Orioles Risk Damaging Tillman’s Trade Value With Recent Call Up

Orioles Risk Damaging Tillman’s Trade Value With Recent Call Up

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Let the Chris Tillman era official (re-)begin.

Tillman was scratched from his start at Triple-A Norfolk on Monday and Buck Showalter confirmed to reporters that he would likely start against the Mariners in game three on Wednesday.

This would push back Jake Arrieta’s start to Thursday and force him to face the Angels instead of the M’s. That’s probably for the best.

Nothing against Tillman, he’s earned the promotion after a solid month with the Tides, but I’m just a little worried about how his stuff will translate in the big leagues. I think Tillman is one of the Orioles biggest trade pieces and I fear that his value will quickly be diminished if he gets hit around during this call up.

Major League hitters killed Tillman’s secondary pitches and I’ve heard that he still has some work to do on his change up, which particularly worries me. I don’t doubt his (non-moving) fastball, but tend to think that it is much more effective against lower level hitters.