skanar updates his reports.
Aside from some injuries, most notably of course to Dylan Bundy, the pitching side of the Orioles' prospects is just having a fantastic season. Rodriguez, Davies, Berry, Wilson, Wright, and Hader are all having good years; all three Aberdeen prospects are off to good starts, and even Devin Jones' poor results can be partially excused by his advanced level. There are potential issues on the peripheral side of things: some guys (Hader) have walk issues and others (Wilson) aren't striking enough guys out. But mostly the news is very good.
Steve Johnson is rehabbing in the GCL, and Gausman made one appearance at Norfolk (4 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K).
This year's 5th round pick. Hasn't pitched yet, but I'll be tracking him once he starts.
Stephen Tarpley. Season: 1 G, 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
This year's 3rd round pick. Made his debut this week.
Hunter Harvey. Season: 1 G, 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
This year's 1st round pick. Also made his debut this week.
Sebastian Vader. Season: 7 GS, 42.0 IP, 2.79 ERA, 0.905 WHIP, 1.5 BB/9, 7.1 K/9. Last 3 Starts: 17.2 IP, 12 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 14 K
Great numbers from Vader, but he's repeating Aberdeen and is 21. I was hoping he'd pitch at Delmarva this year, and now I'm hoping he'll be promoted soon. Can't argue with good numbers, and Vader's are good across the board, but it's time for him to move to a harder level.
Mitch Horacek. Season: 4 GS, 17.2 IP, 2.04 ERA, 0.734 WHIP, 0.5 BB/9, 6.6 K/9. Last 3: 15 IP, 7 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 12 K
This year's 9th round pick. College pitcher and 21 years old, so he'll need to move past Aberdeen and even Delmarva fast. He's well on his way to doing that, with some dominant numbers so far.
Steven Brault. Season: 5 GS, 20.2 IP, 1.31 ERA, 0.968 WHIP, 1.7 BB/9, 7.0 K/9. Last 3: 10.0 IP, 9 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
This year's 11th round pick. Like Horacek, he's a college player, 21 years old, and at Aberdeen, so he'll need to move fast. He may be on some sort of innings limit, as he's had some short games without giving up any runs. Off to a very strong start.
Branden Kline. Season: 7 GS, 35.1 IP, 5.86 ERA, 1.557 WHIP, 3.6 BB/9, 8.2 K/9.
Joshua Hader. Season: 15 GS, 76.2 IP, 2.70 ERA, 1.265 WHIP, 4.6 BB/9, 8.0 K/9. Last 3: 12.1 IP, 11 H, 8 ER, 7 BB, 8 K
Hader has continued to pitch well, mostly. His last two starts were poor, though. Control seems to be an issue, but he is striking guys out. Has age on his side as well. Definitely a real prospect, but need to bring down the BBs.
Tim Berry. Season: 18 GS, 99.2 IP, 3.97 ERA, 1.344 WHIP, 2.3 BB/9, 7.8 K/9. Last 3: 17.2 IP, 19 H, 8 ER, 4 BB, 18 K
Had his best start of the season on July 3 (8 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 7 K), then followed it up with a bad one, then bounced back. Still putting up mostly good numbers, and now has two very bad starts in an otherwise very solid season.
Zach Davies. Season: 18 GS, 104.1 IP, 3.28 ERA, 1.150 WHIP, 2.2 BB/9, 7.4 K/9. Last 3: 18 IP, 13 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 18 K
This is a great year so far for a 20-year-old in A+. Since the last update, Ks are up and BBs are down. Getting a 1.7 GO/AO ratio on the season as well. Physical concerns notwithstanding, he's definitely gotta be moving up the prospect lists this year.
Tyler Wilson. Season (AA): 8 GS, 44.1 IP, 2.23 ERA, 0.992 WHIP, 2.6 BB/9, 6.7 K/9. Last 3: 17 IP, 11 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 14 K
Just like last season, got promoted after a half-season of mediocre results and immediately blossomed. I really have no idea how to evaluate Wilson's statistical picture. Still needs more Ks, I guess. He was always known as a control guy, but at the start of the season walked everyone - now he's back to controlling the zone. Quite an enigma, but if he can put up numbers like this in Bowie for the rest of the season, he's some kind of real prospect.
Eduardo Rodriguez. Season (AA): 3 GS, 16.0 IP, 4.91 ERA, 1.438 WHIP, 5.6 BB/9, 10.7 KK/9.
Having BB issues as he adjusts to AA. Not any kind of sample to start evaluating. Good K numbers so far, at least.
Dylan Bundy. Injured.
Fingers crossed, knock on wood, etc. etc.
Mike Wright. Season: 18 GS, 95.2 IP, 3.67 ERA, 1.369 WHIP, 3.0 BB/9, 8.2 K/9. Last 3: 17 IP, 15 H, 3 ER, 6 BB, 12 K
Recovered well from his poor start to the season. Still has occasional poor outings, but numbers for the season look good. Callup option to majors in 2nd half.
Devin Jones. Season (AA only): 16 GS, 81.2 IP, 5.95 ERA, 1.531 WHIP, 3.0 BB/9, 8.4 K/9. Last 3: 11.2 IP, 14 H, 11 ER, 6 BB, 13 K
I was confused by Jones' early-season promotion to Bowie, and remain confused. Has been hittable and hasn't gotten great results, but the peripherals are still solid. I continue to think he should have been pitching at A+ to start the year, but poor performance is poor performance, even at a challenging level.
Mike Belfiore. Season 27 G, 50.2 IP, 3.91 ERA, 1.500 WHIP, 3.4 BB/9, 9.8 K/9
Pitching reasonable well of late. Has the occasional truly terrible appearance, but seems to have at least partiallt solved his walk problem. Plenty of Ks is nice to see as well. Definitely a lefty option for Baltimore if Matusz or Patton gets injured (let's hope not).
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