O’s claim LHP Ryan Hartman off waivers from Houston

Shortly after the news of Shawn Armstrong being traded to Tampa Bay, Orioles GM Mike Elias stepped in to fill the open spot on the 40-man roster. This time, it’s a former Elias draft pick, LHP Ryan Hartman.

Hartman has seen action in one Major League game in his career, and it came on June 30 of this year against the Orioles, themselves. He lasted 2.1 innings and allowed a home run to Austin Hays.

In his minor league career, the now 27-year-old never really broke out but had the promise. He finished his Double-A season in 2018 with a 11-4 record and a 2.69 ERA. Since then, he hasn’t finished a year with an ERA under five.

Hartman isn’t going to be a staple for the Orioles; however, he may do a good job at eating up innings on the back end of the rotation or out of the bullpen. He had three minor league seasons, where he tossed over 100 innings, proof he can last if he stays healthy. He is someone who doesn’t give up a lot of home runs but does allow a decent number of hits and base runners (1.260 career WHIP in five minor league seasons).

Hartman will most likely start out in Triple-A Norfolk, before joining the Orioles at some point this year.

Welcome to Birdland, Ryan!

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