Now that September is here, the Baltimore Orioles will be able to expand the roster to 40 players and that’s a good thing for a team in rebuild mode.
When a team is in rebuild mode, you have to look at every option on your roster and in the farm system. The Baltimore Orioles are at that point where they can call up some prospects that could help them in 2019 and beyond.
The good thing for Baltimore is that they have some players that they can look at now. Players like Austin Hays who we saw a little of in 2017, but has been hurt all summer is now healthy and should be part of September call-ups. Chance Sisco will probably get another crack for the Orioles even though he struggled a lot when he was in the big leagues for parts of the 2018 season.
I’d like to see D.J. Stewart, Ryan Mountcastle, Keegan Akin, Dillon Tate, and Branden Kline all make it to the Orioles expanded roster in September. It’ll give them a taste of the big leagues, but it will also show the Orioles who could be on the Opening Day roster.
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It’s not going to be an easy rebuild, but in the end, it’ll make the Orioles organization a winner again. Rebuilds with younger players bring energy to the team because everyone wants to win and will prove themselves and will work extra hard to bring a championship to that city.
I’m excited to see who actually does get called up when the Orioles roster does get expanded because we will be able to evaluate them against real major league pitching and how they adjust when they go through slumps.
Who do you want to see the Orioles call up when the roster expands to up to 40 players? Do you think they will be part of Opening Day 2019?