FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter has been adamant about not passing judgment, positively or negatively, this early in Spring Training, although he acknowledged Thursday there will come a point when performance matters.
"[There's] not an exact date," Showalter said, "But you are watching [batting practice], especially the guys you don't know, you are always evaluating something. But as far as results and how it projects in the big leagues, we know where the finish line is."
With the World Baseball Classic lengthening Spring Training, several pitchers have been slow-played in camp, giving Showalter an opportunity to see some of the younger guys, including Rule 5 Draft pick T.J. McFarland. Asked if anyone had impressed him so far in camp, Showalter said yes.
"But none that I'd mention publicly," he said coyly. "It's early."
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