Baltimore Orioles Prospects Ranking
Despite the big league team having one of the worst starting rotations last season, and an under performing lineup, there are a few bright spots in the minor league organization. Below are a few of the prospects the Orioles have lined up.
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1) Chance Sisco – C
Chance Sisco continued his successful development in the minor leagues last season. The lefty has a smooth swing, producing a high on-base percentage. Defensively, he continues to grow behind the plate, and the Orioles will continue to stick with his catching development.
2) Austin Hays – OF
After a breakout season last year, including a promotion to the major leagues, Hays hit a combined .329/.365/.593 with 32 home runs across Bowie and Frederick. The 22-year-old shows a combination of power and speed – something the Orioles lack.
3) Ryan Mountcastle – INF
Despite not having a solid defensive home, Mountcastle continues to produce at the plate. The Orioles will begin to develop his defensive home at Bowie in 2018 – likely ending up as a second baseman. Offensively, Mountcastle posted a .287/.312/.489 between Bowie and Frederick last season.
4) D.L. Hall – LHP
The Orioles first round pick in 2017 features a fastball, change-up and curve ball. His big fastball helps to play up his average change-up. He’s a left-handed power pitcher – who will need time to develop in the minor leagues.
5) Tanner Scott – LHP
Scott worked as a starter most of last season, but that was simply to get Tanner plenty of work in a multi inning role – working on his command. His big fastball can top 100 mph – with an above average slider that can get the job done. Again, his biggest obstacle is command – which at times, can be a mess.
6) Hunter Harvey – RHP
The biggest key for Harvey is staying healthy. While the organization wants to see results from the former first round pick – staying on the mound and throwing innings is the key.
7) Cody Sedlock – RHP
Sedlock remains as one of the advanced arms with Baltimore, as he has developed 4 pitches – but he’s just not missing bats with most of the pitches right now.
8) Jomar Reyes – 3B
Much of 2017 was like 2016 for Reyes – injured. However, it’s still not time to hit the panic button yet, as Reyes is still just 20 years old. First base seems a likely destination for the youngster, with the goal remaining to stay on the field in 2018.
9) Cedric Mullins – OF
The 23-year-old outfielder skipped high-A Frederick last season, and opened the season with double-A Bowie, likely due to his age and college ball experience. After stealing 30 bases in 2016, Mullins battled injury last season, appearing in only 76 games, posting a .319 on-base percentage and 9 stolen bases.
10) Keegan Akin – LHP
The former second round pick in 2016 had a rocky start at high-A Frederick last season, posting a 5.95 ERA in his first 9 starts. However, as he worked through mechanical and command issues – he put together a solid second half of the season – posting a 2.97 ERA in his final 12 starts.
11) Chris Lee – LHP
Chris Lee, acquired by the Astros a few years ago, appeared to be a steal for the Orioles, as he began to flash a fastball in the mid-90s – in addition to a cutter/slider in the high-80s. However, due to command issues and struggles with right-handed hitters, some of that hype is lost.
12) Anthony Santander – OF
Santander is certainly no stranger to prospect lists, as he was drafted by Cleveland when he was 17. Acquired by the Orioles via Rule 5, the now 23-year-old experienced his cup of coffee with Baltimore in the second half last season, after returning from the disabled list. Appearing in 13 games, collecting 8 hits, the switch-hitter will look for more playing time in next season. The Orioles will need to keep Santander on the active roster for at least 44 days next season to complete his Rule 5 requirement.
Reggie Yinger has spent the parts of five seasons as a Player Development Coordinator for the Baltimore Orioles. He has extensive experience in computer programming and baseball.