Stock Up, Stock Down for Baltimore O's Top 10 Prospects for May 19-25

Alex SnyderContributor IIMay 28, 2014

Stock Up, Stock Down for Baltimore O's Top 10 Prospects for May 19-25

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    While the Baltimore Orioles are fighting for the lead in the tough AL East, the organization's young talent is fighting to improve their game at the minor league level.

    The O's top 10 prospects heading into the 2014 season have had their ups and downs on their current campaign, but there's a long way to go before the season's over. And while some of these guys will remain in the minors all season, regardless of how well they perform, a few are vying for a spot on the big league roster.

    It's been a while since we've analyzed the numbers that the prospects are putting up. Let's take a look at how the O's touted minor leaguers are doing.

    This list of players will be based on the list of top 10 O's prospects that I compiled heading into spring training.

Tim Berry, Starting Pitcher

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    Last Week's Stats: 10 IP, 10H, 7 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 9 K

    Left-hander Tim Berry got off to a good start on the 19th by pitching five innings of one-run ball, but he followed that up with five innings of six-run ball (five earned) on the 25th. However, Berry has been a very solid pitcher so far in 2014, allowing more than four runs just twice in his 10 starts and sporting a .243 BAA. Last week just happened to feature one off start for the young southpaw.

    Season Stats: 56.1 IP, 3-2, 4.15 ERA, 52 H, 29 R, 26 ER, 16 BB, 48 K

    Stock For Last Week: down

Michael Ohlman, Catcher

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    Last Week's Stats: .150 BA, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 3 BB, 5 K

    Michael Ohlman has struggled to put up solid numbers all season. In 140 at-bats, the catcher is batting .207 with just two homers and a measly .309 OBP. This is the first time in his career that Ohlman has played at or above the Double-A level, so he may just need an extended period of time to adjust to the level of play. He'd be wise to improve upon his numbers quickly, though.

    Season Stats: .207 BA, 18 R, 7 2B, 2 HR, 11 RBI, 20 BB, 33 K

    Stock For Last Week: down

Chance Sisco, Catcher

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    Last Week's Stats: .250 BA, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 3 BB, 6 K

    In his first full professional season, Chance Sisco has had better luck. With a strong .342 OBP, Sisco is on his way to developing into a good bat.

    As long as he keeps improving on his game and makes sure his defense is sharp, the O's will keep him on their radar. However, at just 19 years old, Sisco will need a few seasons in the minors to develop his game. He does strike out a bit too much, with 27 in 108 at-bats, but again, he's a young hitter.

    Season Stats: .278 BA, 14 R, 7 2B, 2 HR, 13 RBI, 7 BB, 27 K

    Stock For Last Week: neutral

Hunter Harvey, Starting Pitcher

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    Last Week's Stats: 8.2 IP, 11 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 12 K

    Right-hander Hunter Harvey (pictured, right) has been impressive in his young minor league career. The 2013 first-round draft choice is racking up the K's for the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds and appears to be well on his way to a somewhat quick climb to the big leagues for a high school draftee. The .178 BAA he owns is incredibly impressive.

    Season Stats: 47.2 IP, 2-3, 1.89 ERA, 29 H, 15 R, 10 ER, 18 BB, 57 K

    Stock For Last Week: neutral

Mike Wright, Starting Pitcher

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    Last Week's Stats: 7.1 IP, 13 H, 12 ER, 5 BB, 1 K

    Heading into the 2014 season, Mike Wright appeared to be one of the closest pitching prospects to helping the big league club. After a dreadful start to the season, it seems as though Wright will need more time in the minors than was initially expected.

    Opponents are hitting off of him at a .290 mark in his nine starts. Last week was awesome for Wright, as he made two starts and allowed more runs to score than innings pitched.

    Season Stats: 45.2 IP, 1-2 , 5.32 ERA, 53 H, 31 R, 27 ER, 15 BB, 31 K

    Stock For Last Week: down

Henry Urrutia, Outfielder/DH

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    Last Week's Stats: N/A

    Henry Urrutia hasn't played in a game since April 27, and on May 9 it was reported that he was going to have sports-hernia surgery and would miss six to eight weeks. That's unfortunate for both Urrutia and the O's, as the team was hoping that he would be able to provide his left-handed bat later in the summer.

    Season Stats: .220 BA, 4 R, 6 2B, 0 HR, 7 RBI, 4 BB, 23 K

    Stock For Last Week: n/a

Eduardo Rodriguez, Starting Pitcher

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

    Left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez missed some time due to a knee injury and made his first start in over a month on May 22. Struggling in his first three starts of the season, Rodriguez came back from injury with a strong start. Hopefully that's a sign of good things to come for the young pitcher, as the talent is there and he's had success in the past.

    Season Stats: 21 IP, 1-2, 5.57 ERA, 21 H, 14 R, 13 ER, 7 BB, 14 K

    Stock For Last Week: up

Jonathan Schoop, Second Baseman

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    Last Week's Stats: .182 BA, 1 R, 0 2B, 0 HR, 1 RBI, BB, K

    The 2014 season has been a bit of a roller-coaster for Jonathan Schoop, as he'll have a great week one week followed by a week of struggles. Last week was one of those struggling weeks, but the O's aren't ready to give up on him and send him back down to the minors yet.

    Schoop is working to justify the team's faith in him. He had his first career two-homer game on Monday at Milwaukee. With consistent playing time, Schoop will find himself in the bigs.

    Season Stats: .228 BA, 17 R, 7 2B, 5 HR, 17 RBI, 4 BB, 38 K

    Stock For Last Week: down

Dylan Bundy, Starting Pitcher

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    Last Week's Stats: n/a

    Highly touted prospect Dylan Bundy is still recovering from Tommy John surgery. The right-hander is progressing nicely, as he's been making starts at extended spring training. The team won't rush him back, but so far, so good for the former first-round pick.

    Don't expect to see Bundy in Baltimore at all this season, as he'll likely need all of his time this year to resume his recovery and progression at the minor league level. He could be starting for the O's sometime in the middle of 2015, perhaps.

    Season Stats: n/a

    Stock For Last Week: n/a

Kevin Gausman, Starting Pitcher

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    Last Week's Stats: 11.1 IP, 10 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 9 K

    Outside of a pair of suspect starts, Kevin Gausman has been lights-out at Triple-A Norfolk this year. His .237 BAA is solid, and he's got just two fewer K's than innings pitched on the season.

    Gausman struggled in his only start in Baltimore in 2014 (four innings, five runs), but in his defense he was pitching on short rest against the Detroit Tigers.

    If he keeps pitching at Triple-A as he has been, he'll be back in the bigs before long and will hopefully provide a big boost for the starting rotation. We all know that it needs it.

    Season Stats: 37.1 IP, 1-2, 2.41 ERA, 33 H, 11 R, 10 ER, 15 BB, 35 K

    Stock For Last Week: up