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Chris Tillman, SP, Baltimore Orioles
Another chance for Tillman
A few days into the month, B-more recalled Tillman, 22, for his third stint
with the club this year. The talented right-hander continues to seek consistency
in the bigs. He issues too many walks, misses too few bats and yields too many
fly balls, especially in that home park of his.
The right-hander is slowly improving his K/9 and swing-and-miss percentage, but not enough to be encouraging. And, despite two outings with low damage in his starts since his recall, he walked nine hitters in 12 innings. He didn't give his infield defense a much greater chance to bail him out, either.
Tillman was gaining more confidence after the midseason point, when he began incorporating his two-seamer more often. He must change something to avoid leaving so many pitches up. Unlike Brian Matusz and Jake Arrieta, Tillman won't be shut down, it appears. He still has tons of promise and is hurling for a club with some new direction. Hope is far from gone, mostly for 2011 and beyond.
Shallow mixed: Pass
Deep mixed: Watch
About Nicholas Minnix
Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.
The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.
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