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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Trace Bright, RHP

Bright was the biggest riser in the top 30, jumping all the way from 30th in 2023 to 17th in 2024. Bright pitched between two levels last season, spending most of his time in High-A Aberdeen. He saw mixed results, but the upside is clear with Bright.

In 82.2 High-A innings, Bright struck out an astonishing 127 batters, while allowing an opponent batting average of just .203. He also had great results in a limited sample at Double-A, recording a 2.12 ERA in 17 innings. Bright does have control issues (walked 56 batters in 99.2 total innings), but if that improves, he could continue to rise up the rankings.

Luis De Leon, LHP

Similarly to Bright, De Leon rose up the rankings quite a bit. He was ranked 25th in the top 30 in 2023, but is now up to 18th in the newest rankings. De Leon is yet another high-upside arm coming off of a fantastic 2023 season.

De Leon dominated rookie ball to start the season, pitching to just a 1.65 ERA in 27.1 innings. This earned him a promotion to Delmarva, where he continued his success. He pitched to a 2.39 ERA in 26.1 innings, while recording 31 strikeouts and holding opponents to just a .177 batting average.