Other Baltimore Orioles Who Can Prove Something
Just with the picture at the top of this slide, you can guess that I am going to write a little about DL Hall. Hall has pitched only once at the big league level and has been a highly anticipated prospect since he was drafted in the first round of the 2017 draft out of high school. Hall was called up to be a lefty out of the bullpen for the final month of the season and likely will not start unless there is an injury or some other unique circumstance. This month, Hall can prove that he can pitch effectively without allowing a ton of walks as he has throughout the minors. The other three lefties are Cionel Perez, Keegan Akin, and Nick Vespi who have all had solid seasons so it is unlikely Hall will see many high leverage situations as Perez and Vespi are more frequently called on to face lefties in tough spots.
Other Orioles that I believe have something to prove are Kyle Bradish and Terrin Vavra. Bradish has had two consecutive 7+ inning shutouts and has pitched great since coming off the IL. Mostly, I want Bradish to prove that these last two starts were not a fluke and that he can pitch as a top-of-the-rotation piece consistently. For Vavra, he will not get a ton of opportunities now that Stowers and Henderson are in Baltimore, but in the opportunities, he does get, I would like him to show a little bit more extra-base pop and an ability to play second base at a Major League level.