Ariel Miranda looks ready to help the Orioles

Ariel Miranda signed with the Baltimore Orioles this May in a relatively under-the-radar manner. The Cuban-born left-hander did not come stateside with the buzz of a Jose Contreras or Aroldis Chapman. At 26-years-old, the left-hander did not come with an extreme amount of upside, but did post a respectable 3.24 ERA in his final Cuban season.

Through five starts at the Double-A level, Miranda appears to be rounding back into form nicely after missing the entire 2014 season to establish residency outside of Cuba. The lefty has allowed just five earned runs in his five starts with Bowie. In 28.2 innings, he has struck out 29. His most recent outing was a seven-inning, 10-strikeout performance against the Harrisburg Senators. Miranda worked through the Senators with ease, had good command, and could use both his changeup and splitter to finish hitters off.

Miranda has good command on the mound, and generated weak contact early in the count. His fastball will not blow anyone away, but he gets it over the plate with good consistency, which allows him to go to his split-finger and change. In his time at Bowie, he has walked only nine, but four of those came in one start. Miranda has allowed just two home runs on the year. He had a brief rough patch with High-A Frederick, allowing nine earned in 11.0 innings at one point, but it has been smooth sailing since.

The Orioles have made a few low-key forays into the Cuban market in recent years without much return. With the team’s bullpen frequently taxed this year by inefficient starting pitching, Miranda should figure into the team’s September plans. At 26, Miranda does not need much more seasoning in the minor leagues, and there’s very little reason to continue having him dominate 22 and 23-year-olds. The club has a need for bullpen depth, and there is very little reason not to see what they have on their hands in the Cuban veteran.

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  1. James Whitener

    Hey Josh, thanks for a great read on Miranda. I love hearing about how our prospects are doing and I agree with you – he should be brought up this year. He’s 26. He’s dominating. No reason not to.

    I’d prefer that he be brought up before Sept. 1 however in case he dominates at the MLB level, we can use him in the playoffs!

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    • Joshua Sadlock

      Getting him up before Sept 1 could be a challenge. Bullpen flexibility is pretty hamstrung with Garcia. Only guys in ‘pen that could be swapped out are Givens (probably going to want him for postseason) and McFarland (maybe expendable). If Wieters can get back soon, then could possibly send down Clevenger and go with an eight-man bullpen. Then after 9/1, bring back Roe and Wright if ready. That would make for a pretty strong group heading down the stretch.

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