Thursday, April 4, 2013

Baltimore Orioles 2013 Top Prospects


1. Dylan Bundy, RHP: The best pitching prospect in the game hands down at just 20 years old. Projects to be back in Baltimore by the end of the year and there's no looking back from there.

2. Kevin Gausman, RHP: Fourth overall pick in 2012, has a plus fastball/change combo. Has ace potential if he can refine his breaking ball.

3. Jonathan Schoop, 2B/3B: 21 year old shows a lot of promise at the plate with plus power. Has to refine his approach at the plate and improve defense, but is the most talented position player in system.

4. Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP: Young lefty has great command of above-average stuff and profiles as a solid No. 3 starter at the Major League level.

5. Nicky Delmonico, 1B: I doubt he will ever be a superstar, but he should give the O's solid offensive production from a corner infield position.

6. L.J. Hoes, OF: Possesses an outstanding approach at the plate with solid tools but will need to hit for more power to be anything more than a 4th outfielder.

7. Mike Wright, RHP: Underrated big righty has a solid four pitch mix that includes an above-average sinker/slider combo. Profiles as an innings-eating back-of-the-rotation type.

8. Branden Kline, RHP: Former UVA standout profiles as great bullpen arm with power fastball/curve combo, but will be developed as a starter for the time being.

9. Glynn Davis, OF: Plus-plus speed gives him value defensively and on basepaths, has potential to be a solid ML regular if he can refine his swing and add strength to wiry 6'3" frame.

10. Christian Walker, 1B: Advanced bat with outstanding on-base skills, only questions are if he will hit for enough power to profile at 1B. Gut feeling tells me he is going to be a solid middle-of-the-order hitter for several years.

Sleeper - Michael Ohlman, C: Once highly regarded high school prospect struggled mightily with bat and 50-game suspension in pro career. Came back from suspension and showed signs of why he was once so highly touted. Needs to show in 2013 that it wasn't a fluke to regain prospect status.

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