March 30, 2009

Top 50 MiLB Prospects 2009: #22 Chris Tillman

Top 50 MiLB Prospects 2009 | #22 | Chris Tillman | Orioles

Position | Pitcher

Bats/Throws | Right/Right

| April 15, 1988 (Anaheim, California)

| Fountain Valley High School

| 6'5''

| 195 lbs.

2008 Ranking | Not Ranked

The Seattle Mariners drafted Chris Tillman in the 2nd round of the 2006 draft. After spending a year-and-a-half in the Mariners system, Tillman was traded along with a slew of prospects to the Baltimore Orioles for southpaw Erik Bedard. In his first season with the Orioles, Tillman impressed scouts with his strong, sinking fastball and power curveball which helped him strike out 154 batters in only 135 2/3 innings. He also has a change-up, but it's definitely his worse pitch of the bunch. In 2008, Tillman left batters on base 77.1% of the time and had a K/9 ratio of 10.22. He is a big pitcher with good mechanics. If he can improve on throwing strikes, he could be the Ace of an improving Orioles bullpen in no time.

2008 Statistics
Level    W    L    ERA     IP     K    BB    WHIP    FIP
AA      11    4   3.18  135.2   154    65    1.33   3.41

2009 Outlook
Tillman will be in Triple-A with the Norfolk Tides of the International League. He will likely make his Orioles debut at some point during the 2009 season.

Pitching Repertoire
  • Fastball
  • Curveball
  • Change-up

Estimated Time of Arrival