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Prospect Watch: Tyler Wilson

February 25, 2015 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Tyler Wilson enjoyed a breakthrough for the Baltimore Orioles organization in 2014.
Tyler Wilson broke through as the 2014 Orioles Minor League Pitcher of the Year. (Les Treagus/Norfolk Tides)

On Tuesday, we examined the Baltimore Orioles’ starting pitching options for 2015.

One pitcher we didn’t mention was unheralded prospect Tyler Wilson, Baltimore’s 10th round pick from 2011. The 25-year-old righty may not have the upside of Kevin Gausman, Dylan Bundy or Hunter Harvey, but after a 2014 season in which he was among the minor league leaders with a combined 14 wins between Double-A and Triple-A, Wilson has definitely put himself in consideration as a future major leaguer.

Baltimore’s 2014 Minor League Pitcher of the Year has already caught Manager Buck Showalter’s eye this spring.

“There’s probably not a plus-plus pitch in a guy like Wilson, but when you put the repertoire together, you win baseball games. He locates his fastball. He’s got a good delivery. He fields his position. He holds runners. He’s athletic. He’s smart,” Showalter said.

Small wonder the Orioles added Wilson to the 40-man roster this season to avoid losing him in the Rule 5 draft. The former Virginia Cavalier has been a consistent winner in the minor leagues, managing to compile a sub-4.00 ERA through his first four professional seasons.

Wilson is not someone that will blow hitters away or light up the radar gun, but he always seems to rack up the Ws wherever he goes (his 25 career wins ranks third all-time at Virginia). The fact that his command did not really suffer in the move from Double-A to Triple-A was a great sign.

Wilson racked up 10 wins and one Eastern League Pitcher of the Week award during his time at Double-A last year before moving to Triple-A just after the halfway mark of the season (check out his first Triple-A win in the video below).

With the Norfork Tides, he didn’t pitch quite as deep into each start, and he may have benefited slightly from a somewhat low .280 BABIP — although it was nothing that would suggest a drastic shift in his bottom line numbers.

Wilson, penned for a $20,000 signing bonus, isn’t the kind of hurler that pops up on Top 10 prospect lists, hence his arrival at Triple-A in relative obscurity. But with a career WHIP of 1.16, this dude knows how to limit baserunners — and that will spell success at any level. Wilson did have some issues with the long ball, surrendering 13 in 16 starts in his first try at Double-A in 2013. But he cut that to just 10 dingers allowed in 16 Double-A starts last year before the promotion. At Triple-A, Wilson’s homer rate was up only slightly.

At this stage, Wilson probably ranks below only Ubaldo Jimenez among starters that aren’t projected to break camp in the B-More rotation, so there’s a very good chance he’ll make his MLB debut at some point this year.

Long-term, Wilson may wind up in relief, but the fact that he’s made it this far as a starter is a good sign.

Now it’s your turn. Let us know in the comments below what kind of future you envision for Wilson.

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Baltimore Orioles Rotation 2015 Preview

February 24, 2015 | by RotoRob | Comments (3)
Showalter is entering his sixth season at the helm of the O’s and his .535 winning percentage is second only to his tenure with the Yankees, when he won at a .539 clip. His time with B-More has enabled him to now move almost 100 games over .500 for his managing career (1,259-1,161) for a fine .520 mark. It’s that pesky 9-13 postseason mark that haunts Showalter.
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Can Stand Pat Orioles Repeat in AL East?

February 20, 2015 | by RotoRob | Comments (3)
In 2014, the Baltimore Orioles pretty much ran away with a much less competitive than normal American League East.
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2013 RotoRob Baseball Awards

December 29, 2013 | by RotoRob | Comments (1)
Can you believe it? It’s that time of year again, when all good RotoRob readers must dust off their monkey suits and sequined gowns as we hand out our annual hardware in the form of the RotoRob Awards. For each sport, we identify a Stud, Dud, Rookie and Comeback Player of the Year and then it’s fun time, with our unique crazy ass trophies — most of which are awards players would rather not win. But hey, we’re always watching, so you best be careful what you do in public.
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Daily Dump: Luke Scott

June 25, 2009 | by RotoRob | Comments (2)
First of all, he’s sat plenty with the Orioles playing in NL parks lately. Second of all, after a ridiculously potent May in limited action, Scott has slumped badly in June, a current 3-for-22 skid dropping him to .239 with a 699 OPS for the month.
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