Connor Narron, SS, 19 years old
Narron was one of the O's 2010 draft picks that I was most excited about. The team swayed him away from a commitment to UNC, where he likely would have gone on to become the team's starting shortstop.
Now, he's slaving away in short-season ball, and while his average (.238) isn't very exciting, he's shown excellent plate discipline, racking up 18 walks in 26 games, against just 16 strikeouts.
That's helped his on-base percentage, which stands at a healthy .385, despite the poor average. He's also been heating up as of late. He's notched hits in five of his last six games, and driven in four runs in that same period.
Glynn Davis, OF, 19 years old
Davis is arguably the fastest runner in the entire organization, so it should come as no surprise that he's racked up three steals in his past three games. What should come as a surprise, is that that trio of swipes gives him just six for the season, and only five with Aberdeen.
Davis' bat is what earned him a promotion from the O's GCL squad, where the 19-year-old local product hit .435 in six games. Since making the jump, he's hitting only .216 which has dropped his season line down to .284. Like Narron, however, he's shown a great eye at the plate, walking nearly as many times (11) as he's struck out (15).
David Baker, RHP, 20 years old
Baker would have likely made this list regardless of whether or not he had a strong month since he bears the same name as my cousin. Luckily, he's pitched incredibly well the past month. Through five starts, he's held down a 2.45 ERA and racked up 23 strikeouts (compared to just eight walks) in 25.2 innings.
He's also limited batters to just 17 hits (.189), seven of which came in one outing. Baker is a tad old for Aberdeen, so he's going to have to keep pitching well if he wants to stay in the team's plans.
Matt Drummond, LHP, 23 years old
Dan Klein wasn't the only pitcher the O's scooped up from UCLA in last year's draft. They also added Drummond in the 20th-round, and early returns were very good on the left-hander. He pitched to a 1.76 ERA in eight appearances last year for the O's GCL squad, striking out 21 batters in just 15.1 innings.
This year, however, has been a total reversal. Drummond struggled with a move to the rotation, lasting just four innings in his first start, despite striking out six, and just 1.2 innings in his second. His third outing came out of the bullpen, and his most recent saw him self-destruct (5 H, 4 ER, 1 HR and zero outs), and then get bumped to the disabled-list.
Devin Jones, RHP, 21 years old
I know it's harsh to judge a guy with only three professional innings under his belt, but I wasn't real big on Jones when the O's took him with their ninth-round pick in this year's draft. He's only made three appearances so far with Aberdeen, but he's given up at least two hits in each, and two earned runs in two of three.
His last outing saw him get bombed for three hits and four runs (three earned). He also issued two walks and now has just as many of those (four) as he does strikeouts (four). His ERA currently sits at 13.50.