Looking at more bullpen candidates for 2022; Orioles have 5 top 100 prospects

When spring training begins, the Orioles must sift through a number of candidates for their bullpen. There are probably eight spots available. On Wednesday, we looked at the top returning candidates. Today, we’ll look at some of the new arrivals and a few who pitched in 2021.

Bryan Baker

Background: The 6-foot-6, 245-pound  right-hander was claimed on waivers from Toronto on November 8, 2021.

Baker’s 2021: After going 6-1 with 11 saves and a 1.31 ERA in 39 games for Triple-A Buffalo, Baker made his major league debut with a scoreless inning on September 5th.

Outlook: With some spots up for grabs, Baker will get a look in spring training. His Triple-A stats (1 home run in 41 1/3 innings) were impressive.

Félix Bautista

Background: Bautista has been in the Orioles’ system since 2016 but hadn’t pitched above Low-A until 2021.

Bautista’s 2021: The 6-foot-5, 26-year-old right-hander pitched for High-A Aberdeen, Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk and was a combined 1-6 with a 1.54 ERA. Bautista had 11 saves, allowed two home runs in 46 2/3 innings. He struck out 77 and walked 30.

Outlook: Bautista’s fascinating stat line helped earn him a spot on the 40-man roster. He might not start the season with the Orioles, but with the team’s propensity to burn through relievers, he’s likely to see time in Baltimore in 2022.

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Marcos Diplán

Background: Diplán, a 25-year-old right-hander, was acquired on waivers from Detroit on…

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