With Chris Ray and Danys Baez out for most if not all of the 2008 season the Orioles felt they needed to bring in reinforcements for the 2008 season. 31-year old lefty George Sherrill will take over as the closer for the Orioles this season after coming over from Seattle in the Erik Bedard trade. He pitched in 73 games (0 starts) for the Mariners last season and he was 2-0 with 3 saves, a 2.36 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP. He also whiffed 56 batters in only 45.2 innings last season which shows what kind of stuff he has.
33-year old righty Chad Bradford will be the right-handed half of the set-up crew. He pitched in 78 games (0 starts) for the Orioles last season and he was 4-7 with 2 saves, a 3.34 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP. He will have to miss more bats this season if he is to remain and effective reliever.
36-year old lefty Jamie Walker will be the left-handed set-up man this season for the Orioles. He pitched in 81 games (# in A.L. last year) for the Orioles and he was 3-2 with 7 saves, a 3.23 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP. Walker will do a good job again for the Orioles in 2008.
27-year old righty Dennis Sarfate was brought in from the Astros in the Miguel Tejada trade in the off-season. He pitched in 7 games (0 starts) for the Astros last season and he was 1-0 with a 1.08 ERA and a 0.72 WHIP. Sarfate also whiffed 14 batters in 8.1 innings which shows how dominant his stuff can be at times. He also pitched in 45 games (1 start) in AAA-ball last season and he was 2-7 with a 4.52 ERA and a 1.75 WHIP. Sarfate also whiffed 68 batters in only 61.2 innings in AAA last year.
30-year old righty Greg Aquino is another pitcher the Orioles brought in this season that has some closing experience. He pitched in 15 games (0 starts) for the Brewers last season and he was 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. Aquino has pitched in 126 games (0 starts) in his major league career and he is 2-4 with 17 saves, a 4.88 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP.
24-year old righty Randor Bierd made the Opening Day Roster for the Orioles. He was a Rule 5 Pick from the Tigers in the off season. Bierd has pitched in 101 games (30 starts) in his minor league career and he has a 18-18 record with a 4.21 ERA. But, he has whiffed 280 batters in 271 innings so he could help them a bit.
25-year old righty Jim Hoey will likely get another chance at some point this season for the Orioles. He pitched in 23 games (0 starts) last season for the Orioles and he was 3-4 with a 7.30 ERA and a 1.74 WHIP. Hoey was dominant however in the minors last season. He pitched in 40 games (0 starts) in AA+AAA ball last season and he was 3-0 with 16 saves, a 0.79 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP.
28-year old righty Rock Cherry will also get another chance at some point in 2008 for the Orioles. He pitched in 22 games (0 starts) for the Cubs & Orioles and he was 1-1 with a 5.46 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP.
30-year old righty Ryan Bukvich also might pitch for the Orioles this season. He pitched in 45 games for the White Sox last season and he was 1-0 with a 5.05 ERA and a 1.68 WHIP.
26-year old righty Fernando Cabrera is starting the season on the D.L. but the Orioles like his potential despite a rough 2007 season. He pitched in 33 games (0 starts) for the Orioles & Indians last season and he was 1-2 with 1 save, a 7.21 ERA and a 1.85 WHIP. Cabrera did whiff 48 batters in only 43.2 innings which shows that he indeed has good stuff.
26-year old righty Chris Ray wants to return at some point this season, but he’s recovering from surgery so it’s up in the air right now as to whether he will pitch in the big leagues this year. He pitched in 43 games (0 starts) for the Orioles last season and he was 5-6 with 16 saves, a 4.43 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. He has now pitched in 145 games (0 starts) in his major league career and he is 10-13 with 49 saves, a 3.19 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP.
30-year old righty Danys Baez will miss the whole 2008 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery last year. He pitched in 53 games (0 starts) for the Orioles last season and he was 0-6 with a 6.44 ERA and a 1.57 WHIP.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2008 SEASON: C