10 Prospects Sure to Help the Orioles in 2013

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10 Prospects Sure to Help the Orioles in 2013
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It's hard to argue there was a team that benefited more from their minor leaguers in 2013 than the Baltimore Orioles.

Manny Machado alone provided the city of Baltimore with numerous memories it won't soon forget. In addition, he solidified the team's defense at third base and added an extra spark as it challenged the Yankees for the American League East crown.

Aside from Machado, the O's also got huge performances from 26-year-old "rookie," Wei-Yin Chen, who was by far the Orioles' most consistent starter during the year. In addition to being the only Baltimore pitcher to start more than 20 games, he also led the rotation with 12 victories and he came within one start of cracking the 200-inning mark.

Then there was Miguel Gonzalez, who pitched like a seasoned veteran down the stretch, going toe-to-toe against the best of the AL East three times in September/October, coming out on top in each start.

Beyond the big three of Machado, Chen and Gonzalez, the O's also got huge contributions from Steve Johnson (4-0, 2.11 ERA), Xavier Avery (six 2B, six SB in 32 games), and Rule V pick Ryan Flaherty (six HR, including another in the ALDS versus New York).

So who will be the youngsters who graduate from the minors and make the trek to Baltimore in 2013?

Let's take a peek.

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