2011 Year In Review-DSL O's Pitchers

InsidetheO's begins our Year In Review in which we take an in-depth look at the O's affiliates. We start with the Dominican Summer League O's pitching staff.

DSL O's Pitching At A Glance

Team ERA: 3.37 (14th out of 33)

Strike-outs/Walks: 520/356 (fifth most/sixth most in the league)

Team WHIP: 1.41 (22nd lowest in the league)

Note: this article covers all pitchers who threw at least 20 innings for the DSL O's this season.

The Orioles DSL team had a great season in 2011. They finished 46-24 and won their eight-team Boca Chica Baseball City division by three games. They advanced all the way to the Championship Series and faced an Anaheim Angels team that went 52-18. Unfortunately for the O's, they ran out of gas, losing the best-of-five Championship Series three games to none. The pitchers on the DSL O's posted some solid ERA numbers, and were near the top of all the pitching statistical categories.

DSL O's pitchers combined for a total of nine shutouts (third most in the league) and had four complete games. The bullpen converted 21 saves (tied for fourth in the league). The pitching staff specialized in keeping the ball in the park, allowing only 12 homeruns (tied for seventh) in 593 innings. . The bullpen converted 13 saves. As a staff, they allowed only 23 homeruns in 586.2 innings, although that total put them in the top half for the league in homers allowed.

The team's top pitcher was Janser Severino. Severino appeared in 14 games (12 starts) and went 6-2 with a 1.98 ERA in 77.1 innings and he threw two complete game shutouts. The right-hander struck out 77 batters and walked only 28. In his second season in pro ball, the 20-year old averaged allowing less than a hit per inning. He held opponents to a .188 batting average. Severino allowed 13 less hits in 15 more innings this year than last year. He lowered his ERA significantly from last season, his first as a pro, when he had an ERA of 4.19. His season high for strikeouts in a game was nine. Severino allowed only one homerun on the season and led the team in strikeouts, complete games, and shutouts.

The top relief pitcher was right-hander Alexander Santana. In his first season in professional baseball, he went 6-2 with four saves and a 1.82 ERA. . He pitched 29.2 innings and appeared in 17 games, all in relief. He struck out 24, walked 13, and gave up 21 hits.

Williams Louico led the DSL O's in innings pitched with 85.2. He appeared in 16 games and started 15 of them. He went 6-2 with a 2.10 ERA. He struck out 69 and walked 32. This was Louico's fourth season with the DSL O's. He set career-highs in innings pitched and strikeouts.

Samuel Jean led the DSL O's in wins this season. He went 7-4 with a 3.11 ERA. He appeared in 17 games and started 15 and pitched a complete game. He had a SO:BB ratio of 61:38. This was his fourth season with the DSL O's. He set a career-high in strikeouts and held opponents to a career best .224 average.

Only 18 years old, Jhondaniel Medina went 5-4 with a 3.02 ERA in his second season as a member of the DSL O's. The right-handed pitcher appeared in 14 games with 13 starts, one of them being a complete game shutout. He pitched 65.2 innings, struck out 60 and walked 34. Medina struggled a bit with his control hitting a team high 10 batters.

Right-hander Domingo Salas went 6-1 with a 1.99 ERA. He led the DSL O's in holds with five and was tied for second in saves with four. In 49.2 innings he struck out 45 and walked 35. At 20 years old, Salas is in his third year as a member of the DSL O's. He set career highs in wins, appearances, and strikeouts. He also had a career low ERA.

Right-hander Jose Figuereo, in his second season with the DSL O's, went 3-1 with a 2.76 ERA and a team high in saves with 12. The 19-year old pitched 32.2 innings and struck out 28 and walked 9. He had the best walk to strikeout ratio on the team.

Left-hander Eilas Pinales struggled a bit in his first season as a professional. He was 0-3 with a 5.23 ERA. He appeared in 11 games with eight of them being starts. Pinales pitched 31 innings and walked 29 and struck out 26.

Daniel Mercedes went 2-1 with a 4.61 ERA with one save in 14 appearances, all in relief. The right-hander pitched 27.1 innings, struck out 31 and walked 16. He also allowed 32 hits and allowed opponents to hit a team high .302.

Left-hander Wilmer Aquino appeared in 12 games for the DSL O's, starting three and coming in relief for nine. He was 1-0 with a 2.77 ERA. He pitched 26 innings striking out 27 and walking 21 but he did give up two homers. Aquino held opponents to a .206 batting average.

Right-hander Julio Perez went 2-0 with a 4.50 ERA for the DSL O's in his third season with the team. He appeared in 14 games, all in relief and pitched 20 innings. Perez struggled with his control, walking 17 and only striking out seven. In his three years as a professional, he has never had more strikeouts than walks.

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