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The Baltimore Orioles will be giving top prospect Jackson Holliday a lot of work at second base during Spring Training, in addition to his usual spot at shortstop. General manager Mike Elias stated that the team wants to build Holliday's experience on either side of the second base bag. The Orioles have a surplus of infield talent, including Gunnar Henderson and Jordan Westburg, who can handle either position on the left side. Elias mentioned that the team would like a left-handed hitter to factor into the second base mix, potentially giving Holliday an opportunity against tough right-handed starters.
Baltimore will take advantage of exhibition play to get the 2022 #1 pick experience at both middle infield spots.
The Orioles' infield talent may push last year's Opening Day shortstop, Jorge Mateo, out of the regular lineup. However, Mateo will still remain on the roster and will see playing time in the outfield during Spring Training as he prepares for a utility role. The team is looking to give Holliday and other prospects the opportunity to develop their skills and potentially earn a spot on the Opening Day roster.
The glut of infield talent should push last year's Opening Day shortstop, Jorge Mateo, out of the regular lineup.