The Baltimore Orioles may appear to be set at catcher for the foreseeable future with Matt Wieters behind the plate, but in baseball it’s never a good idea to plan too far ahead. Like any smart team, Baltimore continues to cultivate catching prospects, with Tanner Murphy being one of the young players they are most excited about. (more…)
Thanks, in large part, to the past two drafts, the Orioles have two of the best pitching prospects in the game with both being near MLB ready. They lack any true position prospects that can make an impact this year or next. thanks to the promotion of Manny Machado, but they have some good talent up the middle that could be ready to contribute in a few years.
Below are our top 16 prospects with 2013 opening day age, position, and comments on each player. Below the top 16 is a small list of additional notable names. Enjoy.
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Dan Marino is trekking through each division in the major leagues and giving you one player he thinks is the: Rookie to Watch, Breakthrough Player, The Party’s Over, Non-Roster Invitee Most Likely to Stick, and Just Not Seeing it.
In part one of six he brings you the American League East:
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With just three weeks until pitchers and catchers start reporting to spring training locations, the baseball offseason is winding down, but it’s not ending with a whimper. This has been one of the more eventful offseasons in recent memory, with constant activity, surprises, and even some quality free agents like Kyle Lohse and Michael Bourn still available at this late date.
If the 2013 season can be half as eventful as this winter has been, fans should be in for quite a treat.
Unfortunately, this past week ended with some truly sad news about two baseball legends; considerably darkening this installment of notes. (more…)
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Even with the playoff action at a fever pitch, it’s not too early to look ahead at the free agent class of 2013 and how they might impact teams next season. Ultimately the number of zeroes on the checks will determine where the players sign, but unfortunately that doesn’t mean that they will go where they would be the best fit. Every player about to enter free agency has one landing spot that would work well for them and the team; it just depends on if they both realize it and if the money is right.
If I were playing matchmaker, here is who I would pair up this offseason: (more…)
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As a proud member of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance I get the privilege of voting on all of the regular season awards in addition to the Hall of Fame and other great awards. The Manager of the Year Award, or The Connie Mack Award as the BBA calls it, is a tough one to quantify but fellow member and great writer Bryan O’Connor came up with a method that I will no-doubt be using heavily when I vote on this award.
Basically what Bryan did was take a look at the final standings and his preseason prediction standings and the manager that exceeded his own win-loss expectation is who he voted for. I find this method brilliant and it will now be a part of my method in deciding the Connie Mack Award every year. But it will not be my sole method. (more…)
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The news that the Orioles were calling up prospect Manny Machado first broke at about 11:30 ET when Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun tweeted the news. Well twitter began to blow up and the discussion began.
Machado was the Orioles first round pick in the 2010 draft and the third overall pick in the draft. He made his professional debut in the Gulf Coast League at the age of 17 and spent hardly anytime there before being called up to play in the New York Penn League to finish out the 2010 season. In 2011 he split time between Class A and High A which brings us to 2012. He was a consensus top 15 prospect in all of baseball heading into the year and was regarded as the second best shortstop prospect behind Jurickson Profar. At this point, Machado is arguably a top 5 prospect. He has spent all of 2012 at AA where he’s hit .266/.350/.431 this year in 455 plate appearances with 10 homeruns. (more…)
The Baltimore Orioles first pick in last year’s draft, and fourth overall pick, Dylan Bundy is putting up video game numbers in his professional debut. Bundy is only 19 years young and in the Low-A Sally League where the average age of pitchers is nearly 22 years of age.
Despite the fact that Bundy is nearly three years younger than the average pitcher in his own league, many scouts and executives thought he should have started his professional career in Double-A and definitely no lower than High-A. But the Orioles decided to take a different approach with Bundy for reasons that I cannot and will not ever know or understand.
Bundy, despite being one of the youngest athletes in the Sally League, is absolutely dominating his competition where the average aged batter is also nearly 22 years of age. Take a look at each of his eight outings so far this year for the Delmarva Shorebirds: (more…)
There are two guys who have gotten off to surprisingly hot starts, but within the last week, one has hit the DL while the other suffered a head injury and is going in for testing. The two players that I am talking about are Nolan Reimold and Josh Thole. Each are relatively young, and started off the year showing promising signs for the future. I hope for both of them that they bounce back and get on track but I will take a closer look at each player after the jump. (more…)