I have no expectations for anybody outside of the top five right now (Tillman, Chen, Gonzalez, Norris, Yoon).
Zach Britton- He's 26 with no options, no major league success, and a mediocre record of getting AAA hitters out. For Norfolk, Britton has a 3.98 ERA, 1.403 WHIP, and a 1.90 SO/BB. No wonder he doesn't succeed with the Orioles. He's hardly a AAA pitcher. His major league numbers are significantly worse in 46 starts. He doesn't deserve to make the team.
Steve Johnson- I like this guy, but he has an option remaining. He should start for Norfolk and provide solid depth. Hopefully he stays healthy. He'll see time in Baltimore this year, realistically as a reliever.
TJ McFarland- He was adequate as a reliever. I don't mind working him as a starter in the minors, but I don't think anything will come of it. He has a limited ceiling it appears. He'll see time in Baltimore this year, realistically as a reliever.
Brian Matusz- Matusz is a reliever. Period. He's out of options and hasn't succeeded as a starter since 2010. It's time to move on. He has found his future in the bullpen.
Tommy Hunter- See Matusz.
Alfredo Aceves- The man has enough trouble getting hitters out as a reliever. He has a horrible record in a limited sample as a starter. Stay in Norfolk's bullpen.
Josh Stinson- As a starter in the minors, he got hit hard, didn't throw enough strikes, and didn't strike out enough people. He is out of options and is strictly a reliever moving forward.
Liam Hendriks- He just turned 25, has a career minor league ERA under 3.00, has an option remaining, and has averaged 4.73 strikeouts to every walk in the minors. Steve Johnson
and him often get overlooked I think, but they could end up providing the bigger impact over McFarland and company.
So there is Baltimore's "depth." It's obvious the Orioles need another pitcher after the top five. Ervin Santana or Ubaldo Jimenez would be welcome additions to the rotation. That being said, both of these pitchers are one year removed from an ERA over 5.00. Let's be careful for what we're paying for here. Chris Capuano represents a much more cost effective solution, that in all honesty, probably won't be much worse than these two guys at all. Signing them would also be very hypocritical after DD has said all off-season Baltimore will be a team that relies on the farm system. The minor leagues are just starting to turn into something decent again. Let's not ruin it.