Buck Showalter didn’t know anything about Josh Stinson when he was picked up the Orioles. By the end of the season, he really liked him.
The Orioles were getting ready for their third game of the season at Tampa Bay when word came that Stinson had been picked up on waivers from Oakland.
The Athletics had him less than a week until they waived him.
Stinson pitched in 20 games in 2011 and 2012 for the Mets and Brewers, and not much was known about him when he was added to the team.
He started out at Norfolk, and was elevated on April 24 for one disastrous start. Stinson gave up five runs on four home runs in 5 2/3 innings, and he was immediately returned to the Tides.
Stinson started for Norfolk and watched as others were promoted—and usually send right back. In August, the Orioles needed some relief help for a weekend, and he pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings.
Though he went back to the Tides after those outings, Showalter remembered, and was happy when he rejoined the Orioles for September.
Stinson threw eight hitless innings in his next seven appearances before allowing an earned run on three hits in his final outing.
By the end of the season, the 25-year-old Stinson showed that he could be a long or middle reliever for the Orioles next season.
In a September many Orioles would like to forget, Stinson stood out.