2019 Orioles Preview
As things begin to wind down in Sarasota, the 2019 Orioles are preparing to play their season opener against the New York Yankees. During the Offseason, we saw the Orioles hire former assistant GM Mike Elias to be the new General Manager and Analytics Guru Sig Mejdal to start a rebuild for the Baltimore organization. Elias has quite a task ahead of him when it comes to re-branding and building a playoff contender in Baltimore and with a roster completely devoid of star power, Elias and new Manager Brandon Hyde, will have to develop the old-fashioned way; the farm system. With, virtually, every spot up for grabs, these young Orioles see an opportunity to become new stars for a team looking for an identity, looking to find the Oriole way. If there is any division to test a rather green MLB lineup, The A.L. East is the one to do it in. The Red Sox are coming in as defending World Series champions and still boast two MVP contenders in Mookie Betts (2018 A.L. MVP) and J.D. Martinez in their lineup and of course The Yankees with Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and emerging star Gleyber Torres. There is no analyst that believes this Orioles team will even finish 4th in this division, considering they didn’t add to a sub-par pitching staff and will struggle to put runs on the board. However, this season isn’t about where the Orioles finish but how they look at the end of game 162. Mike Elias, Sig Mejdal and Brandon Hyde know what exactly they have signed up for and the one positive aspect you can already take this early in the process is that they are committed to building this team for the long haul. Expect to see the Orioles lineup change repeatedly over the course the season as they see who’s developing properly, who needs to be traded or released; fact of the matter is that this team is going to be bad for at least the next 2 years before we see any real progress towards, at least, a Wild Card contender. It will be difficult for the new staff to develop these young players and all the while try and keep the fans interested in the process. It takes some organizations years before they realize they have to embrace and fully rebuild but The Orioles seem like they have. Rebuilds are tough and uncertain but I’ll take a serious playoff contender at the end of this over the 5 or so years it may take to get there. Potential Breakout Players: Dylan Bundy, P (because he has too) Chance Cisco, C (injured, should arrive by June) Richie Martin, SS Yusniel Diaz, OF Projected record: 60-102
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Born and raised in Baltimore, graduate of Woodlawn High school and graduate of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Avid Orioles and Ravens fan since day 1 and just all around sports junkie. I’ve been writing articles for 2 years now and I also host my podcast “Live from the hammock” on Facebook and Youtube during the NFL season. Follow me for all things Ravens and Orioles and my articles on Instagram (agent_beige) and Twitter (@miwelsthegreat).