Stock Up, Stock Down for Baltimore Orioles' Top 10 Prospects for Week 9

Kendall BakerContributor IIIJune 6, 2014

Stock Up, Stock Down for Baltimore Orioles' Top 10 Prospects for Week 9

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    With the Baltimore Orioles finally contending in the American League East on an annual basis, fans have turned their attention away from the farm system and the future and toward Camden Yards and the present.

    This is good.

    However, let's not forget about the young talent that could soon be joining Adam Jones, Nelson Cruz and the rest of the O's in Baltimore.

    Here are the Orioles' top 10 prospects and how they have fared recently.

No. 10: 1B Christian Walker, Bowie Baysox (Double-A)

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    2014 Stats

    .314/.375/.559 9 2B, 15 HR, 50 RBI, 38 R

     

    Overview

    Christian Walker, a University of South Carolina product who was the Orioles' fourth-round pick in the 2012 MLB draft, is arguably the best power hitter in the O's farm system. 

    Though his batting average has dipped slightly as of late, as long as he continues to hit home runs, his stock won't drop too much.

     

    Last 10 Games

    .250/.325/.556 2 2B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 5 R

     

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No. 9: C Chance Sisco, Delmarva Shorebirds (Class A)

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    2014 Stats

    .288/.352/.390 9 2B, 2 HR, 17 RBI, 17 R

     

    Overview

    Chance Sisco is a young kid (19), so the fact that he's ranked among the top 10 prospects in the organization is a testament to his sheer talent and ability. 

    He also appears to be improving at the plate as of late, batting .316 in his last 10 games with three three-hit performances.

     

    Last 10 Games

    .316/.381/.368 2 2B, 0 HR, 4 RBI, 3 R

     

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No. 8: OF Francisco Peguero, Norfolk Tides (Triple-A)

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    2014 Stats

    (In 18 games for Norfolk) .363/.402/.438, 6 2B, 0 HR, 14 RBI, 20 R

     

    Overview

    With two right-handed-hitting outfielders already on the major league roster as reserves (Delmon Young and Steve Pearce), the O's don't have room for Francisco Peguero. 

    However, if he keeps hitting like he has been lately, they're going to have to make a decision, as he has no remaining minor league options.

     

    Last 10 Games

    .419/.458/.535 5 2B, 0 HR, 9 RBI, 15 R

     

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No. 7: C Michael Ohlman, Bowie Baysox (Double-A)

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    2014 Stats

    .225/.324/.325 8 2B, 2 HR, 14 RBI, 20 R

     

    Overview

    Michael Ohlman has been hitting the ball very well as of late. Obviously, the power numbers aren't there, but that isn't really a concern.

    What is a concern, though, is his number of strikeouts. Though his average has improved, Ohlman is still striking out in nearly a quarter of his at-bats, with 38 K's in 160 at-bats on the year and eight K's in his last 34.

     

    Last 10 Games

    .324/.415/.500 1 2B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 7 R

     

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No. 6: OF Josh Hart, Delmarva Shorebirds (Class A)

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    2014 Stats

    .266/.301/.273 15 RBI, 10 R, 6 SB

     

    Overview

    Josh Hart (37th overall pick in 2013 draft) is an outstanding athlete who possesses tremendous speed, making him a threat on the basepaths and allowing him to cover a ton of ground in the outfield.

    Unfortunately, he still has a long way to go at the plate.

    But with a smooth swing that is geared toward hitting line drives into gaps, he could easily develop into a leadoff-type hitter for Baltimore.

     

    Last 10 Games

    N/A (disabled list)

     

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No. 5: RHP Mike Wright, Norfolk Tides (Triple-A)

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    2014 Stats

    10 GS, 5.61 ERA, 33 K, 18 BB, 51.1 IP

     

    Overview

    Mike Wright is struggling.

    Big time.

    Hopefully the 6'6" righty can get it turned around soon. He's a potential late-season call-up if the Orioles are in need of some bullpen help.

     

    Last 10 Games

    May 22: 3.1 IP, 5 ER, 1 K, 3 BB

    May 27: 5.2 IP, 5 ER, 2 K, 3 BB

     

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No. 4: LHP Tim Berry, Bowie Baysox (Double-A)

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    2014 Stats

    11 GS, 4.12 ERA, 53 K, 16 BB, 63.1 IP

     

    Overview

    After a breakout year last season that culminated in him making the 40-man roster this season, Tim Berry has continued his solid performance in 2014. Though his statistics don't jump off the page, outside of a few poor starts, he's actually been quite impressive. In his last 10 starts, he's given up one earned run or fewer in half of them.

    However, his last two starts have been poor enough to warrant a "stock down" decision here. He needs to be more consistent.

     

    Last Two Starts

    May 25: 5 IP, 5 ER, 3 K, 2 BB

    May 31: 7.0 IP, 3 ER, 5 K, 0 BB

     

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No. 3: RHP Hunter Harvey, Delmarva Shorebird (Class A)

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    2014 Stats

    11 GS, 2.31 ERA, 67 K, 22 BB, 58.1 IP

     

    Overview

    Despite a poor showing in his last start, there is no doubt that Hunter Harvey has top-of-the-rotation stuff. His May 12 start, in which he went seven strong innings, allowed just one hit and struck out 11 batters, is evidence of this.

    As long as he continues to build up strength, it looks like the young 19-year-old is well on his way to maturing into the pitcher the Orioles believed he could be when they selected him 22nd overall in the 2013 MLB draft.

     

    Last Two Starts

    May 30: 6 IP, 0 ER, 7 K, 2 BB

    June 4: 4.2 IP, 5 ER, 3 K, 2 BB

     

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No. 2: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez, Bowie Baysox (Double-A)

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    2014 Stats

    6 GS, 6.07 ERA, 23 K, 10 BB, 29.2 IP

     

    Overview

    Though the sample size is fairly small, Eduardo Rodriguez has not performed as well in 2014 as many in the organization expected him to. Some might point to the knee injury he suffered in April as the reason for his troubles, but even before twisting his knee, he had given up four earned runs in three straight starts.

    After returning to the mound, Rodriguez looked great in two starts (combined two earned runs in 10-plus innings pitched) before imploding in his most recent appearance.

    The rest of the season will be very telling for him and his stock heading into 2015.

     

    Last Two Starts

    May 28: 5.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 5K, 2B

    June 3: 3.0 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 4K, 1BB

     

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No. 1: RHP Dylan Bundy, Aberdeen IronBirds (Class a Short-Season)

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    2014 Stats

    N/A

     

    Overview

    According to MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli, Bundy is set to make his first start of the season June 15 for Class A Short-Season Aberdeen.

    For Orioles fans, this is exciting news, as it appears Bundy—who entered last season as baseball's No. 2 overall prospect—is progressing as expected in his recovery from Tommy John surgery.

    Can't wait to have this kid back.

     

    Last 10 Games

    N/A

     

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