Evaluating MLB Pipeline's changes to Orioles' 2024 top 30 prospects list

MLB Pipeline's newest top 30 ranking shuffled around some exciting Orioles prospects.
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The Orioles come into 2024 with the best farm system in baseball, but their top 30 ranking has changed slightly from 2023 to 2024.

Here are the major risers, fallers, and new additions to their top 30, according to MLB Pipeline.

Notable Orioles Top Prospect Risers

Samuel Basallo, C/1B

Basallo is the latest Orioles prospect to soar up the rankings, moving from fifth in the top 30 to second behind the phenom Jackson Holliday. At just 19 years old, Basallo put together a truly dominant season across three minor league levels. He moved from Low-A, to High-A, to Double-A in just his third professional season, raking at every level.

Basallo finished the season with an absurd .313/.402/.551 slash line, clubbing 20 home runs and driving in 86 runs in the process. He even stole 12 bases last season, putting his tremendous athleticism on display. Basallo has all of the potential in the world, and could very well be the top prospect in baseball by the end of the season.

Seth Johnson, RHP

Seth Johnson
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Johnson didn't pitch much for the O's in 2023 because he was recovering from Tommy John Surgery, but it seems like MLB Pipeline is confident in his progression going forward. Johnson moved from 14th in the top 30 to 11th in their newest ranking.

Johnson was one of the center pieces of the Trey Mancini trade in 2022, along with fellow pitching prospect Chayce McDermott. Johnson pitched in just five games last season for a combined 10.1 innings, but he has good stuff and could be in the majors sometime this season. MLB Pipeline likes his fastball and slider, grading them at 60 and 55 respectively on their 80-grade scale.