Rookie Means selected to 2019 All-Star Game
The 2019 season has been one of new beginnings and hardships for the Baltimore Orioles, but among a vastly new team that is in the early stages of a rebuild is one consistent positive thus far.
Twenty-six-year-old LHP John Means has shown himself as a hidden gem in the Orioles starting rotation. Means has pitched in 17 games this season, tossing 75.2 innings pitched, with a good record of 7-4. Means currently has an ERA of 2.50.
Means was signed by the Orioles back in 2014 and has slowly climbed the ladder to reach the Orioles in 2018.
After one start in late September, Means was sent back down to the minors and would not see the majors again until March 31, 2019.
All Oriole fans are happy and proud to see their rookie starting pitcher as their representation in this year’s mid-summer classic. Although most people believed it would be Trey Mancini who would represent the Orioles, there is no one else more deserving than the rookie pitcher Means, who has found himself a spot on the team that built him for the last five years in the minors.
“Honestly, I haven’t been too surprised,” Means said when asked about his early success. “I’m very competitive, and I have high standards for myself. I guess a little surprised that it’s come to this level, but not a whole lot.”
Make sure not to miss John Means representing the Orioles in Cleveland, Ohio July 9, in the MLB All-Star Game!
Below you can find all of the All-Star selections from both the American League and National League: