How a stronger, determined Hudson Haskin made an impact in his Orioles spring debut
With a home run in his first game over from minor league camp, the Orioles outfield prospect gave a reminder that he's not to be forgotten
Sarasota, Florida — Coming out of a Bowie season in which Hudson Haskin boasted an .822 OPS with 15 home runs, he had the opportunity to set a clear course for this progress up an increasingly-crowded Orioles outfield depth chart.
Given the center field depth in the minors, Haskin needed to improve his offensive profile in order to be able to meet the high offensive threshold for a corner outfielder.
His home run Monday in the Orioles’ split-squad win over Detroit, which came in Haskin’s first spring at-bat with the major league team, showed the work he did in that area is paying off.
“I think it’s been my most productive offseason yet,” Haskin told me last week at Twin Lakes Park. “I spent a lot of time on my nutrition, making sure that I was fueling my body with the right stuff. I spent a lot of time in the weight room, just trying to become stronger and allow my body to hold up better over the course of the season—and also just continued to work on some adjustments with my swing that I feel like I needed to make. All in all, I think it was really good. I’m just excited to get back out on the field and play games and let that come to fruition.”