Do any non-roster players have a chance with Orioles?

Do any non-roster players have a chance with Orioles?
January 9, 2014, 12:45 pm
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Hall of Fame voter Mark Zuckerman on the 2014 class

The Orioles have 39 players on their 40-man roster and they’ve been adding to their spring training invitees regularly.

Last week, the Orioles signed outfielder Quintin Berry to a minor league contract. Earlier this week, they re-signed pitchers Eddie Gamboa and Zach Clark, but Clark isn’t being given a spring training invite.

Last month, they signed first baseman Chris Marrero, outfielder Xavier Paul, infielder Ivan DeJesus, Jr. and pitcher Fabio Castillo.

The Orioles may also invite outfielder Julio Borbon, who was selected in the Triple-A portion of the Rule 5 draft. Infielder Cord Phelps, who was outrighted to Norfolk last month, but was briefly on the 40-man roster, may also get a look. Catcher David Freitas, acquired in the Jim Johnson trade, will most likely get an invitation.

Others will surely be added to the list as well as some minor leaguers who don’t have to be placed on the 40-man roster. Pitchers Eduardo Rodriguez and Mike Wright were in camp a year ago. Perhaps Christian Walker, who played with Delmarva, Frederick and Bowie will come to camp, too. Walker was the Orioles’ fourth-round selection in the 2012 draft.

Catcher Caleb Joseph, who was not selected in the Rule 5 draft, will get a look. Joseph has been in camp the last few years.

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Do any of these players have a chance to make the Orioles?

Borbon and Paul are left-handed hitters. So is Berry, who has the added advantage of being an accomplished base stealer.

David Lough, acquired last month from Kansas City, is a left-handed hitter, and he has some speed. Lough is the presumed left fielder for now.

Paul has the most major league experience, five years, and Borbon has been in a World Series.

NOTE: The March 31 Orioles opener against the Boston Red Sox will be featured on ESPN2. Game time is 3:05 p.m.