Kyle Bradish debuts! (Ep. 91)
The Orioles rotation overhaul begins with the debut of one of their more promising young arms.
It is a shock to no one that the Orioles are in last-place of the AL East and already seeing their meager hopes of a playoff push go up in smoke. For a team still knee-deep in a rebuild, this was the expected outcome. But the way in which they have gotten here is surprising.
The offense has continued to struggle while the pitching staff has cooled off a bit since a white hot start, it remains in fine form. Better yet, they got just a touch more talented this week with the big league debut of Kyle Bradish.
Acquired in the Dylan Bundy trade with the Angels a couple of years ago, Bradish has since been a revelation in the Orioles organization. He quickly vaulted from a future middle relief option to a potential long-term piece of the club’s rotation. He has gotten here with a unique over-the-top arm slot and an uncanny ability to strike out opposing batters.
Bradish’s big league debut was not perfect, but it was exactly what the Orioles need. The rookie threw six strong innings against a Red Sox lineup that has a few big names. He did not strike out hitters at the rate we have become accustomed, but that is almost more impressive. He battled, and he looked like a big leaguer. It will be fun to see what he can do every fifth day for the rest of the year.
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