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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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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 IS A REVIEW OF THE OLD LIST.

THIS IS NOT A NEW LIST.

THESE ARE NOT NEW GRADES.

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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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.

OTHER GRADE C+:

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.