Update on the Baltimore Orioles' Top 10 Prospects

Drew Reynolds@dreynoldsawlContributor IIIMay 11, 2013

Update on the Baltimore Orioles' Top 10 Prospects

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    As we near the quarter-mark of the season, the minor league affiliates of the Baltimore Orioles have been good as a whole.

    The two most successful affiliates have been the Norfolk Tides of Triple-A, who currently lead their division with a record of 23-12, and the Frederick Keys of Single-A, who also lead theirs with a 18-14 record.

    While much of Norfolk's success has been helped by their influx of former major leaguers, the other affiliates' successes are based completely on prospects.

    The following list is an update on each of the Orioles' top 10 prospects and how they've performed so far in the 2013 season. The ranking is based off the ranking of Orioles' prospects over at MLB.com.

10. Glynn Davis

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    Team: Advanced-A Frederick

    Position: OF

    2013 Stats: .222 AVG, 2 HR, 17 RBI, 18 R

    Davis, a Baltimore native, is one of the best stories in the Orioles' minor league system. A former undrafted free agent out of CCBC-Catonsville, he has worked his way up the minors since signing in 2010.

    The 21-year-old struggled much of April, only hitting .202, but he has had a nice start to the second month of the season. In four games in May, Davis is 5-for-15 with five RBI and a couple doubles.

    After stealing 39 bases last season, Davis hasn't been quite as successful thus far in 2013, as he has five swipes in eight attempts.

9. Mike Wright

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    Team: Double-A Bowie

    Position: SP

    2013 Stats: 4-0, 7 GS, 4.33 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 30/12 K/BB

    After a rough start to the season, Mike Wright has put together four straight wins in as many starts, pitching especially well in the last three.

    Over that three-game span, Wright has only allowed four earned runs in 18 innings, with a 17-to-3 K/BB ratio.

    At 23 years old, Wright will likely stay in Double-A for the foreseeable future, but he could earn a promotion late in the season, similarly to his promotion last year.

8. Branden Kline

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    Team: Single-A Delmarva

    Position: SP

    2013 Stats: 1-2, 5 GS, 5.68 ERA, 1.58 WHIP, 17/12 K/BB

    Only in his second professional season, Kline, 21, has struggled greatly in three of his first five starts. However, he dominated in his other two.

    Drafted out of Virginia in the second round of last year's draft, Kline is another local kid and has a powerful right arm.

    His success depends largely on command. If he can find some consistency as the season continues, he could possibly be promoted to Frederick, his birthplace, later in the season.

7. Xavier Avery

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    Team: Double-A Bowie

    Position: OF

    2013 Stats: .289 AVG, 1 HR, 10 RBI, 27 R

    More known for his glove and his speed, Xavier Avery is having a very solid season this year batting leadoff for Double-A Bowie.

    After spending the entire 2012 season split between Triple-A and the majors, the 23-year-old isn't in Double-A due to last season's performance, but only because of the vast number of veteran outfielders in Triple-A. He still remains on the Orioles' 40-man roster and could be called up to the O's at some point this season.

    Though his number of strikeouts are still concerning (38), Avery has been a terrific leadoff man for the Baysox. Along with a solid .385 OBP, Avery is second in the league with 27 runs.

6. L.J. Hoes

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    Team: Triple-A Norfolk

    Position: OF

    2013 Stats: .295 AVG, 1 HR, 18 RBI, 16 R

    After winning the Brooks Robinson Award as the Orioles' minor league player of the year in 2012, L.J. Hoes has started off 2013 right where he left off.

    The 23-year-old continues to improve at the plate, as his .791 OPS would be his best since 2008 in rookie ball.

    Hoes has been very similar to Orioles' outfielder Nick Markakis this season. Despite not hitting for much power, Hoes has been consistently making contact and has a good eye at the plate. In 112 at-bats, he has only 15 strikeouts, along with 16 walks.

5. Nick Delmonico

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    Team: Advanced-A Frederick

    Position: 3B/1B

    2013 Stats: ..325 AVG, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 7 R

    As one of the Orioles' top hitting prospects, Nick Delmonico has had a very nice beginning to the 2013 season, despite an injury limiting him to 11 games.

    Delmonico was a sixth-round pick out of high school by the O's in 2011 and struggled some of 2012 with Single-A Delmarva, hitting only .249. But those tough times seem to be behind him.

    The 20-year-old's biggest issue has been in the field. He has played third base so far this season, as compared to first and second base last year, and has only an .833 fielding percentage. Still, that's only a minor flaw, especially since he's transitioning, and his time there is very limited.

4. Jonathan Schoop

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    Team: Triple-A Norfolk

    Position: 2B/SS/3B

    2013 Stats: .246 AVG, 2 HR, 15 RBI, 11 R

    Schoop, a Curacao native, played for the surprising Dutch team in this year's World Baseball Classic. Despite some success there, the 21-year-old struggled mightily at the beginning the 2013 season in Norfolk.

    However, he has started to find his groove lately. After improving near the end of April, he is averaging .297 with five RBI and five runs in nine games in May.

    With Ryan Flaherty's .122 average and Brian Roberts' seemingly never-ending injuries, it's a wonder how soon it will be until Schoop finds himself in Baltimore.

3. Eduardo Rodriguez

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    Team: Advanced-A Frederick

    Position: SP

    2013 Stats: 3-2, 6 GS, 4.00 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 32/10 K/BB

    Other than one very rough outing, the undrafted free agent out of Venezuela has been very good so far this season.

    The left-handed Rodriguez has also done a nice job eating some innings, going at least six innings in all but one start.

    Only 20 years old, it will likely be a couple years before he has a chance at the major league level, but the future remains bright for the young Rodriguez.

2. Kevin Gausman

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    Team: Double-A Bowie

    Position: SP

    2013 Stats: 1-4,  6 GS, 3.53 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 32/1 K/BB

    Ignore the W-L record for Gausman, as it means nothing.

    Despite a couple of rough outings, last season's fourth overall pick has been very impressive so far this season, especially over his last three starts.

    Even though he is 0-3 in those three starts, Gausman only gave up four earned runs in 19.2 innings. And his K/BB ratio continues to be an unbelievable 32-to-1.

    The 22-year-old will likely get promoted to Triple-A at some point this year, especially if he continues to pitch like he has recently. He will also likely be an Orioles' call-up come September, if he's not called up sooner.

1. Dylan Bundy

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    Team: Double-A Bowie

    Position: SP

    2013 Stats: Unavailable

    After a visit to Dr. James Andrews and a second clean MRI, Dylan Bundy only received a platelet-rich plasma injection from the renowned surgeon.

    The PRP injection will sideline the phenom for six weeks, but he will miss additional time building back arm strength.

    The Orioles will continue to be extremely cautious with baseball's No. 2 overall prospect. So, the likelihood of Bundy contributing to the Orioles in 2013 isn't very good.