The Baltimore Orioles hope that the rotation takes another step forward in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by joelapinski on Thursday 7 March 2013 at 1:17 pm

The Orioles had a lot of young starting pitchers step up in 2012, and they hope that it wasn’t a mirage.  30-year old righty Jason Hammel pitched the best ball of his major league career in 2012.  He pitched in 20 games (all starts) for the Orioles last year and he was 8-6 with a 3.43 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 189 games (135 starts) in his first seven years in the majors and he was 42-51 with 3 saves, a 4.78 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP.  27-year old lefty Wei-Yin Chen burst onto the scene in 2012 for the Orioles and he finished 4th in the A.L. Rookie of the Year Voting.  Chen pitched in 32 games (all starts) for the Orioles last year and he was 12-11 with a 4.02 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.  28-year old righty Miguel Gonzalez did well in his first taste of the majors in 2012.  He pitched in 18 games (15 starts) for the Orioles last year and he was 9-4 with a 3.25 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.  The Orioles hope that both Chen and Gonzalez can pitch like they did in 2012 in 2013.  24-year old righty Chris Tillman was a very pleasant surprise for the Orioles in 2012.  He pitched in 15 games (all starts) for the Orioles last year and he was 9-3 with a 2.93 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP.  Tillman has now pitched in 51 games (all starts) in his first four years in the majors and he is 16-18 with a 4.73 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP.  25-year old lefty Zach Britton will likely be the #5 starter for the Orioles in 2013.  He pitched in 12 games (11 starts) for the Orioles last year and he was 5-3 with a 5.07 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP.  Britton has now pitched in 40 games (39 starts) in his first two years in the majors and he is 16-14 with a 4.74 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP.  32-year old lefty Tsuyoshi Wada missed all of the 2012 season due to Tommy John Surgery and he will miss the first two months of the 2013 season.  20-year old righty Dylan Bundy comes into this season as the Orioles’ #1 prospect according to Baseball America.  He pitched in 23 games (all starts) in A+AA-ball last year for the Orioles and he was 9-3 with a 2.08 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP.  He also made it to the majors last year, working in 2 games (0 starts) for the Orioles in which he was 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.  Bundy will likely start the 2013 season in AAA-ball.  25-year old righty Steve Johnson will be a longshot to win a rotation spot this spring.  He pitched in 12 games (4 starts) in his first taste of the majors for the Orioles last year and he was 4-0 with a 2.11 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP.  He also pitched in 19 games (14 starts) in AAA-ball last year and he was 4-8 with a 2.86 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE STARTING ROTATION IN 2013:  B-

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