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Kremer dazzles in big league debut for O's

No. 10 prospect allows one hit, strikes out seven over six innings
Dean Kremer made 25 starts across three Minor League levels last season. (Gail Burton/AP)
September 6, 2020

Dean Kremer didn't have a lot of time to prepare for his Major League debut on Sunday, but that didn't stop the 24-year-old from making it one of the most memorable debuts in franchise history. The Orioles’ No. 10 prospect allowed one run on one hit while striking out seven

Dean Kremer didn't have a lot of time to prepare for his Major League debut on Sunday, but that didn't stop the 24-year-old from making it one of the most memorable debuts in franchise history.

The Orioles’ No. 10 prospect allowed one run on one hit while striking out seven over six innings as Baltimore posted a 5-1 win over the Yankees at Camden Yards. Kremer retired 12 consecutive batters at one point and tossed 47 of his 88 pitches for strikes.

The right-hander received a phone call on Saturday night at 10:30 p.m. that he would get the ball on Sunday for the Orioles' 1:05 p.m. start at Camden Yards.

"[General manager Mike] Elias and [manager Brandon] Hyde gave me the call and they were like, 'Hey, you wanna come pitch tomorrow?'" he told reporters after the game. "I was pretty excited. I got enough sleep, but my mind was racing that late at night. So I'm happy that my body held up and could still perform."

Kremer became the first O's starter to win his debut in The Show since Josh Rogers on Aug. 28, 2018 and the first to fan at least seven in his debut since John Parrish on July 24, 2000. The California native also became the fourth Baltimore starter to throw at least six innings of one-hit ball in his debut since Chris Waters in 2008. The only other pitcher to do that in the big leagues this season is third-ranked Braves prospect Ian Anderson.

"It's a dream come true," Kramer said. "We practice every day for years to get to this point, so just to have had it is a dream come true."

Kremer kicked off his afternoon by striking out DJ LeMahieu and Luke Voit to open the game. He encountered his only trouble in the second inning, issuing a leadoff walk to Clint Frazier, yielding a one-out single to Miguel Andujar and loading the bases by walking Mike Tauchman. After Erik Kratz plated a run with a RBI fielder’s choice, Kremer froze Tyler Wade on a third strike.

"After that inning, we just talked to each other and I just reminded him to stay on the attack," batterymate Bryan Holaday said. "Just keep attacking these guys, just keep being aggressive in the strike zone and put the pressure on them. He did exactly that after that inning.

"Being a young guy against the New York Yankees, the game can speed up on you. But he really handled it well. He maintained his composure and he really acted like he'd been there before. So that presence that he brought was huge. That speaks a lot for his character."

The right-hander cruised the rest of the way. Counting Kratz and Wade, Kremer retired 12 in a row from the second inning through the first out in the sixth. After Voit drew the last of three walks issued by the 24-year-old, Kremer retired Brett Gardner on a line drive to right field, then fanned Frazier for his final out.

"I was really impressed with how he handled that second inning," Hyde said. "Really hitting adversity for the first time -- a little bit of a command issue in that second inning -- and to be able to wiggle out of it, only allowing a run, and then toss four really good innings. That showed a lot about his character and his poise."

Selected by the Dodgers out of UNLV in the 14th round of the 2016 Draft, Kremer became the first Isreali citizen to sign with a Major League team. He was traded to the Orioles as part of the July 18, 2018 deal that sent big league third baseman Manny Machado to Hollywood. Last year, his first full season in the Baltimore system, Kremer pitched for Class A Advanced Frederick, Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk, going 10-5 with a 2.88 ERA in 25 starts. Over 131 1/3 innings, the California native recorded 122 strikeouts and walked only 37.

Kremer also became the first Israeli citizen to pitch in the Majors.

"It's awesome to be able to hold the torch, so to speak, for guys like me," he said. "There is a list and it's growing every year. We're just showing the kids over there that it's possible."

Two nights after helping his team snap a 19-game skid against the Yanks, fifth-ranked Orioles prospect Ryan Mountcastle went 0-for-2 but worked a walk and plated a run with a sacrifice fly in the of the seventh inning.

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Rays 5, Marlins 4

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Angels 9, Astros 5

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Pirates 3, Reds 2

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Braves 10, Nationals 3

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Rockies 7, Dodgers 6

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Padres 5, A’s 3

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Blue Jays 10, Red Sox 8

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White Sox 8, Royals 2

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Tigers 10, Twins 8

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Mariners 4, Rangers 3

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