The MLB Trade Deadline is less then one month away, meaning trade season is in full swing. With the Orioles currently occupying the top A.L Wild Card spot, they certainly will be looking to make additions before the deadline. The Orioles have the top farm system in baseball and will certainly be hesitant to trade these players. But if they do make a move, look out for these 4 names to be involved.
These Orioles prospects could be dealt at the trade deadline to improve the team
Joey Ortiz, SS
Ortiz is the Orioles 5th ranked prospect according to MLB.com and lands at 65 on their top 100. He's been up with the major league club multiple times this season, but hasn't been able to carve out a consistent role with the team. Ortiz is best known for his defensive ability, which can be seen through his 65 Field tool on MLB.com's 80 grade scale.
He's a versatile defender who can play second, third, and short at an elite level. The issue is that the Orioles already have a loaded infield at the major league level with guys like Gunnar Henderson, Jorge Mateo, Ramon Urias, and fellow top prospect Jordan Westburg manning the infield currently.
He's been phenomenal offensively in Triple-A this season with a slash line of .353/.405/.587 and 22 extra-base hits. That production hasn't quite translated to the major league level, where he's slashing .212/.206/.242 with just one extra-base hit in 33 at bats. But even with these offensive struggles, Ortiz would certainly be an appealing prospect for other teams. If the O's look to make a splash at the deadline, Ortiz could certainly be the headliner of that deal.
Connor Norby, 2B/OF
Just like Ortiz, the current path for Norby to the majors isn't very clear. He's the O's 6th best prospect, coming in at 69th overall according to MLB.com. He's a very well-rounded player who has shown strong power at the second base position. He's slashing .277/.329/.439 with 9 homeruns at Triple-A Norfolk this season. But last season Norby recorded 29 homeruns across 3 different minor league levels, leading the O's farm system.
Norby has had a quieter, yet still solid season so far for the Tides. The issue is that the O's are loaded in the infield and corner outfield, at both the major and minor league level. As I previously mentioned, the current infield for the O's is loaded with talent and doesn't present much of an opening for Norby.
The outfield is also crowded with multiple All-Stars in Austin Hays and Cedric Mullins, and one of the best switch-hitters in all of baseball in Anthony Santander. Not to mention top prospects Colton Cowser and Heston Kjerstad who are waiting in the wings. Norby may be one of the many odd-men out of the O's future plans going forward, which could lead to him being dealt.
Hudson Haskin, OF
Haskin is having a very productive season so far at Triple-A Norfolk. Although he has sustained some injuries over the course of the season, Haskin has slashed .268/.368/.463 in 23 games in Triple-A. Haskin was drafted in 2020 and has been a consistent offensive and defensive player in each of his last 3 seasons. MLB.com describes him as a "toolsy right-handed center fielder", which is reiterated through his 60 grade speed and fielding.
Haskin is ranked as the 13th best Orioles prospect in their farm system and would certainly be an intriguing option for a rebuilding team looking to take a swing at his high upside. Like the other guys on this list, Haskin just doesn't seem to have a place on the major league roster at this point. And with him already being in Triple-A, the O's will have to make a decision on his future pretty soon.
DL Hall, LHP
DL Hall is easily one of the most talented players in the Orioles farm system. He has elite stuff, but continues to struggle with control and injuries. Hall was injured in Spring Training, essentially eliminating his chances of making the Opening Day roster. He did make one major league appearance this season where he struck out 7 batters in 3 innings, but was then optioned back to Triple-A after the game.
More issues have recently occurred for Hall after he was sent down to Sarasota due to abnormally low velocity on his fastball. The goal is for him to temporarily take a step away from pitching at the Triple-A level in order for him to focus more on his body and getting his strength back. Although the Orioles would be hesitant to deal Hall, it wouldn't shock me if another team was fixated on his potential and could get a deal done with the O's.
These four players all represent why the Orioles farm system is so elite. For most teams, Ortiz, Norby, Hall, and Haskin would be highly touted prospects. But for the O's, it's reasonable to think they could be moved if the right deal comes forward.