John Alan Means
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 3", Weight 230 lb.
- School Fort Scott Community College, West Virginia University
- High School Gardner-Edgerton High School
- Debut September 26, 2018
John Means was the last of 247 players to make their major league debut in 2018. His first appearance came as a relief pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles on September 26th, against the Boston Red Sox in the 3rd inning. He gave up 5 runs in 3 1/3 innings in a 19-3 beatdown typical of the Orioles' wretched season and did not appear again before the end of the season four days later. Jon Berti of the Toronto Blue Jays also played his first game that day, but he started at second, base, making Means the final player to debut that season.
He started the 2019 season in the bullpen for the Orioles, but was soon given a chance to start, given the woeful performance of the team's pitching staff. He proved to be the most effective of the team's pitchers in the first half of the season and was rewarded by being named the Birds' sole representative at the 2019 All-Star Game. However, shortly thereafter, on July 26th he was placed on the injured list and underwent an MRI on his shoulder. However, the exam revealed only normal wear and tear and only rest was prescribed. He finished the season at 12-11, 3.60 in 31 games, having managed to avoid the complete collapse that will befall most pitchers who put up unexpectedly good numbers in the first half. he was named the left-handed pitcher on the 2019 Topps All-Star Rookie Team and finished second behind Yordan Alvarez in the Rookie of the Year vote.
- 2019 Topps All-Star Rookie Team
- AL All-Star (2019)
- Mike Petriello: "What makes Means so interesting for 2021", mlb.com, January 8, 2021.