In part forty-five of my almost 50 part series “Better Know An Oriole” (otherwise known as 2009 Orioles Retrospective), I take a look at lefty pitcher Chris Waters… THE FIGHTIN’ INCREDIBLY POOR MAN’S KENNY ROGERS!
Before the season I projected the 30 year-old to pitch 65 innings for the O’s with a 5.51 ERA. With the influx of young pitching prospects though, Waters only got 11.2 IP at the very end of the season. His 5.40 ERA probably ended some people’s hopes that he could be a solid back-of-the-rotation starter, and if that didn’t then his 6.87 FIP and 5.51 xFIP (hey, I got one right, sort of!) might have (yeah, really small sample size, but still not good). A 3.86 K/9 and a 3.86 BB/9 aren’t going to cut it, and even in the minors Waters wasn’t very impressive. For a guy that doesn’t strike out many batters (5.6 K/9 in Triple-A) or get a lot of groundballs (43% GB rate in Triple-A), Chris just doesn’t have good enough control to really succeed (3.7 BB/9 in Triple-A) in the AL East. The Orioles released Waters when they claimed catcher Craig Tatum off of waivers, and the lefty ended up signing a minor league deal with the Brewers. In the weaker NL, he might have a better chance of producing at the major league level.
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