BALTIMORE (WJZ) – The road to Major League Baseball has been a long one for pitcher Nick Vespi.
“This day is amazing, I’ve been working on this day since 2015. So I’m glad it’s here at last.”
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Vespi, the Orioles’ 18th round draft pick in 2015, was finally called up today and will be available for tonight’s game against the Yankees.
The left-handed pitcher has enjoyed great success in the minor leagues this season for the Triple-A Norfolk Tides. A 0.00 ERA in 14.1 plays is given this season for Tides.
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There’s no time to celebrate for Vespi, as the Orioles host the New York Yankees, who lead the Major League Baseball with 52 home runs, but he’s enjoying the opportunity.
“I’m super excited, it’s great that I’m up against the Yankees,” he said. “I’m just willing to be there and do what I can to help this team win.”
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As for another Orioles prospect who was once noticed in Baltimore – Adley Rutschman, Vespi had been caught by Rutschman and was ready to watch baseball’s #1 prospect join him at Camden Yards .
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“Adley is amazing,” he said. “He is exactly what Orioles wanted from him and I’m delighted that he will be here soon as well.”
https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2022/05/17/os-nick-vespi-earns-big-league-call-up/ O’s Nick Vespi Earns Big-League Call-Up – CBS Baltimore