Breaking News!!! Jordan Westburg gets the call and he's a major league player.
After weeks of clamoring from Birdland, the #46 prospect per MLB Pipeline will debut for Baltimore this week. Jordan Westburg, a 2020 first-round pick, raked at Triple A and his time has come. Jeff Passan from ESPN was the first on the news.
Infield prospect Jordan Westburg promoted to major leagues
The 30th pick from 2020 MLB Draft made his pro debut a year later after the pandemic season that cancelled the Minor League Season that year. He played so well in 2021 that he ended the year in Bowie. One year later, he was promoted to Triple A.
This season, Westburg has a .295/.372/.567/.852 slash line with 18 Home Runs, 54 RBI, 57 Runs and 6 stolen bases. In 3+ seasons in the minors, the Mississippi State product finished his minor league career with a .278/.371/.506 slash line (.887 OPS), 60 Home Runs, 239 RBI, 227 Runs and 35 stolen bases in 317 games.
He climbed the prospect rankings over the years. He'll came to Baltimore ranked No.3 on Orioles' Top 30, trailing Jackson Holliday (the newest #1 prospect in baseball) and Colton Cowser. His graded tools (in a 20-80 scale) put all of them but 'Hit' with a 55 value. He plays second base, third base, shortstop and corner outfield.
Westburg isn't on the 40-man roster. To finish the move, one player must be DFA'd to make room on the 40 man roster, and a move needs to be made on the 26 man roster as well. On Monday morning, Joey Ortiz was optioned to Norfolk and José Godoy was outrighted off the 40 man roster to make room for Westburg on both fronts.
On the field, he'll play alongside his fellows Adley Rutschman and Gunnar Henderson, and veterans like Jorge Mateo, Ramon Urias and Adam Frazier, who is a Mississippi State product, too.
Welcome to the big leagues Jordan!