OMG: Baltimore Orioles
The O’s Top 10 list is there for your reading enjoyment, so here’s OMG (One More Guy) from their system:
Wynn Pelzer, RHP: The return from last year’s Miguel Tejada trade, Pelzer looked very good after he was moved into the bullpen by the Padres shortly before the trade. Baltimore was smart and left him there as that’s likely where he’s got the best chance at being a productive big leaguer. He was a successful closer at the University of South Carolina.
Command is still an issue, but his stuff is legit. He’s got a plus fastball that can touch the upper-90s when he’s pitching in short stints and his slider could be a plus pitch as well. A permanent move to the bullpen would allow Pelzer to give up his less-than-successful efforts to develop an offspeed pitch.
The Orioles did not put Pelzer on the 40-man roster, banking on his command issues being enough to deter other teams from taking him in the Rule 5 Draft. Many thought Pelzer and his power arsenal would go, but he didn’t and he’s in O’s big-league camp as a non-roster invitee now. If he can start filling up the strike zone more consistently, he could be ready to help out in Baltimore before the year is over.