This fellow really has one of the coolest names in the Orioles farm system. Well, maybe he’s the runner-up to Sebastian Vader.
My nerdiness aside (yes, I like Star Wars), Spoone had a torn labrum in 2008 and spent 2009 working back from it gingerly. In 2010, he threw 132 innings, and at one point had a stretch of 49 of those innings wherein he only allowed nine earned runs. Here are those mechanics he’s working on rediscovering:
Spoone’s fastball tops out around 88-92 mph. His power curveball is probably his best pitch, though, and he’s working on getting his changeup back, as well. Spoone’s stuff used to be “electric,” according to BA, but he still needs to finish building himself back up to that. This means he could be converted into a reliever in the future, but for now, he’ll be starting. He ended 2010 in Bowie and he’ll compete for a spot in Norfolk this Spring Training.
So here, get to know this kid through some 10 Questions: