• Sep
    04

    Skanar: Pitching Report Through the End of the Season

    Poster skanar recaps the pitching.

     

    The Orioles are much deeper on the pitching side of things. There are good top prospects, good depth, and some lottery tickets as well. Eduardo Rodriguez has really put himself on the map, putting up great numbers in A+ and decent numbers in AA at the age of only 20. 

    I don't have a statistical tool for pitchers the way I do for hitters. But right now, the Orioles pitching side of things is, for me, probably something like:
    1. Dylan Bundy
    2. Kevin Gausman (or vice versa, depending how much TJ is a concern)
    3. Eduardo Rodriguez
    4. Hunter Harvey
    5. Mike Wright
    6. Zach Davies
    7. Luc Rennie
    8. Tim Berry
    9. Tyler Wilson
    10. Travis Seabrooke
    11. Branden Kline
    12. Mike Belfiore
    13. Steven Brault
    14. Sebastian Vader
    15. Mitch Horacek
    16. Stephen Tarpley
    17. Devin Jones


    GCL Orioles
    Stephen Tarpley, age 20. Season: 7 GS, 21.0 IP, 2.14 ERA, 1.095 WHIP, 1.3 BB/9, 10.7 K/9. Since 8/18: 2 G, 8 IP, 11 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 11 K
    Tarpley got his feet wet in the GCL and pitched very well in limited time. Given his slightly older age, could see time with Delmarva next season, or Aberdeen. Two more solid starts to end his season.

    Travis Seabrooke, age 17. Season: 3 GS, 8.0 IP, 1.13 ERA, 1.250 WHIP, 5.6 BB/9, 7.9 K/9. Since 8/18: Did not play.
    Injured? Maybe shut down? Very young, even for the GCL. Almost certain to spend a full year there next season.


    Aberdeen
    Sebastian Vader, age 21. Season: 14 G (13 GS), 85.1 IP, 2.43 ERA, 1.031 WHIP, 1.9 BB/9, 6.8 K/9. Since 8/18: 3 G, 19.0 IP, 21 H, 5 R (4 ER), 4 BB, 10 K
    Two average starts and one excellent one to end the season. Vader was repeating at Aberdeen, and I for one was hoping to see him at Delmarva this year. Still, he did pitch well, albeit with fairly low K numbers. Presumably ticketed for Delmarva or maybe even Frederick next season.

    Steven Brault, age 21. Season: 12 GS, 43.0 IP, 2.09 ERA, 1.093 WHIP, 2.5 BB/9, 8.0 K/9. Since 8/18: 3 GS, 11.1 IP, 8 H, 5 R (3 ER), 4 BB, 9 K
    Good ERA, good peripherals, little old for the league. Most of his starts were pitch- or inning-limited.

    Mitch Horacek, age 21. Season: 11 G (10 GS), 59.2 IP, 3.02 ERA, 0.972 WHIP, 1.1 BB/9, 6.0 K/9. Since 8/18: 2 GS, 9.2 IP, 16 H, 9 R (7 ER), 2 BB, 6 K
    One ok start and one very poor one for Horacek. His numbers are still solid, but not striking enough guys out.

    Hunter Harvey, age 18. Season (A- only): 3 GS, 12.0 IP, 2.25 ERA, 1.250 WHIP, 3.0 BB/9, 11.3 K/9. Since 8/18: 3 G, 12 IP, 11 H, 4 R (3 ER), 4 BB, 15 K
    Continued to pitch well, with two excellent starts and one mediocre at Aberdeen. Limited time, like all the pitchers drafted this year, but made the most of it.


    Delmarva
    Branden Kline, age 21. Season: 7 GS, 35.1 IP, 5.86 ERA, 1.557 WHIP, 3.6 BB/9, 8.2 K/9.
    Season lost to injury, but he's ticketed for the AFL. It's known as a hitter's league and is usually around A+/AA level, so it should be quite a challenge for Kline. A strong performance there could put him back on the map.

    Luc Rennie, age 19. Season (A only): 10 GS, 53.0 IP, 3.91 ERA, 1.321 WHIP, 2.2 BB/9, 6.8 K/9. Since 8/18: 3 GS, 15 IP, 11 H, 4 R (3 ER), 3 BB, 13 K
    Has the same age/league as Zach Davies and Eduardo Rodriguez. Spent the first half of the season bouncing around, but settled in as a starter for Delmarva. Results are only ok, not great, but at his age that's enough to make him a solid prospect.


    Frederick
    Tim Berry, age 22. Season: 27 GS, 152.0 IP, 3.85 ERA, 1.289 WHIP, 2.4 BB/9, 7.0 K/9. Since 8/18: 4 GS, 21.2 IP, 20 H, 9 R, 7 BB, 14 K
    One bad start and some OK ones to finish out the year. 

    Zach Davies, age 20. Season: 26 GS, 148.2 IP, 3.69 ERA, 1.231 WHIP, 2.3 BB/9, 8.0 K/9. Since 8/18: 3 GS, 17.0 IP, 25 H, 16 R (10 ER), 0 BB, 16 K
    Lousy results in his last three games but great peripherals. Scouting reports are not enthusiastic, but got results, has solid peripherals, and at age 20 in the Carolina League, about as good an age/league as it gets.

    Trent Howard, age 23. Season (A+): 28 G (15 GS), 88.0 IP, 3.48 ERA, 1.273 WHIP, 2.6 BB/9, 7.4 K/9. Since 8/18: 3 GS, 11.2 IP, 23 H, 17 R, 4 BB, 9 K
    Howard was as bad as he could be, adding a full 1.5 runs to his ERA in only 3 games. Season numbers aren't terrible, but he isn't especially young for A+ ball.


    Bowie
    Tyler Wilson, age 23. Season (AA): 16 GS, 89.1 IP, 3.83 ERA, 1.198 WHIP, 2.2 BB/9, 7.1 K/9. Since 8/18: 3 GS, 15.1 IP, 21 H, 14 R, 4 BB, 16 K
    Three bad games for Wilson to end the year. Overall numbers much better in AA than in A+,

    Eduardo Rodriguez, age 20. Season (AA): 11 GS, 59.2 IP, 4.22 ERA, 1.290 WHIP, 3.6 BB/9, 8.9 KK/9. Since 8/18: 3 GS, 22.0 IP, 12 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 18 K
    Three fantastic starts to close out the year, and his AA stat line looks quite reasonable. Great season for the 20-year-old.

    Dylan Bundy, age 20. Injured.
    Fingers crossed, knock on wood, etc. etc.

    Mike Wright, age 23. Season (AA only): 26 GS, 143.2 IP, 3.26 ERA, 1.329 WHIP, 2.4 BB/9, 8.5 K/9. Since 8/18: Unavailable
    Wright closed his season strong with Bowie and had one good start for Norfolk. Not a bad season at all, especially looking at the peripherals.

    Devin Jones, age 22. Season (AA only): 24 GS, 123.1 IP, 5.84 ERA, 1.573 WHIP, 3.5 BB/9, 7.9 K/9. Since 8/18: 3 GS, 16.1 IP, 16 H, 14 R (12 ER), 8 BB, 12 K
    Jones had a lousy year, and I still don't understand why he was pitching at Bowie and not Frederick.


    Norfolk
    Mike Belfiore, age 24. Season 37 G, 76.1 IP, 3.18 ERA, 1.441 WHIP, 3.4 BB/9, 9.7 K/9. Since 8/18: 3 G, 8.2 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 7 K
    Three more solid appearances to end the year for Belfiore. As a bullpen lefty, he might make it easier to trade or nontender Patton or Matusz this offseason.


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