5 Baltimore Orioles Prospects You Must Watch During Spring Training
5 Baltimore Orioles Prospects to Watch During 2014 Spring Training
1992, 1993 and 1994. The last time the Baltimore Orioles had three consecutive winning seasons was during those years. The O's will be trying to achieve that in 2014. After making the postseason in 2012, the Orioles took a step back in 2013 -- but still finished above .500.
Despite playing in one of the best divisions in baseball, the AL East, the Orioles do have a legitimate shot at finishing above .500 again in 2014. Their roster is full of talent from top to bottom. Chris Davis, who led all of MLB in home runs in 2013 with 53, is still going to be on the team. Manny Machado, the slickest defensive third baseman in baseball, won't be ready for Opening Day, but he will return at some point for the O's.
Oh, and the offseason isn't even over yet. The Orioles haven't been all that active so far, but they are still on the hunt for some starting pitching. Rumors swirled on Friday night that the Orioles have started to "kick the tires" on free agent starter Ervin Santana.
To go with their talent already on the 25-man roster, the Orioles also have a few great prospects that are nearly MLB-ready. The farm system for the O's isn't necessarily great as a whole as it is fairly shallow. That said, the top of the list is full of potential stars like Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman.
As Spring Training approaches, it's time to take a look at some of the prospects that will be participating in big league camp this year for the Orioles. Here are five Orioles prospects to keep your eye on in Spring Training.
5. Michael Ohlman
Despite his last name slightly resembling "old man", Michael Ohlman is certainly no old man. Don't worry folks -- that is most likely my last attempt to make you smile with a terrible joke. At just 23-years old, Ohlman has a career .260/.357/.394 triple-slash line in five minor league seasons. The Orioles' top catching prospect is said to have the best strike-zone discipline in their farm system, according to Baseball America.
4. Tim Berry
At 23-years-old, Tim Berry is entering his fifth season in the Orioles organization. In four minor league seasons, Berry has a 4.46 ERA with 3.3 BB/9 and 7.5 K/9. The control-oriented southpaw features a low-90s fastball and a work-in-progress curveball.
3. Jonathan Schoop
22-year-old second baseman Jonathan Schoop, according to Baseball America, is the best power hitter in the Orioles' farm system and also possesses the best infield arm. He is a career .268/.335/.407 hitter in the minor leagues. Schoop's power has really started to develop in recent seasons as his body has developed with age.
2. Kevin Gausman
Kevin Gausman had a cup of coffee at the MLB-level with the O's in 2013, but it didn't go so well. He features the best fastball and best changeup in the O's farm system. The 23-year old possesses elite control for a pitcher that throws a hard fastball. In his two minor league seasons, Gausman has a 3.53 ERA with just 1.4 BB/9 and 8.8 K/9.
1. Dylan Bundy
Don't get all upset, people. I know Dylan Bundy had Tommy John surgery and won't pitch until July at the earliest. However, the guy is a stud and he is on the 40-man roster, so he technically did get the invite to Spring Training, making him eligible according to my self-made list of prerequisites. Bundy features the best curveball in the Orioles' system, and he throws an upper-90s fastball.