No. 1 – Zach Davies, Milwaukee Brewers
Zach Davies was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in 2011 out of high school. He showed a lot of promise in the minors, and in 2015, after 18 starts in Triple-A Norfolk, Davies had a 2.84 ERA.
Instead, he was dealt at the trade deadline for outfielder Gerardo Parra who was having an excellent year at the time, one that was fueled by a whole lot of BABIP luck. From the point that Parra joined the Orioles to the end of the year, he slashed .237/.268/.357, predictably regressing from the awesome start he had to the year.
Last season, Davies pitched a 3.97 ERA over 28 starts for the Brewers, and while he’s struggled a bit this season, he’d still be a welcome change to the Orioles rotation. Plus, he’s still just 24-years-old, so there’s still some potential there.
The Orioles have a lot of young pitching talent working through the minors, whether it be Harvey, Cody Sedlock, or Keegan Akin, there’s some hope there. Hopefully they won’t trade them for replacement-level talent.