3 Best Baltimore Orioles Prospects No One Is Talking About

Mark CoverContributor IIAugust 6, 2014

3 Best Baltimore Orioles Prospects No One Is Talking About

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    The conclusion to the MLB trade season brought with it a slew of trades that depleted the supply of top prospects for teams in contention and stocked up the supply for teams looking toward the future.

    In the Baltimore Orioles' case, they traded away top pitching prospect Eduardo Rodriguez to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for a shutdown lefty reliever in Andrew Miller.

    With Kevin Gausman losing his prospect status recently and the subtraction of Rodriguez from the prospect pool, the Orioles are now left with only Dylan Bundy and Hunter Harvey as their lone blue-chip prospects.

    There is a clear second-tier of valuable prospects, though, that consists of players such as Chance Sisco, Christian Walker, Josh Hart, Tim Berry and Mike Wright.

    While some of these names may be familiar to the casual Orioles fan, here are some prospects who no one has been talking about but who may find themselves shooting up prospect rankings by the end of the season. 

Zach Davies, RHP, Double-A Bowie

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    While much of the attention at the Double-A level in terms of pitching has been on the Orioles' No. 6 prospect, Tim Berry, No. 8 prospect Zach Davies has been quietly having a very good year.

    With an ERA of 3.30 on the year and a strikeout-per-nine ratio of 8.7, Davies has been succeeding quite well against this level of competition.

    What's more impressive is the fact that Davies has only given up two homers since June 16 and has only surrendered seven on the year.

    In his last two starts, Davies pitched for a combined 13.1 innings, 13 strikeouts and three earned runs, picking up the win in each.

    Selected in the 26th round of the 2011 draft, Davies has already exceeded expectations and projects to be a back-of-the-rotation starter

Branden Kline, RHP, High-A Frederick

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    Branden Kline has had a mix of results this season, but overall his numbers prove that he is having a solid campaign with a 3.82 ERA.

    Kline lasted just two-thirds of an inning on July 25, giving up three earned runs on four hits for his shortest outing of the season. He rebounded in his latest start on August 1, allowing just six hits while blanking the opposition through five-and-a-third innings pitched.

    According to MLB.com, Kline was used as both a starter and closer in college, but the Orioles have utilized him as a starter as a professional.

    Though he has the potential to be at least a back-of-the-rotation starter, some scouts believe his power arsenal is best suited for the bullpen. 

Dariel Alvarez, OF, Triple-A Norfolk

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    Dariel Alvarez is not currently ranked among the organization's top 20 prospects, according to MLB.com, but there's no doubting that what he has been able to do at the plate this season has been very impressive.

    Through 110 games played across two levels this season, Alvarez has hit for a triple-slash line of .302/.321/.465 and has tallied 14 homers and an astounding 75 RBI.

    Since being promoted to Triple-A Norfolk along with No. 4 prospect Christian Walker in the middle of July, Alvarez has slowed down a bit, but he is still hitting for a respectable .269 average in 19 games and 81 plate appearances.

    Alvarez's promotion to Triple-A wasn't the only reward for his performance this season. He was selected to participate in the 2014 All-Star Game Futures Game along with No. 2 prospect Hunter Harvey.

    Expect to see Alvarez make his MLB debut with the club when rosters expand in September.

     

    All statistics courtesy of Baseball Reference unless otherwise noted.

    Prospect rankings courtesy of MLB.com