The once-promising pitching prospect has struggled to find a home after the Rockies designated him for assignment in early 2015. Jayson Aquino was acquired and cut four times in just 14 months before being claimed by the Orioles at the on-set of the 2016 season. He spent the vast majority of the season with Double-A Bowie, while also making brief appearances with Triple-A Norfolk and tossing 2.1 innings with the big league club. The young lefty had mixed results during his time at Bowie, posting a 3.90 ERA and 1.41 WHIP over 115.1 innings in the starting rotation. He has always displayed plus control of his pitches, as evidenced by his 6.6 percent walk rate, but he will need to improve his strikeout rate (15.4 percent in 2016) if he hopes to find consistent success at the higher levels. He likely won't be making any sort of fantasy impact in 2017.
Aquino (1-0) allowed two runs on six hits and three walks while striking out two batters over six innings during Saturday's win over Boston. Holding the Red Sox to two runs is impressive, but this was also just Aquino's third start above Double-A, so keeping expectations in check is advised. He's likely earned another start and lines up to face the Yankees next week, which will be another tough matchup.
Aquino was confirmed as Saturday's starter against the Red Sox, Roch Kubatko of MASN reports. Aquino beat out Alec Asher to start for the Orioles on Saturday, as the two were both being considered for a spot start. The 24-year-old allowed five runs (four earned) while striking out 11 in nine innings (two starts) at Triple-A Norfolk before being recalled. It's uncertain if he'll return to the bullpen or continue to serve as the Orioles' fifth starter while Chris Tillman (shoulder) is sidelined, but that should become clearer in the near future.
Aquino remains an option to start Saturday against the Red Sox, MASN's Roch Kubatko reports. He was recalled from Triple-A on Wednesday to offer an extra arm out of the bullpen, but has not yet been used. The Orioles announced that Dylan Bundy will start on normal rest Friday, so it will either be Aquino or Alec Asher on the hill Saturday against Steven Wright. If either Aquino or Asher is used out of the bullpen Thursday or Friday, that should cement who will start Saturday. Neither is an intriguing fantasy option, but Asher would be slightly more interesting, as he has already logged a quality start in his lone outing in the big leagues this season.
Aquino is a candidate to start Friday or Saturday against the Red Sox, MASN's Roch Kubatko reports. He was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk on Wednesday, presumably to serve as a long reliever on either Wednesday or Thursday, but if Alec Asher is used in that role instead, Aquino would presumably get a spot start either Friday or Saturday. He was scheduled to start Thursday at Triple-A, so he would be on extra rest. Aquino had a 4.00 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 11 strikeouts in nine innings (two starts) prior to his call-up.
Aquino was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk on Wednesday. He was slated to start Thursday for Norfolk, but the Orioles needed an extra arm, so he will instead be available in long relief Wednesday. Tyler Wilson was optioned to Triple-A in a corresponding move.
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