2016 Eastern League All-Star, LHP Jayson Aquino Impressive This Spring

With Spring Training in full effect, some pitchers have begun making their third appearances of the spring, and one of those guys for the Baltimore Orioles, left-handed pitcher Jayson Aquino, has been impressive thus far.

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Aquino, 24, was acquired by the Orioles in April of last year when the St. Louis Cardinals designated him for assignment and Baltimore was able to work out a deal to acquire him.

Having already made three appearances on the mound this spring, Aquino has been pretty impressive thus far.

Over seven total innings, Aquino has allowed just one run on three hits, one walk and has struck out seven. His only run allowed thus far came on a solo home run in Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

I understand it's a very small sample size, and that it's Spring Training, but it's still nice to see Aquino posting a 1.29 ERA and 0.57 WHIP in three appearances.

The lefty, who is on the 40-man roster, pitched a majority of the season with the AA Bowie Baysox last season where he was an Eastern League All-Star. Over 20 games (19 starts) with Baysox, Aquino owned a 3.90 ERA over 115 1/3 innings pitched. He struck out 77 batters and walked 33.

After that solid first half, on July 4, his dream came true when the Orioles called him up to the big leagues and he made his MLB debut against Los Angeles Dodgers. Aquino did not allow a hit in his 2/3 inning pitched. He was sent back down the minors, but was recalled in September where he appeared in two more games and combining to toss 1 2/3 shutout innings with three strikeouts.

He is still being treated as a starter this spring, which shouldn't be much of a surprise considering that's what he has always been, and has a pretty good track record of success in the minors as a starter. I do feel it's important that Aquino also showed that he can handle the relief role with some success last season in his three appearances with the Orioles and five with the AAA Norfolk Tides (2.08 ERA, three ER, 13 IP, 12 K).

I believe he will start the year in Norfolk's rotation, but do not be surprised whatsoever when you hear that Aquino is on his way to Baltimore, especially if he keeps pitching the way he has.


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