While the Orioles’ scheduled game in Boston was rained out Monday, their regional rivals in Washington caught my eye. The Nationals’ starter was right-hander Jeremy Hellickson, who pitched 10 mostly disastrous games for the Orioles in 2017, going 2-6 with a 6.97 ERA.
Hellickson signed a minor league deal with the Nationals just 12 days before the start of the regular season and recently replaced A.J. Cole as the club’s fifth starter. In his Nationals’ debut Monday, Hellickson pitched 4 2/3 innings and was lucky to give up just two runs, considering he allowed eight baserunners.
That got me thinking. What have the other departed 2017 Orioles been up to this season?
Throughout the year, we’re going to run an occasional series checking in on last year’s Orioles who have flown the nest. Which players are excelling in their new homes? Which ones are struggling? Which ones haven’t found a new team at all?
Last season, 50 players made an appearance in an Orioles uniform. At the start of this season, 20 of those players, Hellickson included, were no longer in the Baltimore organization.
Four of those 2017 Orioles cracked the Opening Day roster of other MLB teams in 2018. Plenty of others are kicking around in the minors, overseas or elsewhere. Let’s take a closer look.