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The 2015 Baltimore Orioles Top 10 Prospects – Updated

With the 2015 draft officially wrapped up it’s now time to take a quick look back at each organization’s updated Top 10 Prospect list. Here’s a list of the preseason rankings

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System Overview: Solid, but lacking a whole lot of depth and future impact talent at the big league level – especially if Bundy and Harvey can’t get through the injury nexus that’s plagued the young right-handers. They do, however, have several players knocking on the big league’s door.

1. Dylan Bundy, RHP: The promising right-hander caught another tough break as he hit the DL – once again – with shoulder tendonitis. Prior to the injury he was regaining his previous form: 22.0 IP, 25 K, 5 BB, and a 1.85 FIP in Class AA.

2. Hunter Harvey, RHP: The club’s other promising right-hander, who’s been dealing with arm woes, received a platelet-rich plasma injection mid-May and isn’t expected back for another six weeks. 

3. Chance Sisco, C: Sisco has continued his torrid pace this season as the he was bumped up to High Class A. Through his first 25 games the young backstop is hitting .295/.382/.397 while topping the league average production by 29%. And given the injuries of the Orioles’ top prospects – Bundy and Harvey – he could easily find himself as the farm’s top player by the end of the year.

4. D.J. Stewart, OF: An absolute OBP machine during his tenure with Florida State, Stewart finished his amateur career with a remarkable .344/.481/.570 triple-slash line. He’s likely never going to show a ton of homerun-power but has a chance to develop into a better than average outfielder. Pre-draft report here. Tremendous, tremendous value with the 25th overall pick.

5. Zach Davies, RHP: The walking beanpole has taken to Class AAA like a fish in water. Through his first 60+ innings of work, the 6-foot, 150-pound right-hander has maintained status quo by missing a solid amount of bats (7.91 K/9) and limiting free passes (2.98 BB/9). He won’t be glamorous but should slide nicely into the back of Baltimore’s rotation very, very soon.

6. Jomar Reyes, 3B: Yet another promising baby O’ that’s suffered an injury. Reyes was placed in a cast in early June after spraining his right thumb. Prior to his injury, the slugging third baseman got off to a hot start in Low Class  this season, hitting a solid .283/.343/.424 with 14 doubles, a four triples, and a pair of homeruns.

7. Mychal Givens, RHP: The slap-hitting shortstop turned power-armed reliever has been as dominant as any pitcher in the minor leagues this season, averaging 12.36 punch outs and just 2.52 free passes per nine innings. Givens is sports an equally impressive 1.60 ERA and 1.39 FIP. And for his career he’s served up just three homeruns in just over 152 innings of work. He’s nearing big league readiness.

8. Ryan Mountcastle, SS: The franchise’s second first round pick this June. Mountcastle was the second prep shortstop taken and eighth overall at the position.

9. Parker Bridwell, RHP: The 6-foot-4, 190-pound hurler continued his quiet jaunt through the minor leagues this season as he made his – successful – debut in Class AA. Through his first 63.2 innings Bridwell has fanned 66 and walked 30. His control – or lack thereof – will likely doom him to a relief role, but there’s definite future big league value here.

10. Alex Murphy, C: The 20-year-old backstop has quietly exceeded expectations as a former sixth round  pick making his debut in full season ball: he’s hitting .258/.328/.408 with eight doubles, a pair of triples, and two homeruns. His overall production has topped the league average production by 12%.



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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.


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