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BSL: Baltimore Orioles Top 30 Prospects Entering 2019


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#61 Nigel Tufnel

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 04:35 PM

11) Zac Lowther, LHP, Grade B-: Age 22, comp round pick in 2017 out of Xavier; posted 2.18 ERA in 124 innings between Low-A and High-A, with 151/35 K/BB, just 86 hits; excellent performance in all respects; fastball around 90 most of the time but extremely deceptive,

 

mixes in curve and change-up, high level of pitchability; skepticism is natural until he reaches higher levels but personally I’m a believer; ETA 2020.


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#62 Nigel Tufnel

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 04:35 PM

12) Luis Ortiz, RHP, Grade B-: Age 23, originally drafted by Texas Rangers in first round in 2014, traded to Milwaukee Brewers in 2017, then to the Orioles in Jonathan Schoop deal; 3.70 ERA in 100 innings in Double-A/Triple-A with 86/26 K/BB, 97 hits;

 

season ended early with hamstring trouble; on the right day shows mid-90s fastball, plus slider and decent change-up but total comes out as less than the sum of the parts on a bad day; another way to put it: he throws strikes but is still learning to pitch, eta 2019



#63 Nigel Tufnel

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 04:39 PM

13) Dillon Tate, RHP, Grade B-/C+: Age 24, first round pick by Rangers in 2015, traded to Yankees in Carlos Beltran deal, then on to Orioles in Zach Britton trade; 4.16 ERA in 123 innings in Double-A, 96/34 K/BB; like Ortiz, he has plenty of stuff,

 

mid-90s fastball sometimes higher, flashes plus secondaries but inconsistent and not as overpowering as he should be; bullpen risk is increasing but could be very good there; ETA late 2019.


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Posted 11 January 2019 - 04:41 PM

14) Michael Baumann, RHP, Grade B-/C+: Age 23, third round pick in 2017 from Jacksonville, posted 3.17 ERA in 131 innings in Low-A/High-A, 106/53 K/BB, 105 hits, another guy who can hit mid-90s, mixes in solid slider though off-speed pitches remain inconsistent

 

and general command needs to improve; yet another good arm who might wind up in bullpen but too soon to give up on rotation potential; ETA late 2020.



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Posted 11 January 2019 - 04:41 PM

15) Rylan Bannon, 3B-2B, Grade B-/C+: Age 22, eighth round pick by the Dodgers in 2017 from Xavier, over to Baltimore in Machado deal; hit .296/.405/.559 with 20 homers in 338 at-bats in High-A before the trade, just .204/.344/.327 in 98 at-bats in Double-A after the trade;

 

combined for 81 walks, 127 strikeouts, 22 homers; draws walks and good pull power, though still needs to prove bat at higher levels; good defensive rep despite poor .896 fielding at third base; steadier in action at second; could be Dan Uggla type if all goes well; ETA 2020.



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Posted 11 January 2019 - 04:42 PM

16) Hunter Harvey, RHP, Grade B-/C+: Age 24, first round pick in 2013, posted 5.57 ERA in 32 innings in Double-A, 30/9 K/BB; constant presence on prospect lists and still ranks highly on most, higher than here but I want to see him stay healthy; still hits 95-97,

 

still has a plus curve but added shoulder trouble in 2018 to long resume of injuries; could slot as high as seventh if you trust his health; ETA ??



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Posted 11 January 2019 - 04:43 PM

17) Brenan Hanifee, RHP, Grade C+/B-: Age 20, fourth round pick in 2016 from high school in Virginia, 2.86 ERA in 132 innings in Low-A, 85/22 K/BB, 120 hits, 1.68 GO/AO; fastball low 90s with higher ticks, high ground ball rate,

 

slider and change-up show promise and he throws strikes; still has physical projection so stuff may increase further, watch for any rise in K-rate, which would presage breakout; ETA 2021.



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Posted 11 January 2019 - 04:44 PM

18) Cadyn Grenier, SS, Grade C+: Age 22, comp round pick in 2018 from Oregon State, jumped to Low-A and hit just .216/.297/.332 in 162 at-bats; best-known for excellent defense,

 

bat showed signs of significant improvement in college but this didn’t carry forward into pro ball; needs to get stronger or at least cut down on higher-than-expected strikeout rate; ETA 2021.



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Posted 11 January 2019 - 04:44 PM

19) D.J. Stewart, OF, Grade C+: Age 25, first round pick in 2015 out of Florida State; hit .235/.329/.387 with 12 homers, 54 walks, 11 steals in 421 at-bats in Triple-A, then .250/.340/.550 in 40 major league at-bats;

 

stocky, strong, patient, production disappointing in AAA but ticked up in small major league sample; could be valuable power/walks role player in his late 20s; ETA 2019.


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Posted 11 January 2019 - 04:44 PM

20) Cameron Bishop, LHP, Grade C+: Age 22, 26th round pick in 2017 from UC Irvine, posted 2.94 ERA in 126 innings in Low-A, 99/20 K/BB, 107 hits; nice find this low in the draft, throws strikes easily with 90-95 fastball

 

with curveball and change-up that were better than advertised, command took large step forward in ’18, need to see at higher levels but looks like a solid sleeper; ETA 2021.



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Posted 11 January 2019 - 05:54 PM

11) Zac Lowther, LHP, Grade B-: Age 22, comp round pick in 2017 out of Xavier; posted 2.18 ERA in 124 innings between Low-A and High-A, with 151/35 K/BB, just 86 hits; excellent performance in all respects; fastball around 90 most of the time but extremely deceptive,

 

mixes in curve and change-up, high level of pitchability; skepticism is natural until he reaches higher levels but personally I’m a believer; ETA 2020.

Thanks for posting these. 


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Posted 11 January 2019 - 07:19 PM

Agreed. Good read.

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 11:12 PM

Yep..thanks Nigel.

 

Not always the biggest Sickels fan but I do agree with him about this system.  I think it is sneaky good.


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Posted 13 January 2019 - 08:18 PM

Assuming we draft Witt and he's everything good as advertised, where does that elevate our farm system?




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