Now Pitching For The Baltimore Orioles…

As a Red Sox fan, last year’s version of the Tampa Bay Rays scared me from the start. Young and talented in all aspects of the game, they had the look of a team that could expect to contend in the division for years to come.

I hate to say it, but the Orioles are starting to engender some of the same feelings. They already have an offense filled with up-and-coming stars (Nick Markakis, Adam Jones, Nolan Reimold, Matt Weiters) and the pitching staff is also young, with more help on the way.

The team’s top pitching prospect, Chris Tillman, arrived on Wednesday, making his major league debut against Zack Greinke and the Kansas City Royals. The 21-year-old Tillman, Baseball America’s 22nd ranked prospect, arrived from Seattle with Jones and George Sherrill in the Erik Bedard trade in February 2008 and has torn up Baltimore’s farm system ever since: 11-4, 3.18, 154 strikeouts for AA Bowie last year, 8-6 with a 2.70 ERA and 99 strikeouts for AAA Norfolk in 2009.

Tillman didn’t pitch great in his debut, but he kept it close, allowing three runs on seven hits in 4.2 innings.  Matt Albers held it there and the offense scored five runs in the seventh and eighth to win 7-3.

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3 responses to this post.

  1. […] Prospects. Tagged: Baltimore Orioles, Bowie Baysox, Brian Matusz, Frederick Keys. Leave a Comment Remember what I said before, when the Orioles called up Chris Tillman to make his major league debut?  I’m gonna go […]

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  2. […] July and early August 2009, the Orioles called up two pitchers to make their major league debuts. Chris Tillman and Brian Matusz were both young – 21 and 22, respectively – but after performing well […]

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  3. […] Batting For The Baltimore Orioles… August 5, 2009By BrianRemember what I said before, when the Orioles called up Chris Tillman to make his major league debut?  I’m gonna go […]

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