SARASOTA, Fla. (WJZ) — Spring Training in Sarasota, Florida, is more than just fun in the sun. For a number of players, it’s a place to fight for a job, and the competition is underway at Orioles camp.

Austin Hays and his wife added to their family this year. The couple welcomed a baby boy to the world. Hays said he hopes to gain “daddy strength” as he fights for the starting job in center fielder.

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BALTIMORE, MD – SEPTEMBER 20: Austin Hays #21 of the Baltimore Orioles runs the bases against the Tampa Bay Rays at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 20, 2020 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)

Hays is entering the sixth season of his pro career. He made his Major League debut four years ago, but injuries have kept him from being a constant contributor.

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When Hays is healthy, he appears to be a prototype Big League center fielder. He covers the ground and makes all the plays. At bat, he can serve as a lead-off hitter, plus has power.

Hays said he is ready and willing and feels more than able.

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“I think I’m an everyday outfielder in the Big Leagues,” Hays said. “Whether that’s at center field, left field, right field, I think I have the speed and the arm strength to play at any one of those three positions and I have the power to be able to be a corner outfielder but the speed to be a center fielder as well.”