As the calendar pages turn to the first day of March, most teams around the majors have already played five or six games, gearing up for the regular season a bit earlier than previous years.
Usually, spring training games do not begin until the first week of March. However, this year is a bit different due to the World Baseball Classic—Major League Baseball scheduled games to start earlier this season—and the Baltimore Orioles are off to a flying start.
Through their first six games, the Black and Orange have posted a 5-1 record, and although it's only spring training, and records do not matter, it's still encouraging that they have gotten off to the right start.
In fact, they strung together five consecutive victories to open spring training. The Twins handed them their first loss Thursday afternoon, 7-1.
Of course, records in spring training are like stolen bases—when a team is up by six runs, no one really pays attention.
So far, the Birds have played six of the 33 games scheduled this spring training (one was rained out against the Pirates). Although it's still early, and teams might not be fielding their "best" team per se, if you're an Orioles fan, it's been a great first week of baseball already!
Over the first six days of training camp, there have been a couple of standout players, both offensively and on the mound. First, I'll highlight some of the offensive breakout stars, and then I'll round out the rest of the piece with a couple of hurlers who have turned heads on the rubber.
Some of these names you might be familiar with. However, there are a couple of names on the list who might be a surprise, or even someone who you have not heard about yet.
Check out my list and let me know what you think.