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66 T.J. McFarland RP
Height/Weight: 6-3/220 | Birthdate: 6/8/1989 | Birthplace: Palos Park, IL | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Baltimore | College: None | MLB Experience: 1 | Owned/Started%: 0/0 | Average Draft Position: 366.75
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Orioles option three to Triple-A Norfolk


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2014) The Orioles have optioned right-hander Kevin Gausman, left-hander T.J. McFarland and infielder Jemile Weeks to Triple-A Norfolk on Saturday, the team announced.

Gausman went 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA and 13:4 K:BB ratio over 11 innings this spring. McFarland allowed four runs over 9 2/3 innings. Weeks slashed .171/.300/.195 with seven RBI over 41 at-bats.

Knee injury not a concern for T.J. McFarland


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/15/2014) Orioles pitcher T.J. McFarland is wearing an elastic wrap on his right knee after suffering an injury during workouts in December. However, he was examined Tuesday and said there is nothing to worry about, according to MASNsports.com.

"Everything's good," he said. "I saw the doctor and I've been cleared for everything. I just tweaked it training. Since I was coming out there anyway, they figured they'd go ahead and send me to a doctor to give me the once-over and make sure everything was good. No more doctors."


T.J. McFarland seems OK after hurting knee while working out


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/14/2014) Orioles pitcher T.J. McFarland tweaked his right knee about 3-4 weeks ago while working out, according to MASNsports.com. He had it checked out Tuesday, but he seems to be OK.

Zach Britton favorite to win final spot in O's rotation?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/5/2014) If the Orioles don't sign another starting pitcher, left-hander Zach Britton is the likely favorite to win the fifth spot in the rotation because he's out of options, according to Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com.

If needed, the Orioles could send starting pitcher candidates Kevin Gausman, Steve Johnson and T.J. McFarland to the minors and bring them up later in the season. Though, McFarland could be a candidate for the bullpen while Troy Patton serves a 25-game suspension at the outset of the season.

However, Kubatko expects the Orioles will sign another starter. Chris Tillman, Wei-Yin Chen, Miguel Gonzalez and Bud Norris are expected to fill the first four spots in the team's rotation.


T.J. McFarland will pitch in winter ball


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2013) Orioles pitcher T.J. McFarland is expected to pitch in winter ball in Venezuela this offseason, according to MASN Sports.

McFarland, a Rule 5 pick from Cleveland in December of 2012, went 4-1 with a 4.22 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP over eight appearances (one start) last season. He remains hopeful of becoming a surprise candidate for the 2014 rotation, according to the report.


T.J. McFarland pitched through nasty cold


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2013) Orioles reliever T.J. McFarland threw two scoreless innings Sunday during the 2-1 win over the Yankees despite feeling under the weather, MASNSports.com reports. He was dealing with a nasty cold that he kept quiet from manager Buck Showalter. 

"I didn't want to tell anyone," McFarland said. "It's just one of those things where you have a sore throat, kind of stuffy and I just battled through it. I really didn't tell anyone."

McFarland said he's feeling fine Monday and is available going forward for the Orioles. 

"You can tell I'm still nasally," McFarland quipped. "You can hear it. But sweating...I think pitching yesterday actually helped. Got me through it."


T.J. McFarland makes first big-league start


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2013) Orioles reliever T.J. McFarland did not last long in his first big-league start Friday against the Yankees.

McFarland allowed run-scoring singles to Robinson Cano, Vernon Wells and Chris Stewart before he was yanked. The left-hander lasted just 2 2/3 innings and allowed seven hits, three runs and one walk while striking out four in a no-decision. He threw 63 pitches, 39 for strikes.

The Orioles have not announced their rotation plans for the 23-year-old. McFarland, a Rule 5 draft pick, has a 4.50 ERA over his first 44 innings pitched this season.

T.J. McFarland will start Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2013) Orioles reliever T.J. McFarland will start Friday night against the Yankees, according to MLB.com. McFarland is 1-0 with a 4.14 ERA over 41 1/3 innings with 36 strikeouts as a reliever this season for the Orioles.

T.J. McFarland an option for Friday


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2013) Orioles reliever T.J. McFarland, a Rule 5 draft pick, is another candidate to start Friday's game against the Yankees from Camden Yards, MASNSports.com reports Monday. Kevin Gausman, who was called up Monday, is another candidate. 

McFarland has been impressive at times this season as the long reliever for the Orioles. A starter for most of his career, McFarland has gone 1-0 with a 4.14 ERA this year over 41 1/3 innings with 36 strikeouts. That said, he's been better when he's not taking over for another pitchers' mess. 


Jake Arrieta likely odd man out


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2013) Orioles pitcher Jake Arrieta could go from being the best option to start Thursday at Toronto to being optioned back to Triple-A Norfolk, MASNSports.com reports. 

The Orioles have reportedly decided to call up highly touted phenom Kevin Gausman from Double-A Bowie to start Thursday. Arrieta and T.J. McFarland were said to be the only two candidates for that start, but things changed for manager Buck Showalter, general manager Dan Duquette and the Orioles. 

The Orioles need to make room the roster and it appears Arrieta is the most likely candidate to be sent out with McFarland a Rule 5 player that needs to stay on the roster. 


O's down to two choices for Thursday start


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2013) The Orioles are down to two choices to take the vacant start Thursday at Toronto, the Baltimore Sun reports Tuesday. Manager Buck Showalter will decide between Jake Arrieta and T.J. McFarland

Showalter said a lot will depend on what happens with his bullpen over the next day or two. Arrieta appears to be the favorite to get the nod at this point. 

Arrieta was sent down after making four starts this year and going 1-1 with a 6.63 ERA. He was sent down to Triple-A Norfolk to work on his command and he displayed enough improvement to return in the bullpen. 


T.J. McFarland could start down the line


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2013) Orioles reliever T.J. McFarland, a Rule 5 pick who has been a starter for the majority of his career, could earn a start down the line for Baltimore, MASNSports.com reports Monday. 

Manager Buck Showalter has been impressed, but did say he'll remain in the bullpen for now. 

"He was impressive again yesterday," Showalter said of McFarland, who threw 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of Chris Tillman Sunday. "I'm real proud of our scouting department. So far, so good with him. He's a guy we've thought about starting, too, but right now it's Freddy and Jair."


T.J. McFarland could pitch way into bigger role


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2013) The Orioles have been overly impressed with rookie reliever T.J. McFarland that manager Buck Showalter hints the 23-year-old left-hander might land a bigger role down the road, according to The Baltimore Sun.

"We throw him down in the bullpen, keep the ball in his hand," Showalter said. "There will come a time this season, I hope, that we’re not always saving him for long relief. He’ll get plenty of chances. You can’t carry a guy in the American League East who you’re not going to pitch. We’re not trying to hide him from pitching, but he serves a very important role here."


T.J. McFarland tosses two more scoreless frames


by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2013) Orioles pitcher T.J. McFarland made his second career appearance on Sunday night against the Yankees. He entered in the seventh and worked two scoreless innings. The left-hander gave up one hit while striking out three.

McFarland, who also walked one, did not earn a decision in the 3-0 loss.

The 23-year-old has thrown 5 1/3 scoreless innings thus far with eight strikeouts.

T.J. McFarland shines in major-league debut


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2013) Orioles relief pitcher T.J. McFarland shined in his major-league debut Saturday, striking out five batters while allowing just one hit and no walks in 3 1/3 innings against the Twins.

A Rule-5 pick out of the Indians' organization, McFarland struck out just 6.3 batters per nine innings in 618 2/3 career minor-league innings heading into 2013, but he handled himself impressively in his debut. A starting pitcher in the minors, McFarland could factor into the Orioles' rotation at some point this season.


T.J. McFarland makes opening day roster


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2013) The Baltimore Sun reports Friday that Orioles Rule 5 pick T.J. McFarland will break camp with the team. The Orioles are expected to use him as a long reliever this season.

McFarland posted a 4.70 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP in eight Grapefruit League appearances.

T.J. McFarland still making a strong case


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2013) Orioles pitcher T.J. McFarland, a Rule-5 pick who must stick on the roster or be offered back to the Indians, may have improved his chances after his performance in an exhibition game Friday against Manatee Community College. McFarland, who came on in the sixth inning, tossed four perfect innings and struck out six in a 6-1 victory.

McFarland has allowed eight runs in 19 1/3 innings of work this spring. He is expected to find out Friday afternoon if he'll make the team.

T.J. McFarland would be long man in bullpen


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2013) Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he has yet to decide if Rule 5 pick T.J. McFarland will make the opening day roster. If he does, however, it would be as a long reliever in the bullpen and not as a starter, reports MLB.com. McFarland is a Rule 5 pick and would have to be offered back to the Indians if he doesn't make the 25-man roster and remain there all season. 

T.J. McFarland makes a couple mistakes


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2013) Orioles rotation long shot T.J. McFarland, who is a Rule 5 draft pick, made his first start of the Grapefruit League season Monday against the Boston Red Sox in a game that was highly affected by the wind. 

McFarland mostly pitched well during his outing but made a couple mistakes that hurt him on his final line, especially with the wind aiding any fly ball. The hurler left the game with two outs in the fourth inning as he allowed four runs on eight hits with no walks and five strikeouts over 3 2/3. 

McFarland, who now has a spring ERA of 4.70, surrendered a long two-run homer to catcher Christian Vazquez in the second inning. He allowed runs in each of his first three frames and certainly didn't do enough to force manager Buck Showalter to realistically consider him for the rotation. 

McFarland must break camp with the Orioles and remain on the 25-man roster all season or the team would have to offer him back to the Indians, who would almost surely accept him back.


T.J. McFarland getting chance to start


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2013) Orioles Rule 5 pick T.J. McFarland hasn't been considered among the favorites for the fifth and final rotation spot this spring. Jake Arrieta, Brian Matusz, Jair Jurrjens or Steve Johnson all seem to have a better shot. That said, manager BucK Showalter is giving McFarland an opportunity to show what he can do as he gets the ball to start against Boston on ESPN on Monday night, reports MASNSports.com. 

McFarland, who needs to remain on the roster this season for Baltimore or be offered back to Cleveland, which would gladly accept him, struggled early in spring but has since come on strong enough that he could turn some heads with another good outing Monday in place of recently-optioned Zach Britton. 

McFarland, who's first seven spring appearances came in relief, has not allowed a run or issued a walk in his last three appearances spanning eight innings. He has allowed just three hits over that span with four strikeouts. After struggling early, pitching coach Rick Adair tweaked something in his mechanics and it has made all the difference. 

"It's a big difference," said McFarland, who will attempt to stick on the Orioles' roster, most likely in a relief role. "Confidence plays a huge part in this game, for sure, and with me, I know if I have a good outing, I can build off that and my confidence exponentially raises up. And that's huge for me in terms of just being around the strike zone and throwing strikes and playing into what I want to do to hitters."


T.J. McFarland adjusts for the better


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2013) Orioles Rule 5 pick T.J. McFarland was given a minor adjustment to his delivery by pitching coach Rick Adair that's made him a different hurler.

McFarland retired all nine batters he faced in Friday's spring game against Boston and hasn't allowed a run in his last two appearances covering five innings, reports MASNSports.com.

"It's a small, little thing," McFarland said. "Earlier in camp, I was looking at video and Rick was telling me that my hips weren't really getting toward the plate. They were going toward first base. I had to kind of adjust and move my hips more toward the plate so I could get through the ball, where before, the ball was leaking or I was throwing it way outside. Now, I'm getting the action that I normally get on the plate as opposed to it being a ball."

The Orioles must keep McFarland on the roster all season or risk losing him back to the Indians. A decision hasn't been made on whether they will do this, but manager Buck Showalter is using spring training to make that decision and has liked what he's seen of late.


McFarland fumbles quick appearance


(2/27/2013) Orioles Rule 5 pick T.J. McFarland, in the mix for a starting rotation spot, gave up one earned run on one hit and a walk against the Yankees on Wednesday. He also struck out a batter. Hidden in the line, however, is McFarland inheriting two runners from Jake Arrieta, letting both score on a triple, with the runs charged to Arrieta.

McFarland gives up run


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2013) Baltimore starting candidate T.J. McFarland, a Rule-5 pick that must stick on the roster or be offered back to the Indians, pitched the sixth inning on Saturday in the Grapefruit League opener against Minnesota. McFarland gave up a run on two hits and a walk during his inning of work. McFarland is trying to remain on the roster either as the fifth starter or in the bullpen as a left-handed reliever.

McFarland catches skipper's eye


(2/13/2013) Orioles manager Buck Showalter had high praise for Rule 5 pick T.J. McFarland on Tuesday. McFarland, who was formerly with the Indians, threw his first bullpen session Tuesday. “He was impressive,” Showalter told MLB.com. “It’s kind of nice. You see so much tape of these guys coming in and you read so many reports, and to be able to actually see them live, it’s always a different look. Quickly, you can see why he’s had success, the deception he has in his delivery. Same thing with Clark. You look at the year Clark had last year. It’s very easy to kind of get lost in the shuffle. He had a big year. But McFarland was maybe a guy who caught my eye today.”

High praise for McFarland


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/7/2013) Gary Kendall, the manager for Baltimore's Double-A affiliate, has been overseeing Orioles workouts in Sarasota, Fla. He had some kind words for Rule 5 pick T.J. McFarland, who has been throwing off a mound in the sessions. "I can tell that he can really pitch," Kendall told MASN Sports. "I remember seeing him at Akron, all of 2011 and part of 2012. The guy can really pitch."