The Z Files: Monitoring American League Camps

The Z Files: Monitoring American League Camps

This article is part of our The Z Files series.

It won't be long before we're getting reports on actual baseball. While this is obviously welcome, the news will be tempered as it will emanate from closed workouts and intrasquad scrimmages. That's understandable, as the current conditions preclude exhibition games, with the exception of an allowed three-game set right before the season commences. Still, gathering actionable information will be a chore the next few weeks.

Of course, most clubs won't be waging many position or rotation battles since the regulars will require every bit of summer camp just to get ready for the regular season. While it would have been nice to see Jo Adell or Spencer Howard's name in exhibition box scores, word should leak out with respect to their participation in team drills, bullpen sessions and intrasquad games.

With just 60 games on the schedule, every plate appearance and inning pitched is magnified in importance. Mike Trout missing a few games on paternity leave wouldn't move the needle in a standard season, but it could drop him out of the top five in the impending truncated campaign. Here are some things to monitor in the American League camps. The Senior Circuit will be reviewed later in the week.

Baltimore Orioles

Does Ryan Mountcastle get added to the 30-man roster, and if he does, will he be the regular first baseman?

Where do Austin Hays and Anthony Santander hit in the order? Overall, the Orioles will be a second-division offense, but they have some thump at the top

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Todd Zola
Todd has been writing about fantasy baseball since 1997. He won NL Tout Wars and Mixed LABR in 2016 as well as a multi-time league winner in the National Fantasy Baseball Championship. Todd is now setting his sights even higher: The Rotowire Staff League. Lord Zola, as he's known in the industry, won the 2013 FSWA Fantasy Baseball Article of the Year award and was named the 2017 FSWA Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year. Todd is a five-time FSWA awards finalist.
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