.
The mini-camp will continue on this week and we will provide you with any news coming out of Sarasota. We are now less than a month away from pitchers and catcher reporting to Spring Training and baseball is just around the corner.
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