Orioles hoping McFarland can start next year

Orioles hoping McFarland can start next year
November 1, 2013, 3:00 pm
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(Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports)

T.J. McFarland pitched creditably in his first season with the Orioles. The Rule 5 draft pick stayed the entire season, but didn’t pitch as often as he would have liked.

To make up for some lost innings, the Orioles sent McFarland to winter ball, and he’s doing well for Caribes de Anzoategui in the Venezuelan winter league.

In three games, two of them starts, McFarland has allowed just one earned run in 12 1/3 innings. He’s give up eight hits, one of them a home run. He’s walked two and struck out three.

McFarland was drafted last December by the Orioles from Cleveland, and was impressive enough that the Orioles jettisoned Luis Ayala to make room for him.

In 38 games, McFarland was 4-1 with a 4.22 ERA. He started once, and the Orioles want to see him as a possible starter next season. It’s probable that McFarland, who couldn’t be sent to Norfolk this season, will start there next year.

He could be a valuable player, a pitcher with options, who could fill in in a number of roles.

NOTE: As expected, Dan Johnson and Chris Dickerson declined their outright assignments to Norfolk and filed for free agency.