No. 7: Jesus Liranzo, RHP, Bowie
2016 statistics: 1-1, 1.87 ERA, 66 Ks, 27 BBs in 53 innings (Delmarva/Bowie)
In our BaltimoreBaseball.com season predictions on Opening Day, I picked Liranzo as my “biggest surprise” for the Orioles. The club sent the 22-year-old right-hander back to Bowie after he had a 3.38 ERA and nine strikeouts in eight innings during the Grapefruit League this spring. Liranzo, who signed with the Orioles after he was released by the Atlanta Braves in June 2013, jumped from Delmarva to Bowie midway through last season after he compiled a 1.05 ERA in 34 1/3 innings for the Shorebirds. He’ll return to the Baysox in 2017, but I believe he’ll make an impact in the major league bullpen by September.