Up next on The Baltimore Battery Prospect Profiles Countdown is right-handed pitcher, Dean Kremer.
The 24-year-old became the first Israeli born player to ever be drafted by a Major League team, when the Padres selected him in the 38th round of the 2015 draft after one year at San Juaquin Delta Junior College.
Kremer, however, had already planned to attend UNLV following the year and honored that commitment. The Dodgers selected Kremer in the 14th round of the 2016 draft.
Kremer came over to the Orioles as part of the Manny Machado trade that also saw the Orioles acquire fellow top 30 prospects Zach Pop, Rylan Bannon, and Yusniel Diaz.
In 2018 playing for Double-A Bowie, Kremer posted a 4-2 record with a 2.58 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 45.1 innings.
2019 saw Kremer pitch in Single-A, Double-A, and Triple-A for the Orioles. Due to an oblique injury, he began his season in Frederick, pitching in two games before returning to Bowie.
Kremer again found great success at the Double-A level posting a 2.88 ERA to go with 87 strikeouts in 84.2 innings, including a stretch in which he went 9-2 with a 2.28 ERA over the course of 13 starts.
Kremer finished up the year appearing in four games for Norfolk, finding the adjustment to Triple-A a bit more difficult. Kremer alternated two rough starts with two average starts, posting an 8.84 ERA. His strikeouts remained impressive, however, as he struck out 21 in 19 innings.
The Orioles added Kremer to the 40-man roster during the 2019 offseason, keeping him from being selected in the Rule 5 Draft.
Kremer has had the opportunity to face plenty of international competition over the course of his short pitching career. He has been the ace of the Israeli National Team on several occasions, representing his country in the European Baseball Championship in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Additionally, Kremer pitched for the Israeli National Team in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.
Kremer’s most effective pitch is his curveball, which MLB Pipeline describes as “a plus pitch with big break that nets him whiffs both inside and out of the zone.”
The tall righty mixes this with a fastball that touches 96 mph to keep hitters off-balance. Kremer also throws a slider that shows potential and a changeup that has some room for improvement. A big plus in Kremer’s game is that he exhibits great control and throws strikes with all of his pitches.
Kremer is likely to begin 2020 in Norfolk, as the Orioles want to ensure that he can handle more advanced hitters. The success that he has in Norfolk will determine how the Orioles use him for the rest of the season.
Kremer has a bright future with the organization, with ceiling as a number three starter and a floor that seems to be as a fifth starter or long reliever at the very worst.
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