3-2, 4.48 ERA, 60.1 IP, 1.46 WHIP, 4.03 K/9
2007 outlook: Hawkins will most likely not pitch for the Orioles next season. Unless he is willing to sign a bargain basement deal, Hawkins will be moving on. He was an improvement over Steve Kline, so the trade was still a good one. His strikeout numbers dropped and he wasn’t a very effective set up man, so I think its time to let him go.
2-4, 4.74 ERA, 1 save, 57 IP, 1.67 WHIP, 3.79 K/9
2007 outlook: Williams will get a chance in Spring Training, but he shouldn’t be pitching in any meaningful innings if he pitches in the majors at all. He started off the year hurt and was not very effective when he came back. Most effective bullpens have pitchers that strikeout alot of batters. As you will notice, the Orioles have too many pitchers that don’t have that trait. Williams is another one that falls into that category.
0-2, 3.35 ERA, 1 save, 53.2 IP, 1.17 WHIP, 6.88 K/9
2007 outlook: Britton will be in the 2007 bullpen with a shot at the set up role. He had an up and down rookie year in 2006, but it added up to a good start to his Oriole career. He started off in the minor leagues before being called up for an extended time. He produced well before going through a rough stretch and being sent back down to the minors in August. He came back strong in September and is hope that we can provide quality bullpen arms through the farm system.
1-1, 4.44 ERA, 46.2 IP, 1.52 WHIP, 3.66 K/9
2007 outlook: Rleal will get a shot to make the bullpen in Spring Training. There will be alot of pitchers competing for the spots. Sendy was another rookie reliever that was up and down throughout the year. His strikeouts dropped significantly this year, hopefully he can bring it back up to his past numbers next year. It seems he was relying on his changeup way too much.
0-1, 5.40 ERA, 20 IP, 1.95 WHIP, 9.90 K/9
2007 outlook: Manon may well be another one of those pitchers that competes for a job next Spring Training. He was a pitcher that struck out alot of batters, but also walked a ton. He could be effective if he can cut down on the walks, but he could be getting his strikeouts because hes so wild.
0-3, 8.48 ERA, 40.1 IP, 1.91 WHIP, 5.13 K/9
2007 outlook: Hopefully Ortiz will not be on the Orioles 2007 roster. In one of the most puzzling moments of my Orioles fan career, we signed Russ Ortiz in the summer and left him on the Major League roster for the remainder of the season. Time after time he got shelled and was the worst pitcher on the team (and thats saying something), but we kept a roster spot for him and kept sending him out there.
0-1, 10.24 ERA, 9.2 IP, 1.97 WHIP, 5.59 K/9
2007 outlook: Hoey will be in the 2007 bullpen at some point, but he may start off the year in AAA Norfolk. By the time he reached the Majors last September, Hoey had already pitched (and thrived) at three stops in the minor leagues. I expect him to be a big cog in the future of our bullpen and he’ll get a shot to make it out of Spring Training.
1-1, 7.20 ERA, 15 IP, 1.80 WHIP, 6.60 K/9
2007 outlook: Rodriguez was confusing last year. Continuously great in AAA Ottawa, but continuously terrible when he pitched in Baltimore. Could be one of your classic AAAA players. Don’t expect to see him in Baltimore in 2007.
0-0, 10.13 ERA, 8 IP, 2.00 WHIP, 6.75 K/9
2007 outlook: Abreu won’t be pitching for the Orioles organization in 2007. He just signed a minor league contract to pitch for the Washington Nationals. He won’t go far, but it’ll be far enough. Abreu showed flashes and pitched great in AAA, but I think he’s another Eddy Rodriguez type.
0-1, 13.86 ERA, 12.1 IP, 2.76 WHIP, 6.57 K/9
2007 outlook: Brower will catch on somewhere probably, but it won’t be in Baltimore. After pitching horribly early on in April the Orioles released Brower. They did the right thing, which makes the Russ Ortiz fiasco that much more confusing.