Predicting Baltimore Orioles’ Top 5 Breakout Players

Baltimore Orioles' Top 5 Breakouts

Kevin Gausman
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With Opening Day fast approaching, Orioles fans have a lot to be excited for. They have made several notable acquisitions to solidify their roster, and they have a strong minor leagues. However, the Orioles have to contend in the always challenging AL East. If they are going to make the playoffs this year, they will need breakout performances from some of their unproven players.

Here is a prediction for the Orioles' top five breakout players.

5. Suk Min Yoon

Suk Min Yoon
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5. Suk Min Yoon

Suk Min Yoon
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Despite having no major league experience, Suk Min Yoon can succeed as either a starter or reliever for the Orioles. With a solid fastball and an above average change, Yoon’s stuff should be able to translate into major league success.

4. David Lough

David Lough
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4. David Lough

David Lough
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The Orioles quietly acquired David Lough from the Kansas CIty Royals for third baseman Danny Valencia during the offseason. Lough is a strong defender in the outfield, and he has shown a lot of promise at the plate this spring for Baltimore. He should develop into a solid everyday player this season for the Orioles.

3. Tommy Hunter

Tommy Hunter
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3. Tommy Hunter

Tommy Hunter
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As the Orioles' 8th inning reliever last year, Tommy Hunter posted a strong 2.81 ERA and 0.98 WHIP. He will now take on the closers role for Baltimore, and he should excel. Expect him to have a great season and also earn a lot more around the league.

2. Jonathan Schoop

Jonathan Schoop
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2. Jonathan Schoop

Jonathan Schoop
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Jonathan Schoop is the Orioles' top hitting prospect, and he is on fire this spring. He's hitting .500 with a home run and two RBI in 18 at bats, and he has a lot of potential offensively and defensively.

1. Kevin Gausman

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1. Kevin Gausman

Kevin Gausman
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While Kevin Gausman might start the season in the majors, he could make a huge impact this season. Gausman has a powerful fastball, and he also has excellent command. He is arguably the Orioles' best prospect, and he has the potential to dominate for Baltimore whenever he gets the call-up.

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