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Have The Pitching Reinforcements Helped The Orioles?

September 15, 2017
NEW YORK -- Since the end of last season, Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette has acquired 12 pitchers from outside the organization. One of them, Jeremy Hellickson, acquired just before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, was added to help a struggling starting rotation.
The others were added to help fortify the bullpen or the back end of the rotation. Some have pitched well. Some haven't. A few have already left the organization.

Here's a look at each of them.
Richard Bleier
Bleier was traded from the Yankees to the Orioles early in spring training, and the left-hander has been terrific with a 2-1 record and 1.93 ERA.
OUTLOOK: Bleier has become a bullpen mainstay and should be with the Orioles at the start of next season. 
Miguel Castro
This intriguing right-hander was picked up from the Colorado Rockies  in early April and has been a revelation.
Castro is 3-1 with a 2.83 ERA in 35 games. Orioles manager Buck Showalter has been so impressed with him that Castro is considered a candidate for next year's starting rotation, and it's possible he'll get a start before the end of this season.
OUTLOOK: Castro is a keeper. While he's done extremely well in the bullpen, the Orioles are in need of starters and would like to see him make the next step.
Alec Asher
Acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies at the end of spring training, Asher pitched well in relief at times, but when the right-hander was put into the starting rotation for Ubaldo Jimenez, he didn't perform well.
Asher was 2-5 with a 5.25 ERA in 24 games with the Orioles, six of them starts.
OUTLOOK: Asher could be on the 40-man bubble this winter, but he probably gets another chance to make the Orioles again next spring.
Andrew Faulkner
The left-hander was traded to from the Texas Rangers to the Orioles April 6, but he spent the entire season at Triple-A Norfolk.
Faulkner was taken off the 40-man roster to make room for shortstop J.J. Hardy when he was taken off the 60-day disabled list.
OUTLOOK: Despite his removal from the roster, Faulkner is on a list of Orioles prospects going to the Arizona Fall League.
Gabriel Ynoa
The pitching-hungry New York Mets are probably sorry they traded the right-hander to the Orioles in February.
Ynoa, who is scheduled for his second start with the Orioles Sept. 15, is 1-1 with a 4.19 ERA in six appearances.
OUTLOOK: Ynoa will be one of many to get a look next spring.
Jed Bradley
The left-hander was the first player acquired after last season ended, but he was taken off the major league roster before spring training.
Bradley, 27, surprised the Orioles by suddenly retiring while on the Double-A Bowie roster in early May.
Paul Fry
In order to make room for the left-hander on the 40-man roster, the Orioles designated right-hander Parker Bridwell for assignment in April.
In retrospect, it's a move the Orioles would like to have back. Bridwell, who was traded to the Los Angeles Angels, has gone 7-2 with a 3.94 ERA and could have been useful in the Orioles' rotation.
Fry was called up to the Orioles for two days in late April but never got in a game. He ended the season with Bowie. Fry's path to the major leagues with the Orioles isn't promising.
Edwin Jackson
The Orioles signed the veteran right-hander in early April, and he made it to the major leagues in June.
Jackson was cut loose after allowing 11 hits in five innings in three games and returned to the Washington Nationals, where he's pitched creditably in 10 starts.
Damien Magnifico
He was traded to the Orioles by the Milwaukee Brewers April 13. Less than a month later, after a posting a 9.95 ERA at Norfolk, the right-hander was on his way to the Angels.
Vidal Nuno
The veteran left-hander was a disappointment. Nuno had a 10.43 ERA in 12 games with the Orioles and was taken off the 40-man roster late last month.
Logan Verrett
Despite winning two extra-inning games early in the season, the right-hander was made dispensable with Castro's emergence. He was taken off the 40-man roster Sept. 1, when the roster expanded.

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