This spring we have the pleasure of talking with Orioles Prospect, LJ Hoes, as he participates in his first big league camp. LJ has been gracious enough to meet with us on a weekly basis, talking about his experience working out with not only the big league players, but also, the big league coaches. If you have a question that you would like us to ask LJ, please email it to

These questions were from last week, since then LJ, Dylan Bundy and Manny Machado have been reassigned to minor league camp.

M- What happened since we last talked?
LJ- My birthday was on Monday, so that was the most fun thing I had all week.

M- How did you celebrate?
LJ- We had to 2 games that day, so I didn’t do actually do anything but play baseball

M- Besides your birthday, what was your highlight
LJ- Getting an at-bat in our first game. Getting a chance to play on my birthday. I got into both games that day

M- Were there any pre-game jitters?
LJ- During the first game, there was a little bit a jitters. Excited to get out there. First time being on the field in 6 months. It was just great to get out there and of course I was a little nervous because I hadn’t been out there in a while. I just wanted to get out there and play well.

M- What Orioles pitchers have you faced in inter-asquad games?
LJ- I faced Simon, Troy Patton and a few other guys. [Simon] is a big guy and he is very intimidating on the mound and then throwing a mid-90’s fastball. He is definitely intimidating

M- Have you been able to scout Dylan Bundy at all?
LJ- I have seen him throw. He is good, really good. He is very polished for his age. He has a good idea on how to pitch. He’s very good.

M- I head Manny Machado was in camp. How does he look out there?
LJ- He’s good. He’s still up here right now. He was moved to big league camp. He’s very mature for his age. He goes about his business and he works hard.