Manny Machado's day has just gone from good to great. He received news, after the South Atlantic League All-Star game, that he had played his last game for the Delmarva Shorebirds and is moving up to the Frederick Keys.
Machado went 2-4 with two singles and a run scored while batting just ahead of Bryce Harper for the Northern squad. Although the South took home the win, Machado was clearly the center of attention.
The 18-year-old shortstop has dominated Single-A pitching in his first full season, despite an injury that temporarily slowed his breakout first season. His average has dipped a little since his return, but it now sits at .276 to go with his six home runs and 24 RBI. The news comes as a little bit of a surprise, only because Bryce Harper was expected to join him, but has yet to be promoted.
Machado was the third overall pick in the 2010 draft out of high school and has been compared to Alex Rodriguez due to his position and Miami roots. He has the potential to be a five-tool threat for the Orioles in the future and is considered an elite talent.
Machado was ranked as the second best prospect for the Orioles going into 2011, but has since moved to No. 1 with Zach Britton advancing to the majors. Machado was also ranked 24th in MLB.com's top 50 prospects before the year. He was the top-ranked shortstop. Even though he is young, he is expected to fly through the minors and could join the Orioles as soon as 2013.