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Stock Up, Stock Down for Baltimore O's Top 10 Prospects for Week 2

Alex SnyderContributor IIApril 17, 2014

Stock Up, Stock Down for Baltimore O's Top 10 Prospects for Week 2

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    GAIL BURTON

    The Baltimore Orioles have had a bit of a slow start to the 2014 season. The pitching and the offense are both struggling, and while the Birds sit on a .500 record, the team knows it could be, and should be, doing better.

    However, some minor league players are off to good starts, adding promise to an organization that decided to go all-in this season.

    I'm going to take a look at the O's top 10 prospects going into the 2014 season and analyze whether their stocks have gone up or down based on their starts to the season.

    For reference, I will be using the list of the Oriole's top 10 prospects I assembled prior to spring training.

Tim Berry, Starting Pitcher

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    Patrick Semansky

    Last Week's Stats: 5 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

    Tim Berry has seen his stock rise over the last three seasons. The most drastic improvement came between 2012 and 2013, as the lefty lowered his ERA from 5.04 in 2012 to 3.85 last season.

    Berry isn't incredibly interesting to watch, as he doesn't strike out a ton of guys and allows some hits. But by trusting his defense, he finds ways to consistently get batters out by pitching to contact with superb ability to locate his pitches.

    It'll be a while before the lefty is ready for the big leagues, of course, but he's certainly an interesting prospect and one worth keeping an eye on.

    2014 Season Stats: 12 IP, 0-0, 0.75 ERA, 9 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 12 K

    Stock For Last Week: Up

Michael Ohlman, Catcher

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    Gene J. Puskar

    Last Week's Stats: .148 BA, 2 R, 1 2B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 3 BB, 4 K

    Catcher Michael Ohlman has steadily risen on the O's prospects list since he was drafted in the 11th round of the 2009 amateur draft.

    A solid defensive catcher, Ohlman has been improving offensively, and the organization is taking notice. Ohlman is starting the season at Double-A, his first time playing at a level that high.

    Last week wasn't too kind to the young catcher, but it takes time for some players to adjust to a higher level of play. Ohlman will likely be perfectly fine once he gets used to the level of competition. His season stats could be better, but they certainly don't scream that he's being overmatched.

    Season Stats: .250 BA, 4 R, 2 2B, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 6 BB, 7 K

    Stock For Last Week: Down

Chance Sisco, Catcher

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    Patrick Semansky

    Last Week's Stats: .235 BA, 1 R, 1 2B, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K

    Another exciting young catching prospect for the Birds, Chance Sisco is at the start of his second season of professional baseball and his first full season.

    Sisco was drafted in the second round of last year's June draft, and the O's are hoping the young catcher can help add strength and depth to their organization. If last season's .363 batting average is any indication, the O's made a wise selection in Sisco.

    Like Ohlman, Sisco is facing a new level of competition this season, so he's getting off to a bit of a tough start as he adjusts to stronger competition. There shouldn't be any reason to worry about him, though, as struggling is part of development.

    Season Stats: .250 BA, 4 R, 3 2B, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 3 BB, 7 K

    Stock For Last Week: Down

Hunter Harvey, Starting Pitcher

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    Patrick Semansky

    Last Week's Stats: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K

    Right-handed pitcher Hunter Harvey was also taken in last season's June draft, but he was the O's first-round draft choice, going 22nd overall.

    Harvey got his career off to a hot start last season, pitching to a 1.78 ERA in eight starts with 25.1 innings pitched. Most notably, he walked just six guys while striking out a whopping 33 batters.

    This year, Harvey has again started the season well and is certainly making people in the organization, as well as fans, very excited about his development and potential.

    Season Stats: 11 IP, 1-0, 1.64 ERA, 7 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 11 K

    Stock For Last Week: Up

Mike Wright, Starting Pitcher

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    USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week's Stats: 10 IP, 11 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 8 K

    Finally, a player who is much closer to reaching the big leagues.

    Mike Wright has been progressing very steadily over the course of the last three seasons, and the right-hander appears poised to make his way to Baltimore later this season.

    Wright was named the Orioles' Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2013 after a season that saw him pitch to a 3.11 ERA over 150.1 innings. He went 11-3 in 27 starts last season, making all but one start at Double-A. His final start came at Triple-A and was a strong outing that resulted in a no-decision.

    Wright is definitely a player O's fans should keep an eye on, as he may make an appearance for the club later in the season. He could potentially provide a boost to the team down the stretch.

    Season Stats: 10 IP, 0-0, 1.80 ERA 11 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 8 K

    Stock For Last Week: Up

Henry Urrutia, Outfielder/ DH

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    Carlos Osorio

    Last Week's Stats: .357 BA, 1 R, 3 2B, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 0 BB, 3 K

    Lefty hitter Henry Urrutia might not have started the season off the way he wanted to, but he certainly isn't doing too shabby of a job.

    His four doubles on the season in 32 at-bats are good, but his average and OBP aren't exactly where the team would like to see them.

    Though he tallied up some hits last week, Urrutia's average on the season is a bit low at .250. One has to believe Urrutia will bring it up as the season goes on.

    Expect to see Urrutia in Baltimore sometime this season.

    Season Stats: .250 BA, 2 R, 4 2B, 0 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 7 K

    Stock For Last Week: Up

Eduardo Rodriguez, Starting Pitcher

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    Gene J. Puskar

    Last Week's Stats: 5 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

    In his first three starts on the season, left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez hasn't found the results he would have liked.

    With an ERA of 6.75 on the young season, Rodriguez is clearly struggling as he adjusts to pitching at the Double-A level.

    Rodriguez did spend some time there at the end of last season, throwing 59.2 innings. He struggled during that time as well, though it was nothing like this.

    The young lefty has historically needed time to adjust upon reaching a higher level of competition in the organization. Taking a look at his stats over the course of his career proves that.

    For now, there's nothing to worry about with the pitcher. It's just a little bump in the road of development.

    Season Stats: 16 IP, 1-2, 6.75 ERA, 19 H, 13 R, 12 ER, 5 BB, 12 K

    Stock For Last Week: Down

Jonathan Schoop, Second Baseman

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    Patrick Semansky

    Last Week's Stats: .348 BA, 3 R, 4 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 0 BB, 6 K

    The only player on this list to appear in an O's uniform this season, Jonathan Schoop forced his way onto the Opening Day roster with a strong spring.

    Schoop is certainly taking his lumps early in the season (committing two errors that allowed the deciding runs to score in last Friday's game and not yet walking at the plate), but he's provided solid defense (out of position at third base, most of the time) and a decent bat at the bottom of the order (.244 batting average on the year).

    If the O's stick with the young player, he may be able to grow into a real difference-maker this season. It'll be easier for him once Manny Machado returns from injury and Schoop can go back to playing second base regularly.

    Season Stats: .244 BA, 3 R, 4 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 0 BB, 13 K

    Stock For Last Week: Up

Dylan Bundy, Starting Pitcher

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    Steven Senne

    Last Week's Stats: N/A

    O's prospect Dylan Bundy is still recovering from the Tommy John surgery he underwent last season.

    There's not much to report in terms of how Bundy is progressing in his rehab, and no news is good news in this case. Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com recently reported that Bundy has been throwing his fastball and changeup and plans to start throwing his breaking ball later this week.

    It's not likely that Orioles fans will see Bundy pitching at Camden Yards this season. The young right-hander will need some time to develop in the minors once he returns to action.

    Season Stats: N/A

    Stock For Last Week: N/A

Kevin Gausman, Starting Pitcher

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    Carlos Osorio

    Last Week's Stats: 4 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K

    After an impressive spring in which he pitched to an ERA of 2.45 in 11 innings, Kevin Gausman hasn't dominated quite as much at Triple-A Norfolk.

    It is early in the season, so Gausman may just need some time to get his bearings. But while the righty hasn't necessarily struggled, he hasn't exactly impressed either.

    In his defense, he was scratched from a start earlier this season in order to join the O's in Detroit in the case of a rainout and a subsequent doubleheader. That situation could have thrown him off a bit to start the season.

    Gausman will likely be called up at some point this season. It's just a matter of when and how the team will use him.

    Season Stats: 11.2 IP, 0-1, 4.63 ERA, 14 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 8 BB, 11 K

    Stock For Last Week: Down

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