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February 3, 2011

The full spring training roster (including invitees such as Randy Winn)

The Orioles have announced their big-league spring training roster.

It includes everyone on the 40-man roster and 16 additional invites. We’ve told you most of the non-roster invitees previously, but there were three we hadn’t mentioned: 36-year-old outfielder Randy Winn, 34-year-old right-hander Ryan Drese and righty prospect Wynn Pelzer, whom the Orioles acquired last July from San Diego for Miguel Tejada.

Winn has played 13 seasons in the big leagues, and was an all-star in 2002. Drese most recently pitched for the Washington Nationals. He most recently made nine starts in the Mexican Winter League.

Pitchers and catchers report Feb.14 and then have their initial workout that day. The first workout for hitters is Feb. 21 (many of the guys come in earlier than that). The mandatory reporting date for all players is Feb. 26.

You can throw Justin Duchscherer’s name into the mix below as the final member of the 40-man roster, assuming his physical went well and his contract is soon announced.

The 40-man roster guys are as follows:
Pitchers (20): Jeremy Accardo, Jake Arrieta, Brad Bergesen, Jason Berken, Zach Britton, Brandon Erbe, Michael Gonzalez, Kevin Gregg, Jeremy Guthrie, Jim Johnson, Luis Lebron, Brian Matusz, Troy Patton, Adrian Rosario, Alfredo Simon, Chorye Spoone, Chris Tillman, Koji Uehara, Rick VandenHurk and Pedro Viola.

Catchers (3): Jake Fox, Craig Tatum and Matt Wieters.

Infielders (10): Robert Andino, Josh Bell, Pedro Florimon, J.J. Hardy, Cesar Izturis, Derrek Lee, Joseph Mahoney, Mark Reynolds, Brian Roberts and Brandon Snyder.

Outfielders (6): Matt Angle, Adam Jones, Nick Markakis, Felix Pie, Nolan Reimold and Luke Scott.

And here are all of the non-roster invitees. The Orioles still could add to this list in the next week:

Pitchers (8): Mitch Atkins, Ryan Drese, Armando Gabino, Mark Hendrickson, Wynn Pelzer, Clay Rapada, Raul Rivero and Josh Rupe.

Catchers (3): Adam Donachie, Michel Hernandez and Caleb Joseph

Infielders (4): Ryan Adams, Nick Green, Brendan Harris and Tyler Henson.

Outfielders (1): Randy Winn

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Posted by Dan Connolly at 5:26 PM | | Comments (12)


Hey Dan C,

I keep on seeing Tyler Henson listed as an infielder. Now, while I hear that he has a cannon for an arm, his footwork is/was terrible for a 3rd baseman. When I saw him play, he was an athletic looking left fielder with a lot of potential, imo. Anyway, why is he being listed as infielder, when I think his future lies in the outfield? Thanks ahead of time!

I'm sure he'll see time both in the infield and outfield this spring. It doesn't really matter where he's listed. It is pretty clear if he's at Triple-A, he'll probably have to play outfield because Bell and Snyder will probably be regular starters on the infield corners.

I take it Buck wants a slim camp so expected major leaguers have lots of opportunity to get plenty of instruction the Showalter way.

Thanks for the break down of the 40 Man Dan. After September, I get lost with all the moves.

If you had to guess/speculate, IF the O's were to add Vlad, who do you think the O's would remove from the 40?

Jeff Z's reply: Tough to speculate on this; however, Pedro Viola could obviously be in jeopardy. The Orioles have added several left-handed relievers that would appear to be ahead of VIola on depth chart.

Aside from Mark Hendrickson, are there any non-roster invitees you expect could either crack the opening day roster or make a major league impact at some point this season, a la corey patterson last year?

Jeff Z's reply: It wouldn't surprise me if Rapada makes the Opening Day roster.


To follow up on squirrel...

Is it possible that after ST, Mahoney overtakes Snyder on the 1B pecking order? Mahoney's performing betetr than Snyder lately.

Or would that send a bad vibe to Snyder, and potentially decrease any trade value if it came to that?

It's possible. This is a big spring and season for Snyder.

I think you made a mistake: Isn't that the '27 Yankees roster, or the '54 Indians,cesits or the "70 Orioles? Or is it the '64 Mets?

Hello, Dan/Jeff.

I see Pelzer's name on the invitee list. I haven't heard his name mentioned since he was acquired for Tejada. How did he do last year after we got him? Is he in our future? Thanks in advance, guys. Come on, Opening Day!!!

Jeff Z's reply: Pelzer went 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA in 10 appearances, including one start, for Double-A Bowie. He's got some potential for a future bullpen role, but consistency and control are issues.

Glad to see Angle and Mahoney got ST invites. i predict that Angle will open some eyes in ST. yes, he doesn't hit for power but he's an excellent OF has a good OBP and can steal bases.

Hopefully big Joe can make in impression and put himself in line for the 1stbase job next year.

My surprise player in the minors this year will be Tyler Townsend. he has a sweet swing,all he has to do is stay on the field. Wouldn't mind seeing Kalid Joseph emerge as the BU catcher also.

Dan Tatum will probably be the backup catcher coming out of spring training because of his good defense. Fox is a little more versitale because he plays multiple positions, but is below average at most of them-he's a jack of all trades. Do you think there is room for him, assuming that Showalter would perfer Tatum for his superior defense? if not, would he be released or demoted?


Fox is versatile. And he is out of options. I'm sure he'll get a long look to prove he deserves to be on a major-league roster. The backup catcher/bench battle will be one to watch this spring.

I would think that Simon would go before Viola!


Orioles likely won't do anything with Simon until Feb. 26, when he can be placed on the resticted list. Guerrero likely will sign -- with some team -- by then.

Alfredo Simon in memoriam only...

If Randy Winn and Wynn Pelzer both make the team, it'll be a win-win for the Orioles. On the other hand, if neither make it, it's a no-win situation.

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A Baltimore native, Dan Connolly has been covering sports for 14 years, and baseball and the Orioles for 10 seasons, including the past six with The Sun. His first year covering baseball on a daily basis was Cal Ripken Jr.'s final season as a player. It's believed that is just a coincidence.

Steve Gould is an assistant sports editor for The Sun, overseeing Orioles coverage. The Columbia native joined The Sun as a sports copy editor in 2006 after graduating from the University of Maryland.

Peter Schmuck has been covering baseball for a lot longer than Steve Gould has been on this earth. He is now a general sports columnist, but has been a beat writer covering three major league teams (the Dodgers, Angels and Orioles) and also spent a decade as the Sun's national baseball writer. If you want more of his insight on the Orioles and other sports issues, check out his personal blog -- The Schmuck Stops Here.

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