Baltimore Orioles: Minor Leaguers Need Your Vote, Birdland!
By Nick Stevens
Two Baltimore Orioles prospects have been nominated for 2019 MiLBYS.
While the 2019 season left a lot to be desired at the major league level, positive story after story came from the Baltimore Orioles minor league system this year, including record-breaking seasons for the Delmarva Shorebirds and Aberdeen Ironbirds.
The Orioles farm system is no longer a land void of elite prospects, but now features dominant pitching prospects and exciting hitting prospects who have real potential to become major league contributors. It’s a fun time to be an avid follower of the Baltimore Orioles minor league system.
Two of these exciting O’s prospects need your vote over at MiLB.com in the 2019 MiLBYS. You can view all of the categories and nominees and cast your ballot here.
Categories include Top Starting Pitcher, Top Offensive Player, Top Relief Pitcher, Breakout Prospect, and Photo of the Year. There are also video categories which include Best Defensive Play, Best Walk-Off, Best Blooper, Best Dog Moment, Best Dugout/Bullpen Moment, Best In-Game Fun, and Best Feel-Good Moment.
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Orioles starting pitcher Grayson Rodriguez has been nominated for Break Prospect of the Year. Other nominees include Luis Campusano (Padres), Dylan Carlson (Cardinals), Deivi Garcia (Yankees), Robel Garcia (Cubs), Josiah Gray (Dodgers), Marco Luciano (Giants), Julio Rodriguez (Mariners), Tarik Skubal (Tigers), and Alek Thomas (Diamondbacks).
Rodriguez had an unbelievable season with the Delmarva Shorebirds, going 10-4 with a 2.68 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, and a .170 average against. He averaged 12.35 K/9 IP and surrendered just four home runs in 94 innings of work.
He ended the season as the second-ranked prospect in the Orioles system, 44th overall in all of baseball.
Bowie Baysox shortstop and recent Arizona Fall League Fall Star Mason McCoy is also nominated for a MiLBY, the Best Defensive Play of the year. I’ll let the play do all the talking.
Head on over to MiLB.com and cast your vote for these two Orioles prospects as they try and wrap up 2019 with a new piece of hardware.