Orioles P&C report
Greetings from Sarasota, where the Orioles will open Spring Training with their first workout for pitchers and catchers tomorrow. There’s a large group of guys here already, probably close to 30 total, and a good portion of position players here early.
*Among them is new Orioles outfielder Hyun-Soo Kim —who has been in the United States since January 23—as he starts the process of getting acclimated to Major League Baseball. Asked if he was nervous while standing in front of a large media scrum, Kim quipped: “a lot” and made several jokes with interpreter Danny Lee by his side.
The 28-year-old Kim, signed to a two-year, $7-million contract this offseason, is projected to be the O’s starting left fielder and the left-handed bat brings an impressive resume from the Korean Baseball Organization. But the transition to MLB is still a big one and Kim spent the first two weeks in the country working with vice president of baseball operations Brady Anderson on his conditioning before arriving in Florida a week ago.
“[It helped] very much,” Kim, speaking through Lee, said of his first taste of how the O’s do things. “Working with Brady in California, the way the procedures of the workouts here about 90 percent of the things [I’m doing in Spring Training] are about what I did with Brady. About 10 percent of the things additionally I did here. So it was very easy to adapt.”
I’ll have more from Kim shortly on Orioles.com
*Some other position players I saw: J.J. Hardy, Ryan Flaherty, Steve Tolleson, Christian Walker, Dariel Alvarez, Henry Urrutia, LJ Hoes, Xavier Avery.