Baltimore Orioles' Prospect, RHP Jesus Liranzo Has Been Impressive This Spring

By Contributing Writer: Chuck Boemmel Jr.

If Spring Training 2017 is any indication the Baltimore Orioles were wise to add 22 year-old Jesus Liranzo to the 40-man roster this past November.

Photo: Patrick Cavey

The 6’2” hard-throwing right-hander, who the Orioles signed in 2013 after being released by the Atlanta Braves, was added to the 40-man roster in order to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft. The move was made on the heels of a 2016 season where Liranzo went 1-1 with a 1.57 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP while limiting batters to a .116 batting average in 27 combined games (53.0 innings) with Delmarva (Class-A Low) and Bowie (Class-AA).

Liranzo’s 2017 Spring Training, despite representing a small sample size, has been just as spectacular. In five games (5.0 innings) he has no record, has not allowed a run and has allowed just one hit while striking out five and walking four; his WHIP is 1.00.

It would be enlightening at this point take a look at Liranzo’s game-by-game performance this Spring Training:

· Feb. 26th vs. Pirates, pitched the 5th inning, 0 hits, 1 walk, 3 batters faced
· March 1st vs. Red Sox, pitched the 9th inning, 0 hits, 2 walks, 1 strike out, stranded both runners, 5 batters faced
· March 3rd vs. Pirates, pitched 8th inning, 0 hits, 1 walk, 2 strike outs, 4 batters faced
· March 6th vs. Tigers, pitched 8th inning, 1 hit (bloop single by Dixon Machado), 1 strikeout, 4 batters faced
· March 10th vs. Red Sox, pitched one inning, 0 hits, 1 strikeout, 3 batters faced

With numbers like this it is not out of the realm of possibility that Liranzo would have been taken in the Rule 5 Draft had he not been protected.

Liranzo has hit 97-98 mph with his fastball this spring but still needs to improve his command and control. He throws a plus-fastball, an above average slider and a splitter; his command and control should improve with experience. He is currently rated as the Baltimore Orioles’ #16 prospect by MLB Pipeline. I expect him to start the 2017 season in Bowie and should he continue to be dominant on the mound will reward the Orioles for placing him on the 40-man roster. Liranzo is worthy of your attention for both the remainder of Spring Training and for the upcoming regular season.


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