2012 Top 25 Prospects: 11-25

11. OF – Glynn Davis – 20 years old

A+ Frederick: .250/.250/.250, 4 AB
Short A Aberdeen: .271/.337/.337, 14 doubles, HR, 14 RBI, 23 SB, 255 AB
GCL Orioles: .435/.519/.652, 2 doubles, HR, 2 RBI, SB, 23 AB

Davis was an undrafted free agent that fell off the board because he was kicked off Catonsville community college’s team, which raises attitude questions. Luckily the Orioles knew he wasn’t a bad kid due to him being local and took a chance on him. So far its panned out. Hes a very fast player that makes good contact. Hes shown signs that he could develop some pop and has a good approach at the plate. With his speed he has potential to be a good center fielder as well. Could be a Rocco Baldelli – lite if he lives up to his potential.

12. RHP – Clayton Schrader -21 years old

A+ Frederick: 1-1, 1.13 ERA, 3 SV, 24 IP, 35 K, 19 BB
A Delmarva: 1-1, 2.05 ERA, 2 SV, 22 IP, 38 K, 13 BB

Schrader has moved quickly through the system and was performing very well before being shut down with some minor elbow discomfort. The Orioles didn’t want to take any chances so he’ll come back next season looking to continue where he left off. He’ll need to work on his command but he throws hard and strikes out alot of batters. He could be a set up man in a few years if things go right.

13. LHP – Eduardo Rodriguez – 18 years old

Short A Aberdeen: 0-0, 6.75 ERA, 4 IP, 4 K, BB
GCL Orioles: 1-1, 1.81 ERA, 44.2 IP, 46 K, 17 BB

Rodriguez came out of nowhere this year as a nice surprise. He pitched very well as a 17 year old in the Golf Coast League, striking out over a batter per inning. Hes a lanky lefty that could be a mid rotation starter if he can develop his off speed pitches. The Orioles have alot of decent upside pitchers in the low minors and he looks like one of the best of the bunch.

14. 1B – Tyler Townsend – 23 years old

A+ Frederick: .317/.358/.583, 24 doubles, 2 triples, 13 HR, 50 RBI, 2 SB, 252 AB
GCL Orioles: .235/.333/.529, 2 doubles, HR, 8 RBI, 17 AB

If Townsend could stay healthy he’d be in the top 10. Ever since being drafted hes been injured time and time again but when hes on the field, he rakes. He showed good power while maintaining a high average. His walks showed a steep decline which is odd considering he had decent walk rates the last couple years. It could be a fluke thing but he’ll need to work on it and stay healthy to reach the big leagues.

15. C – Gabriel Lino – 18 years old

GCL Orioles: .282/.371/.462, 6 doubles, triple, 2 HR, 11 RBI, SB, 78 AB

Lino could quickly shoot up this list next year if he keeps up this production as he climbs up the ladder. He hit very well for as young as he is in the GCL, showed alot of plate discipline and some power. Similar to Jonathon Schoop last year, who is now one of the top guys in our system. He apparently has a very good arm behind the plate also. Small sample size but hes a dark horse in this system.

16. 2B – Greg Miclat – 24 years old

AA Bowie: .280/.371/.347, 16 doubles, 3 triples, 2 HR, 24 RBI, 50 SB, 421 AB

UPDATE: Traded to Texas as part of the Taylor Teagarden deal.

Miclat might’ve been the most improved player from 2010 to 2011. I was disappointed when the season started that the Orioles decided to leave LJ Hoes at A+ Frederick in favor of Miclat starting at second base for AA Bowie. I guess they saw something to lead to his semi breakout season. He showed a good ability to get on base and was an incredible 50/53 in stolen base attempts. He doesn’t give you much power but he can be a valuable bench player/fringe starter in the majors if he keeps up that production.

17. OF – Xavier Avery – 22 years old

AA Bowie: .259/.324/.343, 31 doubles, 2 triples, 4 HR, 26 RBI, 36 SB, 557 AB
AFL: .288/.378/.414, 4 doubles, 5 triples, 15 RBI, 9 SB, 111 AB

Avery still has alot of potential but his star is slowly fading as each season passes. Hes a great athlete with good speed and a solid frame but he doesn’t appear to be making much progress. I thought he would be able to translate his raw power into homeruns by now and while he steals alot of bases, he gets thrown out a bit more than the O’s would like. Another bad sign is that it looks like he’ll be limited to left field as he isn’t good enough to stick in center. His stats in the fall league are promising but hes going to have to translate them over a full season in 2012 to get back on the prospect map.

18. RHP – Mike Wright – 22 years old

A Delmarva: 1-1, 10.54 ERA, 13.2 IP, 12 K, 4 BB
Short A Aberdeen: 2-1, 3.77 ERA, 31 IP, 29 K, 6 BB
GCL Orioles: 0-0, 0.00 ERA, IP, K, 0 BB

Wright was a third round pick in the 2011 draft. I think the Orioles intend on trying him out as a starter but I’d prefer to see him in the bullpen as I think thats where he’ll end up. The starter experiment will only slow down his ascent to the majors. His ceiling is a set up man but he could be a valuable part of the bullpen relatively quickly. He doesn’t have any dominant pitches but has a nice mix of four to keep batters guessing.

19. RHP – Jaime Esquivel – 19 years old

Short A Aberdeen: 0-1, 1.80 ERA, 5 IP, 8 K, 4 BB
GCL Orioles: 5-1, 0.95 ERA, 47.1 IP, 39 K, 15 BB

I’m not sure how good Esquivel’s raw stuff is, he didn’t have a great K/BB ratio, but its hard to argue with those stats. His strikeout rate wasn’t bad by any means but not good enough to think he’d have an ERA around 1.00. Hes another intriguing low minors arm that the Orioles have a bunch of. These guys will be fun to watch in 2012 as they either blossom or become forgotten again.

20. RHP – Oliver Drake – 25 years old

AAA Norfolk: 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 IP, 2 K, BB
AA Bowie: 3-5, 5.20 ERA, 64 IP, 47 K, 24 BB
A+ Frederick: 8-3, 2.14 ERA, 96.2 IP, 80 K, 18 BB

Drake is a little old to be a prospect, especially since he only spent less than half the season at AA, but he has interesting stuff. Hes a groundball pitcher that showed a consistent ability to pitch late in games. He struggled mightily to start the season at AA Bowie, was demoted and dominated, then looked alot better with his second go round at AA. His future probably lies in the bullpen where an uptick in stuff could result in him looking like a poor man’s Jim Johnson. As a starter I think he profiles as a slightly lesser Brad Bergesen.

21. RHP – Kyle Simon – 21 years old

A Delmarva: 0-2, 4.15 ERA, 8.2 IP, 7 K, 2 BB
Short A Aberdeen: 1-0, 0.00 ERA, SV, 8 IP, 2 K, 3 BB

Simon was the 4th pick in this years draft and profiles pretty similarly to Mike Wright. The difference is the O’s plan on keeping Simon in the bullpen as he goes through the minors. He doesn’t throw four pitches like Wright but has a nice two pitch combo that could lead him to be a solid major league reliever. Not a ton of upside with guys like that but fairly safe bets to at least get major league at some point in the next couple years.

22. OF – Trent Mummey – 23 years old

A+ Frederick: .293/.369/.448, 2 doubles, 2 triples, HR, 10 RBI, 7 SB, 58 AB
A Delmarva: .291/.377/.509, 2 doubles, 2 triples, 2 HR, 12 RBI, 12 SB, 55 AB

Mummey was looking like he was going to have a break out season of sorts until he dove headfirst into the center field wall trying to make a catch. That changed everything as he didn’t play another game after that. Its not a career threatening injury and he’ll be ready for the start of the 2012 season but who knows how that will effect him. He has a nice speed/power combo for a center fielder and if he picks up where he left off he might just turn 2012 into his break out season.

23. OF – Matt Angle – 26 years old

MLB: .177/.293/.266, 4 doubles, HR, 7 RBI, 11 SB, 79 AB
AAA Norfolk: .271/.347/.344, 13 doubles, 3 triples, 4 HR, 33 RBI, 27 SB, 424 AB

Angle doesn’t have much upside at all, hes pretty much is at his peak right now, but what he can give you is speed, hustle, and good defense. Thats pretty valuable for a bench player in the major leagues as a fourth or fifth outfielder. He doesn’t have any power but can get on base and put the ball in play. Hes basically the anti-Felix Pie as he does all the little things right and you don’t have to worry about him making many boneheaded mistakes. He might start the 2012 season back with AAA Norfolk but hes a good guy to have in the system at the ready.

24. RHP – David Baker – 20 years old

A Delmarva: 3-4, 2.82 ERA, 54.1 IP, 48 K, 19 BB
Short A Aberdeen: 1-2, 2.45 ERA, 25.2 IP, 23 K, 8 BB

Baker was pretty unheralded coming into the season but did a pretty remarkable job once he got on the field with Short A Aberdeen. He pitched very well for them but I figured once he got a bump up in competition he would struggle a little. He proved me wrong by pretty much duplicating his numbers after a promotion to A Delmarva but over double the innings. His stuff isn’t spectacular but he has a good feel for pitching and is still very young. We’ll see if he can sustain that success next season at A+ Frederick.

25. 1B – Joe Mahoney – 25 years old

AA Bowie: .289/.344/.502, 24 doubles, 5 triples, 11 HR, 67 RBI, 7 SB, 315 AB
A+ Frederick: .500/.667/.750, 2 doubles, 2 RBI, 8 AB
AFL: .325/.360/.542, 6 doubles, 4 HR, 22 RBI, 83 AB

Mahoney was the Orioles minor league player of the year in 2010 but had a pretty disappointing year in 2011. His stat line looks good but he couldn’t really stay healthy and he was repeating AA. I wanted to get a look at him with AAA Norfolk to see if his bat was ready for the more advanced arsenals of international league pitchers. We’ll have to find out in 2012 instead and hes another year older. Its looking more and more like hes another Brandon Snyder that peaked in AA.

Others worth mentioning: RHP Ryan Berry, RHP Miguel Chalas, LHP Matt Bywater, RHP Tyler Wilson, RHP Sebastian Vader, LHP Jacob Petitt, LHP Cameron Coffey, RHP Steve Johnson, C Caleb Joseph

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