2013 Baltimore Orioles Top 20 Prospects

10/01/2012
The Baltimore front office looks to be nothing short of aggressive in moving it’s top prospects. If a pitcher or hitter in this system collects above-average numbers (relative to their age anyways), it seems that the trend is to push them. I’m curious if this will apply to the newest additions from the 2012 Draft. In Kevin Gausman’s case, I think this will ring true, and to a lesser degree it may as well with Branden Kline and Lex Rutledge, especially if either is put into a bullpen role. Many of the system’s more toolsy and/or skilled position players have struggled in 2012, but still have time to create value. Top 11-20 follows the break.
  1. Dylan Bundy, RHP: Not much to add here. He’s young, he’s great. One could argue he could have been pushed up to Double-A even earlier. Great K rate, stuff should generate more grounders as he matures as a pitcher.
  2. Manny Machado, SS: Nineteen. That’s the number that stands out. At that age, he’s had a great season for himself between Double-A and 30 or so games in the majors.
  3. Kevin Gausman, RHP: Has one of the best fastballs to come out of the 2011 Draft. Now if only his breaking ball could come close to matching it. Nice to see his change-up has developed nicely during his junior year at LSU.
  4. Jonathan Schoop, 2nd: Advanced for his age (20); held his own in Eastern League action. Decent walk rate and power potential, will need to be less raw at the plate in his age 21 season next year.
  5. Nick Delmonico, 3rd/2nd: He might not have posted the flashiest line, but the 19 year old did just fine in his pro debut. More than anything, his approach at the plate stands out. If he can play well enough at 2nd, his bat should profile well there.
  6. Xavier Avery, OF: I took a double take at his line half-way through the season (pleasant surprise) and then again at the end of this season (wondering where his season went). He really took a tumble after the All Star break, but was much improved before.
  7. Bobby Bundy, RHP: Along with a rising walk rate, the older Bundy also saw his fair share of bad BABIP luck this year. The 6.25 ERA is not indicative of his true talent, even with the inconsistency this year. Could still settle in as a reliable back-of-rotation arm.
  8. L.J. Hoes, OF: His skill set would be much more interesting if we knew he could start in CF. Unfortunately for him, it seems rather tweener-ish. Hoes has posted quality walk rates, and has limited his Ks this year, but there’s just not enough power in his game right now.
  9. Branden Kline, RHP: Finally got the chance to start for Virginia his junior year. Less mileage on his arm; could very well prove his worth as a 2nd round pick last year.
  10. Parker Bridwell, RHP: Raw, but the talent is there. The command is slowly coming around, and he’s always had the stuff. He’ll need to start throwing quality strikes a lot more often. If that happens, he’ll need to work on the third offering to avoid moving to the ‘pen. 
  11. Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP: Posted strong numbers in Low A (3.30 FIP) as a 19 yr old with good command and ground ball numbers. Currently gets by with a good FB and flashes of a quality curve. Has room to fill out, so FB could gain velocity.
  12. Lex Rutledge, LHP: Fell to the 6th round of the 2012 Draft after an underwhelming junior year. The lefty’s shown great swing-and-miss stuff before, even as a starter. Hopefully the O’s will use him as one. Has had mid-to-low 90s velocity since HS.
  13. Jason Esposito, 3rd: The 2011 2nd rounder definitely underwhelmed in his pro debut. Has yet to show any of the stolen base potential or aptitude at the plate that he did at Vanderbilt. Here’s hoping he turns it around. A great glove will make the front office patient.
  14. Glynn Davis, OF: Interesting speed and eye at the plate, just not sure if he will ever make enough contact or hit for enough power to be close to a regular. Struggled while spending most of his time at Low-A as a 20 year  old.
  15. Michael Wright, RHP: The big righty did quite well in his time between High-A and Double-A. With a solid K rate, well above-average ground ball numbers, and a low walk rate, he looks capable of holding down a back of a rotation job.
  16. Clayton Schrader, RHP: One could certainly say he was “effectively wild” in his innings between High-A and Double-A ball. Schrader will always miss his fair share of bats, but just needs to throw more strikes if he wants success as a late-inning arm.
  17. Ty Kelly, INF: Always showed a great walk rate before 2012, and continued to do so this year. Improved his power output, clubbing a lot more doubles, and a good bit more in the HR department.
  18. Dan Klein, RHP: Labrum tears are not always the easiest thing to come back from. Nevertheless, he was a very interesting arm before going down with the injury, considering the quality fastball he’s put on display.
  19. Michael Belfiore, LHP: Originally drafted by the Diamondbacks, they tried him as a starter, but ultimately ended up in the ‘pen. The lefty’s stuff definitely plays up in there, and could be an interesting late inning option as soon as next year.
  20. Ryan Adams, INF: It remains to be seen if will hit enough to be a regular starter. Underwhelmed quite a bit in his repeat of AAA, which in large part can be attributed to a sports hernia.