Stock Up, Stock Down for Baltimore O's Top 10 Prospects for August 11-17

Alex SnyderContributor IIAugust 21, 2014

Stock Up, Stock Down for Baltimore O's Top 10 Prospects for August 11-17

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    The Baltimore Orioles currently hold an 8.5-game lead in the AL East.

    Let that sink in, Orioles fans.

    With the month of August drawing to an end, teams are looking at what players they can add from the minor leagues once rosters expand from 25 to 40 players in September.

    Naturally, the Orioles are trying to decide which players will most likely help them provide quality play in order to give their regulars a bit of a rest in September, as well as who will help the team maintain its division lead.

    Both veterans and younger players alike are being considered for a roster spot, but only so many will get one, and manager Buck Showalter tends to keep his September call-ups limited in order to not clog up the bench and club house.

    The O's top 10 prospects have been working hard to put themselves in a position for a call-up this season. Let's look at the numbers these guys have been putting up while they work toward their greater goal of making it to MLB.

    For the sake of this article I will be referring back to my original top 10 prospects list that was posted at the start of the season.

Tim Berry, Starting Pitcher

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    Last Week's Stats: N/A

    Left-hander Tim Berry hasn't pitched since August 10, and while he's currently on the minor league seven-day disabled list, MASN Sports' Steve Melewski reports that it's more so about limiting innings than it is about an injury. Berry is having a great season at Double-A Bowie and if he keeps pitching the way he has been, he could certainly see a call-up sometime next season.

    Season Stats: 133.1 IP, 6-7, 3.51 ERA, 122 H, 57 R, 52 ER, 45 BB, 108 K

    Stock For Last Week: Neutral

Michael Ohlman, Catcher

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    Last Week's Stats: .214 BA, 2 R, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 3 K

    Last week was another rough week for Michael Ohlman as the catcher continues to have a down season at the plate. His offensive numbers just aren't there this year, and at this point in time, it's safe to say this season is a lost one for him. Now, it's all about focusing on doing better next year. While he hasn't lost his prospect tag, another season like this could cause him to.

    Season Stats: .238 BA, 37 R, 22 2B, 2 HR, 30 RBI, 37 BB, 78 K

    Stock For Last Week: Down

Chance Sisco, Catcher

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    Last Week's Stats: .150 BA, 1 R, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 4 BB, 5 K

    All season, Chance Sisco has been showing why he was a second-round draft pick for the Orioles in 2013. The 19-year-old catcher has been so incredible offensively this season that even a week as bad as the one he had last week can't get him down. His ridiculous .406 OBP is something that the O's would love to watch translate at the big-league level. Sisco is an exciting player for O's fans to keep tabs on in coming seasons.

    Season Stats: .337 BA, 51 R, 22 2B, 4 HR, 56 RBI, 41 BB, 74 K

    Stock For Last Week: Neutral

Hunter Harvey, Starting Pitcher

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    Last Week's Stats: N/A

    First-round pick Hunter Harvey hasn't pitched since July 25, as the young pitcher was shut down due to elbow inflammation. However, Harvey put up a strong season for the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds in his first professional year. The Orioles hope to see Harvey recover over the offseason and continue to build upon the success he demonstrated this year.

    Season Stats: 87.2 IP, 7-5, 3.18 ERA, 66 H, 39 R, 31 ER, 33 BB, 106 K

    Stock For Last Week: N/A

Mike Wright, Starting Pitcher

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    Last Week's Stats: 12.2 IP, 14 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

    I'm sure Mike Wright can't wait for this season to end. After winning the Orioles' top minor league pitcher award last season, Wright has struggled to be even close to good this year, failing to make a successful jump from Double-A to Triple-A ball. On the flip side, he's allowed two earned runs or less in each of his last five starts, so maybe he's finally starting to get back on track.

    Season Stats: 127.1 IP, 4-11, 5.16 ERA, 156 H, 85 R, 73 ER, 35 BB, 85 K

    Stock For Last Week: Up

Henry Urrutia, Outfielder/DH

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    Last Week's Stats: .304 BA, 1 R, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 8 K

    Henry Urrutia had a great week last week, tallying a batting average over the .300 mark. He has the potential to be a September call-up, but it's more likely that he stays in the minor leagues as he missed significant time due to injury earlier in the season, and the team would probably like to just see him finish strong while playing every day. It could do him some good to cut down on the K's and work more walks.

    Season Stats: .232 BA, 14 R, 10 2B, 0 HR, 13 RBI, 8 BB, 56 K

    Stock For Last Week: Up

Eduardo Rodriguez, Starting Pitcher

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    Young left-handed pitching prospect Eduardo Rodriguez is no longer in the Orioles' system, but I figured I'd touch on him when I came across his ranking from earlier articles anyway.

    Rodriguez did struggle to find the same success he had shown in previous seasons for the O's minor league teams, posting an ERA of 4.79 before he was dealt to the Boston Red Sox for lefty reliever Andrew Miller at the trade deadline. However, he had been showing some recent improvement and success, and obviously other teams still liked his potential.

    Rodriguez was able to maintain his stock while battling through rough patches this season, and because of that, he helped the Orioles land a dominating force to add to their bullpen as they make a pennant run.

Jonathan Schoop, Second Baseman

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    Last Week's Stats: .352 BA, 4 R, 3 HR, 5 RBI, 0 BB, 4 K

    After struggling with the bat for much of the season, Jonathan Schoop had himself a week last week, belting three homers and batting well over .300 in helping the Orioles build upon their AL East lead. If Schoop is starting to heat up, now is a perfect time to do it as the O's try to distance themselves from the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees in the East.

    Season Stats: .218 BA, 39 R, 14 2B, 12 HR, 36 RBI, 10 BB, 89 K

    Stock For Last Week: Up

Dylan Bundy, Starting Pitcher

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    Last Week's Stats: N/A

    Righty Dylan Bundy hasn't pitched since August 5, as he was placed on the DL and could be done for the season. That's not necessarily a bad thing, though, as his injury doesn't appear to be too severe (strained right latissimus dorsi). Bundy had been working his way back from Tommy John surgery, and while he struggled at times, overall his numbers were very solid. The fact that he was pitching was good enough to call his season a success.

    Season Stats: 41.1 IP, 1-3, 3.27 ERA, 38 H, 15 R, 15 ER, 16 BB, 37 K

    Stock For Last Week: N/A

Kevin Gausman, Starting Pitcher

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    Last Week's Stats: 6 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 2 K

    Kevin Gausman got just one start last week—against the Cleveland Indians. And though he has far from his best stuff, he was able to keep the Tribe off the bases and limit the damage, resulting in a win for the O's and preventing the Indians from achieving the sweep. That's a great sign from a young pitcher like Gausman. The O's are hoping he keeps doing more of what he's been doing through September and into the postseason.

    Season Stats: 73 IP, 7-4, 3.70 ERA, 72 H, 30 R, 30 ER, 29 BB, 48 K

    Stock For Last Week: Up