Continuing our offseason coverage, The Baltimore Battery returns with our annual Prospect Profiles series, now highlighting the Orioles’ top 30 prospects for the 2021 season!
Next up at No. 27 is one of Baltimore’s newest additions, pitcher Garrett Stallings. The 23-year-old right-hander was acquired in December in a trade that sent José Iglesias to the Los Angeles Angels.
PITCHING GRADES: Fastball 50 Slider 55 Changeup 50 Curveball 50 Changeup 55 Control 55 Overall 45
2020 Rank: N/A – 2021 Rank: 26
A fifth-round pick by the Angels in the 2019 MLB Draft, Stallings never pitched an inning for Los Angeles due to the impact of COVID-19 on Minor League Baseball. However, Mike Elias felt enough confidence in the young pitcher to exchange him for one of Baltimore’s best all-around players last season in Iglesias.
A native of Chesapeake, VA., Stallings is set to play for his hometown team. In three years at Tennessee, Stallings recorded 16 wins with a collegiate ERA of 3.76. In his final season with the Vols, he went 8-5 with a 3.33 ERA over 102.2 innings. Stallings was a consistent, balanced starter for Tennessee over three years of SEC competition.
Stallings has a nice variety of pitches that he uses effectively; his fastball tops out in the low 90s, while his changeup and slider are strengths of his pitching arsenal. He rarely walks batters, averaging 1.4 walks per nine innings in his junior year.
Elias has made it clear that the Orioles need to accumulate young talent in order to compete; Iglesias was one of the team’s best hitters and fielders last season, but his age and low ceiling resulted in the trade. For better or worse, Stallings will have that pressure of being the result of a trade involving a fan favorite player from last season.
Following the trade, Elias stated that he sees Stallings as a potential starter. Elias’ experience picking out young talent and the Orioles’ perennial need for pitching, Stallings has a bright future with Baltimore.
We see Stallings beginning the year at Double-A Bowie, if the minors are going to be played this upcoming season. But, don’t be surprised if you see Stallings in black and orange sooner than later.
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