O’s Select Pitcher In Rule 5 Draft; Lose Two

The Orioles selected RHP Adrian Rosario, previously with the Milwaukee Brewers, in the rule 5 draft. They also lost RHP Pat Egan to the Brewers and RHP Pedro Beato to the New York Mets.

Rosario is a 21 year old relief pitcher that is tall and skinny (6’4”, 180). The Orioles took him in the first round of the rule 5 draft and he has to stay on the major league roster or else he can be offered back to the Brewers. I guess the Orioles see some potential in him and are hoping they can hide him at the bottom of the bullpen. Looking at his numbers he must have good stuff because he gets alot of strikeouts but as usual control appears to be an issue. In rookie ball he pitched to a 1.26 ERA over 14.1 innings with 15 strikeouts and 3 walks. Clearly too good for the competition there he was promoted to A ball where he went 4-0 with a 4.50 ERA over 32 innings with 44 strikeouts and 15 walks. Without having seen him pitch I don’t see how hes going to make it the whole season with the Orioles. If he can only manage a 4.50 ERA in single A, I can’t wait to see how he does at the major league level. But thats the nature of these things and the Orioles obviously know more about him than I do. I’ll be interested to hear the reports on him and spring training and hope it works out. Maybe we’ll end up making a deal to be able to send him to our minors.

As for the two pitchers taken from our minors, I think they have a better chance of sticking with their respective clubs than Rosario with the O’s but theres still a good chance they get returned to us at some point. Pat Egan was great with AA Bowie in 2010 going 6-1 with a 2.12 ERA and 5 saves in 46.2 innings with 25 strikeouts and 7 walks but struggled after being promoted to AAA Norfolk with a 5.11 ERA over 37 innings with 17 strikeouts and 9 walks. He gets alot of groundballs and had a good stint in the AFL with a 2.13 ERA over 12.2 innings so he might make it but his time in AAA makes it seem like hes not quite ready to stick in the majors. I had Pedro Beato as the Orioles 23rd best prospect in my top 25 prospect list and the Mets took him in the second round of the rule 5 draft. He was 4-0 with a 2.11 ERA and 16 saves over 59.2 innings with 50 strikeouts and 19 walks for AA Bowie in 2010. I’d say he has a slightly better chance than Egan to stick with his team but hes still never performed above AA ball and never pitched near as well as a starter at any level than he did as a reliever this year. Time will tell with all of these players but most of the time they get returned. It’d be nice to get an exception to that rule with Rosario but we can’t count on that.

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