Third Round Pick, RHP Michael Baumann was Highly Impressive for the Aberdeen Ironbirds

There are times throughout the season where I really take notice of a player the first time I see him live and in-person. One of those players this year was Baltimore Orioles' third round pick, right-handed pitcher Michael Baumann.

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Baumann, 22, was taken by the O's in the third round of this year's draft out of Jacksonville, which just so happened to be the same place the O's selected outfielder Austin Hays from in 2016's draft, also in the third round.

One of the things I noticed real quick about Baumann was his frame. You can read numbers, but when you see him stand at 6'4'' and weight 225 pounds, you quickly realize that he is going to be a durable pitcher. Lastly, a guy of that stature is also one you expect to throw hard, and Baumann does that as well.

On the stadium gun I saw him sit 93-95 and thought his slider was above average. Both his curve and changeup were solid, but could certainly use some polishing.

It was pretty evident that he could over-match New York-Penn League hitters.

Overall in 2017 for the Ironbirds, Baumann went 4-2 with a 1.31 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP over 10 games (nine starts) and 41.1 innings pitched. (He also pitched one shutout inning in the Gulf Coast League)

Over those 41.1 innings pitched, Baumann struck out 41, while walking 19. Hitters did not stand much of a chance against him, owning just a .168 batting average against him.

In his ten games for the Ironbirds, Baumann did not allow an earned run in six of them.

He is also going to get some extra work this fall, as he is currently on the Orioles' fall instructional league roster down in Sarasota.

When I watched Baumann pitch, I saw a guy that reminded me of Max Scherzer. No, I am not saying Baumann is Scherzer, nor am I saying he will be Scherzer, but he reminded me of Scherzer. A guy who stood on the mound with a presence, was going to throw hard, and looked like he would do anything he could to get you out. He did not fear anyone on the mound and looked at each hitter as though he was standing in his way of success.

I came away extremely impressed with Baumann, both because of his stuff and his demeanor on the mound.


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