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Michael Baumann
Popularity: ↑ 20%
P | B/T: R/R | 6' 4" 225LBS | Age: 25

Draft: 2017 | Rd: 3, #98, Baltimore Orioles | Jacksonville
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Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2019 6 2 2.31 13 11 1 70.0 65 0.94
Career Minors 24 13 2.82 59 56 1 297.0 291 1.12
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2019 13 6-2 2.31 70.0 65 0.94
Career Minors 59 24-13 2.82 297.0 291 1.12

Standard Minor League Pitching Statistics

SeasonTmLGLWLERAGGSSVIPHRERHRBBSOWHIP
2017 2 Teams Minors 4 2 1.28 11 10 0 42.1 27 13 6 2 19 43 1.09
2017 Aberdeen IronBirds NYP A(Short) 4 2 1.31 10 9 0 41.1 25 13 6 2 19 41 1.06
2017 GCL Orioles GCL ROK 0 0 0.00 1 1 0 1.0 2 0 0 0 0 2 2.00
2018 2 Teams Minors 13 5 3.17 24 24 0 130.2 105 49 46 9 53 106 1.21
2018 Delmarva Shorebirds SAL A(Full) 5 0 1.42 7 7 0 38.0 23 7 6 0 13 47 0.95
2018 Frederick Keys CAR A(Adv) 8 5 3.88 17 17 0 92.2 82 42 40 9 40 59 1.32
2019 2 Teams Minors 7 6 2.98 24 22 1 124.0 85 43 41 4 45 142 1.05
2019 Frederick Keys CAR A(Adv) 1 4 3.83 11 11 0 54.0 40 24 23 2 24 77 1.19
2019 Bowie Baysox EAS AA 6 2 2.31 13 11 1 70.0 45 19 18 2 21 65 0.94

Scouting Report

2020

The Atlantic Sun Pitcher of the Year at Jacksonville in 2015, Baumann caught the eyes of Orioles scouts when they arrived in north Florida to see former college teammate Austin Hays. The O’s tabbed Baumann in the same round as Hays a year later, signing him for below slot value ($500,000), thus beginning the big, physical righty’s quick climb through the system. Baumann reached the Class A Advanced Carolina League in his first full season, then impressed there again before taking a big step forward at Double-A Bowie in 2019. Baumann pitched to a 2.31 ERA in 13 outings (11 starts) in the Eastern League last season, highlighted by a 94-pitch, 10-strikeout no-hitter in July.

Standing 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, Baumann uses his frame and simple, repeatable delivery to create a downhill plane that accentuates his stuff. His fastball sits 94-95 and flashes 98-99 mph at times, with late life that he maintains deep in games. A plus power slider is the better of his two breaking balls, thrown in the high 80s to elicit swings and misses. Baumann’s changeup has improved immensely since his college days, and he is still working to develop a fringy curve. Both will be integral in whether he ultimately sticks as a starter at the highest level. Baumman’s longer arm action has also led to command issues at times. 

If those are refined, Baumann’s durability and potential four-pitch mix give him a chance to be a mid-rotation starter in the big leagues. If not, his fastball-slider combination has the potential to be devastating late in games, making his floor that of an impact reliever. 


2019

Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Slider: 55 | Curveball: 45 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 45 | Overall: 50

A year removed from selecting Austin Hays in the third round, the Orioles once again tapped Jacksonville's talent pool in 2017, selecting Baumann, the Atlantic Sun Pitcher of the Year in '14, in the third round. Signing for below slot value at $500,000, Baumann looked like he might move relatively fast through the professional ranks, and he reached the Class A Advanced Carolina League in his first full season, pitching to mixed results there after he had opened the season with Class A Delmarva. With a focus on pitching to his strengths in 2019, the right-hander dominated during his return to Frederick and received a mid-season promotion to Double-A Bowie, where he fired a 94-pitch, 10-strikeout no-hitter in his third Eastern League start. 

A big and physical right-hander, Baumann can run his plus fastball up to 96-97 mph and will sit 94-95, using his height to his advantage to work on a downhill plane while throwing his heater with a ton of late life. He throws two breaking balls, a fringy curveball and a power slider at 89-91 mph that flashes above average, as well as a changeup that improved in 2019. Baumann misses his share of bats, although the effort in his delivery, along with his longer arm action, does raise questions about his ultimate command profile.

Baumann's arm strength, durable frame and potential four-pitch mix will give him a chance to remain a starter, especially if he can make strides with his command and changeup. Should that not work out, shortening Baumann up and putting him in the bullpen would allow his fastball-slider pairing to play up and possibly expedite his arrival in the Majors.


2018

Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Slider: 55 | Curveball: 45 | Changeup: 45 | Control: 45 | Overall: 45

A year removed from selecting Austin Hays in the third round, the Orioles once again tapped Jacksonville's talent pool in 2017 to land Baumann, the Atlantic Sun Pitcher of the Year in '14, in the third round. After an impressive pro debut in the Class A Short Season New York-Penn League, club officials are cautiously optimistic that Baumann, like Hays, could move relatively fast through the professional ranks. That certainly was the case in Baumann's first full season, as he earned a promotion to Class A Advanced Frederick after making seven dominant starts for Class A Delmarva. 

A big and physical right-hander, Baumann can run his fastball up to 96-97 mph, but usually sits more in the 92-94 mph range, also using his height to his advantage to work on a downhill plane. He throws two breaking balls, a fringy curveball and a slider that flashes above average, as well as a promising changeup. Baumann is adept at missing bats, although the effort in his delivery, along with his longer arm action, does raise questions about Baumann's ultimate command profile. 

Baumann's arm strength, durable frame and potential four-pitch mix will give him a chance to remain a starter, especially if he can make strides with his command and changeup. Should that not work out, shortening Baumann up and putting him in the bullpen would allow his fastball-slider pairing to play up and possibly expedite his arrival in the Majors.


2017

Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Slider: 50 | Curveball: 45 | Changeup: 45 | Control: 45 | Overall: 45

Jacksonville University has had its fair share of draftees, Daniel Murphy being by far the most successful, but only seven have been taken in the top three rounds of the regular Draft in June. Baumann is the latest player to have joined that exclusive list after the Orioles made him their third-round pick in 2017.

A product of the Minnesota high school ranks, Baumann's 6-foot-4 frame and plus fastball garnered plenty of attention in the spring as he regularly bumped 95 mph throughout his starts. He throws two breaking balls, a fringy curveball and a slider that flashes above average. He mixes in a viable changeup as well. Baumann's arm action can get a bit long, making it tougher for him to repeat his delivery. That, in turn, leads to command issues.

Baumann's arm strength, durable frame and potential four-pitch mix should allow for his continue development as a starter in pro ball, especially if he can make strides with his control and command. Should that not work out, shortening Baumann up and putting him in the bullpen could allow his fastball-slider combination to play up and get him to the big leagues more quickly.


Transactions

Team Date Transaction
11/20/2020 Baltimore Orioles selected the contract of RHP Michael Baumann.
11/20/2020 Baltimore Orioles selected the contract of RHP Michael Baumann from Bowie Baysox.
10/05/2020 RHP Michael Baumann assigned to Bowie Baysox from Orioles Alternate Training Site.
07/17/2020 RHP Michael Baumann assigned to Orioles Alternate Training Site from Bowie Baysox.
07/10/2020 Baltimore Orioles invited non-roster RHP Michael Baumann to spring training.
06/21/2019 RHP Michael Baumann assigned to Bowie Baysox from Frederick Keys.
04/10/2019 RHP Michael Baumann assigned to Frederick Keys from Aberdeen IronBirds.
04/04/2019 RHP Michael Baumann assigned to Aberdeen IronBirds.
05/18/2018 RHP Michael Baumann assigned to Frederick Keys from Delmarva Shorebirds.
04/23/2018 Delmarva Shorebirds activated RHP Michael Baumann from the temporarily inactive list.
04/19/2018 Delmarva Shorebirds placed RHP Michael Baumann on the temporarily inactive list.
03/30/2018 RHP Michael Baumann assigned to Delmarva Shorebirds from Aberdeen IronBirds.
03/09/2018 RHP Michael Baumann assigned to Baltimore Orioles.
07/07/2017 RHP Michael Baumann assigned to Aberdeen IronBirds from GCL Orioles.
07/05/2017 RHP Michael Baumann assigned to GCL Orioles.
07/03/2017 Baltimore Orioles signed RHP Michael Baumann.