Lost in the
’ 3-0 shutout loss to the
Sunday night at
was the relief performance of Rule 5 pick T.J. McFarland.
On Sunday night, McFarland entered a three-run game in the seventh inning and allowed just one hit over two scoreless innings, walking one and striking out three – including the final two batters he faced in the eighth,
The Orioles obviously think highly of McFarland. They found a way to make a spot for him on the Opening Day roster, and his promise forced the Orioles to trade veteran right-handed reliever
Over two major league outings, McFarland has thrown 5 1/3 scoreless relief innings, allowing just two hits while striking out eight and walking on.
"He pitched well again," Showalter said. "I think he threw three strikes that were called balls too, so that's even more impressive. He worked his way through it. He's had two good outings. We feel comfortable pitching him. It's just the situation hasn't been there every night out and also with some of the options we have."
Showalter often mentions that McFarland, 23, is just one year older than Orioles pitching prospect