The Baltimore Orioles have several intriguing players that have made their major league debuts over the past couple of seasons, one of whom is Dean Kremer. But how important has the 25-year old’s recent success to both himself and the Orioles?
Kremer was acquired along with four other players at the 2018 Trade Deadline from the Los Angeles Dodgers for Manny Machado. Although Yusniel Diaz was the top prospect in the trade, Kremer has already begun making his impact with Baltimore less than three years after the trade.
April was a tough month for Kremer, carrying an 8.40 ERA in four starts in just 15 innings of work. However, through his first three starts in May, Kremer looks like a completely different pitcher.
In three starts and 16 innings of work, Kremer has dropped his ERA to 5.81 and has not allowed more than three runs a start. He has continued to give up the long ball, but he has not surrendered home runs with multiple baserunners.
Going forward, this is a big step for Kremer and the Orioles’ organization. Besides John Means, there is not an established starter in the rotation that is a long-term option. Matt Harvey has had some success in the rotation and brings a veteran presence to the team, but he is not in the plans several years down the road.
Kremer is only 25 years old and is under contract for at least five more seasons. There is no question that the Orioles plan to have him develop into a solid second or third starter in the rotation to follow Means.
There is still much room for improvement for Kremer, as he has yet to make it into the seventh inning of a game or throw 100 pitches in a game. None of those things have been expected from him, but are all things that will be expected in the future in a good portion of his starts.
It will be fun to watch Kremer grow over the next few seasons, so stay tuned.