The Winter Meetings are officially underway, as the Orioles have claimed right-handed pitcher Marcos Diplan off waivers from the Detroit Tigers.
Diplan, 23, is now a part of his fifth organization this year, following his signing with the Orioles.
In Double-A ball last season, Diplan had a 4.85 ERA in 68.2 innings. Starting 2019 out in the Milwaukee Brewers farm system, where he was the No. 14 overall prospect, Diplan held a 4.85 ERA in 30 games. The righty struck out a good 63 batters in those 30 games, but an unimpressive 37 walks proves the command isn’t quite there.
Diplan finished out the 2019 season with eight games in the Minnesota Twins system, where he held a 4.09 ERA and 10 strikeouts. Diplan made his way to Minnesota following a trade that sent him there for cash, following being designated for assignment by the Brewers.
Being only 23, Diplan has time to improve the parts of his game that are lackluster. Struggling with command in Double-A could prove futile in attempting to make a major league roster. The velocity and swing-and-misses are there, but not on a consistent enough level.
However, I do believe this was a good pick up. Mainly, if Diplan doesn’t pan out, the Orioles lose virtually nothing. But if Diplan is able to produce in the Orioles system, that just adds to the pitching depth that has grown exponentially since the arrival of GM Mike Elias.
Also, being a minor league nomad can prove positive. This has helped Diplan mature at a young age in a way that not every 23-year-old does. Formerly being the Brewers No. 14 overall prospect shows there is potential in that arm.
This acquisition nets 38 out of 40 players on the active roster.
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