Stefan Crichton

Position: RHP
Born: 02/29/92
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 200
B/T: R/R
Acquired: Drafted in the 23rd round of the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft (BAL)

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
2016 Season Stats: Went 2-6 with a 3.73 ERA in 48 games at Bowie (Double-A), including four starts, striking out 61 and walking 26 while allowing 73 hits in 72 1/3 innings.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Recalled from Norfolk (Triple-A) April 16 when LHP Zach Britton went on the 10-day DL.
MLB Debut Date: 04/16/17

Debut Details
April 16, in an 11-2 win over the Blue Jays. The second of four pitchers, he came on to start the bottom of the seventh in relief of right-hander Dylan Bundy with a 6-0 lead and allowed two runs on five hits over 1 1/3 innings, striking out two without walking a batter. Of 49 pitches, 29 were for strikes. After giving up a single to center field to Troy Tulowitzki and a single to right field to Russell Martin to put runners at the corners, he struck out Steve Pearce on a foul tip. Chris Coghlan's sacrifice fly to center scored Tulowitzki with the Jays' first run of the night, after which Ryan Goins doubled to left field, advancing Martin to third base, but Kevin Pillar struck out swinging to end the inning and that threat. In the eighth, Ezequiel Carrera lined out to center field to lead things off and Jose Bautista flied out to left before Justin Smoak tripled to right field and scored on Tulowitzki's RBI single to left. At that point, Crichton was replaced by right-handed reliever Tyler Wilson, who walked Martin but then got Pearce to fly out to center field to close the book on Crichton.

Player Notes
It had been an eventful few days for Crichton. On April 13, his contract was purchased from Norfolk when right-hander Oliver Drake was designated for assignment, which made him the first player to get called up this season without having been either a) on the 40-man roster already or b) a non-roster invitee to spring training. However, he was sent back down to the minors two days later to make room for Alec Asher, called up to make a Saturday start for the O’s. But his wild ride was not yet over. On Easter Sunday, Crichton got the call back to Baltimore to take the roster spot of injured left-hander Zach Britton. Crichton came into the season ranked among's Top 30 Orioles prospects thanks to his late-sinking fastball that touches the mid- to high-90s and his plus slider. The overall take is that he needs to become a little more consistent with those potentially plus pitches and perhaps add another pitch to his arsenal. But maybe the most interest “fun fact” about Crichton can be found in our introduction!

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