Print and Go Back ESPN.com: SweetSpot [Print without images]

Tuesday, March 30, 2010
No. 5 Starter Watch (II): Orioles


The Orioles have a No. 5 starter, as David Hernandez has outpitched Chris Tillman this month:


Well, that's the thing: Tillman might have pitched better without the cutter ... but somebody thought he needed the cutter to pitch successfully in the major leagues. Either way, it would have been almost impossible to top Hernandez's 20 strikeouts and three walks, which must rank among the most impressive totals for any starting pitcher this spring.

I just wrote about these guys a few days ago, so I won't rehash everything here. But it's struck me this spring that, for all the talk about nobody having enough pitching, a lot of teams have a No. 6 starter with real promise. The Yankees, Red Sox, Reds, Orioles, Padres, Rangers, Twins ... there are a lot of good young pitchers out there who aren't quite good enough yet to crack their team's rotation.