Chris Tillman is dominating the International League in near Tommy Hanson-like fashion and with the Orioles rotation in shambles, should the 21-year-old Tillman be in Baltimore after the All-Star break?
Tillman in Norfolk:
IP K BB HR WHIP ERA
Tillman 90.7 88 22 4 1.04 2.50
Those are sick numbers and sick peripherals. More:
FIP K/9 BB/9 K/BB GB%
Tillman 2.67 8.74 2.18 4.00 41.8%
So the numbers are legit. Is he ready for the majors? His Major League Equivalents from MinorLeagueSplits.com:
IP FIP K/9 BB/9 HR WHIP
Tillman 90.3 3.77 7.27 2.89 7 1.13
Do you think the Orioles could use those numbers from one of their starters? I think so.
One reservation: Tillman has only averaged just over 5.3 innings per start this season. He isn't going to come up here and eat a bunch of innings and help take pressure off the bullpen. But he would spare us from watching Rich Hill struggle through the rest of the season.
Bring Chris Tillman to Baltimore. It's time.