Edgin, who’ll soon turn 31, had spent five seasons working out of the Mets’ bullpen. But he lost his 40-man roster spot late in the 2017 season and also underwent knee surgery at season’s end, so he’ll certainly come into camp with something to prove.
Though he produced 37 innings of 3.65 ERA pitching for New York, there was a reason Edgin was designated by a struggling Mets team. He had managed only 27 strikeouts against 18 walks, had allowed a .280/.374/.400 slash to opposing lefties, and was operating with about 1.5 mph less on his average fastball than he had before undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2015.
Still, Edgin has had a fair bit of success in the past, particularly in a strong 2014 campaign in which he allowed just 1.32 earned runs per nine, carried 9.2 K/9 against 2.0 BB/9, and sported a 50.7% groundball rate through 27 1/3 innings over 47 appearances. And there’s some real opportunity in the Orioles’ pen. Baltimore’s top two southpaws at present are Richard Bleier and Donnie Hart. The club also recently added Ryan O’Rourke on a minors pact to join the competition in Spring Training.