SARASOTA (WJZ) – Orioles’ showdown against Minnesota featured a lot of early runs, which was good for the players but bad for the team’s pitchers.
That includes top pitch prospect Grayson Rodriguez.
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Former Orioles slugger Mark Trumbo with the group for pre-match instruction and they hit the shot in the first round.
Batman Austin Hays with bases lined up lines to the left to bring back Cedric Mullins and Trey Mancini and the O got four runs in the first.
Minor league rising star Grayson Rodriguez came on in the third round. He outstripped the Twins’ lineup with three quick appearances.
But Rodriguez ran into trouble in the next inning.
The Twins have twice tagged him with scoring runs — twice on both. Four allowable runs lead to an early exit.
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I spoke with Rodriguez about how he handles the expectations and attention that comes with being the top pitching prospect in all of baseball.
“I try not to notice a lot of that,” says Rodriguez. “In my eyes, I am just like everyone else. I’m just a pitcher out there trying to throw as many innings as they need that day. “
Rodriguez says he doesn’t care what people say or anything on social media.
“I think Grayson’s got a lot of confidence… He’s getting into it all right now and I think yes – he’s highly gifted in baseball,” Orioles Director Brandon Hyde told WJZ.
General manager Mike Elias remains open to the possibility of Rodriguez playing in the big team of the tournament next season.
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His job in Florida is the next step in his journey to the big leagues.
https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2022/03/21/orioles-prospect-pitcher-grayson-rodriguez-could-be-tapped-to-play-in-the-big-leagues/ Orioles prospect Grayson Rodriguez could be tapped to play in the big leagues – CBS Baltimore