Just a week after Orioles executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias said the Orioles were looking to add a potential arm into the starting rotation, they made good on his statement.
According to Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com, the Orioles brought in left-handed pitcher Tommy Milone on Thursday to spring training on an invite basis.
Milone will join a starting pitching competition that, after John Means and Alex Cobb, has plenty of room for potential additions. Milone was a 10th round pick of the Nationals in 2008 and made his MLB debut on Sept. 3, 2011.
Milone, 33, has a career record of 50-47 with a 4.47 ERA in 174 games with 136 starts.
In 2019, as a member of the Mariners, he went 4-10 with a 4.76 ERA in 23 games, with six starts. He threw 111.2 innings, his most at the major-league level since 2015, had a 5.00 FIP, a WHIP of 1.119 and allowed 8.2 hits per nine innings.
According to Baseball Savant, Milone threw 730 fastballs last season (43.7 percent), 637 changeups (38.1 percent), 172 sliders (10.3 percent) and 131 cutters (7.8 percent).
Milone has also pitched for the Athletics, Twins, Mets and Brewers in his career in addition to the Nationals. His career-best season came in 2012 in Oakland, where he pitched 190 innings in 31 games (all starts) and allowed a 3.74 ERA.
Baltimore’s camp roster is now at 68 players with Asher Wojciechowski, Brandon Bailey, Michael Rucker, David Hess, Keegan Akin and Kohl Stewart, amongst a few others, expected to compete for a spot in the starting rotation. Last season, the Orioles had a 5.59 ERA as a pitching staff and allowed a league-record 305 home runs.
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