LHP John Means Pitching Like a Guy on a Mission for AA Bowie Baysox

By Contributing Writer: Chuck Boemmel Jr.

Bowie Baysox (Class-AA) southpaw John Means is off to a strong start in 2017.  If he maintains his current pace he may earn a promotion at the Eastern League All-Star break in July if not sooner.

Photo: Chuck Boemmel Jr.



Means has been a dominant force for the Baysox so far this season as his numbers show.  In 25.2 innings over a span of five games, Means owns a 1-1 record with a 1.40 ERA and 1.05 WHIP.  He has struck out 24 and walked nine while holding Eastern League opponents below the “Mendoza Line” (.191 batting average against).  The splits are where one would expect them and are impressive.  Means is limiting left-handed batters to a .115 BA while not allowing right-handed batters to do much better; they have a .221 BA against him.

Looking further into the numbers shows Means is faring much better when he is ahead in the count:
Behind in the count: .259 BA against, 2.57 ERA, 2.14 WHIP
Ahead in the count: .077 BA against, 0.00 ERA, 0.27 WHIP
These stats demonstrate why a first pitch strike has been called the “best pitch in baseball”.

One interesting note is that Means seems to pitch better away from Prince George’s Stadium so far this season.  He owns a 1.98 ERA and has held batters to a .231 BA at home compared to a 0.75 ERA and .143 BA against on the road.

BabyBirdland first took a look at Means late last year where a still wet behind the ears writer hinted at good things to come for the Orioles 2014 11th round draft pick out of West Virginia University. Means early season certainly has exceeded expectations.  The key will be to maintain the numbers, numbers that are better than his 2016 Baysox numbers (18 games, 4-8 record, 4.69 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and .295 BA against).

I would highly suggest you take a look at the aforementioned profile of Means as the story of his path to professional baseball is an interesting one.  It was stated then that he was worth rooting for and following and nothing that I have seen so far in 2017 has changed my mind; it has only reinforced that opinion.  Keep an eye on John Means, you’ll be glad you did.

                                                                                                                                                      
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  1. Orioles Organizational Pitcher of the Month for April 2017

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