I hate to say I told you so, but... I told you so. As reported today by the various O's outlets, Zach Britton is most likely not going to make his Major League debut in 2010. He's slated to pitch August 30 for the Tides, and then will likely start once again before the season is over (the final Norfolk game of the season is September 6). That will bring his total number of AAA starts to a dozen, giving him somewhere in the range of 65-70 innings at the minors' highest level, pushing his season total right near 160, a modest increase from his totals of the past two seasons*. If the Orioles really wanted to give him a taste of the Majors, he could easily handle another start or two, but considering that he's not on the 40-man roster, patting him on the back and handing him the organization's Minor League Pitcher of the Year award is probably the smartest way to go. Congrats on a great season, Zach. We'll see you in Baltimore real soon. Please bring that sinker when you come.
*If minor league stats are to be believed. Seriously, every source reports something just a little bit different.