Patience with top prospects in spring training is an Orioles staple. The results show it’s worth it. | ANALYSIS

The timing, however, doesn’t seem to be coincidental. With major league service time prorated to represent what it would be in a full season, Mountcastle accrued 105 days in 2020 — well below the threshold for reaching salary arbitration and the raises that come with it before he would normally be eligible. Players typically need three years of service time to reach that benchmark, but the top 22% of players with more than two years experience but fewer than three are given “super two” eligibility for arbitration, giving them an extra year of higher salaries before free agency.

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