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Baltimore Orioles Top 20 prospects for 2017: Mid-season review

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Late-season review in reality, but here it is. What went right or wrong with the Orioles prospect list?

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Trey Mancini
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We continue our mid-season organization reviews with a look at the Baltimore Orioles Top 20 Prospects from the beginning of 2017. The index for other team reviews can be found here.




This list was originally published January 13th, 2017, then revised on February 11th, 2017.

1) Chance Sisco, C, Grade B: Age 22, second round pick in 2013, hitting .279/.342/.391 in Triple-A; deterioration in BB/K/PA profile this year without any increase in power; defense shows improvement with receiving but has thrown out only 22% of runners; I still like him overall but this was a stagnant year.

2) Cody Sedlock, RHP, Grade B: Age 22, first round pick in 2016 from University of Illinois; disappointing season, 6.05 ERA in 80 innings, 63/32 K/BB, 104 hits, missed time with a strained elbow; I don’t have a recent scouting report, will be interesting to compare them to last year when info comes in.

3) Ryan Mountcastle, SS, Grade B-: Age 20, first round comp pick in 2015; excellent in High-A (.314/.343/.542) but has struggled after moving up to Double-A (.167/.185/.269); given his age that’s understandable; shifted over to third base when promoted; stock up overall.

4) Trey Mancini, 1B, Grade B-: Age 25, eighth round pick in 2013 from Notre Dame; highly successful rookie season with .291/.340/.520 line, 21 homers; I’m not sure that batting average will hold up long-term but the power is obviously real; huge value as eighth round pick who made good.

5) Anthony Santander, OF, Grade B- Age 22, hit .290/.368/.494 with 42 doubles in Cleveland Indians system in 2016, selected by Orioles in Rule 5 draft; has missed almost entire year recovering from arm injury, now on rehab assignment and hitting .382/.453/.745 in 55 at-bats between High-A and Double-A; someone to consider for 2018.

6) Keegan Akin, LHP, Grade B-: Age 22, second round pick in 2016 from Western Michigan; 4.14 ERA in 100 innings in High-A, 111/46 K/BB, 89 hits; numbers confirm reports of solid stuff with need for better control.

7) Ofelky Peralta, RHP, Grade C+: Age 20, signed out of Dominican Republic in 2013; 5.48 ERA in 92 innings in High-A, 87/75 K/BB; throws quite hard but secondary pitches, command are still quite rough.

8) Garrett Cleavinger, LHP, Grade C+: Age 23, third round pick in 2015 from University of Oregon; 6.34 ERA in 44 innings in Double-A, 50/27 K/BB; plenty of stuff from left side but command the problem obviously, traded to Philadelphia Phillies in Jeremy Hellickson deal.

9) Tanner Scott, LHP, Grade C+: Age 22, sixth round pick in 2014 from Howard Junior College in Texas; can hit 100; 1.82 ERA in 59 innings in Double-A, 74/40 K/BB, 35 hits; rumored for major league promotion but currently on DL with blister; control an issue but hard to beat the arm strength.

10) Jomar Reyes, 3B, Grade C+: Age 20, has missed most of the season with a hand injury but back on the field now in High-A, hitting .283/.317/.381 in 113 at-bats; perhaps a lost season due to the injury but young enough to overcome.

11) Hunter Harvey, RHP, Grade C+: Age 22, first round pick in 2013; just back on the field now after Tommy John recovery, has thrown seven innings between rookie ball and New York-Penn League without giving up a run, which is a good beginning.

12) Aneury Tavarez, OF, Grade C+: Age 24, signed by Red Sox out of Dominican Republic in 2010; selected by Orioles in Rule 5 draft but didn’t make team, sent back to Boston on April 2nd; hitting .272/.341/.406 in 224 at-bats at three levels while fighting a hand injury.

13) Chris Lee, LHP, Grade C+: Age 24, fourth round pick by Astros in 2011, traded to Orioles for international bonus money in ’15; 5.41 ERA in 101 innings in Triple-A, 71/49 K/BB; moved to bullpen this month and has looked better.

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Gabriel Ynoa
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14) Gabriel Ynoa, RHP, Grade C+: Age 24, signed out of Dominican Republic back in 2009 by Mets, sold to Orioles on February 10th; 5.87 ERA in 87 innings in Triple-A with 57/21 K/BB, 4.26 ERA in 13 major league innings with 12/2 K/BB; he’s not nearly as bad as the Norfolk numbers and could be a competent fifth starter or long reliever.

15) Austin Hays, OF, Grade C+: Age 22, third round pick in 2016 from Jacksonville University; continues to destroy pro pitching, hitting .337/.371/.618 between High-A and Double-A, with 29 homers; solid physical tools to go with the numbers; I think this is a real breakout. B+ at this point.

16) Alex Wells, LHP, Grade C+: Age 20, brother of Lachlan Wells in the Twins system, from Australia; superb control with 2.45 ERA in 125 innings in Low-A, 102/10 K/BB, basically never walks anyone; do not overlook this guy.

17) Matthias Dietz, RHP, Grade C+: Age 21, second round pick in 2016 from John A. Logan Community College; 4.71 ERA in 115 innings in Low-A, 80/42 K/BB, 123 hits; another hard-thrower who needs work on secondaries.

18) Cedric Mullins, OF, Grade C+: Age 22, 13th round pick in 2015 from Campbell; has fought injuries but hit well, .304/.348/.530 in 230 at-bats in Double-A; sleeper prospect waking up nicely, another guy not to overlook.

19) D.J. Stewart, OF, Grade C+: Age 23, first round pick in 2015 from Florida State; hitting .263/.357/.452 in Double-A with 17 homers, 17 steals, 50 walks, 76 strikeouts in 392 at-bats; solid campaign restoring status lost after shaky ‘16.

20) Brian Gonzalez, LHP, Grade C+: Age 21, third round pick in 2014 from high school in Florida; 5.31 ERA in 97 innings in High-A, 78/49 K/BB, 125 hits; a stereotype of an Orioles pitching prospect; good arm but little consistency.


Cristian Alvarado, RHP: 5.61 ERA in 120 innings in High-A, 94/21 K/BB.
Jayson Aquino, LHP: 4.48 ERA in 92 innings in Triple-A, 73/37 K/BB.
Oliver Drake; RHP: Traded to Brewers in April; 5.04 ERA in 45 innings, 49/19 K/BB.
Randolph Gassaway, OF: .275/.316/.360 in 378 at-bats in High-A.

Brenan Hanifee, RHP: 2.49 ERA in 51 innings in New York-Penn League, 35/9 K/BB.
Jesus Liranzo, RHP: 5.37 ERA in 52 innings in Double-A, 63/40 K/BB.
Ryan Meisinger, RHP: 2.77 ERA in 55 innings in Double-A, 60/20 K/BB.
Yermin Mercedes, C: Hitting .268/.328/.449 between High-A and Double-A, 33% of runners caught.

I think Austin Hays is real and D.J. Stewart has figured some things out. Don’t overlook Alex Wells.

I’m working to finish all the reviews as quickly as possible.