Berken is not one of the star-crop of minor league pitchers for the future, but he has had great success this season and seems to be the most ready to pitch in the major leagues now. Brad Bergeson has been decent since he has been called up and the success will be expected of the young Berken as well.
Other pitchers considered for the spot included Troy Patton and Chris Waters. With these names, as well as the triumvirate group of potential star starters, the Orioles now have great depth within the minor league system for pitching. The recognizable names, Arrieta, Matusz, and Tillman are not going to be called up because the Orioles want them to gain experience and spend more time feeling out their skills.
Jason Berken will oppose another rookie, SP Ricky Romero for the Jays. Romero got off to a great start but then was shelved for some time due to a strained right oblique. This should be a great pitching match up as these talented rookies go head to head.