40 Man Roster Additions for the Orioles
The Baltimore Orioles added three players to their 40 man roster in preparation of the upcoming Rule 5 draft next month. While being added to the 40 man roster certainly doesn’t guarantee a spot on the Opening Day roster, it does guarantee the club wants to protect you from other teams over the Winter.
Hunter Harvey – RHP
Harvey’s name is no stranger to Orioles’ fans, as he was the former first-round pick in 2013 for Baltimore. Harvey, now age 22, hasn’t pitched above Delmarva (A) – while having a career riddled with injuries. Although Harvey is still one of the top prospects in the Baltimore organization, he still needs to prove he can handle innings as a starting pitcher. Regardless, Harvey does have a real shot of getting an extended look in spring training next year, as he boasts a mid-90s fastball, an above average breaking ball and an improving change-up. He’ll likely begin the 2018 season with Frederick(A+).
Austin Wynns – C
Personally, Wynns being protected by the Orioles is not a surprise. He’s one of the better defensive catchers in the organization. Additionally, pitchers love throwing to him, as he’s good at calling a game behind the plate, and taking charge when on the field. With a defensive first mentality, Wynns can put less pressure on his bat, as he’s just a career .269/.336/.369 hitter during 5 minor league seasons. He’s currently the third catcher on the 40 man depth chart, and will likely begin the season with Norfolk(AAA).
David Hess – RHP
After a breakout season in 2015 between Frederick and Bowie(AA) – Hess struggled in 2016, allowing 19 home runs and 162 hits over 127+ innings pitched. In 2016, Hess repeated with Bowie, and fell into a comfort zone, striking out 123 batters over 154+ innings. Currently, Hess throws 4 pitches, with a fastball in the low-90s complimented with a slider, curveball and change-up. While no particular off-speed pitch is a swing and miss pitch, his future likely involves the bullpen, as he has command issues and weaker secondary offerings. The Orioles will still develop Hess as a starting pitcher, but he’s likely headed to the bullpen.