Stock Up, Stock Down for Orioles Top 10 Prospects for Week 21
The minor league baseball season is nearing it's end, as most of the minor leagues begin their playoffs in the beginning of September.
While a couple of the Orioles' affiliates have no chance for the playoffs—High-A Frederick (23-38) and Single-A Delmarva (22-41)—the rest of the minor league clubs have at least a shot to play some extra baseball.
The Norfolk Tides (Triple-A, 71-64), Bowie Baysox (Double-A 67-66) and GCL Orioles (Rookie 29-27) are all within reach of a playoff spot, while the Aberdeen IronBirds (Short Season-A 33-29) currently lead their division.
Prospects Dylan Bundy (No. 2) and Branden Kline (No. 8) will miss the remainder of the season with injury and will not be included on the update. No. 12 prospect Christian Walker is also out with a lower-back injury, so he will also be skipped.
Now, with that all sorted out, here's your weekly update on the Orioles' top prospects.
Players' rankings in slides based on MLB.com's ranking of the Orioles' prospects.
13. Adrian Marin
Team: Single-A Delmarva
2013 Stats: .272, 4 HR, 47 RBI, 28 R
While his batting average has dropped since the beginning of August, Adrian Marin's run production has risen.
Marin drove in six runs over the past week, raising his monthly total to a season-best 13. He also hit his fourth home run on Thursday.
The 19-year-old also had a clean week in the field. Still, he had three errors the previous week, bringing his season total to 20.
Last Week's Stats: 4-18, .222 AVG, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 1 R
11. Josh Hart
Team: GCL Orioles
2013 Stats: .207, 7 RBI, 12 R, 10 SB
Josh Hart has yet to fully adjust to professional baseball.
So far, the only real positive that can be said about Hart is his speed, as he's 10-for-12 stealing bases in 30 games this season. Other than that, Hart's been pretty disappointing.
Still, he's 18; there's still plenty of time for him to grow and prove why the Orioles drafted him in the first round.
Last Week's Stats: 4-20, .200 AVG, 1 SB
10. Xavier Avery
Team: Triple-A Norfolk
2013 Stats: .261 AVG, 3 HR, 33 RBI, 70 R, 28 SB (between Double-A and Triple-A)
Xavier Avery only saw action in two games last week. However, he played on Sunday and the Tides only played four games all week, so health was probably not a concern.
The 23-year-old has been much better in August compared to every other month in Triple-A. This month Avery is hitting .323. He had not hit over .250 in his prior three months.
If the Tides fail to make the playoffs, Avery will likely be a September call-up and, with his speed, be used as a pinch runner in late-game situations
Last Week's Stats: 2-7, 1 R, 1 SB
9. Zachary Davies
Team: Advanced-A Frederick
2013 Stats: 7-8, 25 GS, 3.51 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 127/38 K/BB
On the positive side, Zach Davies struck out 11 and did not walk a batter in his two starts last week.
On the negative side, he picked up the loss in both games, gave up 17 hits and nine runs, in 12 innings, although only five were earned.
Davies started out August very strong, going 2-0 in his first two starts while only allowing one run and four hits in 13 innings. However, his last three outings have been less impressive.
Last Week's Stats: 2 GS, 0-2, 12.0 IP, 9 R, 5 ER, 17 H, 0 BB, 11 K
7. Tim Berry
Team: Advanced-A Frederick
2013 Stats: 9-7, 25 GS, 3.91 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 113/37 K/BB
August hasn't been Tim Berry's best month, but it hasn't been his worst. In five August start thus far, Berry has posted a 3.95 ERA and has pitched to a 1-1 record.
In his only start this past week, the 22-year-old allowed four runs over five innings of work. Berry only surrendered five hits and a walk in his time on the mound, but a two-out, two-run home run in the third hurt him as he picked up the loss.
Although it wasn't a great outing, Berry did a good job of keeping runners off the bags. Two of his five innings were three-up, three-down, while another would have been if not for an error.
Last Week's Stats: 1 GS, L, 5.0 IP, 4 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 4 K
6. Mike Wright
Team: Double-A Bowie
2013 Stats: 11-2, 25 GS, 3.18 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 134/37 K/BB
Mike Wright has been dominant lately. In his eight starts since the All-Star break, he's gone 4-0 with a 2.12 ERA and a 49-to-6 K/BB ratio.
Wright's August ERA is sub-2.00.
He's had nine straight quality starts, including his only start this week. It wasn't Wright's smoothest outing, as he allowed nine hits and a homer, but he pitched good enough to win and left the game up 6-2. However, Bowie's bullpen couldn't hold the lead, as the Baysox were forced to win in walk-off fashion, 7-6.
There's still some time left in the season, but Wright should be a candidate to win the Orioles' minor league pitcher of the year award.
Last Week's Stats: 1 GS, 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 9 H, 1 BB, 5 K
5. Jonathan Schoop
Team: Triple-A Norfolk
2013 Stats: .249 AVG, 8 HR, 31 RBI, 25 R (Triple-A statistics only)
Jonathan Schoop started off the week relatively hot, going 5-for-13 with a couple of runs. However, he failed to reach base in his last two games.
The 21-year-old hasn't been as good as he was prior to his back injury back in May, a month in which he hit two homers and averaged .348 in 11 games. Still, Schoop was dominant in his rehab assignment and also has three homers so far in August.
Last Week's Stats: 5-20, .250 AVG, 2 R
4. Hunter Harvey
Team: Short Season-A Aberdeen
2013 Stats: 0-1, 6 GS, 1.02 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, 23/3 K/BB (between Rookie League and Short Season-A)
After a dominating 13.1 innings with the GCL Orioles, in which he accumulated 18 strikeouts, Hunter Harvey was promoted and given his first start of the season with Aberdeen this week.
He did not disappoint.
Although he wasn't quite has dominant and did pick up the loss, the Orioles' first-round draft pick was impressive. Over 4.1 innings of work, Harvey struck out five and only allowed an unearned run on four hits and a walk.
Last Week's Stats: 1 GS, 4.1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 5 K
3. Eduardo Rodriguez
Team: Double-A Bowie
2013 Stats: 8-7, 23 GS, 3.78 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 114/48 K/BB (between Advanced-A and Double-A)
Eduardo Rodriquez has recovered nicely after a stretch of three straight rough outings, as he had his second strong outing in a row this past week.
Through six innings of work, Rodriguez only allowed one run on five hits and a walk while striking out seven.
The 20-year-old has been inconsistent since his promotion to Bowie, as he has a 5.52 ERA with the Baysox. However, this week was another step in the right direction.
Last Week's Stats: 1 GS, 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 7 K
1. Kevin Gausman
Team: Baltimore Orioles
Minor League Stats: 3-6, 16 G, 15 GS, 3.51 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 82/14 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
The Orioles' top prospect was very impressive this week, as he has been throughout the month of August.
In Gausman's first start of the week he went five scoreless innings, striking out seven on three hits in a winning effort. In his second start on Sunday, he went three scoreless innings, only allowing one hit while striking out four.
According to Dan Connolly of The Baltimore Sun, Gausman went three innings to limit his innings and he is expected to be called up to the Orioles some time this week.
Last Week's Stats: 2 GS, 1-0, 8.0 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 7 K