The GM for the Baltimore Orioles, Mike Elias, spoke ad nauseam about the future of the following, top Orioles prospect, Grayson Rodriguez, during Sunday’s game.
Rodriguez, the Baltimore Orioles’ first selection in 2018, was back at it for the Norfolk Tides this past weekend, and he was once again showing his “big league stuff” in another Triple-A matchup. Grayson is currently 4-1 this season, with a 2.70 ERA and 66 strikeouts. Much like everyone said with Adley Rutschman, we’re not sure what else he needs to prove.
During this weekends matchup against the Rays, Baltimore Orioles GM, Mike Elias, sat down with the MASN crew and spoke on the call up of Rutschman, and what the future looks like for the O’s farm system. In short, innings and pitches seem to be the name of the game for the young Orioles hurler.
In a perfect world, GRod would’ve been on the opening day roster for the Baltimore Orioles, but life had other plans. Elias had this to say about the youngsters Spring Training:
“I think that there are a number of factors that we’ve been monitoring with Grayson. First of all, he came into camp, it was a condensed major league camp because of the lockout. He wasn’t locked out, but it wasn’t a camp where we could let him have the normal number of innings that he could have because we were just trying to put a team together so quickly. He was a little off-kilter when he came into camp. His outings weren’t great.”
Baltimore Orioles GM gives future update on Grayson Rodriguez
However, as you read above, his stuff is coming back to him, and he appears to be getting back to where the Orioles organization wants him to be. In the Baltimore Orioles GM’s eyes as well:
“He’s getting close to a full buildup. We just want to see him keep going on the track that I feel like he’s been on. The last two or three outings have been markedly better in terms of stuff, location, delivery. I think his last outing was kind of vintage Grayson, which was exciting, and I’m watching each one of his starts very carefully and I know we are as an organization.”
When looking at these comments, and the over indulgence of Elias stating that we all need to wait and see can give us all multiple feelings towards this impending call-up. The first emotion might be a trusting patience. Mike Elias hasn’t done anything to upsetting, we should trust him. The other emotion, however, might be anger.
It’s upsetting that the Orioles have such a talent, and yet they are just sitting on him, waiting for him to prove more. He’s already throwing late into games, and pitching well above the 75-80 pitch count mark. So, he seems ready… The call-up will come soon, be when is the more important question in time.