The Orioles’ strength led to 101 wins and the American League East title. It was also featured in nominations for the All-MLB team.
Six Orioles were among the nominees for an award that recognizes the best players based on their position in the majors and does not distinguish between the American and national leagues, as most other awards do.
There will be first- and second-team honorees, with one player in each infield spot selected and designated hitter, along with three outfielders, five starters and two relievers for each team. Determination of the All-MLB team is split a fan vote and a media panel, the winners of which will be announced on December 16th.
Here are the nominees for the Orioles’ All-MLB team.
Baltimore’s second-year backstop was also a finalist for the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger Awards. He led all qualified primary catchers in games played (154), walk rate (13.4%), strikeout rate (14.7%), weighted runs plus (127), on-base percentage (.374), hits (163), walks (92) and RBIs (80), while ranking second in doubles (31), average (.277) and OPS (.809).
Shortstop Gunnar Henderson
Henderson split his outstanding rookie season between shortstop and third and is nominated for the former. Henderson’s 28 home runs, .489 slugging percentage and .814 OPS make him one of the top five shortstops this season. The 22-year-old is the front-runner for AL Rookie of the Year after receiving similar honors from the Major League Baseball Players Association, Sporting News and Baseball Digest.
Outfielder Anthony Santander
Santander led all Orioles with 95 RBIs and was tied with Henderson for the team lead with 28 home runs, while his .472 slugging percentage trailed only the star rookie among Baltimore’s skilled hitters. But the switch-hitter’s numbers pale in comparison to most of the game’s other top outfielders. Santander led all qualified outfielders with 41 doubles, and he ranked 10th among qualified outfielders in RBIs, but those were the only key metrics he cracked the top 10 in.
Starting pitcher Kyle Bradish
In his second major league season, Bradish emerged as the Orioles’ best starter and one of the best in baseball. He ranked fourth among qualified starters with a 2.83 ERA and 1.043 WHIP. He also ranked seventh with a .213 batting average allowed, and only two pitchers allowed fewer home runs per inning than the Baltimore right-hander. AL Cy Young Award frontrunner Gerrit Cole was the only pitcher with more starts of at least six innings and fewer runs allowed than Bradish’s 17.
Helper Félix Bautista
Bautista put together one of the sport’s most dominant seasons before suffering a season-ending elbow injury in late August that required a Tommy John elbow reconstruction and will force him to miss 2024 as well. Previously, Bautista had a 1.48 ERA and 33 saves with 110 strikeouts in 61 innings pitched. His 46.4% strikeout rate was the sixth highest of any qualified reliever in major league history.
Helper Yennier Cano
Cano did not make the Orioles’ opening night roster. Now that he’s been named to the AL’s All-Star squad, he could also make an All-MLB team. Cano proved to be an important reliever for Baltimore, setting a franchise record by striking out his first 24 batters. That set the tone for his season, in which he posted a 2.11 ERA over 72 2/3 innings as Bautista’s primary setup man. According to FanGraphs, Cano’s 1.7 wins above replacement were the third-most of any pitcher who recorded fewer than 10 saves.