At the beginning of this baseball season the Baltimore Orioles fans were told a familiar story. The organization was going to once again be in the bottom of the American League East and were about two years away from contended. The Orioles fans braced themselves for what was going to be another long summer of empty ballparks and waiting for the Ravens to start training camp.
Little seemed optimistic at the beginning of the season with players such as Veterans Adam Eaton, Mark Hendrickson, and Gregg Zaun looking to play crucial roles for the Orioles. This is not what the Orioles fans wanted.
As the season rolled on and the Orioles got close to 10 games below .500 rumors started to swirling around Camden yards about the youth movement starting to make it's way to the big club.
It did not take very long for people in management to see this is the direction the club needed to go in right now. With the likes of Nolan Reimold and Matt Wieters tearing it up in the minor leagues and on the big club Zaun and Felix Pie hitting under .200. The pitching was also becoming a very sore point for the Orioles. Many fans knew this was going to be the case, but their argument was, if we are going to lose why not lose with these promising young pitchers.
Pitchers like Eaton and Hendrickson were not particularly getting the job done and once again in the minors pitchers such as Brad Bergesen, Jason Berken, and David Hernandez were pitching lights out for the AAA affiliate Norfolk Tides.
One by one, each of these young players have made an impact first with Brad Bergesen being called up to fill the roster spot of Mark Hendrickson who was moved to long relief. Bergesen has pitched affectively and in his last outing on on May 29th versus the Tigers he pitched into the 9th inning allowing only two runs and picking up his 2nd win of the year.
Next was Outfielder Nolan Reimold. The highly touted Nolan came up because the Orioles had been experimenting with former Cubs prospect Felix Pie and then Lou Montanez , but either one of those guys could get a firm handle on the left field position. Reimold came up and took charge right away hitting close to .300 and blasting out 5 homeruns over a short period of time.
The next to make an impact was pitcher Jason Berken. After another grueling pitching performance by Adam Eaton the Orioles management had seen enough and released him. This opened the door for Berken who came in and pitched solid winning his major league debut.
David Hernandez was next to get the call when Koji Uehara went on the disabled list with an injury. Once again Hernandez proved he belonged pitching a solid first game in the majors and getting his first ever major league win.
The last and newest addition to the Orioles is franchise catcher Matt Wieters. This move has been anticipated by Orioles fans for a long time now. Wieters can up on Friday May 29th to a standing ovation and although he did not get a hit that evening he showed that he was ready for the big leagues.
The impact of these young players and the many more to follow like Chris Tillman, Jake Arietta, Brian Matusz, and Troy Patton are going to make the Baltimore Orioles one fun team to follow.