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Stock Up, Stock Down for Orioles Top 10 Prospects for Week of June 24

Drew ReynoldsContributor IIIJuly 1, 2013

Stock Up, Stock Down for Orioles Top 10 Prospects for Week of June 24

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    The biggest news from the Baltimore Orioles' farm system this past week was that top prospect Dylan Bundy was forced to undergo season ending Tommy John surgery. The procedure went well and Bundy should be ready to return in roughly a year.

    In other Orioles' related news, starting pitcher Eddie Gamboa threw a seven-inning no-hitter for the Double-A Bowie Baysox on Sunday for the ninth no-hitter in team history. The 28-year-old has developed a knuckleball and has been fine-tuning it with the help of Hall of Famer Phil Niekro this season.

     According to Eduardo A. Encina of The Baltimore Sun, Gamboa is throwing his knuckleball 60 percent of the time.

    Top-10 prospects Jonathan Schoop and Branden Kline remained sidelined with injuries, so they will not be included in the following update.

    With all that covered, here's your weekly update on the rest of the Orioles' top prospects.

     

    Players' rankings in slides based on MLB.com's ranking of Orioles' prospects.

Henry Urrutia

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    Team: Triple-A Norfolk

    Position: OF

    2013 Stats: .355 AVG, 7 HR, 38 RBI, 36 R (between Double-A and Triple-A)

    Last Week's Stats: 4 G, 3-14, .214 AVG, 1 RBI, 3 R (Triple-A only)

    Though not officially on the top-prospects list, it's safe to say that Henry Urrutia has a future in the major leagues.

    Despite not having played since 2010, the 26-year-old Cuban defector has been fabulous in his first season in America. Not only was Urrutia promoted from Double-A to Triple-A last week, he was also selected to this season's Futures Game.

    His numbers since his promotion haven't been anything special, but four games are hardly worth judging. Urrutia's sparkling Double-A numbers include a .365/.433/.550 batting line along with seven homers and 37 RBI in 52 games.

    If Urrutia's produces numbers even close to those in Triple-A, it shouldn't be long before he's in Baltimore.

    Stock: Up

12. Tim Berry

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    Team: Advanced-A Frederick

    Position: SP

    2013 Stats: 6-4, 15 GS, 3.95 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 69/22 K/BB

    Last Week's Stats: 1 GS, W, 6.2 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 5 H, 3 BB, 1 K

    After struggling throughout the month of May, lefty Tim Berry improved greatly in June, finishing the month with a 4-1 record and a 2.56 ERA.

    His only start last week was a good one, as he only allowed one unearned run while picking up the win. His strikeout-to-walk ratio of 1-to-3 is a slight wonder, but Berry held his opponents to just five hits over his 6.2 innings.

    It's been and up-and-down season for the 22-year-old. Currently, he's on the rise.

    Stock: Up

11. Adrian Marin

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    Team: Single-A Delmarva

    Position: SS

    2013 Stats: .265, 1 HR, 31 RBI, 18 R

    Last Week's Stats: 4-25, .160 AVG, 5 RBI, 0 R

    The 19-year-old Adrian Marin leveled out in June after a very good May in which he averaged .315.

    While he did cool off at the very end of the month, Marin still hit .256 in June and was able to produce five runs last week despite only having only four base hits.

    Perhaps the biggest fallacy has been that Marin's play at shortstop has been solid. In 66 games, he has already made 14 errors with a .947 fielding percentage. Going forward, Marin might have to improve on that or a move to second base could be a possibility.

    Stock: Even

10. Glynn Davis

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    Team: Advanced-A Frederick

    Position: OF

    2013 Stats: .230 AVG, 2 HR, 23 RBI, 23 R

    Last Week's Stats: 3-18, .167 AVG, 2 RBI, 1 R

    Injuries limited Davis to only eight forgettable games in June where the 21-year-old hit only .207/.303/.276 in 29 at-bats.

    Staying on the field has been Davis' biggest issue this season, as he has been producing runs when he has played. Despite his mediocre average, he's managed to score 23 times and drive in 23 runs in 40 games.

    Davis didn't do much of that producing last week, but he is currently carrying a modest three-game hitting streak.

    Stock: Down

9. Mike Wright

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    Team: Double-A Bowie

    Position: SP

    2013 Stats: 6-2, 15 GS, 4.12 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 75/26 K/BB

    Last Week's Stats: 1 GS, 6.0 IP, 5 ER, 9 H, 1 BB, 8 K

    Mike Wright cooled off after a fabulous May in which he was 4-0 with a sub-2.00 ERA. He hasn't won a game since May 21. Bad weather limited Wright to only four sporadic starts in June, which perhaps hurt whatever momentum the 23-year-old had.

    Wright's only start last week was on Monday and it wasn't his best. He did rack up an impressive eight strikeouts while only allowing one walk, but he picked up his second straight loss as he gave up five earned runs over six innings.

    He'll look to get back on track Tuesday, July 2, as Bowie's scheduled starter.

    Stock: Down

7. Xavier Avery

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    Team: Triple-A Norfolk

    Position: OF

    2013 Stats: .251 AVG, 2 HR, 19 RBI, 46 R (between Double-A and Triple-A)

    Last Week's Stats: 1-13, .077 AVG, 0 RBI, 3 R

    Xavier Avery has struggled since his promotion to Triple-A back in May and last week was no different.

    Through 35 games with Norfolk, Avery is only hitting .189/.246/.260. In contrast, his line from Double-A was a solid .300/.391/.406.

    Strikeouts continue to haunt the 23-year-old, as he has struck out more than once per game. Somewhat surprising, however, is that his strikeout percentage in Triple-A is nearly identical to what it was in Double-A so Avery's issues may be about making solid contact with the ball, not necessarily his strikeouts.

    Stock: Down

6. L.J. Hoes

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    Team: Triple-A Norfolk

    Position: OF

    2013 Stats: .304 AVG, 3 HR, 35 RBI, 48 R

    Last Week's Stats: 10-21, .476 AVG, 5 RBI, 3 R

    The 2012 Brooks Robinson Award-winner continues to be the best offensive prospect for the O's.

    Last week was another good one for the 23-year-old, as Hoes collected 10 hits in five games, including a 4-for-5 performance on Friday.

    Hoes hit .347/.450/.485 in June with 14 RBI and scored 17 runs. If the Orioles are serious about trading for a solid veteran starter, Hoes may be one of their biggest bargaining chips. 

    Stock: Up

5. Nick Delmonico

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    Team: Advanced-A Frederick

    Position: 3B/1B

    2013 Stats: .265 AVG, 13 HR, 29 RBI, 30 R

    Last Week's Stats: 6-27, .222 AVG, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 6 R

    While his batting average has been diminishing, Nick Delmonico's power has certainly not. Despite only playing 48 games this season, Delmonico is tied for fourth in the Carolina League with his 13 homers.

    Still, June was the soon-to-be 21-year-old's worst month of the season statistically. He did hit seven home runs, but only manged to drive in nine runs and averaged merely .240.

    However, if a .490 slugging percentage and a plus-.800 OPS is a bad month for Delmonico, that's pretty good news going forward.

    Stock: Even

4. Eduardo Rodriguez

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    Team: Double-A Bowie

    Position: SP

    2013 Stats: 6-4, 10 GS, 2.85 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 66/25 K/BB (Advanced-A Frederick)

    Last Week's Stats: 1 GS, L, 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 3 K (Advanced-A Frederick)

    Along with Urrutia, left-handed starter Euardo Rodriguez was also selected to the Futures Game, as well as promoted last week.

    He has yet to debut for the Baysox, but the 20-year-old threw a gem in his last start for Frederick. Despite picking up the loss, Rodriguez went a strong seven innings, allowing only one run on three hits.

    Not only has he been one of the most impressive pitching prospects for the O's this year, Rodriguez has also been arguably the most consistent. In 14 starts, he's only allowed five-plus earned runs once and given up less than three earned runs on 10 occasions.

    Stock: Up

2. Kevin Gausman

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    Team: Baltimore Orioles

    Position: SP

    Minor League Stats: 2-5, 9 GS, 3.96 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 53/6 K/BB (Double-A and Triple-A)

    Major League Stats: 1-3, 6 G, 5 GS, 6.52 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, 24/6 K/BB

    Last Week's Stats: 1 G, W, 4.1 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 4 K

    The 22-year-old Gausman picked up his first career win in the majors this past week, pitching 4.1 scoreless innings of relief against the Yankees.

    It was thought Gausman would start that game, but Buck Showalter decided to give T.J. McFarland a shot at starting. However, McFarland wasn't able to get out of the third inning and Gausman came in to shut the door.

    While he's been inconsistent since his call-up, Gausman's recent performance will give him another shot at the rotation. It may not be for long, however, as Wei-Yin Chen is slated to return to major league action shortly.

    Stock: Up

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