2011 Top Prospects: #11 – 25

11. Bobby Bundy – RHP – 20 years old

A Delmarva: 4-6, 3.65 ERA, 116 IP, 91 K, 42 BB

Bundy rebounded nicely after a disappointing 2009 season. Hes got his career back on track and will look to build on his success in Frederick in 2011. He gets his share of ground balls and strikeouts. He needs to work on command like most pitching prospects do but theres alot to like about him.

12. Tyler Townsend – 1B – 22 years old

GCL Orioles: .385/.429/.692, 3 R, 4 doubles, 5 RBI, 13 AB
A Delmarva: .342/.398/.556, 16 R, 12 doubles, 2 triples, 3 HR, 26 RBI, 117 AB
A+ Frederick: .284/.385/.552, 6 R, 5 doubles, 2 triples, 3 HR, 14 RBI, SB, 67 AB

If he could stay healthy Townsend would be alot higher on this list. When he was in the lineup this year he raked but it wasn’t very often with just 197 at bats. He got injured again during winter ball although its not considered to be anything serious. Hes a first baseman with some power, which the Orioles could use. If he can stay healthy in 2011 he could set himself up for a shot in the majors in 2012.

13. Joe Mahoney – 1B – 24 years old

A+ Frederick: .299/.358/.465, 37 R, 18 doubles, 9 HR, 49 RBI, 5 SB, 271 AB
AA Bowie: .319/.378/.545, 30 R, 12 doubles, 2 triples, 9 HR, 29 RBI, 8 SB, 191 AB

Another mediocre first base prospect, Mahoney is a late bloomer who came out of nowhere in 2010. He did well for Frederick before being promoted to Bowie where he came out of the gate scorching hot. He cooled down considerably after three weeks but it was still enough to put him on the prospect map. He’ll start 2011 in AAA Norfolk. If he can duplicate his AA numbers there then we might be on to something.

14. Parker Bridwell – RHP – 19 years old

GCL Orioles: 0-0, 5.40 ERA, 1.2 IP, 4 K, 3 BB
Short A Aberdeen: 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 4 IP, 2 K, BB

Bridwell was an overslot draft pick by the Orioles in this years draft. We didn’t see much from him this year but from everything I read hes got good stuff and alot of potential. I would guess he starts at short A Aberdeen but maybe he gets some action in Delmarva. As a multi sport athlete in high school it’ll be interesting to see how he does focusing on one sport.

15. Ryan Adams – 2B/3B – 23 years old

AA Bowie: .298/.365/.464, 81 R, 43 doubles, 15 HR, 68 RBI, 2 SB, 530 AB

Adams is a guy that can hit. An infielder with a good average, decent pop, and some plate discipline. If he could play second or third without being a butcher defensively he could be an every day player. Unfortunately he doesn’t seem capable of playing defense good enough. He can still be a valuable bench player/pinch hitter and if his defense improves who knows. He’ll start 2011 at AAA Norfolk.

16. Caleb Joseph – C – 24 years old

AA Bowie: .235/.301/.368, 43 R, 15 doubles, triple, 11 HR, 51 RBI, SB, 378 AB

Joseph had a very disappointing season offensively but he still has potential with the bat. Hes never going to unseat Matt Wieters as the starting catcher but he could make a good backup. His defense apparently came along well and he hit very well in the AFL (winter ball). It doesn’t take much to be a respectable back up at the catcher position so he still holds potential value.

17. Brandon Snyder – 1B – 24 years old

Short A Aberdeen: .231/.231/.538, 2 R, double, HR, 4 RBI, 13 AB
AAA Norfolk: .257/.324/.407, 36 R, 22 doubles, triple, 9 HR, 43 RBI, 4 SB, 339 AB
Baltimore: .300/.300/.400, R, 2 doubles, 3 RBI, 20 AB

Snyder’s stock has fallen fast and hard over the last couple years. He hit a wall offensively when he got to AAA Norfolk in 2009 and it pretty much continued all season this year. Just when it seemed like he was breaking out he got hurt and missed over a month. He looked pretty decent when he was called up to Baltimore in September so maybe the potential is still there but most likely he’ll be a bench player moving forward. Should start at Norfolk unless he has a great spring.

18. Jesse Beal – RHP – 20 years old

A Delmarva: 7-6, 3.86 ERA, 114.1 IP, 64 K, 23 BB

Beal is a different kind of pitching prospect. He has very good control of the strike zone but his stuff isn’t quite there yet. Theres some room for growth as far as velocity on his fastball but hes never going to be a power pitcher. If he can add 2-3 mph to his fastball and fine tune his off speed pitches he could be a four or five starter. Maybe he’d do well as a reliever when he hits the majors. For now he’ll start in A+ Frederick to open 2011.

19. Matt Angle – CF – 25 years old

AA Bowie: .383/.433/.467, 11 R, 2 doubles, HR, 9 RBI, 5 SB, 60 AB
AAA Norfolk: .260/.338/.303, 55 R, 4 doubles, 4 triples, HR, 24 RBI, 24 SB, 350 AB

Angle’s ceiling is probably a starting center fielder on a bad team but most likely he’ll never be anything better than a fourth outfielder. That still has value to major league teams. He plays good defense and is fast so he could be a defensive replacement/pinch runner. He has potential to hit for a decent average and take some walks but he’ll never hit for any type of power. Back to Norfolk to start 2011 but he could get a call up under the right circumstances.

20. Wynn Pelzer – RHP – 24 years old

AA San Antonio: 6-9, 4.20 ERA, 94.1 IP, 83 K, 56 BB
AA Bowie: 1-0, 4.50 ERA, 20 IP, 20 K, 7 BB

Pelzer was acquired when the Orioles traded Miguel Tejada to the San Diego Padres in July. Hes a failed starter turned reliever and is still a work in progress. He has a deceptive delivery and can get strikeouts but he needs to improve his command as he walks too many batters. Not sure how good his stuff is as I’ve read conflicting reports. He’ll get a chance to prove himself working out of either AAA Norfolk or AA Bowie’s bullpen next season.

21. Chorye Spoone – RHP – 25 years old

AA Bowie: 7-6, 4.02 ERA, 132 IP, 88 K, 79 BB

Spoone should enter 2011 fully healthy (or at least as healthy as hes going to get) after labrum surgery in 2008. He did alright this year but walked way too many batters. Hes going to need to get better in that regard if he wants a chance to pitch in the majors. Hes a ground ball pitcher that I could see being converted to relief soon but he’ll probably get one more shot at starting in AAA Norfolk to start the year.

22. Greg Miclat – SS – 23 years old

A+ Frederick: .311/.403/.402, 30 R, 12 doubles, HR, 19 RBI, 8 SB, 164 AB
AA Bowie: .246/.317/.316, 35 R, 9 doubles, 2 triples, HR, 16 RBI, 4 SB, 228 AB

Miclat is another guy that rebounded from a disappointing season in Delmarva in 2009 to putting up solid numbers in Frederick. He didn’t fare as well after being promoted to AA Bowie but did hit fairly well in winter ball. His ceiling is most likely a back up middle infielder but if he can settle in on a .725+ OPS and provide solid defense he might start somewhere. Hes got alot of work to do to get to that point though. Back to AA Bowieto start 2011 is my guess.

23. Pedro Beato – RHP – 24 years old

AA Bowie: 4-0, 2.11 ERA, 16 SV, 59.2 IP, 50 K, 19 BB

Beato had a great season this year after converting to a reliever. He was able to get his walks down and his strikeouts up while closing games for Bowie. He’ll take the next step to AAA Norfolk in 2011. If he can duplicate his 2010 numbers he’ll get a shot with the big league club, especially after the Orioles just traded David Hernandez and Kam Mickolio. Beato’s stuff still isn’t overpowering but hes on the right track.

24. Aaron Wirsch – LHP – 20 years old

GCL Orioles: 0-2, 8.64 ERA, 8.1 IP, 9 K, 6 BB
Short A Aberdeen: 0-1, 3.00 ERA, 3 IP, 4 K, 2 BB

Wirsch was an under the radar guy coming into the season but was injured during spring training and wasn’t able to make his debut until late in the year. His inflated ERA with the GCL Orioles is due to one very bad outing. His other appearances were strong and he looked good in his short time with Aberdeen. It’ll either be back to Aberdeen or on to Delmarva to start 2011 but I expect his innings to be limited either way coming off the injury.

25. Ronnie Welty – RF – 23 years old

A+ Frederick: .282/.349/.464, 86 R, 32 doubles, 3 triples, 18 HR, 82 RBI, 11 SB, 504 AB

Welty had a consistent, solid season for Frederick but hes a little old for the league for it to be considered note worthy. He’ll move up to AA Bowie and if he can continue his production than he’ll be taken a little more seriously. Hes a good fielder with a strong arm so as long as he can keep up with the pitching in the upper levels he should be able to crack MLB at some point. He also has decent speed so hes an under the radar guy to keep an eye on.

Honorable Mentions: Jake Cowan, Tyler Henson, Trent Mummey, Brandon Erbe, Oliver Drake, Jarrett Martin, Randy Henry, Steve Johnson

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