When the Orioles added right-hander Dillon Tate to their 40-man roster yesterday, that brought the number of players added in the July trades to seven on the 40-man. The others are pitchers Cody Carroll, Luis Ortiz, Evan Phillips and Josh Rogers, and infielders Jonathan Villar and Breyvic Valera.
The 24-year-old Tate was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2015 draft by Texas out of UC-Santa Barbara. The Rangers traded him to the Yankees on Aug. 1, 2016 and the Yankees traded him with Carroll and Rogers for Zach Britton on July 24.
Before the trade to the Orioles, Tate went 5-2 with a 3.38 ERA in 15 starts for Double-A Trenton. After it, he went 2-3 with a 5.75 ERA in seven starts at Double-A Bowie. Tate gave up five runs in each of his first three starts for Bowie and had an ERA of 10.29 in the first inning for the Baysox. But his ERA was a more respectable 4.00 over his last three 2018 starts.
In an interview in late July, Tate said he had made some gains over the last year or two on the Yankees’ watch.
“I would just say (they) just helped me be more consistent,” he said. “Repeating my delivery and eliminating some unnecessary movement. And understanding when I’m out of whack in my delivery. Those little things go a really long way. And we always hear that the difference between the big leaguers and minor leaguers is not so much talent but the ability to be consistent.”
Tate said he’s excited to be with his new organization and sees a big opportunity in front of him with Baltimore.
“Absolutely. It’s always great to be wanted,” said Tate. “Thankful for that and thankful for this new opportunity with the Orioles. I’m happy to be here.”
So every player from the July trades that needed Rule 5 protection this year will have it. No other player from the trades needs to be added this year. That list includes outfielder Yusniel Díaz and pitcher Dean Kremer, who led all of the minors in strikeouts with 178 in 131 1/3 innings.
Here is a partial list of Orioles players that will be Rule 5-eligible this December:
By the way, the Orioles hold the No. 1 pick in the Rule 5 draft to be held Dec. 13 in Las Vegas. Baseball America takes a look at a few key players that could be had with that pick in this story.