Here are the season-opening starting rotaitons for the Orioles four full-season minor league clubs.
The pitchers are listed as they will work from first through fifth. Those listed first are this evening’s opening night starters.
Norfolk: Chris Tillman, Jake Arrieta, Alfredo Simon, Troy Patton and Brandon Erbe.
Bowie: Zach Britton, Steve Johnson, Chorye Spoone, Ryohei Tanaka and Tim Bascom.
Frederick: Rick Zagone, Ryan O’Shea, Nate Nery, Cole McCurry and Oliver Drake.
Delmarva: Ryan Berry, Jake Cowan, Matt Hobgood, Jesse Beal and Tony Butler.
Frederick has placed pitcher Jake Renshaw on the DL as he recovers from elbow surgery. The Keys list P Brett Bordes, OF Jacob Julius and IF Matt Tucker on the inactive list to start the year and get down to the roster limit.
Tillman starts at Triple-A tonight where he went 8-6, 2.70 last year for Norfolk. He is the youngest player on the Tides roster and the average age of the Triple-A rotation is 23.8 years.
In nine career starts at Norfolk’s Harbor Park, where he will pitch tonight, Tillman is 5-2, 1.82.
The Delmarva Shorebirds begin their 15th season tonight and are six wins shy of 1,000 all time.
By the way, you can check back on a story I posted a week ago with a guess on the minor league rotations and seemed to have most of them figured out.