The top-rated Baltimore Orioles prospect according to Baseball America isn’t who many would think it is.
With the minor league baseball season having only two full months left prospect rankings are changing by the day. For the Baltimore Orioles, their minor league affiliates across the board have played solid baseball in 2019.
In Baseball America’s updated top 100 prospect list, four Orioles made the cut. Keep in mind; the list did not include any 2019 draftees, so Adley Rutschman and Gunnar Henderson are not on the list.
The top-rated prospect in the Orioles farm system according to Baseball America’s latest rankings is left-handed pitcher DL Hall. MLB Pipeline lists Hall as the O’s third-ranked prospect but checks in at 33rd overall in the latest Baseball America list making him the Birds number one prospect in their eyes.
At High-A Fredrick this season Hall has pitched to a 3.86 ERA and has recorded an impressive 80 strikeouts in just 53.2 innings pitched. Hall will represent the Orioles at the 2019 MLB Futures Game next Sunday.
Also representing the Orioles at the 2019 Futures game will be right-handed pitcher Grayson Rodriguez. He checks in as the O’s second-rated highest prospect as the 60th best in baseball. At Low-A Delmarva, Rodriguez has posted a 2.18 ERA striking out 84 batters in 62 innings pitched.
Checking in at 69th overall and third in the Orioles system is slugger Ryan Mountcastle. Mountcastle has had a monster season at Triple-A Norfolk making a call to the pros in 2019 more and more likely. In 75 games Mountcastle is batting .305 with a .329 on-base percentage. He has hit 15 home runs and has 50 RBI’s.
The last Oriole to make the cut was outfielder Yusniel Diaz. Diaz checked in as baseball’s 71st ranked prospect. Diaz was the centerpiece to the Manny Machado trade last July and in 2019 and has driven in 31 runs for Double-A Bowie this far this season.
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