It has been a whirlwind year for Spenser Watkins and the Baltimore Orioles. After signing a minor league contract before spring training, Watkins made his MLB debut in April 2022. He was one of many players who nearly quit baseball during the pandemic but decided to keep playing after things started to get back to normal.
The Orioles were one of the worst teams in baseball in 2020, but they have turned things around in 2021. They are currently 2 GB from the American League wild card and Watkins has been a big part of their success. He started off 5-1 record with a 2.38 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 52 innings pitched during their stretch.
Watkins is a 28-year-old right-hander who was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 30th round of the 2014 MLB draft. He pitched for the Tigers from 2021 to 2024 before being traded to the Orioles in 2025. Watkins is in the final year of his contract with the Orioles and is arbitration eligible this offseason.