Stock Up, Stock Down for Orioles' Top 10 Prospects for Week of July 1

Drew ReynoldsContributor IIIJuly 8, 2013

Stock Up, Stock Down for Orioles' Top 10 Prospects for Week of July 1

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    It was a rather average week for the Baltimore Orioles' minor league affiliates, as only the Aberdeen IronBirds of the Short-Season-A New York-Penn League had a winning record on the week, going 6-1.

    The Norfolk Tides of Triple-A and the Frederick Keys of Advanced-A both finished the week 3-3. While the Delmarva Shorebirds of Single-A went 3-4 and the Bowie Baysox of Double-A went 4-5. Bowie played two separate double-headers this past week and failed to win a single game in either, which resulted in four of their five loses on the week.

    In minor league transaction news, the Orioles acquired the first Italian-born-and-raised player to ever play in the majors, Alex Liddi, from the Mariners in exchange for an international signing bonus slot. Infielder Russ Canzler was designated for assignment to make room for Liddi on the 40-man roster, who was optioned to Triple-A according to The Baltimore Sun.

    Top prospect Dylan Bundy remains absent from the report, as he will miss the remainder of the season recovering from Tommy John surgery. And while No. 3 prospect Jonathan Schoop and No. 8 prospect Branden Kline are inching closer to their return, they also remained sidelined this past week.

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

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

Henry Urrutia

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    Team: Triple-A Norfolk

    Position: OF

    2013 Stats: .353 AVG, 7 HR, 39 RBI, 39 R (between Double-A and Triple-A)

    While he's failed to produce a large quantity of runs, Henry Urrutia nonetheless started off July on a good note. Urrutia got at least one hit in each of his first six July games and seems to be adjusting nicely to Triple-A.

    The 26-year-old Cuban defector is proving to the Orioles organization that he can flat out hit, regardless of what type of pitcher is on the mound. Despite the fact that he is a left-handed batter, Urrutia has hit .323 off lefties this season.

    He'll play in the Futures Game next Sunday, but the "future" is nearing. It seems to be only a matter of time before Urrutia gets the call to the majors.

    Last Week's Stats: 8-24, .333 AVG, 1 RBI, 3 R

    Stock: Even

12. Tim Berry

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    Team: Advanced-A Frederick

    Position: SP

    2013 Stats: 7-4, 16 GS, 3.70 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 76/24 K/BB

    The 22-year-old Berry continued his winning streak on Wednesday, picking up his third straight win in as many starts.

    The start may have been Berry's best of the season, as he was dominant over a season-high eight innings. The only real mistake he made resulted in a fourth-inning Lane Adams solo shot.

    After a couple of years with 5.00-plus ERAs, it seems as if the 50th-round draft pick out of San Marcos, California is starting to put it all together.

    Last Week's Stats: 1 GS, W, 8.0 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 7 K

    Stock: Up

11. Adrian Marin

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    Team: Single-A Delmarva

    Position: SS

    2013 Stats: .272, 1 HR, 33 RBI, 20 R

    Last week was a solid one for young Adrian Marin, though there remains some room for improvement.

    Looking at the negatives, seven of Marin's eight hits were singles, and he struck out seven times in six games. But on the positive side of things, he did hit .348 and recorded three straight multiple-hit games to end the week.

    From a fielding prospective, Marin continues to be roughly an error-a-week player, as he committed one error the week to bring his season total to 15.

    Overall, it was a decent week from the 19-year-old.

    Last Week's Stats: 8-23, .348 AVG, 2 RBI, 2 R

    Stock: Even

10. Glynn Davis

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    Team: Advanced-A Frederick

    Position: OF

    2013 Stats: .229 AVG, 2 HR, 24 RBI, 25 R

    It was another rough week for the 21-year-old Maryland native, but it did improve as the week went on. Well, kind of.

    In Davis' first three games, he went 1-for-13 with a lone RBI and two strikeouts. In his last three games, he went 4-for-10 with a couple runs and five strikeouts. So he made more contact in his first three games, but the majority of the hits came in the final three games.

    The most positive thing from Davis this past week came from the base paths, as he swiped three bags. That brings his season total to 11, but he still has a long way to go to reach last season's number of 37.

    Last Week's Stats: 5-23, .217 AVG, 1 RBI, 2 R, 3 SB

    Stock: Down

9. Mike Wright

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    Team: Double-A Bowie

    Position: SP

    2013 Stats: 7-2, 17 GS, 3.86 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 85/31 K/BB

    Mike Wright finally got back to his winning ways on Saturday. He struck out nine over six innings, surrendering only one run while picking up his first win since May 21.

    His first start of the week went less smoothly, however. He allowed two runs, with only one being earned, but walked three and surrendered five hits in four innings.

    Still, after a rough June and despite being slightly wild, it was a solid week for Wright.

    Last Week's Stats: 2 GS, 1-0, 10.0 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 9 H, 5 BB, 10 K

    Stock: Up

7. Xavier Avery

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    Team: Triple-A Norfolk

    Position: OF

    2013 Stats: .251 AVG, 2 HR, 21 RBI, 50 R (between Double-A and Triple-A)

    Even though he only hit .250 and struck out four times on Saturday alone, the first week of July was probably the best week Xavier Avery has had since his promotion to Triple-A in May.

    Other than Saturday, he only struck out twice over the week and had a nice 3-for-6 game that included a double, a triple and three runs in a 13-0 Norfolk win on Wednesday.

    For the first time in recent memory, Avery's stock isn't going down this week. Though, if the Orioles decide to make some trades as they near the deadline, it wouldn't be shocking to see Avery's name thrown around.

    Last Week's Stats: 7-28, .250 AVG, 2 RBI, 4 R

    Stock: Even

6. L.J. Hoes

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    Team: Triple-A Norfolk

    Position: OF

    2013 Stats: .304 AVG, 3 HR, 38 RBI, 53 R

    It's rare when L.J. Hoes doesn't have a solid week. While he won't blow anyone away with his power or his speed, the 23-year-old is rather consistent.

    Hoes' batting eye is also very good, as he continues to have nearly as many walks (46) as he does strikeouts (49).

    His biggest issue seems to be an issue he really can't control, and that's a roster spot. That, and the O's really have no need to rush Hoes because he's still young, they are set at each outfield position and they have Henry Urrutia, who seems to be major league ready. Unless an injury occurs or he becomes incredibly hot, Hoes is unlikely to be called up prior to September.

    Last Week's Stats: 7-23, .304 AVG, 3 RBI, 5 R

    Stock: Even

5. Nick Delmonico

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    Team: Advanced-A Frederick

    Position: 3B/1B

    2013 Stats: .259 AVG, 13 HR, 29 RBI, 31 R

    Nicky Delmonico hasn't played since Monday, a game in which he went 0-for-4 with a walk and a run scored.

    According to Steve Melewski of MASN, Delmonico has been dealing with a viral illness all week and is due to return in the next couple of days.

    It's a tough break for the 20-year-old, as he's spent some time on the disabled list this year with a few different injuries already, limiting him to only 49 games. Regardless of the situation, it's hard to impress when you don't play.

    Last Week's Stats: 1 G, 0-4, 1 R

    Stock: Down

4. Eduardo Rodriguez

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    Team: Double-A Bowie

    Position: SP

    2013 Stats: 6-5, 12 GS, 3.08 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 78/30 K/BB (between Advanced-A and Double-A)

    The transition from Advanced-A to Double-A can be a tough one, especially for a 20-year-old like Eduardo Rodriguez. He did struggle in his first start with Bowie, but was very impressive in his second outing.

    On Tuesday, Rodriguez was roughed up a bit. He allowed five runs in five innings, surrendering seven hits and two walks in the process. Though he did manage to strike out five and avoided picking up the loss.

    His second start of the week came on Sunday in the first game of a double header. Rodriguez got the loss, but he completed the shortened game and looked good doing it. Over six innings, he struck out seven, only allowing two hits, one of which was a solo homer, and three walks.

    It seems the transition to Double-A is complete. Rodriquez will now look to impress a national audience as he is slated to pitched in the Futures Game next Sunday.

    Last Week's Stats: 2 GS, 0-1, 11.0 IP, 6 ER, 9 H, 5 BB, 12 K

    Stock: Up

2. Kevin Gausman

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    Team: Baltimore Orioles

    Position: SP

    2013 Major League Stats: 1-3, 8 G, 5 GS, 5.97 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 26/7 K/BB

    Gausman looked good in his two relief appearances this past week. However, with Wei-Yin Chen's return imminent, Zach Britton pitching well in the rotation and the recent acquisition of Scott Feldman, the 22-year-old probably won't see a start in the majors any time soon.

    With Pedro Strop being traded in part of the Feldman trade, Gausman has seemingly taken his spot in the bullpen as a hard-throwing righty. So, unless the Orioles decide they want to Gausman to pitch more innings, he may stay in the majors for the time being.

    The former LSU Tiger has pitched well out of the bullpen and could be placed in more pressure situations if he continues to perform. And with Jim Johnson struggling somewhat, some have raised the question if Gausman could perhaps close. While MASN's Steve Melewski doesn't think Johnson's job is in any real danger, he speculated that Gausman could excel in the role.

    Last Week's Stats: 2 G, 2.2 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K

    Stock: Up