The Best From The Nest: Re-Ranking The Orioles Top 30 Prospects

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The Best From The Nest: Re-Ranking The Orioles Top 30 Prospects

The Orioles have seen tons of graduations from the minors to the big leagues in the past few years.

Last year was tops, with the O's losing five of their top ten prospects to the big-league club. This year they have contributed Jake Arrieta and, for a short time, Josh Bell.

Now the Orioles are in a bit of a dead man's zone. They have tons of talent at AAA, in lefty Zach Britton, first baseman Brandon Snyder, and righty Troy Patton, but not much at AA or high-A. In fact, with the graduations of Brian Matusz, Chris Tillman, Arrieta, Nolan Reimold, and eventually Josh Bell, the O's have one of the most depleted minor league systems in baseball.

But, there is hope, especially with tons of new blood from the past two drafts. Manny Machado, Daniel Klein, Dixon Anderson, and Trent Mummey are all studs, and the O's have to be pleased in what they've seen from Matt Hobgood, Mychal Givens, and 2009 late-round picks Michael Ohlman and Jake Cowan.

I listed my top 30 Orioles top prospects before the season, and I thought the mid-season point would be as good a time as any to update my rankings.

Enjoy!

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