2022 Baltimore Projected Starters Staff

March 21, 2022 at 2:44 pm.


1B     Ryan Mountcastle — 57 extra-base hits last year; only Eddie Murray and Cal Ripken Jr. had more as Baltimore rookies.

2B     Rougned Odor — One-dimensional power hitter; will share time with walk-averse speedster Jorge Mateo.

SS     Ramon Urias — Led AL rookies in OBP last season; Richie Martin still around, but offensively challenged.

3B     Kelvin Gutierrez —  Batted .290 last September; has not hit more than 11 homers in pro ball.

LF     Austin Hays — Crushes left-handed pitching; uses plus arm well from either outfield corner.

CF     Cedric Mullins — Statcast darling; delivered Orioles’ first 30/30 season ever in 2021, after 72 OPS-plus in first 15 games.

RF     Anthony Santander — Only Chris Davis has hit more homers onto Eutaw Street outside Camden Yards; .286 OBP last year suggests regression.

C       Jacob Nottingham — Solid defensive catcher; signed minor-league deal to be place-holder until uber-prospect Adley Rutschman arrives.

DH    Trey Mancini — Encouraging production after missing 2020 season; hit 35 homers three years ago.


LH     John Means — Superb changeup, pitch-ability key for guy who served up 30 homers last year.

RH     Jordan Lyles — Entering age-31 season coming off first 30-start year; relies heavily on slider.

LH     Bruce Zimmermann — Not much margin for error for Braves’ discard; pitches backwards to get to 91-mph heat.

LH     Keegan Akin — Has 6.19 ERA in 32 MLB games; hard-hit rate against him dropped by 6 percent last year.

LH     Zac Lowther — Flashed big potential before 2020 COVID shutdown; needs to regain confidence.


RH     Cole Sulser (closer) — Second-best changeup in MLB last year, according to Fangraphs; tough on both righties and lefties.

RH     Tyler Wells — Gave up lowest batting average last year by O’s rookie since Gregg Olson in 1989; mid-90s heat and three-pitch mix.

RH     Tanner Scott — Works with hard slider, 97 mph heat; too often falls behind in count.