Orioles season review: tough season but Diamonds in the Rough
The Baltimore Orioles finished the 2021 with just 52 and 110 loses. It was a long tough season that saw a few highlights. Let’s not beat around the bush the Orioles were expected to be bad and they were. The Orioles will have the first overall draft pick this season.
The Orioles were more competitive in the Covid shortened 2020 season in which they were in the playoff hunt until the final weeks of the season.
Before talking about all that went bad lets review some of the Orioles top moments.
John Means No Hitter: The best Orioles moment all season, John Means threw a No-Hitter against the Seattle Mariners. Here is the high lights from it.
Cedric Mullins breakout season: Mullins had a magical season, he had a great start to the season and never slowed down. Mullins hit 30 home runs, stole 30 bases hit for .291 with 37 doubles. Mullins stopped switch hitting and hit only from the left side and showed he can be one of the best players in the MLB. Mullins also played outstanding, gold glove caliber defense.
Ryan Mountcastle record breaking rookie season: Mountcastle broke the Orioles rookie record for home runs with 33. Mountcastle started the season off slow but finished very hot. Mountcastle showed that he will be a force to be reckoned with for years to come.
Now some of the bad parts, obviously the Orioles pitching was awful. Seeing so many prospects fail at the major league level was tough to watch.
Dean Kremer .755 era, Bruce Zimmerman .504 era, Keegan Akin 6.63 era just to name a few. Clearly the Orioles have a great farm system and talent, when all the pitching is bad it has to be the catchers and coaching staff. Hopefully at least one of the Orioles young pitchers can turn it around.
DJ Stewart has yet to find his swing for a full season: Stewart a former first rounder for the Orioles is now 27 years old. While Mullins had his breakout season at 27, Stewart looked to take a step back. Stewart has from all reports been a hard worker but only hit 12 home runs and only hit .204.
Not seeing Adley Rutschman: The Orioles decided to not promote the top prospect in baseball Rutschman this season. Rutschman hit 23 home runs between AAA and AA baseball and clearly earned it. The Orioles are clearly holding him out for arbitration purposes.
The Orioles really need to make a splash in free agency this offseason. The Orioles are on the verge of bringing up top prospects to fill out the roster. Mullins and Mountcastle are under contract for a while and are stud players. The Orioles fan base is fading and not coming to games the Orioles need to get the excitement back in Camden.