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Stock Up, Stock Down for Baltimore O's Top 10 Prospects for June 23-29

Alex SnyderContributor IIJuly 4, 2014

Stock Up, Stock Down for Baltimore O's Top 10 Prospects for June 23-29

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    The Baltimore Orioles are pushing for a division crown this season. With the team tied for first place in the AL East, the Orioles are one long winning streak away from running away with the lead in the division.

    While fans hope that the team can get hot and go on a winning tear, it's also possible that the current 25-man roster needs outside help. The summer hot stove season is approaching, but a trade may not be the best way to improve the Orioles.

    The O's farm system isn't the best in the MLB, but it has greatly improved in comparison to past years, and some talent may be ready to help at the big league level. A couple of smart call-ups could propel the team into being alone atop its division.

    O's fans may see some of the following names in Baltimore during the 2014 season. Let's take a look at some of the numbers the minor league guys are putting up.

Tim Berry, Starting Pitcher

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    Last Week's Stats: 6 IP, 6 H, R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K

     

    Left-hander Tim Berry made one start for the Double-A Bowie Baysox last week, and though he took the loss, he registered a quality start in the process. The most promising aspect of Berry's most recent start is his strikeout-to-walk ratio, as he K'd as many batters as innings pitched while allowing only one free pass. If Berry can keep up the good work, he'll have an outside chance at helping the parent club down the stretch this season.

     

    Season Stats: 92 IP, 4-4, 3.91 ERA, 89 H, 44 R, 40 ER, 31 BB, 81 K

     

    Stock For Last Week: Up

Michael Ohlman, Catcher

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    Last Week's Stats: .272 BA, 2 R, 3 2B, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 4 K

     

    Michael Ohlman had a rough start to the season but has been steadily improving over the last month or so. His offensive numbers last week weren't overwhelming, but he was a solid offensive player for Double-A Bowie and his average last week was higher than his season average. The O's would love to see Ohlman continue to improve and become an option at catcher for the MLB team within the next couple of seasons.

     

    Season Stats: .244 BA, 26 R, 16 2B, 2 HR, 23 RBI, 28 BB, 56 K

     

    Stock For Last Week: Slightly Up

Chance Sisco, Catcher

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    Last Week's Stats: .500 BA, 3 R, 2 2B, 0 HR, 6 RBI, 4 BB, 2 K

     

    Chance Sisco is red hot. The young catcher is having a very successful first professional season, as he's setting the world on fire with his bat at Single-A Delmarva. His season .399 OBP shows he has a keen eye for the strike zone, and if he keeps this up, he'll move through the O's system fairly quickly. Sisco is an exciting player to keep an eye on.

     

    Season Stats: .332 BA, 32 R, 17 2B, 3 HR, 35 RBI, 21 BB, 49 K

     

    Stock For Last Week: Up

     

Hunter Harvey, Starting Pitcher

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    Last Week's Stats: 11.1 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 16 K

     

    At the beginning of the month, Hunter Harvey had a pair of rough starts with Single-A Delmarva that raised his season ERA significantly. And by significantly, I mean from below 2.00 to just over 3.00. Occasional struggles are to be expected from a 19-year-old in his first full professional season, and overall, Harvey has been outstanding. His three walks to 16 strikeouts last week is an exceptional ratio, showing that Harvey has the stuff to dominate hitters every time he takes the mound.

     

    Season Stats: 71.2 IP, 5-4, 3.14 ERA, 51 H, 32 R, 25 ER, 29 BB, 85 K

     

    Stock For Last Week: Neutral

Mike Wright, Starting Pitcher

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    Last Week's Stats: 5.1 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 3 K

     

    Mike Wright has had a miserable season at Triple-A Norfolk after winning the Orioles' organizational award for minor league pitcher of the year in 2013. While his one start last week wasn't terrible, it certainly isn't what the team is looking for from a pitcher with potential on a consistent basis. Wright needs to find a way to get back on track, and quickly.

     

    Season Stats: 79.1 IP, 1-7 , 6.47 ERA, 104 H, 63 R, 57 ER, 28 BB, 53 K

     

    Stock For Last Week: Neutral

Henry Urrutia, Outfielder/DH

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    Last Week's Stats: N/A

     

    Left-handed hitter Henry Urrutia hasn't played with Triple-A Norfolk since April 27, missing time due to surgery on a sports hernia. The O's hope that Urrutia can come back strong, and maybe he can be a contributor for the team late in the season.

     

    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: 10.2 IP, 12 H, 4 ER, 5 BB, 7 K

     

    After missing time earlier in the season, lefty Eduardo Rodriguez is another top pitching prospect for the O's who has struggled some this season. Rodriguez made two starts last week for Double-A Bowie, and the two starts were on opposite ends of the spectrum. He allowed one run in seven innings in his first start, then failed to make it through the fourth in his second start while allowing four runs (three earned) and walking four batters. The O's would like to see some consistency from their young left-handed starter.

     

    Season Stats: 57.2 IP, 3-5, 5.15 ERA, 63 H, 35 R, 33 ER, 19 BB, 46 K

     

    Stock For Last Week: Neutral

Jonathan Schoop, Second Baseman

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    Last Week's Stats: .167 BA, 1 R, 0 2B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 BB, 5 K

     

    Young second baseman Jonathan Schoop has had a rough go of it at the plate this season in the majors. But while he's struggled offensively, he has excelled defensively at second base for the Birds, which has kept his presence in the lineup. But while his defense has been strong, Schoop will need to get his bat going in order to stay at the major league level.

     

    Season Stats: .220 BA, 28 R, 10 2B, 6 HR, 21 RBI, 7 BB, 57 K

     

    Stock For Last Week: Down

Dylan Bundy, Starting Pitcher

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    Last Week's Stats: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K

     

    Right-hander Dylan Bundy has made three rehab starts for the Short-Season A Aberdeen Ironbirds, his most recent coming on June 27. He's looked very sharp as he continues to progress from Tommy John surgery, and while he'll likely need a good bit more time before he's 100 percent back, it's not out of the realm of possibility that he is able to help the O's in September.

     

    Season Stats: 15 IP, 0-1, 0.60 ERA, 10 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 22 K

     

    Stock For Last Week: Up

Kevin Gausman, Starting Pitcher

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    Last Week's Stats: 5 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 1 K

     

    After three straight spectacular starts for the O's, Kevin Gausman had a bit of a rough one last Friday in the first game of a double-header against the Tampa Bay Rays. Gausman has made five starts this season for the Birds, and while three of them have been fantastic, two have been a bit rough.

    There is a common theme with those rough starts, though: inconsistent routine in the days leading up to the starts. Whether it be short rest, too much rest or bouncing between the minors and majors, it seems as though Gausman is at his best when he's simply left in the rotation and takes his turn every fifth day. Gausman is slated to start in Boston on Sunday, so hopefully after that point the O's will leave him in the rotation to stay.

     

    Season Stats: 28 IP, 3-2, 3.86 ERA, 27 H, 12 R, 12 ER, 11 BB, 17 K

     

    Stock For Last Week: Neutral

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