Prior to Monday Night's game, the Baltimore Orioles recalled right hander Preston Guilmet after optioning T.J. McFarland following Sunday's loss to the Houston Astros. Guilmet was impressive in his Orioles debut last night, but just who is he?
Guilmet came on in relief last night after Bud Norris was ejected when he hit Torii Hunter after an Ian Kinsler two run home run in the eighth inning. Guilmet retired Miguel Cabrera to end the eighth and retired the side in order in the ninth. All told, Guilmet tossed 1 1/3 perfect innings in his first relief appearance in the big leagues since last season.
The Orioles acquired Guilmet early in April from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for minor leaguer Torsten Boss and immediately optioned him to AAA Norfolk. While with the Tides, Guilmet appeared in 12 games and had a 2-1 record with a 5.65 ERA in 14 1/3 innings and four saves in five chances. He allowed nine earned runs on 11 hits, two home runs, four walks and 17 strikeouts. It is important to note however, that six of the nine runs came in one outing.
Guilmet had made just four Major League appearances prior to last night and all of them came last season with the Indians. He totaled 5 1/3 innings with Cleveland last season and allowed six earned runs on eight hits and three walks.
Over 208 career minor league games, 15 of which were as a starter, Guilmet had a 20-15 record with a 2.71 ERA and 94 saves in 108 save opportunities.
Guilmet was drafted by the Indians in the ninth round of the 2009 draft out of the University of Arizona where he left as the Wildcats career leader in starts (61), 2nd all-time in program history and fourth in Pac-10 history in strikeouts (419) and 1st in innings (416.2IP). He was a two-time first team all Pac 10 selection and was conference Pitcher of the Year in 2007.
If you were unable to watch him pitch last night, he has a corky delivery which ends with a straight over the top release and has good movement on his fastball. His splitter allows him to be effective against both right and left handers.
This is your newest Orioles bullpen arm fans, and only time will tell just how long he sticks in the bullpen, but he was certainly impressive in his Baltimore debut.
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