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Baltimore Orioles: 12 Breakout Candidates for Spring Training
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Every February, each MLB team enters spring training with question marks surrounding the exact composition of the team's roster, some clubs more so than others.

It can be uncertainty in who will take the final two spots in the pitching rotation, or the shortstop job is up for grabs—if you look around the MLB, you'll see at least one example of every situation each and every year.

For the Baltimore Orioles, though, things will be hectic this time around.

I can't say I've ever seen a situation like the one that is the O's spring training camp. The starting rotation has no one sure to be in it come Opening Day—all five spots are up for grabs. There are utility player battles, batting order battles and the starting second baseman job is there for the taking. The bullpen only has one or two guarantees.

Manager Buck Showalter has a lot of decision making to do. Fortunately for him, he'll have plenty of time to look at what he has and make up his mind.

Thankfully, even if the O's don't exactly have mega-quality at their spring training complex, they're loaded with quantity. And the more quantity you have, the greater your chances are of finding a gem, or "nugget," as Showalter likes to refer to it.

You could see the following players either break out as stars this spring training and into the regular season, prove to the Orioles' coaching staff that they belong on the team this April with an impressive spring, or fall somewhere in between.

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