RHP Brandon Barker Quietly Having Good Season For AA Bowie Baysox

When fans think about pitchers at AA Bowie, most think about flame thrower Tanner Scott, and righties David Hess, Jason Garcia and Jesus Liranzo, but fellow right-handed pitcher Brandon Barker is quietly having a good season in the Baysox starting rotation.

Photo: Patrick Cavey

Barker, 24, was selected by the Braves in the 16th round of the 2014 MLB Draft out of Mercer, and the Baltimore Orioles acquired him last May as part of the Brian Matusz trade.

He has pitched the entire season with the Baysox as a member of their starting rotation, and he has performed pretty darn well.

Overall, the righty is 3-1 with a 3.61 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP over 11 starts and 57.1 innings pitched. In addition, he has struck out 51, while walking just 17.

When you really look at the numbers, he is pitching even better than his overall numbers would suggest.

Barker's first two starts of the season are ones he would like to forget. Over his first two starts, he combined to throw seven innings while allowing seven earned runs and six walks.

He has made nine starts since then, and has been terrific.

Over his last nine starts, Barker owns a 2.86 ERA with 42 strikeouts and just 11 walks over 50.1 innings pitched. Over that stretch, he has held opponents to just a .665 OPS and owns a 64% strike percentage.

A big part of his success over that stretch is the fact that he had three starts where he did not allow a single earned run, and six of the nine starts saw him allow two or fewer earned runs.

The 6'3'', 210 pound right hander may not be on the mind of many O's fans, but if he keeps performing like this, his name will become much more familiar.


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