Why not? 11.79 strikeouts per nine innings over his career, three home runs allowed in 145 professional innings, and he was one of the youngest pitchers in his league.
I've seen him start every time I would go to the Shorebirds and he just wasn't very impressive. Gave up a lot of hits, like balls scattered all over the infield. And not giving up many homeruns in the SAL doesn't shock me considering home runs seem to rarely happen in the SAL. It's just an odd A league for the long ball. I don't think he's that bad of a pitcher but he just hasn't shown me that "Wow, this guy is good" start.
I've seen guys like Javier Vasquez, Erik Bedard, Hayden Penn and players like that, so maybe I've just been unfairly comparing his performance to theres. Those guys looked damn good with the Shorebirds.
He's NINE-TEEN! No one's saying Erbe's ready now, he's a couple more seasons away, and he tired at the end of last season and they shut him down because it was the most he's ever pitched. He'll be something special though. You want to talk about a prospect, how about Billy Rowell? THAT'S what the O's desperately need, a homegrown power masher.