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Top Pitching Prospects Among First Cuts

Some of the Orioles' best young pitchers are included in the first wave of cuts made by the team Saturday.

Jake Arrieta, Brian Matusz and Chris Tillman were among the 12 Orioles sent down to the minors with Matusz likely headed to Class A Frederick, Arrieta to Class AA Bowie and Tillman to Class AAA Norfolk.

While it comes as no surprise that these guys will not be part of the team's Opening Day roster, it does bring to a close a certain part of spring training - a part where the realities of the upcoming season take a backseat to what the future might hold.

That sense of hope in Baltimore is perpetuated by Manager Dave Trembley who said, "I've been watching pitchers for a long time, and I would say those three guys are as good as I have seen at any one time coming up through somebody's system."

Comments like that and the expected struggles of the Orioles in 2009 make us wonder if any of these guys may yet find themselves wearing a Baltimore jersey before season's end.

It would seem Tillman has the inside track to make it to the majors this season since he may be assigned to Norfolk but he is only 21 and it wouldn't be unheard of for the Orioles to promote a Class AA pitcher up to the big club. But we open the floor to you guys, do you think any of the aforementioned members of The Calvary will be called up this year or will the Orioles' farm system simply be throwing out some of baseball's best young rotations all summer long?

By CJ Holley  |  March 15, 2009; 12:09 PM ET
Categories:  Orioles  
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