It should come to no surprise that the Baltimore Orioles and Mike Elias have been cherry picking top prospects from their farm system. What is surprising, however, is how early they have been doing it. So far with pitching alone in 2022, they have called up the aforementioned Kyle Bradish and Denyi Reyes.
The O’s have already claimed Beau Sulser and Logan Allen off of waivers, so to say they have been active in the transaction market would be an understatement. Although the latter of those four names might not be headed for the starting rotation, there are a few minor leagues who should be expecting a call very soon.
Honorable mention possibility:
The reason we put DL Hall as an honorable mention, isn’t because he won’t get the call up, because he will, but because he won’t be in the starting rotation by the deadline. Acting as a starting all throughout the Orioles minor leagues, Hall has been electric. He has started 53 of his 57 minor league appearances, but we find him and his power more suited for the bull pen.
Predicting the Orioles starting rotation after the trade deadline
His ability to mix speeds and dazzle hitters and fan a like will no-doubt see him head to Baltimore, but with an already packed rotation (hopefully), Hall can assist the already blooming pen and become a nasty contributor in late innings.
Projected Rotation Spot – 5:
Don’t expect Grayson Rodriguez to be in the number 5 slot of the rotation for long, but by nature of who is already there, and who will be, we predict him to fill that hole by the trade deadline at the latest (hopefully much sooner). Currently pitching with a 3.09 ERA with the Norfolk Tides, Grayson also has 47 Ks and a WHIP of 1.00. Sooner, rather than later seems to be the decision.
By now, if you have been paying close attention, you will notice that we have predicted the Orioles #1, 2, 3, and 5 spots in their starting rotation. Additionally, Tyler Wells and Spenser Watkins are missing. For what it’s worth, we predict Wells to head back to the pen, but only because of who is coming up, or who is predicted to be in B’more by the summer.