Hello everyone! It’s time for another edition of Battery Q&A! We hope you all are reading this in the comfort of your homes, as we encourage you to stay home and stay healthy!
So, without further ado, let’s get started with some questions!
Which starters are getting called up once they pass the team control deadline? I bet it’s Akin and Zimmerman that immediately take over for the Milone and whichever placeholder journeyman makes the starting five out of camp. – Question from Ryan Donoghue
You’re right, Ryan. I wouldn’t be surpassed if it was either Akin or Zimmermann who gets the first call-up.
Both Akin and Zimmermann appeared in spring training games for the O’s this season. Akin struggled a little more than Zimmermann, which is why he was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk. It wasn’t much of a surprise.
Bruce Zimmermann is still technically on the major league roster, but it’s projected that he’ll start in Triple-A as well.
But it’s also correct in assuming that one or both of these men will replace Tommy Milone or Wade LeBlanc, who are signed to minor league deals and are older in age for a rebuild.
I would say that Zimmermann might have a slight edge on Akin when it comes to making an appearance on the 26-man roster, but there’s no doubt both will make their major league debut sometime this season.
Who should the Orioles get in this year’s draft? – Question from Caleb William
This is a very interesting question, but I believe it comes down to two young collegiate players.
The first is right-handed pitcher, Emerson Hancock, from the University of Georgia.
Through three seasons with the Bulldogs, Hancock holds a 16-7 record with a 3.47 ERA in 33 games. Hancock had an amazing sophomore season, going 8-3 with a 1.99 ERA in 14 games.
The 6-foot-4, 175-pound righty has a fastball that can reach 96 mph with ease. He’s also ranked No. 1 on MLB’s 2020 Draft Prospects list and is expected to go No. 1 overall in the draft.
But the Orioles don’t have the No. 1 overall pick this year. That would belong to the Detroit Tigers.
So with the Orioles having the second overall pick, Hancock might be off the board. So, my other option is a powerful right-handed first baseman named Spencer Torkelson, from Arizona State.
Torkelson absolutley destroys the ball, as he’s never hit below .320 in his collegiate career.
Torkelson has crushed 54 home runs in three seasons at Arizona State and broke Barry Bonds’ freshman home run record as a Sun Devil.
This 22-year-old looks to be a generational hitter, and if the Orioles have the opportunity, they will grab him off the board.
Who caught one game for in Orioles in 1960? – Question from Jared Dwelle
First of all, great name!
Secondly, you’re either talking about Del Rice or Gene Green, both catchers who played in one game for the Orioles in 1960.
Rice played 17 years in the majors at catcher, most notably for the St. Louis Cardinals. Green played for five different clubs as both a catcher and outfielder.
You had to make me think on that one!
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