Ryan Meisinger (Staunton 2014) has made his major league debut for the Baltimore Orioles! He pitched 1 2/3 innings last night against the Los Angeles Angels, giving up a home run and single in 1 2/3 innings in Baltimore’s 7-1 loss.
Ryan, an 11th round draft pick of the Orioles in 2015, was obliterating Triple-A batters since he was moved up from Double-A Bowie on May 18th. In 15 games and 22 innings for Norfolk, Ryan went 1-0, 2.05, with a 0.95 WHIP and only 5 walks against 30 strikeouts.
He is the 6th former Valley Leaguer to make his major league debut this season, and 2nd Staunton Brave (he was only 19 days behind Sam Howard (2012)). Ryan showed a good arm back then, of course; he struck out 40 batters in 37 innings for the Braves. 2018 is the second-fastest to 6 debuts behind only 2008, when Christopher Carter (Waynesboro 2001) was the 6th debut on June 5th of that year.
Back on March 24th, ATVL published a list of 10 players with a reasonable chance to make the majors for the first time in 2018, and Meisinger is now the 5th player from that list to make The Show. (Even though I gave him only a 15% chance to make it this year!)
Here’s the list so far:
|1||Ryan Yarbrough||March 31||Luray 2012|
|2||Justin Anderson||April 23||Front Royal 2013|
|3||Eric Stout||April 25||Waynesboro 2012|
|4||Austin Gomber||June 2||Luray 2012|
|5||Sam Howard||June 10||Staunton 2012|
|6||Ryan Meisinger||June 29||Staunton 2014|