Love the K/BB ratio
But you have to be careful with minor league RP's... I'm sure you know this Hybrid but just a general caveat to everybody - a lot of times a guy can pitch 1-2 innings at a time with only 1 great pitch in the lower levels, or without stuff that'd be good enough to be a closer at the major league level. Usually to be a MLB closer you need good enough stuff to succeed as a minor league starter.
I'm not familiar with Orvella too much, so I can't say specifically for him if he can succeed as a closer... but not too many pitchers who were RP's in the minors become closers in the majors. The only one I can think of is Chad Cordero, who hasn't been that good so far. Ryan Wagner is another one that comes to mind and he's been a complete bust so far. Luis Ayala on the other hand is a great MLB RP who never started in the minors.
Yeah I know, but Orvella has a low to mid 90's fastball to go with his change up / slider, which I've seen both considered plus pitches. So he has good stuff, it's hard to strike out that many and not have pretty good stuff. Will he succeed, who knows, but he has the best chance to replace Baez as the Rays closer. To think of what he did with out pitching in College, is pretty interesting to say the least.
There are quite a few RP's in the minors who have turned into closers. Some of these guys may have started as SP's in Low A, but spent most of their time as RP's in the minors: Benetiz, Cordero, Ryan, Mota, Looper, Rodriguez, Hoffman, Percival, & Graves.
The RP I listed are expected to be the teams closers this year, in case you are wondering why I listed Mota and Ryan.
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