Pardon tonight/tomorrow morning's much overdue post, but I waited out the 45-minute rain delay at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in order to witness heralded pitching prospect Chris Tillman's major league debut. If I were to grade the kid, he would get an incomplete. He allowed three home runs, but they were all solo shots. He was pulled with two outs in the fifth inning after surpassing 90 pitches on a hot, muggy night, but he walked only one batter. He couldn't hold an early 2-0 lead, but the rain delay and the damp field conditions certainly contributed to his struggles. Tillman didn't embarrass himself, and on this night relievers Matt Albers and Jim Johnson picked him up while waiting for the struggling Baltimore bats to wake up (thanks, Royals bullpen!).
So, Chris Tillman isn't our 21st-century Jim Palmer just yet. But we can wait.