A number of years into their organizational rebuild, the Orioles have reshaped their farm system from one in all baseball’s weakest into one in all its greatest.
The headliners are No. 1 prospect Adley Rutschman and No. 3 Heston Kjerstad, the highest and second general picks prior to now two Drafts. Rutschman stays the most effective all-around catching prospects to ever come from the Draft, a switch-hitting backstop with plus energy and defensive expertise some consider are prepared for the large leagues proper now. The O’s manipulated their bonus pool to take Kjerstad second general in 2020 and have excessive hopes for the slugging outfielder regardless of not seeing him but resulting from myocarditis.
The system, ranked as the fifth-best in baseball, is heavy on pitching depth and highlighted by No. 2 prospect Grayson Rodriguez and No. 4 lefty DL Corridor, who may need arrived this yr had it not been for the pandemic. Because it stands, these arms are nonetheless no less than a yr away, however a number of others ought to influence the large leagues in 2021, from Dean Kremer and Keegan Akin to Michael Baumann and Zac Lowther. On the offensive aspect, Ryan Mountcastle appears like a Rookie of the Yr candidate, and Yusniel Diaz, the prize of the Manny Machado commerce, is knocking on the door.
This yr’s rankings replicate the work Baltimore’s entrance workplace has completed to reestablish its presence in Latin America, with the membership’s first two seven-figure novice Latin signings incomes spots. Extra is on the best way on that entrance after the O’s spent a club-record $5.75 million on their ’20-’21 class. In addition they have the No. 5 general decide on this yr’s Draft.
Here is a take a look at the Orioles’ high prospects:
Listed below are the gamers whose ranks modified essentially the most from the 2020 preseason record to the 2021 preseason record:
Bounce: Kyle Bradish, RHP (2020: 20 | 2021: 15) — His velocity jumped after arriving from the Angels within the Dylan Bundy commerce, making him one of many high performers on the O’s alternate coaching website final summer season.
Fall: Drew Rom, LHP (2020: 16 | 2021: 29) — The uptick in velocity many anticipate from Rom hasn’t come, dropping him behind lots of the dozen prospects acquired in 2020 to make this yr’s record. (Additionally: Kyle Stowers (2020: 16 | 2021: 26)
Gamers are graded on a 20-80 scouting scale for future instruments — 20-30 is nicely under common, 40 is under common, 50 is common, 60 is above common and 70-80 is nicely above common. (Gamers in parentheses have the identical grade.)
Hit: 60 — Adley Rutschman (Ryan Mountcastle)
Energy: 65 — Rutschman
Run: 60 — Adam Corridor (Ryan McKenna)
Arm: 70 — Coby Mayo
Protection: 65 — Rutschman
Fastball: 65 — DL Corridor (Grayson Rodriguez)
Curveball: 60 — Dean Kremer
Slider: 60 — Rodriguez (Michael Baumann)
Changeup: 65 — Rodriguez
Management: 60 — Alexander Wells (Garrett Stallings)
How they have been constructed
Draft: 18 | Worldwide: 3 | Commerce: 9 |
Breakdown by ETA
2021: 10 | 2022: 8 | 2023: 6 | 2024: 3 | 2025: 3
Breakdown by place
C: 2 | 1B: 1 | 2B: 2 |3B: 2 | SS: 5 | OF: 6 | RHP: 6 | LHP: 6