By David Atlas on April 24, 2014
In Spring Training I ranked five of the Baltimore Orioles’ top prospects, and now I’m going to discuss whether those same players have seen their stock rise or fall since Spring Training.
Note: These are not simply the Orioles' highest potential prospects. For example, Dylan Bundy is not included in this list because he’s still rehabbing from Tommy John surgery.
Eduardo Rodriguez was the Orioles’ third ranked prospect coming into the 2014, but he’s done absolutely nothing to show why. Rodriguez struggled in Spring Training, pitching six innings and giving up 12 hits with eight runs while surrendering a pair of home runs. So far at AA Rodriguez hasn’t been much better, as he’s 1-2 with an ERA of 6.75 in 16 innings pitched.
Tim Berry was the sixth ranked Orioles’ prospect coming into 2014, and by season’s end he may be much higher up the rankings if he keeps pitching like he is right now. In his first real season at AA, Berry has pitched to a 1-0 record with a minuscule 1.12 ERA in 24 innings. The southpaw is starting to turn heads.
Henry Urrutia was the seventh ranked prospect in the Orioles’ organization coming into 2014. He spent a fair amount of time in the majors last season with Baltimore, but so far he’s gotten off to a terrible start in AAA. Urrutia is batting only .239 with no home runs and six RBIs in 71 at-bats. Urrutia still has plenty of time to turn his season around, but he better start soon.
Kevin Gausman is the Orioles' second ranked prospect, and he’s a guy who has ace-potential at the MLB level. There’s a good chance that Gausman plays in Baltimore this year and makes an impact, but right now he’s at AAA where he’s been solid. Despite an 0-1 record, Gausman has pitched to a 3.24 ERA in 16.2 innings pitched while striking out 15 batters.
Jonathan Schoop is the Orioles' fifth ranked prospect, but his title of “prospect” is quickly turning into “starting second baseman”. Schoop has struggled defensively at third base, but when playing his natural position at second, he’s looked solid. At the plate Schoop is producing, hitting .262/.273/.415 with a home run and nine RBIs. Brian Roberts, you have been replaced.
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