The Orioles have an interesting enigma going into the lockout that most teams don’t get to play with, an entire bullpen to build.
Outside of Tyler Wells, the Orioles’ bullpen was going into the 2022 season with a big uncertainty question mark attached to it, well before the CBA work stoppage began. Before it could even begin, the Orioles looked inside the division to nab 25-year-old former Red Sox prospect, right-hander Denyi Reyes.
Reyes has had a pretty successful career in minors, compiling a 44-21 win-loss record across 112 games (72 starts). Possessing a career ERA of 2.92, the young righty has the chance to make for a good arm for a young and developing bullpen.
The most eye-opening stat Reyes possesses is his strikeout to walk ratio, tallying 465 K’s to just 80 walks. His K/9 is 7.8, which is incredible.
With the ability to start as well, Reyes could be a spot starter if needed and cover the long relief role for bullpen “opener” games. All of this is assuming he makes the team out of spring; he’s never advanced past the Double-A level thus far.
Boston did add Reyes to their 40-man roster in 2018, until he was waived before the 2020 season. We will see if he can make ours this year.
Like former Oriole reliever Mychal Givens, Reyes moved from shortstop to pitcher shortly after signing. Though his stuff is fringe worthy, he works quickly and commands the mound using his five-pitch arsenal.
Welcome to Birdland, Denyi!
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