Smith in awe of O's bat strength

Smith in awe of O's bat strength

SARASOTA -- Orioles outfielder Seth Smith said earlier this week he's looking forward to being a part of Baltimore's powerful lineup.

"It is fun," said Smith, who was acquired from Seattle in the offseason trade that sent Yovani Gallardo to the Mariners. "I've enjoy watching the Orioles kind of do their thing for a while now, and to be a part of it is going to be fun."

Adding Smith should give the Orioles a better on-base component when he's in the lineup, with the 34-year-old posting a .342 on-base percentage in 438 plate appearances this past season.

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Smith also has some pop, homering in four consecutive games against the O's in 2016 and totaling 12 of his 16 homers at pitcher-friendly Safeco Field.

"At this point, I am the kind of player that I am," Smith said. That's what I'm going to try to bring every day and do the best I can, and if that's getting on base, great. If I can hit a couple homers like the rest of the guys, that would be good, too."

Ynoa looking for a chance

New Orioles pitcher Gabriel Ynoa, one of several slated to pitch in Tuesday's first intrasquad game, is hoping to make a good first impression in camp.

Ynoa, who was traded from the Mets right before Spring Training started, made his debut with New York last season and had a 6.38 ERA in 10 appearances (three starts). He struck out 17 batters and walked seven with 26 hits allowed.

"I learned how to pitch better," Ynoa said through interpreter Ramon Alarcon of his 2016 season. "Hopefully I'll continue to learn that over here with the pitching coaches, their teachings. I'm also trying to get quick outs. I see something that's an area I can improve upon."

Ynoa said he's already meshed well with his new organization, and he knows that to stick as a Major League pitcher, he has to improve his breaking ball. Still, the O's like the potential upside of the 23-year-old hurler.

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.