The Orioles have a quartet of rookie pitchers that could make their marks for them at some point in 2013. Here’s a look at them:
Dylan Bundy: 20-year old righty starting pitcher Dylan Bundy comes into this season as the Orioles’ #1 prospect according to Baseball America. Bundy pitched in 23 games (all starts) in A+AA-ball last year and he was 9-3 with a 2.08 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP. He only gave up 67 hits and 28 walks while whiffing 119 batters in his first 103 2/3 innings in the minors last year….and those are eye popping numbers. He even pitched in 2 games (0 starts) in September for the Orioles and he was 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. Bundy will likely start the 2013 season in AAA-ball, but he could be with the Orioles really quickly if he dominates there.
Steve Johnson: 25-year old righty starter/reliever Steve Johnson will likely be with the Orioles on opening day (likely in the bullpen). He comes into this season as the Orioles’ #16 prospect according to Baseball America. Johnson pitched in 19 games (14 starts) in AAA-ball for the Orioles last year and he was 4-8 with a 2.86 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP. He also looked good in his first taste of the majors with the Orioles last year, working in 12 games (4 starts) in which he was 4-0 with a 2.11 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP. Johnson has now pitched in 165 games (151 starts) in his first eight years in the minors and he is 50-52 with 1 save, a 4.17 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.
Tsuyoshi Wada: 32-year old lefty starting pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada comes into this season as the Orioles’ #21 prospect according to Baseball America. Wada only pitched in 1 game (1 start) in AAA-ball for the Orioles last year and he was 0-1 with a 20.25 ERA and as 3.75 WHIP. Wada is still recovering from Tommy John surgery, so he won’t be ready to go when the 2013 season begins. Wada has pitched in 210 games in which he was 107-61 with a 3.13 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.
T.J. McFarland: 23-year old lefty starting pitcher T.J. McFarland came into this season as the Orioles’ #22 prospect according to Baseball America. He pitched in 27 games (all starts) in AA+AAA-ball for the Indians last year and he was 16-8 with a 4.03 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. McFarland has now pitched in 116 games (107 starts) in his first five years in the minors and he is 48-31 with 1 save, a 3.83 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP. McFarland was a Rule 5 Pick over the winter and the Orioles like him, so they might find a way to try to keep him instead of giving him back to the Indians.