One player who can make the opening day roster that is flying under the radar is reliever Josh Stinson. Stinson is making a strong case for himself this spring with five strikeouts and no earned runs in four innings. He is an interesting option for the Baltimore Orioles because he can spot start if necessary, and he has the potential to find success as a middle reliever.
Stinson is a pitcher that has been overlooked his entire career. He was drafted by the New York Mets in the 37th round in the 2006 draft, and he was never a highly rated prospect. He struggled early in his professional career as a starter, but he showed better results when he moved to the bullpen. In 2011, Stinson owned a 3.99 ERA and 1.31 WHIP in through 47 innings pitched for AA Binghamton. This performance finally put him on the major league radar, and the Mets called him up for a brief stint at the end of the season.
While he never dominated in the minors, he always had a ceiling of either a backend starter or reliever. He has good velocity and movement on his fastball, and he also has decent off-speed offerings. His fastball usually averages in the low 90s, but he can reach the mid 90s at times out of the bullpen.
At the end of last season, Stinson showed a lot of promise for Baltimore. In September, Stinson allowed just one earned run over nine innings while striking out eight batters. Even though it is a very small sample, these results are very encouraging. With solid performances this spring and at the end of last season, Stinson should get strong consideration for a spot in Orioles’ bullpen.