It’s time for the ax to begin to fall, as the Orioles made their first cuts of spring training on Thursday. The team sent five players to minor league camp, including two promising pitchers.
Among those cut were left-handed pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez and right-handed pitcher Mike Wright. Many consider them to be the organization’s top pitching prospects behind Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman.
Three other players were sent to the minors as well.
Catcher Allan de San Miguel didn’t end up playing in any Grapefruit League games for the O’s as he was with the World Baseball Classic’s Team Australia.
Catcher Luis Martinez did not play in a game because of a strained left oblique and left-hander Zach Braddock is still recovering from shoulder surgery.
Baseball America lists Rodriguez, 19, as the team’s fifth-best prospect after going 5-7 with a 3.70 ERA over 22 starts for Class A Delmarva.
“He wasn’t here with a chance to make the club. When we looked at guys who could benefit from being here, he was one of them because of all the things we could expose him to,” said Orioles Manager Buck Showalter. “I asked him, ‘Okay, why do you think you were here? What did you gain, what did you see?’
“And when he said, ‘The best pitchers are the ones that work the hardest,’ I said, ‘Okay, you are getting it.’”
The Orioles now have 56 players in camp, including 16 non-roster invitees.