Baltimore Orioles Top 20 2012 PRE-SEASON Prospects in Review
Moving forward with our mid-season reviews of our pre-season Top 20 prospect lists, we switch back to the American League with an examination of the Baltimore Orioles. Remember, this is the pre-season list. It is not a new list.
This list was originally published November 27, 2011.
1) Manny Machado, SS, Grade A: Hitting .252/.338/.402 with 42 walks, 65 strikeouts in 353 at-bats for Double-A Bowie, which doesn't sound that great but keep in mind he just turned 20. I still like him.
2) Dylan Bundy, RHP, Grade A-: 1.74 ERA with 88/15 K/BB in 72 innings between Low-A and High-A, 44 hits allowed. Was unstoppable in Low-A and has remained effective, if human in High-A. The best pitching prospect in baseball right now.
3) Jonathan Schoop, INF, Grade B: Borderline B+. Hitting .244/.304/.395 with 26 walks, 75 strikeouts in 352 at-bats, 12 homers. I like his glove at second base. Still has work to do with the bat, but killing left-handed pitching (.301/.373/.504).
4) Jason Esposito, 3B, Grade B-: Disappointing, hitting just .225/.281/.297 in 92 games for Low-A Delmarva, 22 walks, 79 strikeouts in 360 at-bats. Shows good range at third base but his error rate has been high as well. We knew he was a bit raw for a college guy but I didn't think he was this raw.
5) Robert Bundy, RHP, Grade B-: 6.25 ERA with 64/35 K/BB in 81 innings for Double-A Bowie, 98 hits allowed. On the disabled list with bone spurs in his elbow, and likely to miss the rest of the season.
6) Dan Klein, RHP, Grade B-: Shoulder surgery.
7) Nick Delmonico, 3B, Grade B-: Hitting .249/.344/.396 with 41 walks, 69 strikeouts in 313 at-bats for Delmarva. Playing first and second base. Statistical performance has not been exemplary but has generated good scouting reports.
8) Parker Bridwell, RHP, Grade C+: 6.30 ERA with 53/44 K/BB in 84 innings for Delmarva, 91 hits, 13 homers allowed. High-ceiling arm that hasn't lived up to expectations or sleeper potential to this point.
9) Ryan Adams, 2B, Grade C+: .210/.310/.339 with 16 walks, 33 strikeouts in 124 at-bats for Triple-A Norfolk, slowed by a hand injury. Stock sliding.
10) Glynn Davis, OF, Grade C+: Hitting .261/.351/.314 with 45 walks, 78 strikeouts, 28-for-36 with steals in 341 at-bats for Delmarva. No power, but speed/OBP potential remains interesting.
11) L.J. Hoes, OF, Grade C+: .265/.368/.372 for Bowie, .302/.367/.425 for Norfolk, has stolen 18 bases with a 49/58 BB/K ratio in 375 at-bats combined. I would expect him to see Baltimore later this year.
12) Clay Schrader, RHP, Grade C+: 1.29 ERA with 51/27 K/BB in 35 innings for High-A Frederick. Walk rate was high, and this hurt him after promotion to Double-A: 4.91 ERA with a 4/10 K/BB in 7 innings. Has the stuff to succeed if he throws strikes.
13) Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP, Grade C+: 3.58 ERA with 51/21 K/BB in 73 innings for Delmarva, 70 hits. Just 19 years old, would like more strikeouts but he does pick up a lot of grounders, 1.40 GO/AO with just two homers.
14) Oliver Drake, RHP, Grade C+: Pitched 18 effective innings in Double-A (1.50 ERA, 15/4 K/BB) but has missed most of the season with shoulder problems.
15) David Baker, RHP, Grade C+: 7.27 ERA with 29/16 K/BB in 35 innings in A-ball, 42 hits. I felt he was a breakthrough candidate but it isn't happening yet.
16) Mike Wright, RHP, Grade C+: 2.91 ERA with 35/5 K/BB in 46 innings for Frederick, 5.64 ERA with 15/4 K/BB and 27 hits in 22 innings for Bowie. Showing excellent control, I think his ERA in Double-A is misleading.
17) Trent Mummey, OF, Grade C+: .256/.352/.384 with 30 walks, 26 strikeouts, 14 steals in 211 at-bats for Frederick. Contact hitter with some patience and speed, I think he can improve.
18) Kyle Simon, RHP, Grade C+: Traded to Phillies in Jim Thome deal. 3.54 ERA with 61/22 K/BB and 2.70 GO/AO in 86 innings in A-ball, 96 hits. Ground ball tendency is very strong and he throws strikes.
19) Joe Mahoney, 1B, Grade C: .269/.322/.382 with 26 walks, 71 strikeouts in 361 at-bats for Norfolk. Needs to show more power than this.
20) Gabriel Lino, C, Grade C: Strong defender, traded to Phillies in Thome deal, hitting .214/.283/.325 with 20 walks, 78 strikeouts in 252 at-bats in Low-A. Just 19, young enough to improve.
I had almost given up on Xavier Avery pre-season and had him as just a Grade C, not thinking that his tools would ever translate into production. He's improved, particularly in the "using his speed effectively" department and I would rank him higher now. First baseman Aaron Baker has shown a lot of power this year and is now getting a chance to bring that forward to Double-A. Infielder Ty Kelly is an older prospect at age 24 but his .344/.450/.494 line with 62 walks at three levels is getting him noticed. Right-hander Tyler Wilson is having a good year throwing strikes in the Carolina League. Arizona State product outfielder John Ruettiger has hit for average (.290/.379/.350) at three levels, with 25 steals, but has hit just one homer.
The college-oriented 2012 draft class brings in potential ace starter Kevin Gausman and another high ceiling arm with Branden Kline, polished bat Christian Walker, and lefty sleeper Lex Rutledge.