LAKELAND, Fla. -- Anthony Santander lost 15 pounds with the goal of being more agile in the outfield and making the Orioles' decision to keep the Rule 5 Draft pick an easy one. So far, so good.Santander, who still has Rule 5 status due to injuries last year, has been
LAKELAND, Fla. -- Anthony Santander lost 15 pounds with the goal of being more agile in the outfield and making the Orioles' decision to keep the Rule 5 Draft pick an easy one. So far, so good.
Santander, who still has Rule 5 status due to injuries last year, has been impressive in every sense this spring. The outfielder, who could see more playing time with Mark Trumbo's injury, is a lock to head north when the Orioles break camp.
"The main thing was trying to get my arm healthy, 100 percent healthy. That was one of the main things," Santander said through an interpreter, of his goal entering the spring. "Another thing was I lost some weight, which I was working on so I could be quicker on the field, with the whole purpose of helping the team for the upcoming season."
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Santander, 23, has watched teammates Manny Machado and Adam Jones get ready to play every day. It's that kind of preparation he's tried to emulate daily in Sarasota, whether he's playing the field, serving at designated hitter or getting the game off.
Using the extra at-bats in the Arizona Fall League to stay sharp, Santander is batting .315 with four homers and 16 RBIs in 22 Grapefruit League games.
"I feel very well, happy for the opportunity they are giving me," said Santander, the Orioles' No. 8 prospect. "I feel confident with my teammates, they allow me to be confident and go out there and have fun."
Araujo confident, looking to break camp
Pedro Araujo smiled. He didn't need an interpreter for this question from a reporter Monday morning.
Do you think you have a good chance of making the team?
"Yes" said Araujo, one of three Rule 5 pitchers in Orioles camp who is trying to stick this spring.
"I think it's going very well," he continued through interpreter Ramon Alarcon. "I'm very thankful for the opportunity that I received right now. I feel very proud of the work that I've been doing out there so far."
And with good reason. In seven games this spring, Araujo has allowed just two runs, both of which came March 9 against Toronto. He is looking more and more viable as a bullpen candidate this spring, with another scoreless inning Monday in the Orioles' 4-2 win over the Tigers.
"Nobody has said anything to me specifically, but I feel very confident," said Araujo, 24. "I think I have a good shot and hopefully it happens."
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The Orioles have been particularly pleased with Araujo's changeup, which could be a difference-maker when it comes to having success at the big league level.
"The trust is the main thing, having the trust that I can make the pitch that I can get guys out," he said. "The more experience I have, the more confident I feel that I can attack them."
• Danny Valencia was a late scratch from Monday's lineup with a sore calf.
• Gabriel Ynoa is looking more like he will start the season on the disabled list as the pitcher -- dealing with shin splints -- continues to be sidelined.
"It is disappointing," Ynoa said with Alarcon interpreting. "I had my mind set to compete, to try to win a job, an opportunity with the big league club. But I have to take it day by day and just get healthy."
Nestor Cortes Jr., the Orioles' Rule 5 pick from the Yankees, will start Tuesday's game. Rotation candidate Miguel Castro is also expected to pitch in the 6:05 p.m. ET home game against the Rays (watch live on MLB.TV).
Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.