Orioles Stud of the Week

This guy's sudden rise just may have kept the O's season from imploding.

By Ron Cassie. Posted on June 16, 2014

This lefty has long been considered a top prospect after getting selected in third round of the 2006 draft. But after posting impressive numbers while climbing the ladder in the O's farm system, he'd been a disappointment at the big league level the past couple of seasons. Still just 26, he's suddenly come into his own as a relief pitcher, successfully taking over the closing duties this year from a faltering Tommy Hunter.

Stud of the Week for June 9-15:
Zach Britton

The Line:
Britton picked up saves in both tight wins over the division-leading Blue Jays this week, lowering his season ERA to a remarkable 0.76. For the year, he's 3-0 and 7 of 8 in save opportunities.

Studliest Moment:
In the O's exciting 3-2 win over Toronto Saturday, Britton pitched a scoreless 9th, striking out the first batter, walking the second, and then getting the dangerous Melky Cabrera to ground into a double play.

The Clincher:
More awesome stats: The hard-throwing southpaw has allowed only 22 hits in 35.2 innings and has posted a more than 2-1 strikeout to walk ratio.

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Ron Cassie is a senior editor for Baltimore, where he covers the environment, education, medicine, politics, and city life.
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