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Stock Up, Stock Down for Orioles Top 10 Prospects for Week 17

Drew ReynoldsContributor IIIJuly 29, 2013

Stock Up, Stock Down for Orioles Top 10 Prospects for Week 17

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    The biggest news this past week regarding the Baltimore Orioles' top prospects was the departure of top hitting prospect Nick Delmonico, as he was compensation in the trade in which reliever Francisco Rodriguez was acquired.

    Delmonico was the Orioles' sixth-round draft pick back in 2011 and was hitting .243 with 13 homers this year with Advanced-A Frederick.

    In other news, outfield prospect L.J. Hoes was promoted to the majors on Sunday prior to the Orioles game against the Red Sox. Hoes started in left field and went 0-for-3 with a strikeout as the O's lost 5-0.

    MLB.com re-ranked all of the top prospects this past week, thus there are some changes to the Orioles top prospect list. Two prospects fell out the top 10; Xavier Avery dropped from No. 7 to No. 12, while Glynn Davis dropped from No. 10 to out of the top 20.

    No. 10 prospect Branden Kline and No. 2 prospect Dylan Bundy remain on the disabled list and will be skipped in the following update.

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

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

12. Xavier Avery

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    Team: Triple-A Norfolk

    Position: OF

    2013 Stats: .251 AVG, 2 HR, 25 RBI, 60 R (between Double-A and Triple-A)

    Xavier Avery's week started off hot enough, as he had back-to-back games with multiple hits and multiple RBI in his first two games of the week.

    However, the 23-year-old remained hitless over the rest of the week.

    Although the lack of hits is discouraging, Avery did draw a few walks and scored a couple of runs. All in all, it was an average week for the outfielder.

    Last Week's Stats: 4-15, .267 AVG, 4 RBI, 3 R

    Stock: Even

11. Zach Davies

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    Team: Advanced-A Frederick

    Position: SP

    2013 Stats: 5-4, 19 GS, 3.66 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 89/28 K/BB

    Going into his start on Tuesday, Zach Davies had been on a streak of good outings. That streak is now over.

    The 20-year-old allowed six runs over four innings of work, surrendering nine hits in the process.

    It's a slight setback for Davies, but he's had a good season and hadn't had a start where he allowed over three runs since May 5. Still, his stock gets a "down" grade.

    Last Week's Stats: 1 GS, L, 4.0 IP, 6 ER, 9 H, 2 BB, 3 K

    Stock: Down

9. Tim Berry

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    Team: Advanced-A Frederick

    Position: SP

    2013 Stats: 8-6, 19 GS, 3.90 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 95/27 K/BB

    Tim Berry was dominant in his only start of the week on Friday, as he took a no-hitter into the seventh inning. However, the 22-year-old got stuck with a no-decision, as the Keys won in 16 innings.

    After he allowed a single to begin the seventh, Berry hit a wall in the eighth. The Keys took a 2-0 lead in the top of the inning, but a leadoff single followed by a one-out double chased Berry from the game in the bottom of the inning. Both inherited runners scored as Berry picked up the ND.

    Still, it was one of Berry's best starts of the season, as he walked no one and only allowed three hits over 7.1 innings of work.

    Last Week's Stats: 1 GS, 7.1 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 4 K

    Stock: Up

8. Mike Wright

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    Team: Double-A Bowie

    Position: SP

    2013 Stats: 8-2, 20 GS, 3.57 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 101/32 K/BB

    Mike Wright set a career high of 10 strikeouts in his only start of the week on Friday, picking up the no-decision after six innings of work.

    The 23-year-old has had a very good July. In five starts this month, Wright is 2-0 with a 2.12 ERA and a 26-to-6 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

    Last Week's Stats: 1 GS, 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 8 H, 0 BB, 10 K

    Stock: Up

7. L.J. Hoes

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    Team: Triple-A Norfolk

    Position: OF

    2013 Stats: .304 AVG, 3 HR, 40 RBI, 62 R

    Despite being in a rare slump, the O's promoted L.J. Hoes prior to Sunday's game against the Red Sox. The 23-year-old started in left and went 0-for-3 with a strikeout.

    Prior to his promotion, Hoes had been 2-for-16 with the Tides and was coming off a rare three-strikeout game.

    Hoes' current stay in Baltimore may not be the longest, but he should get a few more opportunities to impress before he gets sent back down to Norfolk.

    Last Week's Stats: 2-16, .125 AVG, 1 RBI, 2 R (Triple-A)

    Stock: Even

6. Jonathan Schoop

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    Team: Triple-A Norfolk

    Position: 2B/SS/3B

    2013 Stats: .268 AVG, 3 HR, 18 RBI, 12 R (Triple-A)

    Jonathan Schoop finally returned to the Tides' lineup on Friday, his first Triple-A game since his back injury in the middle of May.

    The 21-year-old had been raking on his rehab assignment in Low-A Aberdeen. In three games with the IronBirds, Schoop was 8-for-14 with two homers and eight RBI.

    Since his return, Schoop has yet to get a hit in seven at-bats and has struck out three times. Still, it's nice to see Schoop back and healthy.

    Last Week's Stats: 0-7 (Triple-A); 8-14, .571 AVG, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 3 R (Low-A)

    Stock: Up

5. Josh Hader

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    Team: Single-A Delmarva

    Position: SP

    2013 Stats: 3-6, 17 GS, 2.65 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 79/42 K/BB

    Despite only being credited with two earned runs, Josh Hader's only start of the week on Saturday was a rough one.

    In 3.2 innings, Hader allowed eights hits and six runs, four of which were unearned because of a throwing error by Hader himself.

    The Maryland-native has had an odd month statistically. In four July starts, Hader is 0-3 with a 2.55 ERA. This is largely due to the fact that nine of the 14 runs Hader has allowed this month have been unearned.

    Last Week's Stats: 1 GS, L, 3.2 IP, 6 R, 2 ER, 8 H, 1 BB, 5 K

    Stock: Down

4. Hunter Harvey

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    Team: GCL Orioles

    Position: SP

    2013 Stats: 0-0, 2 GS, 6.00 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 2/0 K/BB

    Hunter Harvey gave up two runs over two innings of work in his second start of his professional career on Friday.

    The 18-year-old is simply getting in work and his statistics thus far are largely meaningless. Unless Harvey has a string of dominant or terrible starts, it's unlikely that his stock is going to change much this season.

    Last Week's Stats: 1 GS, 2.0 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 1 K

    Stock: Even

3. Eduardo Rodriguez

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    Team: Double-A Bowie

    Position: SP

    2013 Stats: 7-6, 19 GS, 3.56 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 90/40 K/BB (between Advanced-A and Double-A)

    It was a tale of two starts for E-Rod this week.

    In his first start of the week on Tuesday, the 20-year-old Rodriguez went six strong innings, allowing only two runs on three hits while picking up the win.

    He was less effective in his start on Sunday, however, as he allowed six runs on seven hits over only four innings of work.

    The jump for Advanced-A to Double-A can be a rough one, especially for a 20-year-old. So, it's not necessarily surprising that Rodriguez is having his share of struggles with Bowie.

    Last Week's Stats: 2 GS, 1-0, 10.0 IP, 8 ER, 10 H, 5 BB, 5 K

    Stock: Even

1. Kevin Gausman

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    Team: Baltimore Orioles

    Position: SP

    Minor League Stats: 2-6, 12 G, 11 GS, 4.22 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 65/10 K/BB (Double-A and Triple-A)

    Major League Stats: 1-3, 9 G, 5 GS, 6.21 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, 26/9 K/BB

    Gausman is still readjusting back to a starting role, but regardless, he hasn't been impressive.

    In his only start of the week on Saturday, he gave up four runs over 4.1 innings of work.

    Maybe Gausman's just having a bit of trouble readjusting, but his numbers in Triple-A this year haven't been good at all. In 17.2 innings with Norfolk, he's allowed 14 runs and 26 hits.

    Last Week's Stats: 1 GS, 4.1 IP, 4 ER, 6 H, 2 BB, 2 K

    Stock: Down

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