Here’s a deeper look the Baltimore Orioles’ top pitching prospect, Grayson Rodriguez
Weight: 220 lbs
Born: 11/16/1999 Houston, TX
Drafted: Baltimore Orioles 1st round, 11th overall from HS 2018 MLB Amateur Draft
High School: Central Heights High School (Nacogdoches, TX)
With the Orioles steadily in rebuild mode, it is safe to say that drafting Grayson Rodriguez in 2018 was a huge step in the right direction. The 21-year-old has quickly risen as a top prospect in the Orioles farm system and currently ranks as a top-five pitching prospect in all of Major League Baseball.
Rodriguez currently holds four pitches in his toolbelt: fastball, changeup, slider, and curveball. His fastball is by far his best pitch and can reach up to 99 MPH at times.
Currently, between the Aberdeen Ironbirds (A+) and the Bowie Baysox (AA), the 2018 selection boasts a 7-1 record with a 2.43 combined ERA. He is a consistent strikeout machine, averaging seven Ks in his starts this season.
The Houston, Texas native is becoming a household name around Minor League Baseball and within the Baltimore Orioles organization. It truly is only a matter of time until we see him in an Orioles uniform.
Unfortunately, it does not look as if we will see Rodriguez on the mound at Oriole Park at Camden Yards this summer. With the current state of the O’s, it is not the worst thing to let him gain confidence, work on his pitches, and develop at a consistent pace. We all love to see the young players rise in the ranks quickly, but in Baltimore’s situation, slow and steady is key to success for the future.