USA Today picked Kenshin Kawakami (5th) and Koji Uehara (18th) in their 100 Names You Need to Know feature. While I'm looking forward to both their seasons, I have a feeling Kawakami will end up with better numbers than Uehara in this, their first season in the Majors.
A lot will also depend on just how healthy Uehara is. If he's able to let go of his fear of re-injury, I think he could actually have a really nice season for the O's.
...Yu Darvish had his second bullpen session yesterday and tossed 88 pitches. He was apparently throwing around 145km/h (~91mph) and pitching coach Masato Yoshii said that he could probably hit 150km/h (~93mph) right now in a game situation.
...Norichika Aoki stood in the batters box for Yoshinori Sato's bullpen session yesterday. Said Aoki, "There was improvement in his fastball. Seemed like he had more control than last year. Yoshinori has a really good fastball so I thought it might be good for me to stand-in and get my eyes used to fastballs."
Aoki taking pitches during Yoshinori's bullpen session
When asked how his batting was coming along, Aoki added, "I much farther along than I was last year at this point. ... The next thing I need to do is see if my timing is on."
...The WBC rotation for the first round appears to have been decided.