We will see a new, young face in Baltimore! A highly anticipated piece of the Orioles farm system is making his way to the majors, and that No. 10 overall prospect is right-handed pitcher, Mike Baumann.
The six-foot-four righty will soon make his major league debut for the Birds. Drafted by the Orioles in the third round back in 2017, Baumann is undeniably one of the highest-rated prospects in the Orioles system, who was brought in during the Dan Duquette era.
This promotion is certainly deserved. Across his minor league career, Baumann finished one single season with an ERA of over 3.17; he has a career 2.98 ERA to go along with a strikeout rate of 362 K’s in 367.2 IP. That’s just about one K per inning. That’s pretty good!
Baumann is known as a hard-throwing starter, who can fool a lot of hitters with his curveball. We have seen that throughout his minor league career, especially this past season. In 70 IP this year, he has 71 strikeouts. The only flaw he’s had all year is slight control issues, allowing 34 walks in those 70 innings.
His WHIP sits at a respectable 1.146 this year, to go along with a 9.0 K/9 and a 0.8 HR/9. Basically, he has been striking out nine batters for every home run he allows. That will be great to see in a park like Camden Yards!
This is a very exciting move for the Orioles, one fans have been waiting a while to see! I had the chance to watch Baumann start a game for Bowie back in May, and he was electric! His curveball had great hook, and he played that pitch off his fastball really well for a 25-year-old.
This move comes in response to the injury of Jorge López, who will be out on the I.L. for a period of time.
UPDATE: The O’s have made the following roster moves:
– Recalled RHP Mike Baumann from Triple-A Norfolk
– Selected the contract of RHP Manny Barreda from Triple-A Norfolk
– Optioned RHP Zack Burdi to Triple-A Norfolk
– Placed RHP Jorge López on the 10-day Injured List (right ankle sprain)
– Transferred RHP Hunter Harvey to the 60-day Injured List (right triceps strain)
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