From Steve Melewski on twitter:
"Tim Bascom will move up from AA to start tonight for Norfolk as Tillman will be skipped and possibly pitch Thursday for Orioles."
I am excited to see Tillman get back to the majors. Tillman hasn't produced numbers this good since 2009 for Norfolk (http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?pl ... P#advanced
). This is including his early season struggles this year so he has been even better over his past 11 starts (more from Melewski on twitter: "If the Orioles do call Chris Tillman
to start Thursday - has allowed 2 ER or less in 8 of last 11 games with 2.89 ERA in that time."). Rick Peterson seems to love him, Buck had good things to say about the way he came into spring training more prepared (physically and mentally) than in years past, and more recently (according to Melewski and Rock Kubatko) the O's have been pleased with his improved fastball command and other teams have inquired on his availability (not that that means too much though).
From last season Tillman had stretches of dominance later in the season as his fastball velocity increased to around 91-94. I'm certainly no scout but I recall him making Texiera look foolish on 3 pitches (2 swings and misses on a fastball and changeup) on one occasion in August although he did get lit up later in that start. Throughout the season even when he struggled it seemed like he was getting plenty of swings and misses on both his curveball and changeup when he located them well (which wasn't very often). If Tillman's velocity is back to a healthy level after having his delivery adjusted by Rick Peterson's biomechanical analysis, his fastball command has improved, and his ability to locate his offspeed pitches has improved then I think we will see a markedly different Chris Tillman on Thursday.