While the big club was enjoying a night off, Chris Tillman, the Orioles top minor league pitching prospect, was hard at work down at Triple-A Norfolk.
Tillman, the #16 prospect in all of baseball according to MLB.com, allowed just two earned runs over five strong innings in a 6-2 Tides win over the Louisville Bats. The stellar six-hit, five-strikeout, one-walk performance moved his record to a perfect 5-0, but actually increased his ERA all the way up to a bloated… 2.25. During his five start win streak, he’s thoroughly dominated Eastern League hitters and has yielded a total of just seven runs.
His strikeout to walk ratio through seven starts this season is nearly 4:1 and Tillman pitching in Norfolk no doubt looks like the rock star people around Baltimore hope he will become — pitching in Baltimore.
So the question is begs to be asked. Just how soon will we see the the 6’5 195lb, 21-year old right-hander making his major league debut?
My advice to the gents down at the Warehouse… the sooner the better.