We are now just a few days away from a new minor league season. Tuesday is opening day and there will be Minor League Baseball for the first time since the 2019 season.
Today, we have the Orioles’ break-camp rosters for their four full-season affiliates at Triple-A Norfolk, Double-A Bowie, high Single-A Aberdeen and low Single-A Delmarva. They all begin their 120 game seasons on Tuesday. The rosters, as always, are subject to last-minute changes and the opening day rosters will be announced Tuesday.
Norfolk will open on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. at Jacksonville, Bowie opens at Altoona at 6 p.m., Aberdeen opens at Wilmington at 7:05 p.m. and Delmarva will host Salem at 7:05 p.m.
Triple-A and Double-A rosters are set for 28 players this year, although Triple-A clubs can essentially have 33, allowing for as many as five to be gone at various times as part of the big league club’s taxi squad. The Triple-A clubs must designate 28 players to be active for each game. The roster limit for A-ball teams is 30.
As expected, the O’s No. 1 prospect, catcher Adley Rutschman, will begin at Bowie and so will DL Hall. Grayson Rodriguez will start at Aberdeen. Three of the O’s six 2020 draft picks will begin the year at Delmarva, as will Gunnar Henderson.
Pitchers: Fernando Abad, Keegan Akin, Manny Barreda, Cody Carroll, Claudio Custodio, Marcos Diplán, Thomas Eshelman, Jay Flaa, Conner Greene, Eric Hanhold, Mickey Jannis, Dusten Knight, Zac Lowther, Isaac Mattson, Evan Phillips, Josh Rogers, Konnor Wade, Spenser Watkins, Alexander Wells
Catchers: Brett Cumberland, Taylor Davis, Austin Wynns
Infielders: Rylan Bannon, Jahmai Jones, Richie Martin, Mason McCoy, Seth Mejias-Brean, Tyler Nevin, Ryan Ripken
Outfielders: Yusniel Diaz, Ryan McKenna, Chris Shaw, Stevie Wilkerson
Pitchers: Diogenes Almengo, Cameron Bishop, Kyle Bradish, Tyler Erwin, Gray Fenter, DL Hall, Brenan Hanifee, William Hayes, Tyler Joyner, Steven Klimek, David Lebron, Tim Naughton, Ofelky Peralta, Cody Sedlock, Kevin Smith, Nick Vespi
Catchers: Chris Hudgins, Adley Rutschman
Infielders: Malquin Canelo, Patrick Dorrian, Juan Escarra, Cadyn Grenier, Alexis Torres, Terrin Vavra, Willy Yahn
Outfielders: Jaylen Ferguson, Zach Jarrett, Robert Neustrom
HIGH SINGLE-A ABERDEEN
Pitchers: Felix Bautista, Kyle Brnovich, Garrett Farmer, Connor Gillispie, Blaine Knight, Dallas Litscher, Easton Lucas, Kevin Magee, Clayton McGinness, Morgan McSweeney, Jonathan Pendergast, Grayson Rodriguez, Drew Rom, Nick Roth, Garrett Stallings, Kade Strowd, Ryan Wilson
Catchers: Christopher Burgess, Maverick Handley, Cody Roberts
Infielders: Andrew Daschbach, AJ Graffanino, Adam Hall, Andrew Martinez, Joey Ortiz, Toby Welk
Outfielders: Shayne Fontana, Kyle Stowers, Johnny Rizer, Zach Watson
LOW SINGLE-A DELMARVA
Pitchers: Ryan Conroy, Shane Davis, Noah Denoyer, Jensen Elliott, Ignacio Feliz, Thomas Girard, Jack Lyons, Kyle Martin, Griffin McLarty, Xavier Moore, Zachary Peek, Shelton Perkins, Jack Prizina, Leonardo Rodriguez, Houston Roth, Adam Stauffer, Ryan Watson, Brandon Young
Catchers: Jordan Cannon, Ramon Rodriguez
Infielders: Gunnar Henderson, Darell Hernaiz, J.D. Mundy, Anthony Servideo, Jordan Westburg
Outfielders: Jean Carlos Encarnacion, Dylan Harris, Hudson Haskin, Trevor Kehe, Doran Turchin
O’s pitching prospect Mike Baumann is not on a roster right now. Baumann, ranked as the Orioles’ No. 8 prospect both by Baseball America and MLBPipeline.com, remains in Sarasota and we should get more clarity on his status early next week. He was shut down at the alternate site late last August with a right flexor strain, but he was pitching at spring training.
He went 7-6 with a 2.98 ERA in 2019 between then Single-A Frederick and Bowie. When the 2019 season ended, Baumann and Rodriguez shared the Jim Palmer Award as the O’s co-Pitchers of the Year on the farm.
The Orioles will maintain an extended spring training roster of about 60 players in Florida. This group will be available to provide any additions that the full-season clubs may need and some of these players will later be part of the two teams and rosters the Orioles will field at the Rookie level that starts in late June known formerly as the Gulf Coast League.