Former Merrimack pitcher Ryan O’Rourke is progressing well through rehab with the Baltimore Orioles, after undergoing Tommy John surgery last season.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said this past weekend that he should be joining a team in their system on a full-time basis soon after making some rehab appearances in extended spring training.
“He’s 90-92 mph, throwing in games now,” Showalter said. “He shouldn’t be too far from going and joining a club somewhere.”
O’Rourke pitched parts of two MLB seasons for the Minnesota Twins in 2015 and 2016 after missing all of last season with the surgery. He’s appeared in 54 games out of the bullpen, totaling 47 innings, striking out 48 batters and posting a 4.98 ERA.
O’Rourke was incredibly effective against left-handed hitters, holding them to a .134 batting average over two seasons, limiting opposing hitters to nine hits in 80 plate appearances.
Picked by the Twins in 2010 after his senior season at Merrimack, O’Rourke was electric in his NCAA career, striking out 193 hitters in 188 innings and posting a 1.95 ERA. O’Rourke was nearly unhittable as a senior, posting a 0.73 WHIP and 10.59 K/9.