A scene that took place behind closed doors, so I didn’t actually witness it: Hall of Famer Frank Robinson talking to the team before the workout. His retired number hangs on a wall.
Brandon Snyder slipped a catcher’s mitt onto his hand while standing at this locker. He’s still getting some work behind the plate.
“It’s going good,” he said. “I’ve been kind of alternating every other day from first base to catcher, and it’s just catching bullpens now and trying to get myself to feel much more comfortable, to where if they need me to come into a game, I could catch. And I feel like right now I could do that for sure.”
Snyder also has played third base in his professional career and will take ground balls at the hot corner this spring. But the Orioles don’t want to overload him with another responsibility this early in camp.
“They said at some point I will, but because of having to do two, they’re not really trying to push me to three yet,” Snyder said. “I think third for me is a little bit more of a comfortable position for me than first. That’s kind of the last one. It’s just about getting my arm conditioned, which catching is doing. I don’t think it will be an issue.”
Chris Tillman devoted part of last year’s camp to developing a cut fastball, which he used more regularly as the season wound down. He went 1-1 with a 4.18 ERA in five September starts.
“It was a new pitch for me,” Tillman said. “That was my best pitch at the end of last year, when I had that good stretch. That was probably the pitch I would go to. And I have a lot of confidence in it. I’ve been throwing it well in my bullpens.”