Joe Strauss' skinny on the Orioles

April 03, 2000

Rich Amaral: Showed he still has legs at 38.

Brady Anderson: Swing hasn't suffered from damaged leg nerve, but has his range?

Harold Baines: He may be 41, but he's never cause for concern. Can he beat Albert Belle to 400 home runs?

Albert Belle: This offense can't function without him.

Mike Bordick: Spring was a success: He escaped the Fort Lauderdale Stadium infield alive.

Will Clark: The Sheriff found his rhythm the last week of camp. He was in voice the first day.

Jeff Conine: Third base experiment never got off the ground. Given chance, will hit.

Delino DeShields: Showed a powerful bat and fresher legs. OK, Syd, your move.

Scott Erickson: Disabled innings monster on pace for late-April return.

Jesus Garcia: Last week's acquisition of David Howard suggests lingering organizational doubt.

Buddy Groom: Inherits Jesse Orosco's role. Back stiffness has eased.

Jerry Hairston: Here today but probably gone next week. Has the game and instincts but needs concentration.

Charles Johnson: Showed a tighter, more explosive swing. Big year?

Calvin Maduro: Outpitched Jason Johnson to stick. Earns a break by missing Cleveland in first start.

Chuck McElroy: Receiving work won't be a problem.

Willie Morales: Seven years in the minors, still an unknown.

Mike Mussina: Has 31 wins and three DL stints the past two years. With 18 more wins, he breaks the bank.

Greg Myers: Powerful pull hitter should be a good fit in Camden Yards when he comes off the DL.

Sidney Ponson: A second consecutive uninspired spring. Time to bear down.

Pat Rapp: Endurance Rapper's biggest question.

Al Reyes: Saved his spot by closing hard the last two weeks.

Cal Ripken: The latest batting stance has yet to take. On hold for six months, the countdown resumes to 3,000.

B. J. Ryan: Not ready to close, but ready to impose.

B. J. Surhoff: Can he raise RBI total for a sixth straight year? Needs to beat 107.

Mike Timlin: Camp MVP. Carried over last season's confident second half.

Mike Trombley: Very effective down, a pinata up. Must stay away from right-field porch.

Tim Worrell: Never gave front office a reason not to purchase his contract.

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