Baltimore Orioles' 2nd Round Pick, RHP Matthias Dietz Off to Good Start in Aberdeen

The Baltimore Orioles prioritized pitching in this year's MLB Draft, and rightfully so. Their second round selection, RHP Matthias Dietz is off to a nice start in his professional career with the Aberdeen Ironbirds.

Dietz, 20, was selected in the 2nd round of this year's draft out of John A. Logan CC in Illinois.

The six-foot, five-inch, 220 pound right hander has made two starts with the Ironbirds thus far and has been pretty impressive.

Over his two starts, much like most of the guys drafted in the current year, Dietz has been on pitch/innings limits and has tossed five total innings.

Those five innings have been pretty impressive however, as he has allowed just one run on two hits and three walks. That's a total of five base runners in his five innings, which is a 1.000 WHIP and that number is always a good thing.

Regarded by many as the best Junior College prospect in this year's draft, Dietz brings with him a good fastball (91-95 MPH) and a solid slider that has a pretty sharp break. His changeup still needs some work, but one scout told me that it vastly improved from his freshman to sophomore years, which is a positive sign.

Perhaps one of the best aspects of Dietz's game is the fact that he comes at hitters from a three-quarters delivery, which gives him some deception on the mound that not many starting pitchers bring to the table.

While it's still a small sample size, Dietz has yet to allow a hit to a left-handed hitter and overall is holding opponents to a .133 batting average.

Dietz has a pedigree that could easily turn into a big league starter, but at the very worst, his three-quarters delivery, along with a good fastball and slider could result in a good late-inning reliever.

He has yet to make a start at home this season, and his next start will also likely come on the road.

Orioles' fans should be pleased with how the second rounder has performed thus far, and he is showing his stuff is quite good on the mound.


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