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Was he as bad as his numbers?
Erbe went 0-10 with a 5.73 ERA in fourteen starts, before undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum. If you’re asking if he was as bad as his 0-10 record, the answer is no. He did have some games in which he pitched at least fairly well but got no run support.If you’re asking if he was as bad as his 5.73 ERA, the answer is probably yes. He had quite a few games in which he was pounded; he gave up 86 hits in just under 71 innings, with 11 home runs; and his strikeout rate fell to 6.4/9 IP.
Is he still a prospect?
Even though he’s only 22, at this point I’d say no. He suffered shoulder injuries in both 2009 and 2010. His strikeout rate is low. In two full seasons at high-A Frederick, he went 16-20 with a 5.17 ERA. He might make it as a relief pitcher, but the markers that cry out “prime closer prospect” aren’t there.
The Toledo Mud Hens visit Norfolk’s Harbor Park for a four-game series starting today. I’ll be working tonight’s and tomorrow night’s games. Before this series begins, I’ll finish up my review of the terrific starting pitching from the preceding Scranton series.
May 2 — Scranton — Jason Hirsh — 7 1 0 0 3 3 (Game Score 75) (Winning Pitcher)
Hirsh was a top prospect in the Astros organization. He was traded to Colorado in the ill-fated Jason Jennings trade in 2007, and pitched fairly well for the Rockies in 2007. Then he hurt his arm, and found himself in the Yankees system. He’s still only 28 years old.
Hirsh was not overpowering, but he was in complete control of the game. He had a four-pitch sixth inning, resulting in three fly outs to right field. He should be able to be a successful spot starter/long man in the major leagues, and could make it as a #4/#5 starter.
May 2 — Norfolk – Brandon Erbe – 6 3 1 1 3 6 (Game Score 65) (Losing Pitcher)
The 22-year-old Erbe — a Baltimore native and resident — is one of the second-tier Orioles pitching prospects behind Brian Matusz, Chris Tillman, and Zach Britton. Erbe had struggled in his first few starts with Norfolk, but delivered a good performance against Scranton.
Although Erbe pitched well — the only run he allowed was driven in on a slow ground ball that scored a runner who had reached on a leadoff triple — I doubt he has a future as a starter. His delivery looked very effort-ful, and could lead to injury down the road. He is more likely to be a successful relief pitcher, possibly a power closer.