A couple weeks ago, right-hander Marcos Diplán elected to forgo an assignment to the minor leagues and selected free agency. Here we are two weeks later, and Diplán has returned to the Orioles on a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Diplán was utilized out of the bullpen for the Orioles last season, going 2-0 and posting a 1.23 WHIP and 24:15 strikeout to walk ratio across 30 innings of work in 2021.
The 25-year-old rookie finally witnessed his big league dream, after spending eight years in the minors across five teams. He holds a 34-30 career record in the minors, appearing in 159 games, 90 starts.
The Orioles 2021 Futures Game representative has been effective, holding a minor league career record of 3.89 ERA across 560.1 innings. He has allowed only 41 home runs in the minors, while posting 575 strikeouts to 305 walks.
As for his time in the majors, Diplán was a consistent piece for Brandon Hyde in the final third of the 2021 season. In 23 games, he posted a 2-0 record with a 4.50 ERA in 30 innings pitched.
Diplán has control around the plate, utilizing it to a career average of 15 pitches per inning. He has an average fastball, but his curve and changeup are considered plus pitches, using all three effectively to navigate through different situations.
With the return of the young righty, he has a chance to earn a roster spot and grow into the releif pitcher we saw glimpses of last year. We look forward to seeing his growth and development with our Birds this coming season!
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