With the 2023 MLB All Star game voting commencing earlier this week, I thought it would be a good time to highlight 3 Orioles pitchers that could be apart of this years team. But, its important to note that these players cannot be voted on by fans. The fan voting portion of the All Star game only includes position players, but all three of these Orioles could be featured on the team thanks to the player and Commissioner's office voting.
Three members of the Baltimore Orioles pitching staff who could be all stars
I think Felix Bautista is a lock to make the All Star team at this point. He's been simply dominant this season with a K% of 48.2%, and 54 strikeouts in 27 innings pitched. His combination of triple-digit fastballs and nasty splitters has led him to record the second most saves in the majors this season with 14. He has been somewhat wild at times, leading to 17 walks in those 27 innings but he continues to find ways to limit the damage, which can be seen through his sparkling 1.33 ERA. It would take a very poor month for Bautista to miss out on the All Star team.
Cano has been a revelation this season for the O's. Cano was acquired from the Twins last season at the trade deadline when Jorge Lopez was shipped to Minnesota. Cano was widely viewed as a "throw-in" player in that deal at the time, but has instead turned into an All Star caliber reliever. Cano has been slightly more hittable recently, but still sports an incredible 0.93 ERA and 0.59 WHIP for the season. He has an unreal 30-1 strikeout to walk ratio and has been fantastic at preventing base runners. Cano and Bautista have become arguably the best 1-2 punch at the back end of the bullpen in the entire MLB.
When we talk about preventing baserunners, there has been no one better then Tyler Wells. Wells leads all qualified starting pitchers in the MLB in WHIP, with a miniscule 0.83 mark. The second closest qualified starter is Shohei Ohtani at 0.95. Wells has gone from a pitcher who barely made the rotation out of spring training to a bona fide ace for the Orioles. He has a 3-2 record this season with a 3.29 ERA in 63 innings pitched. He has also increased his swing and miss numbers from years past. In his last 7 starts, Wells has struck out 45 batters in just 39.2 innings of work. If he can continue this production he will have a legit shot at making his first All Star appearance.
Its hard to predict how many All Stars the Orioles will be given, but it is safe to say that these three pitchers will all have a legitimate shot at making thier first All Star game appearances.