The cutoff for Super Two status this offseason is two years and 139 days of service time, according to The Associated Press. The cutoff would have been two years and 144 days under the old collective bargaining agreement.
Super Two status enables a player to obtain a fourth year of arbitration eligibility. Jim Johnson qualified in 2010, Brad Bergesen in 2011.
None of the Orioles were impacted this year. Brian Matusz has two years, 155 days of service time.
Again, here’s the list in alphabetical order:
The Orioles used 52 different players in 2012, with 32 making their debuts with the club. It was the second time in franchise history that the Orioles have used more than 50 players in a season. They trotted out 54 of them in 1955. And no, I won’t ask anyone to name them.
The Orioles used 50 players in 2011 and 2000.
The 32 Oriole debuts this year were the most since the club’s first two seasons (1954-55). Forty-three players debuted in 1955. The next highest total was 25 debuts in 2000.
Here’s a question for you: Tell me which player currently in the organization will be the first to make his Orioles debut next season. I’m not talking free agent or trade acquisitions.
Could it be Kevin Gausman, the fourth overall pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft?
I’m thinking Tsuyoshi Wada, who’s recovering from ligament-reconstructive surgery on his left elbow. Manager Buck Showalter had him tabbed as the No. 2 starter in spring training, but Wada never made it to Baltimore.
Wada will compete for a spot in the rotation. Long relief also is a possibility, depending on how many lefties the Orioles want in their bullpen. Troy Patton flew solo for much of the 2012 season before the Orioles brought in J.C Romero, called up Zach Phillips, signed Randy Wolf and changed Matusz’s role.
Here’s one more note on former UMBC pitcher Zach Clark: His 15 wins between Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk led all Orioles minor leaguers and were tied for the third-most among all minor league pitchers behind Single-A Modesto’s Christian Bergman (16) and Triple-A Columbus’ T.J. McFarland (16). Clark’s 2.79 ERA between Bowie and Norfolk led all Orioles farmhands.