Baltimore Orioles pitcher Logan Verrett has been having some success this year. Kevin Gausman and Ubaldo Jimenez have both been struggling. Does Verrett have what it takes to join the rotation?
Tuesday night the Baltimore Orioles faced the Washington Nationals in game two of the four-game Beltway series. The O’s took it into the 12th and Mark Trumbo got a walk off base hit.
Logan Verrett got the title as winning pitcher. In this game, he pitched three innings, allowed two hits, got two punchouts, and allowed no runs. This isn’t the first time Verrett helped the O’s in extra innings.
Verrett’s Woes in Norfolk
Despite Verrett’s work with the Baltimore Orioles, he spends most of his time in Norfolk or Triple-A. In my opinion, Verrett’s problems in Norfolk are what is holding him back from being a legitimate starter.
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In his 12.1 innings of work in Norfolk, he has a pitiful 6.57 ERA. If these numbers scare you away from Verrett, then consider this: in 2016 for the Las Vegas 51s (A Triple-A affiliate for the New York Mets) he had a 1.50 ERA in the same amount of innings. So maybe this year, Verrett is running into bad luck or is still trying to get on the same page with the Tides pitching coach.
Taking A Chance On Verret
The Baltimore Orioles have a history of taking chances on pitchers. Most recently of Jayson Aquino, who has an ERA of nine! So why not take a chance on Verrett? Maybe give him a start or at least some serious bullpen work.
Also, the Orioles have one of the best records in baseball. I hate to say it, but if Verrett’s start doesn’t go well, a loss wouldn’t be the death of the O’s season. I am a firm believer of Verrett and think he should at least be considered and get to at the very least stay in the majors.
How Logan Verret Can Fit Into The Baltimore Orioles Roster
As I previously stated, Kevin Gausman and Ubaldo Jiminez have both been struggling, with both of their ERA’s over 5.50. Also, Ubaldo is coming up towards the end of his contract and it seems unlikely the O’s will resign him.
So obviously the Orioles will need a new starter, and if it is Verrett, why not get him accustomed to MLB hitters and let him pitch more? This would show that Verrett could work as Jiminez’s replacement.
Another way Verrett could get into the mix would be the bullpen. Vidal Nuno has not been doing well, as his role is questionable and his ERA is over six. I think Verrett would be a better man for the bullpen than Nuno.
Starter or not I think Logan Verrett is an asset to the organization and needs more MLB playing time, no matter the role.