11. Chorye Spoone – RHP – 24 years old
GCL Orioles: 0-1, 4.38 ERA, 12.1 IP, 11 K, 2 BB
Short A Aberdeen: 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 3 IP, 3 K, 3 BB
A+ Frederick: 0-2, 9.42 ERA, 14.1 IP, 12 K, 14 BB
Spoone was a top prospect for the O’s before he was derailed by injuries. He had labrum surgery and wasn’t expected to be back until 2010, so the fact that he pitched 29.2 innings in 2009 is pretty encouraging. Its rare, but if he can get back to the pitcher he was before the surgery he can shoot up this rankings in a hurry.
12. Pedro Florimon – SS – 22 years old
A+ Frederick: .267/.336/.428, 32 doubles, 5 triples, 9 HR, 68 RBI, 26 SB
AA Bowie: .091/.130/.091, 1 RBI
Florimon had an interesting year. He started out on fire before cooling off a bit. All reports say he will be a great fielding shortstop and everything depends on his bat. He hadn’t hit much since joining the Orioles organization until he burst onto the scene early in 2009. It remains to be seen if that was a fluke or not. He’ll start at AA Bowie in 2010.
13. Jesse Beal – RHP – 19 years old
Rookie Bluefield: 5-5, 4.26 ERA, 74 IP, 41 K, 8 BB
Beal is a young pitcher that has alot of potential. Hes a control pitcher who gets ground balls and the quality of his pitches have room to grow. He could stall out a bit and become a Jason Berken type or he could blossom and be a John Maine type. He’ll most likely start at short A Aberdeen unless he has a great spring.
14. Steve Johnson – RHP – 22 years old
A+ Inland Empire: 8-4, 3.82 ERA, 96.2 IP, 102 K, 42 BB
AA Chattanooga: 1-1, 1.69 ERA, 10.2 IP, 15 K, 3 BB
AA Bowie: 3-2, 2.84 ERA, 38 IP, 37 K, 17 BB
Johnson came along with Josh Bell from the Dodgers in the George Sherrill trade. Hes a gutsy pitcher who has had alot of success despite the scouts saying he lacks any real quality pitches. Hes a pretty extreme fly ball pitcher that has struck out alot of batters in his minor league career. He profiles best as a relief pitcher, but hes a hard worker so he could stick as a back end starter.
15. Xavier Avery – CF – 19 years old
A Delmarva: .262/.306/.340, 15 doubles, 8 triples, 2 HR, 36 RBI, 30 SB
Avery is a raw player that has a way to go to meet his potential. If everything breaks right he could be a Carl Crawford type. He has great speed, but needs to work on how to use that on the baseball field (base stealing, routes to the ball in the outfield). 2010 will be a big season for him as we should start to know what we have in him. He could either repeat at A Delmarva or be promoted to A+ Frederick.
16. LJ Hoes – 2B – 19 years old
A Delmarva: .260/.299/.318, 19 doubles, 2 HR, 47 RBI, 20 SB
Hoes had a very disappointing 2009 campaign after showing alot of promise at the end of 2008 at short A Aberdeen. He showed the ability to work the count and draw a walk, but that seemingly disappeared at A Delmarva where he only drew 23 walks compared to 80 strikeouts. Hopefully he learned from his experience and can get back to displaying the skillset the Orioles drafted him for in 2010. He’ll either start at Delmarva or A+ Frederick.
17. Ronnie Welty – OF – 21 years old
A Delmarva: .290/.373/.425, 24 doubles, 2 triples, 10 HR, 67 RBI, 13 SB
Welty is well rounded player that is average to slightly above average in all categories. He has some potential to develop more power and is a pretty good outfielder. He’ll look to keep improving his offensive skills at A+ Frederick to start 2010.
18. Mychal Givens – SS – 18 years old
Givens was the Orioles 2nd round pick in the 2009 draft. He was signed at the last second and didn’t get a chance to play in 2009, but he has alot of tools that could develop into a solid shortstop. He was also a highly touted pitcher in high school so he has that to fall back on. I’m pretty confident he’ll start out at Rookie Bluefield unless he really lights it up at extended spring training.
19. Troy Patton – LHP – 24 years old
AA Bowie: 6-2, 1.99 ERA, 63.1 IP, 47 K, 18 BB
AAA Norfolk: 1-3, 6.45 ERA, 44.2 IP, 26 K, 14 BB
Patton started off dominating at AA Bowie and was promoted to AAA Norfolk where he hit a wall. He really struggled to adjust despite pitching in a pitchers park. He was coming off of labrum surgery so it could’ve been the innings catching up to him after not pitching for a long time. I think he’ll improve next year with an extra year removed from the surgery. He was a top prospect in the Astros system when the Orioles traded for him. He’ll start 2010 in AAA Norfolk’s rotation.
20. Bobby Bundy – RHP – 19 years old
Rookie Bluefield: 2-7, 5.10 ERA, 54.2 IP, 38 K, 19 BB
Bundy was a very promising pitcher when the Orioles drafted him out of high school in 2008. He still is, but I’m sure they expected him to perform better than he did in 2009. He worked hard to come back from the injury he sustained in his senior year of high school, but wasn’t in shape when it came time for spring training. He’ll get a chance to redeem himself in 2010 where he’ll most likely start at short A Aberdeen.
21. Luis Lebron – RHP – 24 years old
A+ Frederick: 2-3, 3.00 ERA, 11 SV, 33 IP, 52 K, 20 BB
AA Bowie: 1-0, 1.98 ERA, 9 SV, 27.1 IP, 39 K, 13 BB
LeBron is a strikeout machine, but he needs to limit his walks. He was a little old for the competition, but theres no denying those strikeout numbers. He reminds me of James Hoey’s ascent of a couple years ago. Hopefully he doesn’t turn out like Hoey, whose fastball proved to be too straight for major league hitters. He’ll start at either AA Bowie or AAA Norfolk in 2010 and could reach the majors at some point.
22. Matt Angle – CF – 24 years old
A+ Frederick: .289/.370/.347, 17 doubles, 4 triples, 1 HR, 32 RBI, 40 SB
AA Bowie: .357/.438/.393, 1 doubles, 1 RBI, 2 SB
Angle is a light hitting, good fielding speedy center fielder. Hes probably pretty close to being at his potential and could make a good 4th outfielder/pinch runner/defensive replacement in the majors. Hes a guy that knows how to play the game and will have a decent major league career because of it. He might be able to start in center field on a bad team, but his career has 4th outfielder written all over it.
23. Oliver Drake – LHP – 22 years old
A Delmarva: 8-9, 4.34 ERA, 130.2 IP, 104 K, 42 BB
Drake started off hot and slowly faded as the season went along. Thats to be expected for a guy pitching in his first full season in the pros, but it was still disappointing after what he showed in the beginning of the year. He’ll look to rebound for A+ Frederick in 2010.
24. Rick Zagone – LHP – 23 years old
A Delmarva: 4-5, 4.66 ERA, 63.2 IP, 59 K, 27 BB
A+ Frederick: 1-3, 5.10 ERA, 67 IP, 59 K, 22 BB
Zagone started off on fire for A Delmarva but started struggling after a couple of months. He was promoted to A+ Frederick despite that and had a similar performance for the Keys. His stuff probably isn’t good enough to stick as a starter, but hes tough on lefties so he could excel with a switch to the bullpen. I see a career as a LOOGY in his future. He should return to Frederick to start 2010.
25. Rhyne Hughes – 1B – 26 years old
AA Montgomery: .252/.340/.500, 11 doubles, 15 HR, 46 RBI, 4 SB
AAA Durham: .313/.361/.533, 22 doubles, 2 triples, 7 HR, 26 RBI
AAA Norfolk: .264/.346/.444, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 3 HR, 7 RBI
Hughes was acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays in August. Hes a power hitting first baseman that should compete for the starting first baseman’s job in spring training. I doubt he wins it, but hes a nice guy to have sitting at AAA in case of injury. I was surprised they decided to promote Michael Aubrey instead of Hughes at the end of 2009.
Keep An Eye On: Ryan Berry, Cameron Coffey, Jake Cowen, Vito Frabizio, Randy Henry, Michael Ohlman, Ashur Tolliver, Aaron Wirsch – These are guys that I don’t know much about but were drafted with the potential to become to prospects.