Baltimore Orioles: 5 Left-Handed Relievers the Orioles Could Pursue

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 10: Richard Bleier
CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 10: Richard Bleier /
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CHICAGO, IL – OCTOBER 19: Brian Duensing
CHICAGO, IL – OCTOBER 19: Brian Duensing /

4. Brian Duensing

Brian Duensing is actually a former member of the Baltimore Orioles, playing for them in 2016 in just 14 games.

Duensing started out his career as a starting pitcher and actually had some success, especially in 2010 with the Minnesota Twins when he pitched 130.2 innings and had a 2.62 ERA. But since 2013, Duensing has been mostly pitching out of the bullpen.

He had a great year as a reliever for the Chicago Cubs last year, pitching to a 2.74 ERA in 62.1 innings, logging 15 holds as well as an 8.81 K/9, the best of his career.

Duensing throws a mix of five pitches, but probably his most impressive pitch is his curveball, which you can see here:

Duensing has a fastball that floats around 92 MPH, as well as a sinker, a slider that sits around 81 MPH, a changeup that comes in around 85 MPH, and finally his curveball which averages around 72 MPH.

That mix of pitches and speeds makes Duensing a pretty solid reliever, and given that he has starting experience, he could potentially function as a long reliever for the Baltimore Orioles.