2014 Baltimore Orioles Top 20 Prospect Rankings

By: J.P. Schwartz
Twitter: @Jaypers413

Every year around this time I like to rank each team’s top overall prospects. My criteria are based on A: Past Performance and B: Future Potential (50% of each per prospect)

Disclaimer: I am not a professional scout, nor did I attend any minor league games this year. These lists are the product of my own research of online scouting reports and statistics, and are compiled purely for entertainment purposes.

Send your questions or feedback to me on twitter @Jaypers413

To qualify for these lists, a prospect must have no more than 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched in the Major Leagues.

BALTIMORE ORIOLES

1. Kevin Gausman RHP


2. Dylan Bundy RHP


3. Hunter Harvey RHP


4. Eduardo Rodriguez LHP


5. Henry Urrutia OF


6. Jonathan Schoop 3B


7. Mike Wright RHP


8. Josh Hart OF


9. Brandon Kline RHP


10. Adrian Marin SS


11. Trey Mancini 1B


12. Caleb Joseph C


13. Dariel Alvarez OF


14. Chance Sisco C


15. Michael Ohlman C


16. Lex Rutledge LHP


17. Steven Brault LHP


18. Connor Bierfeldt OF


19. Parker Bridwell RHP


20. Clay Schrader RHP

Baltimore Orioles 2012 Mid-Season Top 5 Prospect Rankings

By: J.P. Schwartz
@Jaypers413

As we are now halfway into the season and the signing deadline for 2012 draft picks has passed, here is my revised list of top 5 prospects in the Baltimore Orioles organization.

Remember, a prospect must have fewer than 130 ABs or 50 IP in the Major Leagues to qualify.
(Stats through 7/17/2012)

1) Dylan Bundy
Highest Level: High-A Frederick Keys
2012 Stats:
MILB: 5-3, 1.73ERA, 67.2IP, 14BB, 82K, .162BAA

2) Manny Machado
Highest Level: AA Bowie Baysox
2012 Stats: .259, 22(2B), 3(3B), 8HR, 50RBI, 12SB

3) Kevin Gausman
Highest Level: 2012 Draft Pick – Has Not Played

4) Jonathan Schoop
Highest Level: AA Bowie Baysox
2012 Stats: .252, 15(2B), 1(3B), 11HR, 37RBI

5) L.J. Hoes
Highest Level: AAA Norfolk Tides
2012 Stats: .291, 19(2B), 6(3B), 4HR, 34RBI, 17SB

Send your questions or feedback to J.P. on twitter @Jaypers413

Video: Returning Marine Surprises Family By Dressing Up As Umpire At Bowie Baysox Game

The Bowie Baysox, the Double-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, recently invited Marcus Smith Jr. and his family to participate in on field activities including the line up card exchange prior to their recent game against the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Little did Smith know that he would soon be reunited with his father at home plate. Smith Sr. a returning Marine dressed up as an umpire and surprised his son. Very cool video.

VIDEO: Home Plate Umpire Destroys Fan On The Field During Baltimore Orioles Game

This will go down as a Fan on the Field Hall of Famer. A fan got loose on the field during the Baltimore Orioles game against the Oakland Athletics tonight. After running around the field, the guy decides to slide into home. After that the home plate umpire Jeff Kellogg destroys the guy with a takedown. Enjoy!!

A second look:

VIDEO: Fan Wearing Batman Cape Gets Slammed After Running Loose At Camden Yards

I didn’t take long for the first Fan on the Field video of 2012 to emerge. This comes from Baltimore on Friday April 6th where a man with no shirt and a Batman Cape runs around for a while before being destroyed by the Orioles security staff.

Complete Listing Of Baltimore Orioles Minor Leaguers On Twitter

Here is a list of Baltimore Orioles Minor League Prospects who you can follow on twitter. Please tweet us @MinorLeagueBlog if you know of someone we are missing.

Aaron Baker — @ABake2415
Jesse Beal — @JesseBealJr
Parker Bridwell — @PuckBmore
Buck Britton — @BuckInHere
Steve Bumbry — @sbumbry
Bobby Bundy — @BobbyBundy
Dylan Bundy — @Dylan_Bundy
Matt Bywater — @byweezie
Scott Copeland — @SCopeland345
Adam Davis — @A_Dees27
Oliver Drake — @Ogdrake34
Jason Esposito — @JasonEsposito
Sean Gleason — @s_gleason
L.J. Hoes — @MRLJHOES2U
Matt Hobgood — @Matt_Hobgood48
Kyle Hudson — @KHud21
Steve Johnson — @SJohnson831
Andrew Loomis — @AndyLoomis
Manny Machado — @MannyMachado3
Cole McCurry — @ColeMcCurry
Trent Mummey — @trentmummey7
Connor Narron — @connor_narron
Wynn Pelzer — @WIP_appeal
Jerome Pena — @Jomey2
John Ruettiger — @JRuettiger23
Jalen Simmons — @JSimms912
Matt Taylor — @MaTaylor24
Brian Ward — @ward_br
Brandon Waring — @WaringBc
Ken Wise — @ken_wise

2012 Baltimore Orioles Top 15 Prospect Rankings

By: J.P. Schwartz
@Jaypers413 on Twitter
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2012 Baltimore Orioles Top 15 Prospect Rankings

Every year at this time I like to rank each team’s top prospects. My criteria is based upon both past performance and future potential to his parent team. This is my ranking of the 2012 Baltimore Orioles Top Prospects.

To qualify, a prospect must have fewer than 130 at-bats or 50 innings in MLB

#1 Dylan Bundy RHP
Born: 11/15/1992
Highest Level Reached: 1st Round Pick 2011 MLB Draft
2011 Combined Stats: Did Not Play In 2011

#2 Manny Machado SS
Born: 7/6/1992
Highest Level Reached: High-A Frederick Keys
2011 Combined Stats: .257, 20(2B), 5(3B), 11HR, 50RBI, 11SB

#3 Jonathan Schoop 3B
Born: 10/16/1991
Highest Level Reached: High-A Frederick Keys
2011 Combined Stats: .290, 24(2B), 5(3B), 13HR, 71RBI, 12SB

#4 Jason Esposito 3B
Born: 7/19/1990
Highest Level Reached: 2nd Round Pick 2011 MLB Draft
2011 Combined Stats: Did Not Play In 2011

#5 Nicky Delmonico C/3B
Born: 7/12/1992
Highest Level Reached: 6th Round Pick 2011 MLB Draft
2011 Combined Stats: Did Not Play In 2011

#6 L.J. Hoes 2B
Born: 3/5/1990
Highest Level Reached: Double-A Bowie Baysox
2011 Combined Stats: .285, 24(2B), 1(3B), 9HR, 71RBI, 20SB

#7 Eduardo Rodriguez LHP
Born: 4/7/1993
Highest Level Reached: Short-A Aberdeen Ironbirds
2011 Combined Stats: 1-1, 2.22ERA, 48.2IP, 18BB, 50K, .193BAA

#8 Xavier Avery OF
Born: 1/1/1990
Highest Level Reached: Double-A Bowie Baysox
2011 Combined Stats: .259, 31(2B), 2(3B), 4HR, 26RBI, 36SB

#9 Parker Bridwell RHP
Born: 8/2/1991
Highest Level Reached: Low-A Delmarva Shorebirds
2011 Combined Stats: 2-8, 5.26ERA, 75.1IP, 35BB, 70K, .271BAA

#10 Johnny Ruettiger OF
Born: 9/21/1989
Highest Level Reached: 8th Round Pick 2011 MLB Draft
2011 Combined Stats: Did Not Play In 2011

#11 Glynn Davis OF
Born: 12/7/1991
Highest Level Reached: High-A Frederick Keys
2011 Combined Stats: .284, 16(2B), 2HR, 16RBI, 24SB

#12 Bobby Bundy RHP
Born: 1/13/1990
Highest Level Reached: Double-A Bowie Baysox
2011 Combined Stats: 12-8, 3.51ERA, 136IP, 42BB, 113K, .247BAA

#13 Kyle Simon RHP
Born: 8/18/1990
Highest Level Reached: Low-A Delmarva Shorebirds
2011 Combined Stats: 1-2, 2.16ERA, 1SV, 16.2IP, 5BB, 9K, .161BAA

#14 Roderick Bernadina OF
Born: 8/10/1992
Highest Level Reached: Rookie League GCL Orioles
2011 Combined Stats: .239, 14(2B), 3(3B), 4HR, 28RBI

#15 Mike Wright RHP
Born: 1/3/1990
Highest Level Reached: Low-A Delmarva Shorebirds
2011 Combined Stats: 3-2, 5.72ERA, 45.2IP, 10BB, 42K, .279BAA

2011 Major & Minor League Baseball Brawl Video Timeline

With the 2011 season over and the playoffs about to start, here is a look back at the year that was in Major League and Minor League Baseball brawls and benches clearing incidents. If you see any that we are missing, please send us the link on our twitter page @MinorLeagueBlog. Enjoy the videos.

3-8-2011 – Milwaukee Brewers vs Los Angles Dodgers

4-26-2011 – Hagerstown Suns vs West Virginia Power

5-11-2011 – Baltimore Orioles vs Seattle Mariners

5-13-2011 – Greenville Drive vs Charleston River Dogs

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Billy Rowell Apparently Didn’t Care Too Much For The Way He Was Handled By The Orioles In 2011

This is one of the more candid interviews you will ever see a minor leaguer give. Billy Rowell, the ninth overall pick of the 2006 draft, who has only played 41 games above High-A during his six year career, spoke with MASN’s Steve Melewski: @masnSteve, and pulled no punches on the way he felt the Baltimore Orioles handled him this past season. It’s a wild read and one that is sure to raise the eyebrows of the Orioles front office.

After another tough season, Billy Rowell has a few things to say — MASNSports.com

2011 Baltimore Orioles Top 15 Prospects Post Season Report Card

With the 2011 minor league season complete we check in on the progress of each of the Baltimore Orioles preseason Top 15 prospects as ranked by our prospect ranker J.P. Schwartz The post season grading report was done by the publisher of Top Prospect Alert, not Mr. Schwartz, and reflects only the 2011 season and not future upside or downside of the individual prospect. Our 2012 preseason rankings will be published in the coming months.

#1 Manny Machado GRADE: B
Machado batted a combined .257 with 20 Doubles, 5 Triples, 11 Home Runs, 50 RBI’s between the Low-A Delmarva Shorebirds and High-A Ferderick Keys. He also stole 11 bases on the season. Machado struck out just 73 times in 101 games.

#2 Zach Britton GRADE: B
Britton has spent most of 2011 with the Orioles going 9-9 with a 4.22ERA through September 6th. He walked 48 and struck out 83 in 128 big league innings. Britton’s stats are skewed slightly by two starts in July in which he allowed 13 earned runs in what totaled one inning of work. In the minors this year Britton went a combined 0-3 with a 4.32ERA in four starts between the Double-A Bowie Baysox and Triple-A Norfolk Tides.

#3 Mychal Givens GRADE C-
Givens hit a combined .243 with 16 Doubles, 2 Triples, 1 Home Run, and 45 RBI’s between the Short-A Aberdeen IronBirds and Low-A Delmarva. He tallied 20 stolen bases on the season. Givens struggled greatly batting just .195 in 57 games for the Shorebirds before being demoted to Short-A once the NY Penn League started up.

#4 Dan Klein GRADE B-
Up until a shoulder injury sidelined him for the remainder of the 2011 season, Klein went a combined 3-1 with a 1.11ERA in 32.1 innings between High-A Frederick and Double-A Bowie. He walked 6 and struck out 37 batters. Opposing hitters batted just .197 against Klein.

#5 Xavier Avery GRADE C
Avery batted .259 with 31 Doubles, 2 Triples, 4 Home Runs, and 26 RBI’s for Double-A Bowie. He also stole 36 bases on the year. The biggest knock on Avery’s season was his plate discipline. He struck out 156 times in 138 games.

#6 Matt Hobgood GRADE D
Hobgood was a combined 0-6 with a 8.76ERA for the GCL Orioles and Short-A Aberdeen. He walked 26 and struck out 22 in 37 innings of work. Opposing batters hit .331 combined off of Hobgood. Short-A hitters batted .360 off of him.

#7 Wynn Pelzer GRADE C
Pelzer went 5-8 with a 4.00ERA in 87.2 innings between Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk. He walked 54 and struck out 72 batters. Opposing hitters batted .259 off Pelzer on the year.

#8 Ryan Berry GRADE C
Berry lost most of his 2011 season to shoulder tendinitis before coming back in the second half. He went a combined 1-1 with a 3.47ERA in 36.1 innings across the GCL Orioles, Short-A Aberdeen, and High-A Frederick. He walked 15 and struck out 32. Opposing hitters batted .248 off Berry.

#9 Jake Cowan GRADE C+
Cowan was a tough luck combined 0-7 with a 3.92ERA between Short-A Aberdeen and Low-A Delmarva. He walked 39 and struck out 78 in 82.2 innings of work. Opposing batters hit just .234 off of Cowan.

#10 Clay Schrader GRADE A
Schrader went a combined 2-2 with 5 saves and a 1.57ERA between Low-A Delmarva and High-A Frederick. He walked 32 and struck out 73 in 46 innings of work. Opposing batters hit an absurdly low .123 against Schrader this season.

#11 L.J. Hoes GRADE B+
Hoes batted a combined .285 with 24 Doubles, 1 Triple, 9 Home Runs, and 71 RBI’s between High-A Frederick and Double-A Bowie. He also stole 20 bases. He drew 53 walks and struck out just 81 times in 136 games. In 95 games at Bowie, Hoes batted .305.

#12 Brandon Snyder GRADE C-
Snyder hit .261 with 21 Doubles, 1 Triple, 14 Home Runs, and 71 RBI’s for Triple-A Norfolk. It was his third season in Triple-A and his On Base Percentage and Slugging Percentage were both lower than in 2010 at the same level. In six big league games with the Orioles, Snyder batted .231 with a Double and a RBI.

#13 Trent Mummey GRADE C
Mummey hit a combined .292 with 4 Doubles, 4 Triples, 3 Home Runs, and 22 RBI’s between Low-A Delmarva and High-A Frederick in 29 games before a season ending hamstring injury. He had also stolen 19 bases before getting hurt.

#14 Jonathan Schoop GRADE B+
Schoop batted .290 with 24 Doubles, 5 Triples, 13 Home Runs and 72 RBI’s combined between Low-A Delmarva and High-A Frederick. He also stole 12 bases on the season.

#15 Parker Bridwell GRADE C-
Bridwell went a combined 2-8 with a 5.26ERA in 75.1 innings between Short-A Aberdeen and Low-A Delmarva. He walked 35 batters and struck out 70. Opposing hitters batted .271 against Bridwell. He had a 7.06 ERA in five Low-A starts to close out the season following his promotion.