Spoone has already moved to the Bullpen and Bascom is doing the same once a promotion takes place within the next week or so...
Spoone is working on two little subtle things in his delivery and should pick up to 93-94 and all things go well he likely could be a bullpen arm in the future, if not Orioles than some other club on the rule 5 draft.
In AAA, Steve Johnson
should do rather well in that role, but I understand keeping him as a starter for the Tide. It gets him regular work. I do not know what to make of Chris Tillman. I said in the spring training that the Orioles should take of the weighted belt and allow him to grip it and rip it. I think he has the mid 90's arm, but forces pitches too much. The Orioles want an effective pitcher and he best role is what Jim Johnson is doing now IMO. There is no shame in a bullpen arm and it is not a bust. Everyone has a role to play and his best long term is back of the bullpen in my eyes.
In AA, aforementioned Spoone was a logical choice. Tim Bascom makes another solid case of what can he give with max one inning effort. I like the arm, but think it works best and effective if he is unleased. I pull for Rick Zagone, but I am not quite sure the stuff is fringe at this point. Tough to say with any person, but maybe he can reinvent himself as well. I still want to leave Oliver Drake
as a starter. His role may not be a number 5 with the Orioles, but keep him long to be a transition long relief or spot starter. He still shows enough that I would not rule out starter role.
A+, A. Rk = Best arms are always starters or closer. It is not always the case, but for a large part you play the game with the best arms and allow them to sort out the type of pitcher they become in the future.