When spring training begins, the Orioles must sift through a number of candidates for the bullpen. There are probably eight spots available, and today we’ll look at the top returning candidates.
Background: Fry was acquired by the Orioles from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for international bonus slot money on April 17, 2017. He made his major league debut on June 29, 2018 and impressed manager Buck Showalter with his poise. In 2018, he was 1-2 with two saves and a 3.35 ERA. In 2019, Fry was 1-9 with three saves and a 5.34 ERA in 66 games and, in 2020, he was 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA in 22 games.
Fry’s 2021: Fry had a nice start, allowing just a run on six hits in 10 innings in April and had a 3.60 ERA. In June, his ERA increased to 5.91 before settling down in July to 2.79.
His August was disastrous. After allowing 17 earned runs and 16 walks in seven innings for a 21.86 ERA, he was sent to Triple-A Norfolk on August 29th and didn’t return. The 29-year-old left-hander had a 7.88 ERA in eight innings for the Tides.
Outlook: After speculation that the Orioles would non-tender or trade him, Fry signed a one-year contract for $850,000 just before the lockout. Fry has been impressive through much of his Orioles’ career, and he’ll have a shot at a spot for 2022.