3 under the radar Orioles to watch in 2024

These three Orioles will have a bigger impact then you may think in 2024.

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The expectations are through the roof for the Orioles this season. In 2023, the O's won 101 games and finished as the one seed in the A.L. Coming into 2024, the team is looking to repeat this success on the backs of star players such as Gunnar Henderson, Adley Rutschman, and Corbin Burnes. But every star needs a good supporting cast. So, here are three Orioles who aren't getting talked about enough coming into this season.

Dillon Tate, Relief Pitcher

Tate is an interesting piece coming into this season. He dealt with elbow and forearm injuries throughout 2023, leading to him missing the entire season. I think fans are overlooking the impact that Tate could have on the team in 2024.

Tate has had an up and down career, but the stuff has always been nasty for him. He finally figured it out for a full season in 2022, reaching a career high in innings, strikeouts, and appearances. He also had the lowest ERA of his career at just 3.05 and a miniscule WHIP of just 0.99.

Adley Rutschman, Dillon Tate
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His calling card is his sinker, which had an absurd 20 run value in 2022, placing him in the 97th percentile. It's a bowling ball at the bottom of the zone and it boasted incredible results as Tate's primary pitch. Opponents had just a .214 batting average and .260 slugging percentage against his sinker, leading to consistent, soft contact (97th percentile ground ball rate). Tate threw his sinker over 50% of the time and didn't allow a single home run off it the entire season.

If Tate is truly back to 100%, he should be much needed reinforcements for the Orioles bullpen this season. With Felix Bautista likely out for the season, DL Hall pitching in Milwaukee, and Tyler Wells and Cole Irvin being moved to the rotation due to other injuries, Dillon Tate is going to have a huge role. It'll be fun to watch him bounce back.