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Bulls for the ‘Pen: Baltimore Orioles

LHP Mike Belfiore aims to crack the O's 2014 roster. (Photo: Getty Images)

LHP Mike Belfiore aims to crack the O’s 2014 roster after posting good numbers in AAA.
(Photo: Getty Images)

In the latest in a thirty-part series (yeesh!), We will be looking around baseball at potential bullpen vacancies and the internal candidates that each organization has in the upper levels of their systems to fill those vacancies. We’re hoping to expose some fresh faces that should see plenty of action in 2014 barring injuries or roster screwery and in doing so provide a bit of a relief summary for each organization’s upper minors. Without further ado, we’ll get moving onto the Baltimore Orioles.

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Orioles Propsects Surprise by Pitching Their Way to the Crown

The Surprise Saguaros celebrate their AFL championship after defeating the Mesa Solar Sox 2-0 in Scottsdale. (Photo: David Wallace, The Arizona Republic)

The Surprise Saguaros celebrate their AFL championship after defeating the Mesa Solar Sox yesterday 2-0 in Scottsdale.
(Photo: David Wallace, The Arizona Republic)

The Arizona Fall League has concluded it’s always entertaining season for yet another year, with Surprise surprising everyone and winning by pitching after having spent the previous twenty-five games hammering opponents into submission with their bats. On a day when the Solar Sox’ starter Dallas Beeler was plenty sharp (possibly earning himself a look by the pleasantly busy Cubs, who appear to be rolling in their prospect riches), giving up just one run on two hits and a walk through five innings, it’s a good thing for the Saguaros that they happened to bring their pitching game on Saturday. After scoring in excess of six runs per game on average throughout the AFL circuit heading into the championship, Surprise was expected to give the Solar Sox and their league-best 3.24 ERA an excellent strength vs. strength matchup; the potent Sags offense versus the dominant Sox starters. As is often the case with a championship on the line (even one that doesn’t come with a trophy) the long statistical game of baseball changes dramatically when reduced to a single game. AFL MVP and top dreamy-eyed prospect Kris Bryant went 0-4 with two Ks, the first game in the circuit that he failed to reach base. Orioles prospects came out of the woodwork after posting fairly lackluster numbers through the short season. One-and-done Games, man…

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