RHP Jimmy Yacabonis Has Been Lights Out in Norfolk Tides Bullpen

Right-handed pitcher Jimmy Yacabonis has had an up-and-down career thus far in the Baltimore Orioles' minor leagues, but thus far in 2017, he has been lights out for the AAA Norfolk Tides.

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Yacabonis, 25, was originally drafted by the Orioles in the 13th round of the 2013 MLB Draft out of Saint Joseph's (PA).

Pitching at the AAA level for the first time in his career this season, Yacabonis has basically served as the primary closer for the Tides, but due to few opportunities, many of his appearances have come in non-save situations.

Over seven appearances thus far, Yacabonis has yet to allow a run, while limiting opponents to just three hits, one walk and he has struck out five over 9.1 innings pitched.

He is also holding opponents to a .097 batting average and owns a teeny-tiny 0.43 WHIP.

Perhaps the most impressive stat, at least in terms of a future in pitching in Camden Yards is the fact that he is recording three ground outs for every "air" out, which is crucial if you are going to pitch at the Yard.

He is also a perfect 2-2 in save opportunities, and has not allowed multiple base runners in any outing this season.

It's not as though serving as a closer is foreign to Yacabonis. Over parts of five minor league seasons, Yacabonis has picked up 33 saves and he also set the single-season record for saves (10) in his final year at St. Joe's.

Last season Yacabonis split time between High-A Frederick and AA Bowie where he combined to go 2-4 with a 2.64 ERA over 50 appearances and 64.2 innings pitched. His first 16 appearances came with the Keys, but after being promoted to Bowie, he really took off.

Over 34 games with the Baysox, he owned a 2.03 ERA over 34 appearances and 44.1 innings pitched, and also posted a 1.08 WHIP.

He also appeared in six games for the Orioles during spring training this year, and five of his six outings were scoreless.

Yacabonis may not be listed in many prospects lists, but if he keeps performing the way he is in Norfolk, he may soon find himself included on the taxi squad that is relievers going to and from Norfolk to Baltimore.


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