27th Round Pick, RHP Nick Vichio Had Solid Showing in Debut Season

The Baltimore Orioles have seen some of their draft picks from the second half of the draft in 2017 perform very well in their debut seasons. That rings true for 27th round pick, right-handed pitcher Nick Vichio as well with the Gulf Coast League Orioles.

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Vichio, 22, was selected by the O's in this year's draft out of Missouri Baptist. You don't normally see a lot of articles on guys selected in the second half of the draft, but if you have been here before, you know that Baby Birdland pays attention to all of the O's minor leagues.

We actually highlighted Vichio once before during the season back in August because he was dominating Gulf Coast League hitters.

He continued to perform well, but thanks to surrendering six earned runs over his final four appearances of the season, his overall numbers got a bit skewed. It's not as though he didn't finish with solid numbers: 4-1 with a 3.92 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.

Prior to those final four outings though, he owned a 1.53 ERA with a 0.91 WHIP.

As you can tell, he had a much better debut season than his final numbers suggest, and let's face it, after completing his college season, then a complete Gulf Coast League season, it's understandable that he very easily could have gotten tired in the latter part of the season.

Vichio appeared in 18 games (all relief) and struck out 27, while walking just seven over 20.2 innings pitched. That comes out to almost four strikeouts per walk, which is pretty darn good. Let's also point out that he 12 of his18 appearances were scoreless.

One thing I notice that is very promising for the future for Vichio as a reliever is the fact that he more-than held his own against left-handed hitters. He held lefties to a .212 batting average and had a 0.93 WHIP against lefties.

I fully expect Vichio to be in either the Aberdeen Ironbirds or Delmarva Shorebirds bullpen in 2018, and with his first season under his belt, I look for the length of the season to not affect Vichio as much as it may have this year.



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