Ranking the Orioles Top 10 Prospects After the 2013 Minor League Season
The Baltimore Orioles saw some dramatic changes in their prospects' rankings over the 2013 season, as they were one of the most active teams during the trade deadline.
Gone are the likes of L.J. Hoes, Xavier Avery, Josh Hader and Nick Delmonico, all of whom were traded over the course of the 2013 season and were previously listed in the Orioles' top 10 prospects rankings at some point.
Still, general manager Dan Duquette and the Orioles were able to retain their top-of-the-line prospects.
So, here are the Orioles' top 10 prospects now that the 2013 minor league season has come to an end.
Adrian Marin, SS: Marin was a third-round pick of the Orioles in 2012 and looked good in spurts in his first full professional season. Still, there's plenty room for improvement as he only hit .265 and made 20 errors at short.
Branden Kline, RHP: Branden Kline missed the majority of his first full year in pro baseball with a freak leg injury, but in his last start prior to the injury, he struck out 13 batters in five innings.
Jason Gurka, LHP: Left-handed reliever Jason Gurka pitched to a 2.95 ERA in 39.2 innings for Bowie this season, his third straight season with a sub-3.00 ERA.
Tyler Wilson, RHP: Wilson, a 10th-round pick in the 2011 draft, had a solid season between Frederick and Bowie, finishing the season with a 4.09 ERA and 1.25 WHIP.
Michael Belfiore, LHP: Michael Belfiore could become a solid left-handed arm in the Orioles' bullpen shortly, as he performed well with Triple-A Norfolk in 2013.
Caleb Joseph, C/DH: Caleb Joseph had an extremely good season with Double-A Bowie and even won the Eastern League Home Run Derby. However, the 27-year-old's path to the majors seems a tough one and he may be running out of time.
10. Josh Hart, CF
2013 Stats: .218 AVG, 9 RBI, 14 R, 11 SB, 36 Games (between Rookie League and Short Season-A)
The Orioles selected Josh Hart with the 37th overall pick in the first round of this year's draft.
Hart's a speedy slap hitter and plays an excellent outfield, drawing comparisons to players such as Ben Revere and Denard Span.
The 18-year-old didn't show much offensively in his first taste of pro ball with the GCL Orioles; however, he did steal 11 bases in 14 attempts.
Hart will probably start 2014 with the Orioles' Single-A affiliate, the Delmarva Shorebirds, and won't see the majors anytime soon.
9. Michael Ohlman, C
2013 Stats: .313 AVG, 13 HR, 53 RBI, 61 R, 100 Games (Advanced-A)
He set career highs in nearly every statistic, including average, home runs, RBI, doubles (29) and OPS (.934).
If he can stay out of trouble, Ohlman should start in Double-A come 2014 and could possibly be the Orioles' catcher of the future, especially if Matt Wieters fails to re-sign.
8. Christian Walker, 1B
2013 Stats: .300 AVG, 11 HR, 56 RBI, 51 R, 103 Games (between Single-A, Advanced-A and Double-A)
A former South Carolina Gamecock, Christian Walker's performance in 2013 showed why the Orioles drafted him in the fourth round of the 2012 draft.
Walker earned two promotions in the season, and while he did slow down a bit when he reached Double-A, his season can't be called anything but a success, as it culminated with an appearance in the 2013 Futures Game.
The 22-year-old should begin 2014 in Double-A and has an outside shot of seeing some time in the majors fairly soon.
ETA: Late 2015
7. Tim Berry, LHP
2013 Stats: 27 GS, 11-7, 3.85 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 119/40 K/BB (Advanced-A)
A 50th-round draft pick in 2009, Tim Berry was roughed up a bit in his first few seasons in professional baseball before finally hitting his stride in 2013.
The 22-year-old struggled in May, pitching to a 6.65 ERA and an 0-2 record in five starts. However, other than May, Berry's season was a rousing success as he picked up 11 wins and pitched to a sub-4.00 ERA for the first time since his time in the Rookie Leagues.
Barry has likely done enough to start 2014 in Double-A, and with any luck, could be in the majors in a couple of years.
6. Zachary Davies, RHP
2013 Stats: 26 GS, 7-9, 3.69 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 132/38 K/BB (Advanced-A)
For the second straight season Zach Davies has been impressive.
The 26th-round draft pick from 2011 was one of the Frederick Keys most consistent starters in 2013, as he only allowed over five earned runs once in 26 starts.
Davies should begin the year in the Bowie Baysox rotation, but at only 20 years old, he will likely need a few more years of development before seeing major league action.
5. Mike Wright, RHP
2013 Stats: 27 GS, 11-3, 3.11 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 138/39 K/BB (between Double-A and Triple-A)
Mike Wright was arguably the most impressive pitcher in the Orioles organization in 2013.
Because of his success, not only did he earn a late promotion to Triple-A, but Wright was also named the Orioles Minor League Pitcher of the Year.
If he can continue his success into 2014, the 23-year-old could see the big leagues by next year. However, 2015 may be a more realistic expectation.
4. Jonathan Schoop, 2B
2013 Stats: .256 AVG, 9 HR, 34 RBI, 30 R, 70 Games (Triple-A)
Come next season, the Orioles' second base situation could be an interesting one, especially if they choose not to re-sign Brian Roberts. If that's the case, Jonathan Schoop could be in line for a starting spot.
Schoop is currently part of the Orioles' active roster. However, he is unlikely to see any playing time, other than perhaps as a pinch-hitter or fielding replacement in a blowout game.
The 21-year-old missed a large portion of the season with a back injury, but when healthy, Schoop was impressive and showed promising power, especially for a middle infielder.
3. Hunter Harvey, RHP
2013 Stats: 8 GS, 0-1, 1.78 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 33/6 K/BB (between Rookie League and Short Season-A)
If Hunter Harvey pitches as well in 2014 as he did in 2013, he'll likely be at the top of list next year.
Son of former major league pitcher Bryan Harvey, Hunter was picked with the 22nd overall pick of this year's draft and was very impressive in his 25.1 innings of professional work.
The 18-year-old will likely take his time through the minors, but should start 2014 with Single-A Delmarva.
2. Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP
2013 Stats: 25 GS, 10-7, 3.41 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 125/49 K/BB (between Advanced-A and Double-A)
After dominating with the Advanced-A Frederick Keys, 20-year-old Eduardo Rodriguez was selected to the 2013 Futures Game and also earned a promotion to Double-A.
Rodriguez was roughed up some after his promotion, but soon settled down and only allowed one run over his final four starts.
Unless the Orioles decide to do something shocking, Rodriguez will begin 2014 where he is now, in the Bowie Baysox rotation. While he could see a call-up late in the 2015 season, Rodriguez will likely first see legitimate major league action in 2016.
1. Dylan Bundy, RHP
2013 Stats: None
Dylan Bundy was so incredibly good in 2012 and so highly touted out of high school, even though he missed the entire 2013 season and was forced to undergo Tommy John surgery, he still remains the Orioles' top prospect.
Bundy should return to pitching sometime during the 2014 season. So, unless something unexpected happens, the 20-year-old should be set to return to the majors by 2015.