Winners and Losers of 2023 Spring Training Camp
- Reid Detmers – After being demoted in the middle of the season, Reid Detmers improved his slider by three miles per hour and appeared to be a different pitcher when he returned. It has been said that his slider has gained an additional three miles per hour in velocity in spring, and the same can be said for his fastball.
- Alec Bohm – Graham Ashcraft, who already possesses a cutter that frequently reaches triple digits, changed the grip on his slider this spring, and the whiffs that were lacking during his rookie season have started to flow in.
- Ke’Bryan Hayes – Similar to Alec Bohm, Ke’Bryan Hayes has improved his turning on the ball this spring, which has enabled him to generate more power from the premium exit velocities he has been achieving. The manager, Derek Shelton, says that improving timing was the key to his success in pulling the ball in the air.
- Matthew Boyd – The former strikeout artist has returned from flexor tendon surgery with a new and improved changeup, which should help keep batters off his fastball as his slider continues to rack up strikeouts. The former strikeout artist had 238 strikeouts in 2019.
- Josiah Gray – This spring, Josiah Gray has not allowed a single home run, which is a remarkable turnaround considering that he allowed a league-high 38 home runs in the previous season. It is possible that this is not a fluke. He has been throwing a cutter more frequently in an effort to keep batters off his fastball, which was hit hard during the previous season.
- Anthony Rendon – After suffering through two injury-plagued seasons, the once-revered stud was in danger of being forgotten in fantasy baseball, despite the fact that third base was in such short supply. Because of how loud his spring has been, he has been given a second look.
- Jared Shuster – Even once Kyle Wright is back, it appears more likely that the rookie left-hander Jared Shuster will remain in the rotation than it is that Dylan Dodd will take this slot. Nonetheless, it is possible that Dylan Dodd will take this spot. Because he is so good at hiding the ball, his changeup is a true weapon, and the rest of his repertoire plays up to its full potential as a result.
- Jack Flaherty – Jack Flaherty’s spring only led to the idea that his career is in free decline, and it culminated with him being on the losing end of a 24-1 drubbing at the hands of the Astros. This is similar to what happened with Berrios.
- Grayson Rodriguez – Rodriguez was expected to be the fifth starter for the Orioles when training camp began, but his performance this spring was so lackluster that the Orioles were left with little alternative but to send the top pitching prospect in the industry down to the minors. Mike Elias, the general manager of the team, said, “I wasn’t anticipating this, and we were hoping that he would show up as a better version of himself than I think we received here.”
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