Orioles release alternate training site roster

The Orioles basically are scattered in three areas this month, with the team in New York for the first road trip of the season, minor league players reporting to the Sarasota complex for the next wave of spring training and a group working out at the alternate camp site in Bowie.

Outfielder Heston Kjerstad remains on the outside. The plan calls for him to skip spring training and go directly to Prince George’s Stadium, but he hasn’t been cleared to participate.

Kjerstad was the second overall pick in the 2020 draft out of the University of Arkansas, but he never made it into the 60-player pool or fall instructional camp due to an episode of myocarditis, a viral infection that causes inflammation of the heart muscle.

“Much more fixated on having him join activities in Maryland at the time those open,” executive vice president/general manager Mike Elias said on March 10. “It’s something where he’s going to need a little bit more time after this layoff to go through a rehab protocol, to return to game shape, but we’re very hopeful that he’ll be able to do that this season and I know that we’re all eager to see him in action. I know he’s eager to join the activities finally after what he’s been through.”

Elias was hopeful that Kjerstad could report with everyone else, but warned about a possible delay “given some of the extra uncertainty that’s provided with a health situation like this in general, but also in context of the coronavirus atmosphere that we’ve all been living in.”

The secondary site holds 18 pitchers, four catchers, eight infielders and two outfields and exists primarily to get players ready for the Triple-A season that’s delayed a month.

Kjerstad is the exception, of course, because he didn’t play or work out last summer or fall.

The Orioles can’t determine where to assign Kjerstad for his first professional season until getting their eyes on him. He could go to the Complex League in Florida or one of the Single-A affiliates.

The first task is getting him on the field.

Cumberland-Tagged-Out-ST-Orange-Sidebar.jpgBrett Cumberland is in the catching group, an indication that the Orioles intend to start him with the Tides. He’s joined in camp by veterans Austin Wynns, Nick Ciuffo and Taylor Davis.

Reliever Cole Sulser is reporting to camp after the Orioles optioned him yesterday to create a roster spot for Shawn Armstrong.

Ryan Ripken also received an invitation. He appeared in 30 games with Double-A Bowie in 2019.

Pitching prospects Michael Baumann and Alexander Wells aren’t in Bowie. They stayed back in Sarasota.

Here’s the full roster:

Fernando Abad
Keegan Akin
Cody Carroll
Marcos Diplán
Thomas Eshelman
Jay Flaa
Conner Greene
Eric Hanhold
Mickey Jannis
Travis Lakins Sr.
Zac Lowther
Isaac Mattson
Zach Muckenhirn
Evan Phillips
Josh Rogers
Cole Sulser
Konner Wade
Spenser Watkins

Nick Ciuffo
Brett Cumberland
Taylor Davis
Austin Wynns

Rylan Bannon
Jahmai Jones
Richie Martin
Mason McCoy
Seth Mejias-Brean
Tyler Nevin
Ryan Ripken
Stevie Wilkerson

Yusniel Diaz
Chris Shaw

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