Name: Dean Kremer (click link for full 2019 scouting report)
Age as of 6/30/20: 24
Current Grade: 50
Future Grade: 50
Ceiling Grade: 50
Most Likely Future Role: 4th/5th starter
Ceiling: 4th/5th starter
Quick Scouting Report Update: Made his major league debut and pitch well in three out of his four major league starts. Used mostly a fastball (92-94, touch 95 MPH), curveball (74-77 MPH) and cutter (86-88 MPH) though he mixed in a sinker and change on occasion. Put up a 1.69 ERA and a 20-9 K-BB ratio in 16 IP through his first three starts before getting hammered for seven runs in 2.2 IP to raise his ERA to 4.82 in his debut season.
Kremer was able to miss bats, especially with his high spin rate cutter (35.5 WHIFF rate) that he used effectively as a backdoor pitch against lefties and down and away against righties. Despite missing bats, the pitch was hit hard when he didn’t keep it on the edge of the zone.
Kremer put batters away mostly with his fastball (30.3 %) and cutter (29.2%) but changed the eye level of the batters with his slow hard biting curveball that held batters to a .252 WOBA. His fastball got swings and misses up high, but also in the middle of the plate that suggests his 25 Bauer’s units (Spin Rate (RPM) / Velocity (MPH) fastball stays on plane longer than most MLB fastballs.
Despite a high walk rate (5.8/9), Kremer actually worked the edge of the strike zone pretty well (40.2% vs 39% MLB avg) but he’ll need to bring that walk rate down as he only got into the 6th inning in one his four starts (2 because of pitch counts and one due to struggles).
Kremer should be in the Orioles rotation in 2021 where he will look to limit those bad outings. He’s most likely a 4th starter at the major league level and his he’s as ready as he’s going to be.