Stock Up, Stock Down for the Baltimore Orioles' Top-10 Prospects for Week 14
After playing a doubleheader on Saturday and a 12-inning contest against the rival Boston Red Sox, the Orioles could look to the farm for some bullpen help to finish out the stretch before the All-Star break.
In fact, they already addressed the issue on Monday, optioning Kevin Gausman once again and calling up reliever Julio DePaula from Double-A Bowie.
Should DePaula struggle, the O's might swap him out for another minor league arm until the bullpen arms are fully recovered from this past weekend's marathon.
Here are the top 10 prospects and options the Orioles could call upon as reinforcements to the bullpen. In general, these prospects could get a call if a freak injury were to occur.
No. 10 Prospect: Stephen Tarpley, LHP, Short-Season-A Aberdeen
2014 Stats: 3 GS, 0-1, 7.98 ERA, 6 BB, 15 K, 14.2 IP
Overview: In his latest appearance on Wednesday, Orioles' left-handed pitching prospect Stephen Tarpley was torched to the tune of five earned runs over 2.1 innings pitched. The only positive to take from Tarpley's relief appearance was his strikeout total of four over seven of his outs recorded.
Last Week's Stats: 1 G, 0-1, 19.29 ERA, 2 BB, 4 K, 2.1 IP
No. 9 Prospect: Adrian Marin, SS, High-A Frederick
2014 Stats: 71 G, .236/.264/.342, 20 2B, 2 HR, 27 RBI, 22 R
Overview: It seemed as if Adrian Marin was finally getting things going after two multihit performances on the Fourth of July and Saturday, but he followed that up with a three strikeout performance on Sunday to go 0-for-4 and went 0-for-4 again Monday night. He will need to improve his plate discipline if he hopes to have better consistency in his at-bats.
Last Week's Stats: 5 G, .263/.333/.421, 3 2B, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R
No. 8 Prospect: Chance Sisco, C, Single-A Delmarva
2014 Stats: 66 G, .343/.409/.469, 17 2B, 4 HR, 39 RBI, 38 R
Overview: It's hard to improve one's stock much if you're already getting a hit in one-third of your at-bats, but that is what Chance Sisco has done in the past seven days. In his last six games, he is hitting for a killer average of .400 and is slugging for a remarkable .600 percentage. Sisco has dominated the competition at Single-A, so a promotion to High-A Frederick should be coming soon.
Last Week's Stats: 6 G, .400/.444/.600, 0 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 8 R
No. 7 Prospect: Michael Ohlman, C, Double-A Bowie
2014 Stats: 72 G, .239/.314/.336, 17 2B, 2 HR, 23 RBI, 26 R
Overview: Michael Ohlman has struggled to get in a groove all season long at the Double-A level and has shown no signs of improvement over the past week. Although he did pick up two extra-base hits, his last five games have been plagued by a sub-.200 on-base percentage.
Last Week's Stats: 5 G, .190/.190/.286, 2 2B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 R
No. 6 Prospect: Tim Berry, LHP, Double-A Bowie
2014 Stats: 17 GS, 4-5, 4.04 ERA, 32 BB, 85 K, 98 IP
Overview: In his last two starts, Orioles' left-handed pitching prospect Tim Berry had mixed results. In his earlier start on the first of the month, he only lasted five innings but was solid, striking out six batters and giving up just one earned run via the long ball. In his latest start on Sunday, he managed to go for an inning longer but surrendered four earned runs instead.
Berry has had mixed results like this all year and has only logged seven innings pitched in three starts. He'll need to pitch deeper into games and limit homers to improve going forward.
Last Week's Stats: 2 GS, 0-1, 4.09 ERA, 3 BB, 10 K, 11 IP
No. 5 Prospect: Mike Wright, RHP, Triple-A Norfolk
2014 Stats: 17 GS, 1-8, 6.22 ERA, 29 BB, 61 K, 85.1 IP
Overview: In his first start of the past week on Wednesday, Mike Wright allowed a season-high 11 hits that led directly to his earned run total of six on the night. Although he was extremely hittable, he put up a goose egg in the walks column for the second time this season.
In Monday night's start, Wright fared much better, striking out eight batters across six innings in a two-earned run outing. He showed excellent command all week, as he only issued one walk through his two starts.
Last Week's Stats: 2 GS, 0-1, 6.17 ERA, 1 BB, 10 K, 11.2 IP
No. 4 Prospect: Josh Hart, OF, Single-A Delmarva
2014 Stats: 50 G, .246/.283/.263, 1 2B, 0 HR, 15 RBI, 13 R
Overview: Last week, outfielder Josh Hart split time between the Orioles' Gulf Coast League and Single-A Delmarva. The 19-year-old did not fare well at either stop, though, as he went hitless in two of his four games and picked up just one hit each in the other two. He has yet to homer on the year and has only recorded two extra-base hits overall.
If the power isn't there, he'll need to prove he can be a threat on the basepaths and draw walks more frequently.
Last Week's Stats: 4 G, .125/.222/.125, 0 2B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 2 R
No. 3 Prospect: Hunter Harvey, RHP, Single-A Delmarva
2014 Stats: 15 GS, 6-4, 3.01 ERA, 32 BB, 93 K, 77.2 IP
Overview: Hunter Harvey was phenomenal in his latest start on Saturday, pitching six strong innings while striking out eight and yielding just one earned run. He has been scuffling as of late, but it seems that he is returning to the dominant form that we've been accustomed to seeing earlier in the season.
Last Week's Stats: 1 GS, 1-0, 1.50 ERA, 3 BB, 8 K, 6 IP
No. 2 Prospect: Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP, Double-A Bowie
2014 Stats: 12 GS, 3-5, 4.81 ERA, 21 BB, 53 K, 63.2 IP
Overview: Eduardo Rodriguez's performance in his last start was much in tune with the previously mentioned Harvey's. Rodriguez went six innings deep and gave up just one earned run as well; the only difference was that Rodriguez struck out just one fewer batter than his prospect counterpart. The 21-year-old is starting to turn his season around, as he has pitched three quality starts in his last four.
Last Week's Stats: 1 GS, 0-0, 1.50 ERA, 2 BB, 7 K, 6 IP
No. 1 Prospect: Dylan Bundy, RHP, High-A Frederick
2014 Stats: 3 GS, 0-0, 1.84 ERA, 5 BB, 19 K, 14.2 IP
Overview: Even though top prospect Dylan Bundy had a relatively poor start on Independence Day, he has been right on track with his progression in returning to form prior to tearing his right elbow ligament last season. In his two starts prior at Short-Season-A Aberdeen, he had been fantastic, pitching for a combined 10 innings, 16 strikeouts and just five hits.
This latest start of three earned runs over 4.2 innings pitched is definitely an outlier for Bundy, so expect him to pitch similarly to his first two starts this season.
Last Week's Stats: 1 GS, 0-0, 5.79 ERA, 2 BB, 3 K, 4.2 IP
Prospect rankings courtesy of MLB.com.
Statistics courtesy of Baseball Reference.