There are the spoken causes for why Terrin Vavra has but to make his Orioles debut.
One is a matter of circumstance, with Baltimore going through three left-handed beginning pitchers in 4 of the video games since Vavra’s promotion Tuesday. Another, as supervisor Brandon Hyde put it Tuesday, is that Baltimore finds itself ready to push for a wild-card spot. That sudden growth has left Hyde with little incentive to alter a profitable lineup — a lineup that features Rougned Odor taking part in second base.
The unstated facet may issue into Tuesday’s commerce deadline. Odor, a free agent after this season, is hitting simply .200, however left-handed hitters with energy (10 house runs, 37 RBIs) may nonetheless intrigue a purchaser. Leaving Odor on the bench leaves him out of the attention of opposing groups on the lookout for upgrades, though it’s unclear whether or not the Orioles would take into account transferring such a key locker room presence.
When requested Friday how troublesome it’s to not play a newly promoted prospect resembling Vavra — who ranks because the No. 12 prospect within the group, in accordance with Baseball America — Hyde talked about the slew of left-handed bats which have stored Vavra on the bench.
“But we’re looking to get him in here the next couple days,” mentioned Hyde, who put Odor at second base for Friday night time’s recreation in opposition to the Cincinnati Reds. “I had him ready off the bench [Thursday] to pinch-hit in a big spot. Same thing tonight. He might be in there tomorrow. We’ll see.”
Odor can also be a left-handed hitter, however the veteran has reverse splits this season. He holds a .232 common in opposition to left-handers and a .192 in opposition to right-handers. Eight of his 10 homers, nonetheless, have come in opposition to a righty.
Vavra has excelled at Triple-A Norfolk this season forward of his call-up, batting .324 with a .886 OPS. He was a third-round draft decide in 2018 and purchased from the Colorado Rockies on the 2020 commerce deadline as a part of the bundle for reliever Mychal Givens. At 25, he’s discovering his most success within the minors this season. His splits are extra excessive, nonetheless, as he’s hitting .347 in opposition to righties and .242 in opposition to lefties.
The Orioles referred to as up Vavra to switch Jonathan Araúz, a utility infielder who hadn’t performed in two weeks earlier than injuring his finger on a slide into second base Monday. When Araúz went on the injured listing, the Orioles wanted to switch an rare contributor, and now Vavra finds himself in the same spot.
Vavra has positional flexibility, taking part in primarily second base and middle discipline however possessing the power to fit right into a nook outfield spot or elsewhere within the infield. But with the Orioles (50-49) above .500 and simply three video games out of the ultimate wild-card spot coming into Friday, there are few positions Vavra can bump a longtime starter.
The circumstances are even trickier contemplating Vavra’s 35-week pregnant spouse, Carlie, obtained particular permission from a health care provider to fly from Minnesota to Baltimore and now to Cincinnati within the hopes of seeing her husband make his main league debut. Vavra’s dad and mom additionally made that journey.
It all comes at an attention-grabbing time for the Orioles, who discover themselves in a stunning current vs. future debate: pushing for a playoff spot whereas listening to potential commerce provides.