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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.

VIDEO: SpiderTV Packs On Production Value In 3 Minute Interview With Orioles Prospect Joe Mahoney

Not sure if this is a student run operation, but the University of Richmond SpiderTV can sure produce a high quality production. Baltimore Orioles prospect Joe Mahoney, a Richmond grad, recently returned to his college town as the Richmond Flying Squirrels welcomed the Bowie Baysox to town. Mahoney who was the Orioles 2010 Minor League Player Of The Year is currently batting .291, with 21 Doubles, 5 Triples, 10 Home Runs, and 62 RBI’s for the Baysox. SpiderTV took advantage of the opportunity and put together this very good three minute piece on Mahoney and his journey through the minor leagues. Was very impressed with the production quality that went into the piece.

Former Orioles Pitching Prospect Rick Forney Now A Top Indy League Manager

Back in the mid 1990’s Rick Forney was a promising young arm in the Baltimore Orioles organization. He burst onto the scene as a 19 year old going 7-0 with a 2.19ERA on a GCL Orioles. Two years later he went 14-8 with a 2.78ERA for the High-A Frederick Keys. However after two seasons with the Double-A Bowie Baysox that resulted in an ERA near five and a brief stop in Triple-A, Forney’s big league dreams fizzled at age 23. From there he pitched in various independent leagues for the next five seasons before retiring from baseball at age 28 while a member of the Winnipeg Goldeyes. Forney is now in his 6th season as the manager of the Goldeyes where he recently received the American Association Manager of the Year Award. The story below gives a brief look at Forney’s managerial career and the big crowds he is helping draw to Winnipeg.

Forney named top skipper — WinnipegFreePress.com

Former Tigers, Reds, & Rockies Outfielder Kimera Bartee Now Teaching As Manager For Short-A State College Spikes

From the time his career began as a prospect with the Baltimore Orioles to his major league debut with the Detroit Tigers in 1996 and continuing through the remainder of his six year major league career that included stops with the Cincinnati Reds and the Colorado Rockies, Kimera Bartee was always a student of the game. That attention to detail has served him well as the manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates Short-A affiliate the State College Spikes of the New York-Penn League. In the story Batree talks about being the rare manager who prefers to coach at first base rather than third, teaching the finer points of baserunning to his players, and having had the opportunity to learn from some of baseball’s best base runners during his playing days.

Life on the run — CentreDaily.com

Prospect Breakdown: Baltimore Orioles Trade Derek Lee To Pirates For Aaron Baker

The Baltimore Orioles have traded first baseman Derek Lee to the Pittsburgh Pirates in return for prospect Aaron Baker. Baker is currently batting .282 with 21 Doubles, 15 Home Runs, and 73 RBI for the High-A Bradenton Marauders. The 23 year old first baseman batted .253 with 34 Doubles, 18 Home Runs, and 79 RBI’s for the Low-A West Virginia Power. Baker was an 11th round pick of the Pirates in the 2009 draft out of Oklahoma.

Baltimore Orioles Farmhand Cole McCurry Jump Starts His Career By Adding A Slider

Spending parts of four seasons in the Low-A South Atlantic League is not on the resume of most major league pitchers. Cole McCurry may soon be an exception. The 6’2″ lefty out of Tennessee Wesleyan University is on the cusp of the big leagues after a season that has taken him up the Baltimore Orioles chain from Double-A Bowie to Triple-A Norfolk in what has been a breakout 2011. Prior to this season, McCurry spent all or parts of the 2007, 2008. 2009, and 2010 season as a starter at Low-A Delmarva and High-A Frederick. This year, the addition of a slider, and a move to the bullpen, has opposing batters hitting just .180 off of McCurry who is a combined 6-1 with a 1.41ERA. In the story McCurry talks about his sudden success, the development of his slider, and keeping a level head as he positions himself for a shot with the Orioles. You can follow Cole on twitter @ColeMcCurry

Cole McCurry’s newest pitch turns heads — Citizen-Times.com