Orioles to hold January minicamp for pitchers

Orioles to hold January minicamp for pitchers
December 9, 2013, 8:00 pm
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(Associated Press)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The Orioles will hold a minicamp in Sarasota, Fla. from Jan. 13-16, manager Buck Showalter said.

The minicamp will probably include 15-20 players, mostly young pitchers. Any pitcher eligible for arbitration isn’t allowed to attend.

It will give new pitching coach Dave Wallace and his counterpart, bullpen coach Dom Chiti an opportunity to get to know some of the staff.

Brian Matusz won’t be able to attend because he’s arbitration eligible.

In the past two years, the camp had been held in Baltimore right before FanFest, but because that event isn’t until Feb. 1 and spring training starts less than two weeks later, there isn’t enough time between the two.

Manny Machado, who is rehabbing from right knee surgery, will also attend. Dylan Bundy should be throwing off flat ground by then, and he could attend.

Wallace and Chiti may visit California, where several players are working out with team executive Brady Anderson.

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In his first weeks as pitching coach, Wallace has studied his new staff intently.

“I’ve learned that there’s some talent that’s yet to be untapped,” Wallace said. “In today’s world, some guys have to learn at the major league level and that’s a process that’s more difficult than it sounds.

“You’re trying to compete on a winning ballclub yet you’re trying to learn your way and what it takes to pitch in the major leagues.”

Wallace is the fifth pitching coach in less than four seasons for the Orioles. That could be confusing for some pitchers.

“We know that is not easy,” Wallace said. “You hear so much and you have to process so much from so many people. We want to give them a total new mindset.”

Wallace wants the pitchers to give him and Chiti input.

“I’ve talked to just about all of them, and so far the response has been pretty positive about what the basic approach is,” Wallace said.