Miguel Gonzalez, a 28 year old pitcher from Mexico, made his Orioles and MLB debut in last night's game against the Blue Jays. He pitched 3.1 innings in relief of Jake Arrieta and gave up four hits, one earned run and struck out five. Unfortunately, he also allowed two inherited runners to score at the beginning of his outing, and the Orioles ended up losing 8-6, so that could have made a difference. But all-in-all, he had a successful debut and will be an intriguing member of the bullpen.
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The Orioles' Miguel had appeared in 11 games for the AAA Norfolk Tides, going 2-1 with a 1.50 ERA, prior to his call-up to Baltimore, and it's my hope that he will be included in the 2012 Tides team set. For now, I will try to get Miguel to sign a team card of some sort, and his name is currently added to my need list. I hate it when I have to add names to my list!
Thanks to fellow Orioles autograph collector Russell, I've discovered that Miguel has at least this one card from his minor league playing days. This obviously changes most of what I wrote in the post, but since it's still not in my collection, I'm not changing anything!