8/26/2014 8:49 P.M. ET
O's top 10 prospects Davies, Ohlman to play in AFL
By Brittany Ghiroli and David Wilson / MLB.com
BALTIMORE -- Seven players, one coach and a trainer from the Orioles' organization will take part in the Arizona Fall League this offseason.
Pitchers Parker Bridwell, Zach Davies, Mychal Givens and Ashur Tolliver, catcher Mike Ohlman, infielder Jason Esposito and outfielder Dariel Alvarez are the seven players who will play for the Glendale Desert Dogs, where Triple-A Norfolk pitching coach Mike Griffin and Class A Short Season Aberdeen trainer Chris Poole will also serve in those same roles.
Davies, Givens, Tolliver and Ohlman are all currently with Double-A Bowie, Bridwell and Esposito are with Class A Advanced Frederick and Alvarez is also with Norfolk. Both Alvarez and Ohlman played in the AFL last year with the Surprise Saguaros.
Davies, the No. 8 prospect in the organization, is the top Orioles prospect headed to Arizona, followed by the No. 10 prospect Ohlman and the No. 12 prospect Bridwell.
The AFL season begins on Oct. 7.
Jimenez still an option as a starter
BALTIMORE -- Manager Buck Showalter said Tuesday that right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez is still considered a starter, and the team hopes to keep him stretched out for the final month of the regular season.
Jimenez, who appeared in the bullpen for the first time since 2008 on Saturday, could get a few starts down the stretch if the O's secure a playoff spot early and want to rest guys -- and there's always the chance of an injury.
Right now, however, there are no starts scheduled for Jimenez.
"We will see what presents itself with work days and physical status," Showalter said. "Chris [Tillman] pitched the last two outings on extra rest. There's a reason for that. We will see how he feels in between."
Jimenez went four innings against the Cubs, allowing one run on three hits and a walk, and Showalter was encouraged that the righty came in on Tuesday as a potentially available relief option. Jimenez has gone 4-9 with a 4.83 ERA in 20 starts.
"If we see that we are covered [in the bullpen] we are going to continue to make him available to us as a starter, too," Showalter said. "The need could be there shortly."
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli. David Wilson is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.