Baltimore Orioles: 5 Prospects On The Verge Of Being Called Up

Baltimore Orioles: 5 Prospects On The Verge Of Being Called Up

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Prospects are guys who haven't exceeded rookie eligibility. Most prospects called in-season are on the 40-man roster. Why? A team's 40-man is usually full, and to call a dude not on the 40-man requires removing a player, making the removed player available to any MLB team. Additionally, once a player is placed on the 40-man, he gets a major league salary. Here are five O's who meet that criteria and deserve a September call, if not sooner.

5. Preston Guilmet

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5. Preston Guilmet

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Preston Guilmet is one of those guys who wont knock your socks off with dominant stuff out of the bullpen, but throughout his minor league career the right-hander has been a closer at every level. He had a September call last season and, after a 2014 April trade from Cleveland, threw in ten games with the Orioles earlier this season. He has great control, but his propensity for allowing the long ball is not well suited for Camden Yards.

4. Michael Ohlman

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4. Michael Ohlman

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Extra catching help is always called in September. Michael Ohlman earned a spot on the 40-man roster with a breakout 2013 season in high-A ball. Last year he hit .313/.410/.934 with 13 homers in 361 at-bats. He has struggled mightily this year in double-A, slashing .240/.308/.638 with two bombs in 321 at-bats. Ohlman rates "poor" behind the plate and any big-league future will most likely be at first base.

3. Tim Berry

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3. Tim Berry

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Lefty starter Tim Berry gets overlooked because the Orioles have so many talented young starting pitchers. He throws a low-90's heater and a sweet bender. Berry struggles against right-handed batters. In double-A his numbers vs. righties include a 4.62 ERA, .275 BAA, allowing 12 homers in 85.2 innings. When facing lefties he has an 1.51 ERA, .205 BAA, and hasn't allowed a homer in 35.2 innings. Seems like a left-handed specialist out of the pen.

2. Henry Urrutia

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2. Henry Urrutia

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Cuban defector Henry Urrutia missed about two months this season thanks to hernia surgery. The left fielder hit .276 in 58 at-bats last season with Baltimore. The surgery has slowed his progress this season in triple-A, batting only .230 in 100 at-bats. If the Orioles open up a little breathing room in the AL East, he might get some time in left. Regardless, he will be with the big club when the rosters expand on the first of September.

1. Dylan Bundy

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1. Dylan Bundy

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Dylan Bundy is an absolute stud starting pitcher. At only 19 years old he was called to the bigs at the end of 2012. Unfortunately, Bundy was another victim of the Tommy John surgery pandemic -- missing the entire 2013 season. Bundy throws mean gas, a sharp breaking curve and a plus-change. The Orioles think he is their No. 1 starter of the future. Still rehabbing in the minors, the team may call him up before September to aid their playoff run.

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