1. David Hess, RHP
Starting pitcher David Hess has six starts with an impressive 2.12 ERA in Triple-A Norfolk and has been a top candidate all season to join the Orioles.
Hess has 29 strikeouts in 29.2 innings pitched in 2018. Furthermore, the right-handed pitcher has given up just two home runs and opposing batters are hitting a low .189 off Hess.
Most noteworthy is Hess’ latest start where he recorded 10 strikeouts through seven innings for his second win of the season and carried a no-hitter into the seventh frame as the Tides cruised past Durham 13-0.
Yes, Hess only has two wins, but often lacks the run support from his offense. Besides his stellar performance last outing, Hess’ most notable games in 2018 include:
- April 8: 5.0 IP, 1 ER, 7 SO, ND
- April 28: 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 SO, W
Hess earned both of his victories this season away from Harbor Park and opposing left-handed batters carry a .131 batting average against Hess.
With an above-average fastball and slider, Hess possess great potential to fit right into the Orioles rotation or even become an option in the bullpen to get him accommodated in the major leagues.
Hess was in fact recalled by the Orioles on April 15, but didn’t make an appearance and was brought back down to Triple-A Norfolk the next day. So, it’s obvious the Orioles are considering Hess and likely is the next option to fill in Tillman’s role in the starting rotation.