Baltimore Orioles: Where Orioles Prospects Rank In MLB Pipeline’s New Rankings
With the addition of the 2019 draft and international signing classes, many Baltimore Orioles prospect hold new rankings on both the organizational and league-wide lists.
The Baltimore Orioles, minor league system, is on the rise. Baseball America recently ranked the O’s farm-system as the 8th most talented in baseball just a little over a year removed from being ranked in the bottom 10.
Now, MLB Pipeline which is many fans go to website when checking prospect rankings has added the 2019 MLB Draft Class and this year’s international signing classes to each team’s top 30 rankings.
As expected, there was a significant shakeup in Baltimore’s top 30 as well as one addition and a subtraction regarding the Orioles presence on the MLB top 100 prospect list.
The addition to the MLB top 100 is unsurprisingly Baltimore’s new top-ranked prospect Adley Rutschman.
The top overall pick of the 2019 MLB Draft is ranked as the sixth-best prospect in all of major league baseball. In addition, he now is baseball’s top-ranked catching prospect.
Joining Rutschman on the MLB top 100 list is Orioles second-ranked prospect Grayson Rodriguez (47), third-ranked prospect DL Hall (64) and fourth-ranked prospect Ryan Mountcastle (70).
As for the subtraction, outfielder Yusniel Diaz is no longer among baseball’s top 100 prospects. Diaz was the centerpiece of the prospect package the Orioles obtained from the Dodgers in exchange for Manny Machado last summer. Injuries caused Diaz to get off to a slow start in 2019, but he has gotten back on track of late as he is slashing .257/.331/.470 at Double-A Bowie this season. Despite falling off the MLB top 100 list, Diaz moved down just one spot on the Orioles top 30 list falling from the Birds fourth-ranked prospect to 5th best.
Other notable additions to the list include 2019 second-round selection Gunnar Henderson. He joins the Orioles organization as the team’s seventh-ranked prospect and as organizations top-ranked middle infield prospect.
2019 competitive balance round B selection Kyle Stowers made the cut as well. He ranks as the Orioles 12th best prospect and as the organization’s second-ranked outfield prospect only behind 2016 third-round pick Austin Hayes who ranks sixth in the organization.
Finally, 2019 third-round selection Zach Watson debuts as Baltimore’s 22nd ranked prospect and fourth-ranked outfielder.
Here is a look at the full updated Baltimore Orioles top 30 prospect.