Stock Up, Stock Down for Baltimore Orioles' Top 10 Prospects for Week 5
We're now more than a month into the major league season and despite their struggles, the Baltimore Orioles currently hold a 15-14 record and are tied with the New York Yankees for first place in the AL East.
The O's are in the bottom half of the AL in both starting pitching ERA and runs scored. Something needs to change soon for the ballclub to remain in contention, and that might consist of calling up one of their prized prospects from the minors.
Here's a closer look at each of the organization's top 10 prospects and whether their stock increased, decreased, or stayed the same based on their performance over the past week.
I will use my previous list of prospects compiled earlier in the season for this particular segment.
C Chance Sisco
Last Week's Stats: .000 BA, 0 R, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K
Chance Sisco's latest appearance at Single-A Delmarva actually occurred two weeks ago and consisted of an 0-for-3 day in which he struck out in all three at-bats.
One poor game isn't enough to diminish Sisco's stock at the moment, considering the talented catcher had a 4-for-5 day at the plate just three days prior.
2014 Season Stats: .245 BA, 6 R, 3 2B, 0 HR, 5 RBI, 3 BB, 17 K
C Michael Ohlman
Last Week's Stats: .000 BA, 0 R, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 4 BB, 3 K
Over the course of a four-game stretch at Double-A Bowie, Michael Ohlman went hitless. But he did manage to draw four walks over 13 at-bats, providing a respectable on-base percentage of .308 on the week.
The righty is currently batting under .200 on the year. He will look to put his woeful April behind him and focus on raising his average to a respectable number as we delve into the second month.
2014 Season Stats: .169 BA, 8 R, 3 2B, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 14 BB, 20 K
RHP Mike Wright
Last Week's Stats: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
In Mike Wright's latest start last Thursday at Triple-A Norfolk, he put up a solid stat line, giving up five hits through five and two-thirds innings, fanning three opposing batters and allowing only two earned runs.
Wright has only one start this season in which he has gotten past the sixth inning. Even though the righty starter sports an impressive ERA of 2.86, he will need to pitch deeper into games to justify a late-season call-up.
2014 Season Stats: 28.1 IP, 0-0. 2.86 ERA, 28 H, 9 ER, 8 BB, 22 K
OF Henry Urrutia
Last Week's Stats: .000 BA, 0 R, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
Henry Urrutia is the third prospect on this list to go hitless in the past week. The lefty outfielder struck out in half of his plate appearances but drew a walk.
Urrutia's numbers this year at Triple-A Norfolk will not persuade the Orioles to give him a ring anytime soon. Last year, the slap-hitting outfielder tore it up across two minor league levels, hitting .336 to earn a 24-game stint with the major league club toward the end of the season.
This season, Urrutia has struck out in nearly a third of his plate appearances and is generating hardly any power, evidenced by his well below-average .292 slugging percentage.
2014 Season Stats: .220 BA, 4 R, 6 2B, 0 HR, 7 RBI, 4 BB, 23 K
LHP Tim Berry
Last Week's Stats: 6 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
In last week's start at Double-A Bowie, left-handed starter Tim Berry got roughed up, surrendering four earned runs over six innings.
Berry also gave up his second-highest hit total of the season with seven, but showed good command with his arsenal of pitches, striking out five batters while only walking one.
If Berry can get back to his previous form, in which he gave up only three earned runs over 24 innings, the Orioles would likely find a spot for him later in the season, whether it be in the rotation or the bullpen.
2014 Season Stats: 34 IP, 1-1, 4.24 ERA, 33 H, 16 ER, 8 BB, 27 K
2B Jonathan Schoop
Last Week's Stats: .167 BA, 0 R, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
Batting at the bottom of the Orioles lineup, second baseman Jonathan Schoop has been scuffling as of late. The young stud who lit up spring training and impressed fans earlier in the season with his bat, had only two hits through 15 plate appearances.
Although Schoop had a poor batting average, he did manage to get on base at a .333 clip.
Schoop certainly struggled in his first full month against major league pitching. But even if he manages to only raise his batting average and on-base percentages slightly, he can still provide quality value as an end-of-the-order hitter.
2014 Season Stats: .231 BA, 9 R, 7 2B, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 2 BB, 28 K
RHP Hunter Harvey
Last Week's Stats: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
Hunter Harvey, the Baltimore Orioles' 19-year-old right-handed-pitching phenom, had a solid outing against the New York Yankees' Single-A affiliate Charleston RiverDogs yesterday.
Harvey gave up four runs, none earned, and just four hits through six innings pitched. He also struck out six RiverDogs while offering only one free pass.
Look for Harvey to continue to light it up at Single-A Delmarva and earn a promotion to High-A Frederick very soon.
2014 Season Stats: 32 IP, 1-2, 1.69 ERA, 18 H, 6 ER, 14 BB, 35 K
LHP Eduardo Rodriguez
Last Week's Stats: 6 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
Eduardo Rodriguez, the organization's top left-handed pitching prospect, is off to a terrible start for 2014, and his latest outing at Double-A Bowie hasn't deviated from it.
The Detroit Tigers' Double-A affiliate Erie SeaWolves gave Rodriguez fits, scoring four runs off six hits through six innings.
Rodriguez has now given up exactly four earned runs in each of his three starts this season. With opposing batters hitting .292, it is clear the lefty isn't fooling anybody.
2014 Season Stats: 26 IP, 1-2, 6.75 ERA, 19 H, 12 ER, 5 BB, 12 K
RHP Kevin Gausman
Last Week's Stats: 4.2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
Kevin Gausman was solid in his latest outing against the Cleveland Indians' Triple-A affiliate Columbus Clippers. Even though he pitched just four and two-thirds innings, Gausman struck out five batters, gave up three hits and walked just one.
Nothing out of the ordinary for Gausman, as he has been dominating at Triple-A Norfolk throughout April, pitching scoreless ball in three of his five starts.
The Baltimore Orioles are limiting Gausman's workload, which hints that they want to save valuable innings for later in the summer when they will need a pitcher of his caliber for a playoff push.
2014 Season Stats: 21.1 IP, 0-1, 2.53 ERA, 21 H, 6 ER, 11 BB, 20 K
RHP Dylan Bundy
Last Week's Stats: N/A
The prized jewel of the organization, right-handed starter Dylan Bundy, is still recovering from Tommy John surgery. He went under the knife in July of last season.
He is right on track rehab-wise and will continue to build up strength in preparation for extended spring training games by the middle of June.
If all goes well and Bundy can showcase his superb repertoire from 2012, a possible late-season call-up is not out of the question for this workhorse.
2014 Season Stats: N/A