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Driven
08-15-2008, 06:50 PM
No. 1 CHRIS TILLMAN, RHP ORIOLES
Team: Double-A Bowie (Eastern)
Age: 20
Why He's Here: 1-1, 2.25, 12 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 17 SO
The Scoop: If the Orioles end their 10-year spiral of consecutive losing seasons (not counting this year), the Erik Bedard trade haul will go a long way toward reviving the franchise. Adam Jones and George Sherrill have helped this year's O's be better than expected, and relief righty Kam Mickolio (already in Triple-A) has shown considerable promise. But Tillman may prove to be the biggest piece.

He struck out seven in six shutout innings against Trenton in his latest start, has 28 K's (and just three walks) in 18 August innings, and is climbing the leaderboards for the entire minors despite his age and inexperience. His 9.94 strikeouts per nine innings ranks eighth among full-season pitchers; his 3.49 ERA ranks third in the Eastern League, and his 131 K's ranks third. His improved walk numbers might be the most important piece, as with 57 he's tied for third in the EL but showing clear progress.

"He's really improved, especially his curveball," said one Eastern League manager. "He's 93-94 mph with his fastball and he'll pitch at 92, and he's deceptive. Guys started looking curve against him, and he was smart and really attacked with the fastball."


No. 4 MATT WIETERS, C ORIOLES
Team: Double-A Bowie (Eastern)
Age: 22
Why He's Here: .409/.500/.864 (9-for-22), 5 R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 10 RBIs, 5 BB, 3 SO
[b]The Scoop: [b]It seems all but inevitable that Wieters will be the starting catcher in Baltimore next season. He's paving a golden road to the major leagues and doesn't seem to be hindered by anything. Since his promotion to Double-A he's hit .362/.459/.632 with nine home runs and a 30-to-22 walk-to-strikeout ratio. Overall he's up to .352/.453/.598 with 24 home runs and 83 RBIs in 115 games. Look out Ramon Hernandez. He's knocking your door with authority.


http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/prospects/prospect-hot-sheet/2008/266701.html

bmurphy28
08-15-2008, 09:59 PM
wow very impressive

Humongo
08-17-2008, 02:12 AM
:mad:

Driven
08-17-2008, 10:34 AM
:mad:

Why so serious?