Based on those numbers, Tate might have been a long shot to break 2020 camp with the Orioles, but he wasn’t healthy anyway; he suffered a right elbow contusion during summer camp and began the year on the injured list. He didn’t debut with the Birds this year until Aug. 17, giving up two runs against the Blue Jays. It looked like Tate might in for another up-and-down season with the Orioles.
Each, to a man, had some impressive moments. And seeing those players come to the majors and hold their own, even in a limited sample size, “provides some reassurances that we’re making progress as an organization,” executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias said.
There were five seasons as an Oriole where he finished in the top three catchers in the league in caught stealing percentage. He was also proficient in helping pitchers by keeping the ball in front of him. He only allowed more than five passed balls once in his initial stint in Baltimore.