My thoughts from the 6/1 Game Thread...
Just use Hess as he should be used. Not as a regular ML starter, but as a 2-3 inning reliever. Maybe the occasional spot start.
The velocity is good (fb can be bit too straight). Slider is nice. Everything will play up in shorter stints.
Has to work on FB control. Should be working on his 2 seam and getting more grounders.
I definitely think he can help a ML bullpen. Do think this year has gotten away from him as he's been exposed as a regular starter.
I don't see why we get so down on guys who get exposed in roles they don't belong in vs. attempting to utilize them in the roles they are built for.
It's not that he's some great, unique guy. He's certainly replaceable.
It's that he does have some ability... does cost nothing, is under control... and that if you use him as he should be used, he could be a contributor.
If you change how you use him, and he still doesn't perform.... then you dfa him.
The Orioles have given him a lot of starting opportunities due to need here; but they've ultimately failed to do what was right for the player and team overall.
Been exposed as a ML starter. Still some value in the arm.