By David Atlas on April 26, 2014
For the better part of a decade, the Baltimore Orioles couldn’t get consistent pitching or develop their prospects, but now, with the club in the thick of a playoff race, they have plenty of prospects primed to make an impact at the MLB level.
Tim Berry has already developed a track record in the minor leagues and after an impressive spring in 2014, he’s exciting people in Baltimore. The left-hander went 11-7 with a 3.85 ERA in 27 starts for the Frederick Keys last season. Berry has all the stuff to be successful at the major league level, he just needs to work on his command.
Despite his struggles so far in 2014, Eduardo Rodriguez is still a top prospect. Rodriguez’s pitches have a lot of movement on them, but he’s struggling with consistency and command right now. If he can improve on his consistency, Rodriguez has the chance to be a starter in the major leagues.
Hunter Harvery is probably the farthest away from making it to the majors, but he still has superb potential. Harvey’s fastball already reaches the mid-90s and as he grows, that will likely increase in velocity. He’s also developing a curveball and change-up. Harvery is the rawest of the five prospects listed here, but the sky is the limit for this kid.
Dylan Bundy is another of baseball’s top prospects and while he’s currently recovering from Tommy John Surgery, there’s still a lot to be excited about. Bundy made it to the big leagues in his very first professional season in 2012, something that’s very rare. Bundy has great command of all of his pitches. He utilizes a plus fastball that’s consistently in the high-90s, an above-average change-up and an above-average curveball.
Kevin Gausman is one of the top prospects in all of baseball and is nothing short of a complete stud. Gausman has ace potential and he’s right on the cusp to breaking into the majors once again. The flame-throwing righty has a plus fastball, a plus change-up, and is continuing to develop his breaking stuff. Gausman is one chance away from making a real impact in Baltimore.
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