Showalter: Keeping both Verrett, Garcia difficult

Club likes Rule 5 pitchers, but carrying pair on roster would affect bullpen, staff

Showalter: Keeping both Verrett, Garcia difficult

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter acknowledged Sunday that it would require a trade for the Orioles to keep both Rule 5 Draft pitchers: Logan Verrett and Jason Garcia.

Of the two, Verrett -- who has allowed two earned runs over 12 innings -- appears to be the more likely player the O's will keep. They really like Garcia as well, but it would be tough to have two more players who are unable to be optioned in the 'pen without clearing a spot with a trade of another reliever. It would be difficult enough to just keep one.

Garcia and Verrett are ranked by as the Orioles' Nos. 24 and 25 prospects, respectively.

Garcia gets out of the jam

Verrett has impressed the O's, pounding the strike zone and issuing just one walk all spring, which came back on March 3.

"He's been as advertised completely," Showalter said. "I'm a little surprised he's been just as advertised. Strike-thrower. The whole camp, I've been really surprised by the velocity."

Verrett has been up a tick, hitting 93 mph at times, and Showalter said he had to go back and look at the Rule 5 reports to see if that was what the O's had.

"So many of the guys in the Rule 5 have been hurt, or they're a 'tweener," Showalter said. "It's going to be hard to carry [Garcia and Verrett]. It affects the rest of the bullpen and our staff if we carry them."

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.