Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Rule 5 pick T.J. McFarland stood out among those that threw bullpen sessions Wednesday.
"He was impressive," Showalter said. "It's kind of nice. You see so much tape of these guys coming in and you read so many reports, and to be able to actually see them live, it's always a different look. Quickly, you can see why he's had success, the deception he has in his delivery." While it's good that McFarland has fared well early on in camp, the reality is that he held an uninspiring 4.03 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 96/45 K/BB ratio across 163 innings between Double- and Triple-A last season. He's competing for a rotation spot but will be lucky to win a long relief role.