The Aberdeen IronBirds are becoming synonymous with awards this season.
The MiLB Pitcher of the Month was announced yesterday, and the Aberdeen IronBirds’ very own Carlos Tavera was named as the recipient.
Tavera was drafted by the Orioles in the 2021 draft in the fifth round as the 137th pick out of Texas-Arlington. Starting quickly, he was assigned to the Delmarva Shorebirds in August of last year.
Across six games, including three starts, Tavera would pitch to a 2.25 ERA across 12 innings. He would strike out 13 batters, while holding opponents to a .103 average.
He would have some control issues, however, as he also would walk 12 batters and throw three wild pitches.
Come 2022, Tavera would be assigned to High-A Aberdeen, where he looked to improve on his first year playing professional baseball.
May would show how far Tavera has come in his growth. Though he lost a game, he had an ERA of 0.49 across four games, all starts.
He would pitch 18.1 innings, allowing one earned run on six total hits. His strikeout to walk ratio was 26 to five, and batters would hit a measly .098 off the young right-hander.
Overall, Tavera has a 1-2 record through nine games this year, all starts. He has an ERA of 4.37 across 35 innings with 45 strikeouts.
A big improvement on the season is Tavera allowing just 16 walks on the season now. His WHIP is down .10, and his wild pitches are down to two on the year.
Tavera took a big step forward in May, showing the promise that earned him a promotion to Aberdeen this year. We look forward to seeing him grow and will be looking for more dominant months from one of the O’s most underrated prospects.
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