2014 Baltimore Orioles Top 10 Prospects — Updated

 

With a thinning system the Orioles failed to add any early top-end talent in a rather deep draft class thanks to some offseason free agent signings. Wunderkind Dylan Bundy made his 2014 debut over the weekend, allowing one run in five innings with Delmarva. Hunter Harvey is another former high school arm with an extremely high ceiling. And lefty Eduardo Rodriguez has regressed some during his second stint in Class AA.

For a look at the club’s Top 10 Prospects heading into the year click HERE.

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1.  Dylan Bundy, RHP, Age: 21

Made his 2014 debut over the weekend, but Bundy, who made his big league debut at the ripe ol’ age of 19, likely won’t sniff the big leagues until mid-2015. 

 

2.  Hunter Harvey, RHP, Age: 19

Perhaps no player has shot up as much as the son of former big leaguer Bryan Harvey this season. The 19-year-old right-hander has fanned 27.2% of the hitters he’s faced while showing solid average control. High Class A wouldn’t be out of the reason at this point.

 

3.  Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP, Age: 21

A helium guy last year, Rodriguez, who missed roughly a month due to injury, has seen a precipitous decline in his strikeout rate this season. He’s outpitched his 5.50 ERA by nearly two full runs, though.

 

4.  Christian Walker, 1B, Age: 21

In my book, The 2014 Prospect Digest Annual, I questioned whether Walker would ever develop enough pop for the position. Looks like he may have answered that thus far: Walker, who slugged 21 homeruns over his last two seasons at South Carolina, is tied for seventh among all minor leaguers with 17 homeruns.

 

5.  Zach Davies, RHP, Age: 21

Nearly four years young than the average Eastern League player, Davies has had a bit of rough go of it thus far, missing the majority of May and struggling with his control/command (5.27 BB/9).  He did punch out 10 in seven innings in late April.

 

6.  Michael Ohlman, C, Age: 23

He’s progressively gotten better as the season wore on posting OPSs of .505, .754, and .772. Ohlman probably doesn’t stay behind the plate, where he’s thrown out a career 26% of would-be base stealers. Great eye, solid contact skills, but he’s shown very little power this season.

 

7.  Chance Sisco, C, Age: 19

The club’s second round pick last June, Sisco has handled the transition to full season ball well, hitting .310/.379/.437 with 13 doubles and three homeruns and solid plate discipline (7.2% BB-rate and 21.5% K-rate). The lone red flag, though, is his inability to control the running game (25% caught-stealing rate).

 

8.  Mike Wright, RHP, Age: 24

It looks like last season’s spike in his strikeout rate, which was 8.3 K/9, was an aberration. This season, Wright is averaging a career low 6.1 K/9.

 

9.  Branden Kline, RHP, Age: 22

After missing most of last season due to a leg injury, the former second round pick has been solid, yet unspectacular during his return – 81.0 IP, 7.0 K/9 and 2.11 BB/9.  

 

10.  Parker Bridwell, RHP, Age: 22

A sleeper prospect of sorts, Bridwell has now shown a sustained ability to miss bats across two levels. The big, 6-foot-4 right-hander has struck out 218 over his last 220.2 innings.

 

Photo Courtesy of Joey Gardner via camdenchat.com.

 



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After serving as a video scout/analyst for Baseball Info Solutions, Joe Werner began writing at his original site, ReleasePoints.com. He’s since transitioned into his current niche, prospect analysis, at ProspectDigest.com. He has been fortunate — and incredibly blessed — to have some of his work published and mentioned by several major media outlets, including: ESPN, Cleveland.com and the Baseball Research Journal. He can be reached at: JosephMWerner@yahoo.com.