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Stock Up, Stock Down for Baltimore Orioles' Top 10 Prospects for Week 7

Mark CoverContributor IIMay 23, 2014

Stock Up, Stock Down for Baltimore Orioles' Top 10 Prospects for Week 7

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    The Baltimore Orioles (23-22) have finally come to a skid in the road on their path to securing a division title and a postseason berth.

    As was to be expected, the Orioles' weaknesses of an underperforming offense and an unreliable starting rotation are finally catching up to them, as they are 3-7 over their last 10 games played, which included a three-game sweep at the hands of the visiting Detroit Tigers early last week.

    The offense will eventually come around to playing up to their potential as every piece of their optimal lineup is currently healthy, with the lone exception being Matt Wieters, who is currently still on the DL with a right elbow strain and won't be activated even when he becomes eligible on May 26. Manny Machado could possibly be back on the DL as well, as he left last night's contest with right groin stiffness.

    However, the Orioles still have holes to patch up in the pitching department and they could call upon one of their top prospects in Kevin Gausman again or bring up any of the other pitching prospects to improve upon a bullpen that ranks 14th in the majors.

    It's been a mix of performances for the Orioles' top 10 prospects in Week 7, which includes a recent draftee's bat heating up and a few highly rated right-handers leaving the mound early with high run totals.

     

    Prospect rankings according to BaseballAmerica.com.

    Stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com.

No. 10 Prospect: C Chance Sisco, Single-A Delmarva

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    2014 Stats

    25 G, .269/.310/.366, 6 2B, 1 HR, 10 RBI, 11 R

     

    Overview

    Chance Sisco has been on a tear lately, compiling an average last week north of .350 and an OBP of .400 on the dot.

    Sisco is currently on a 10-game hitting streak and has two multi-hit games during the streak. The 19-year-old lefty hit his first homer of the season last Saturday, which hopefully relieves some pressure for the youngster.

    If he hopes to make the jump to High-A Frederick sometime this season, Sisco will need to keep the power coming while maintaining an average that lies somewhere in the middle of his season average and the one he provided over the past week.

     

    Last Week's Stats

    5 G, .353/.400/.588, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 R

     

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No. 9 Prospect: C Michael Ohlman, Double-A Bowie

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    2014 Stats

    37 G, .194/.297/.271, 7 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 14 R

     

    Overview 

    Unlike fellow backstop Sisco, Michael Ohlman had quite a dismal week for himself, producing a meager .150 in batting average, getting on base at a .190 clip and slugging for just .200.

    It looked as if Ohlman was finally figuring things out at the plate, as he had at least one hit in eight straight games prior to Wednesday's 0-for-4 performance.

    Ohlman's power numbers are an area of concern, but he'll need to first focus on making consistent contact and improve upon his plate discipline, as he has struck out in nearly a fourth of his at-bats (30 Ks in 129 at-bats).

     

    Last Week's Stats

    5 G, .150/.190/.200, 1 2B, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R

     

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No. 8 Prospect: RHP Mike Wright, Triple-A Norfolk

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    2014 Stats

    9 GS, 1-2, 5.32 ERA, 15 BB, 31 K, 45.2 IP

     

    Overview

    It was a start to forget for Wright, who served up six hits that accounted for five earned runs over three and a third innings pitched in his latest outing.

    Wright issued three free passes on the night, struck out just one out batter and allowed far too many men to reach base, posting up a 2.70 WHIP.

     

    Last Week's Stats

    1 GS, 0-0, 13.50 ERA, 3 BB, 1 K, 3.1 IP

     

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No. 7 Prospect: OF Henry Urrutia, Triple-A Norfolk

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    2014 Stats

    20 G, .220/.250/.293, 6 2B, 0 HR, 7 RBI, 4 R

     

    Overview

    A bad start to the season got worse for Henry Urrutia, as the 27-year-old outfielder was diagnosed with a sports hernia prior to last week and underwent surgery last Tuesday.

    The Orioles expect Urrutia to miss 6-8 weeks as he recovers from surgery.

    Hopefully all goes well in regards to Urrutia's recovery, as he will desperately need to get back on the diamond as soon as possible to finish up the season on a positive note.

     

    Last Week's Stats

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No. 6 Prospect LHP Tim Berry, Double-A Bowie

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    2014 Stats

    9 GS, 3-1, 3.68 ERA, 14 BB, 45 K, 51.1 IP

     

    Overview

    Left-handed starter Tim Berry was spot on Monday, striking out six hitters over five innings pitched while walking two and giving up just three hits.

    Berry has had several incredible starts on the season, giving up no more than one earned run in six of his nine starts so far.

    Berry is establishing solid numbers across the board at the Double-A level and a call-up to Triple-A Norfolk seems to be in the foreseeable future.

     

    Last Week's Stats

    1 GS, 1-0, 1.80 ERA, 2 BB, 6 K, 5 IP

     

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No. 5 Prospect: 2B Jonathan Schoop, Baltimore Orioles

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    2014 Stats

    38 G, .221/.266/.344, 7 2B, 3 HR, 14 RBI, 15 R

     

    Overview

    Jonathan Schoop continues to struggle against major league pitching and it seems as if opposing pitchers have figured him out in the limited amount of time he has been with the big league club. He now holds a .192 batting average in the month of May, nearly 50 points less than his .241 April average.

    In the past seven days, Schoop has just three hits in 17 plate appearances, none for extra bases.

    The knock on Schoop early on was his unreliable defense, but now that his offensive production is virtually nonexistent, a demotion to Triple-A Norfolk and regular at-bats will help him in the long run.

     

    Last Week's Stats

    5 G, .200/.250/.200, 0 2B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 3 R

     

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No. 4 Prospect: RHP Hunter Harvey, Single-A Delmarva

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    2014 Stats

    8 GS, 2-3, 1.85 ERA, 17 BB, 50 K, 43.2 IP

     

    Overview

    Stud 19-year-old right-hander Hunter Harvey had one of his worst starts of the season on Sunday, lasting only 4.2 innings, while giving up three earned runs on seven hits.

    Despite the rough outing, this is only the third start in which Harvey has surrendered any earned runs at all and only one of two starts in which he has allowed more than two earned runs.

    Harvey will continue to work on his repertoire and build up strength in order to mature into the type of ace-caliber pitcher the Orioles projected him to be when they selected him with the 22nd overall pick in the 2013 MLB draft.

     

    Last Week's Stats

    1 GS, 0-1, 5.79 ERA, 2 BB, 5 K, 4.2 IP

     

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No. 3 Prospect: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez, Double-A Bowie

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    2014 Stats

    3 GS, 1-2, 6.75 ERA, 5 BB, 12 SO, 16 IP

     

    Overview

    Eduardo Rodriguez, the organization's highest rated left-handed pitching prospect, is currently progressing from a sprained knee which occurred between his starts while weightlifting on April 17.

    Orioles director of player development Brian Graham gave an update on Rodriguez in an interview with MASNSports.com's Steve Melewski:

    He's doing well. He's throwing and his knee is doing very well. It's just a matter of taking the time to make sure it's 100 percent.

    He's going to have a throwing progression prior to coming back to Bowie. He'll face live hitters at some point. He's doing well. It's not nearly as bad as we first anticipated.

    Once Rodriguez comes of the DL and progresses through his throwing program, he'll look to address his gaudy numbers this year and prove why he's considered one of the organization's most prized pieces.

     

    Last Week's Stats

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No. 2 Prospect: RHP Kevin Gausman, Triple-A Norfolk

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    2014 Stats

    8 GS, 0-3, 3.86 ERA, 17 BB, 34 K, 35 IP

     

    Overview

    In Kevin Gausman's first start since being sent down after a poor outing at the major league level against the Detroit Tigers, the righty received similar results, giving up six hits and four earned runs over five innings pitched on the night.

    Perhaps Gausman is still mulling over the poor results he produced in a spot start with the Orioles last week, but his stuff is good enough to dominate hitters at the Triple-A level.

    The Orioles will be giving Gausman another ring later this season, and in the meantime, he will continue to build up confidence and bide his time in preparation of being a key contributor to Baltimore's postseason run.

     

    Last Week's Stats

    1 GS, 0-1, 7.20 ERA, 1 BB, 6 K, 5 IP

     

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No. 1 Prospect: RHP Dylan Bundy, Double-A Bowie

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    2014 Stats

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    Overview

    The Orioles' top overall prospect, Dylan Bundy, is progressing as scheduled in his recovery from last year's Tommy John surgery.

    According to The Baltimore Sun's Dan Connolly, Bundy pitched one inning in an extended spring training game on Tuesday against players of the Minnesota Twins organization. Bundy threw 18 pitches, serving up two home runs. His fastball sat around 90 to 92 mph.

    Bundy is scheduled to pitch again on Saturday, where his workload will be increased up to 30 pitches or two innings.

     

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