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Posted on: September 1, 2009 12:18 am
 

September 2009 Orioles Prospect Rankings

Originally posted on The Washington Times' National Pastime


Top prospect Brian Matusz made an earlier-than-expected arrival in Baltimore in August and picked up his first three big-league victories. Down on the farm, the returns from the George Sherrill trade - third baseman Josh Bell and right-hander Steven Johnson - impressed for Bowie while Matt Hobgood began to flash the form that prompted the Orioles to select him with the fifth overall pick in June's MLB Draft. Fellow draftees including second-rounder Mychal Givens and late-round bonus babies Cameron Coffey and Michael Ohlman agreed to terms, adding depth to an already impressive farm system.

Since these will be the final monthly prospect rankings of the season, I've decided to double up and do a top-50 list. Please note that players with big league experience are ineligible for inclusion in these rankings. August rankings are in parentheses.


CREAM OF THE CROP

1. Jake Arrieta , RHP, Norfolk (2)

Arrieta struggled through his worst month as a pro in July but bounced back with a 3.03 ERA in August. The 23-year-old had a run of four starts in which he pitched six or more innings and allowed two or fewer earned runs.

2. Zach Britton , LHP, Frederick (3)

Britton fanned 31 batters in as many innings in August and now has a Carolina League-best 131 K's in 140 innings this season. The 21-year-old also ranks third in the circuit in ERA (2.70) and is tied for fourth in wins (nine).

3. Brandon Erbe , RHP, Bowie (4)

Erbe overcame a 22-to-17 K-to-walk ratio in 26 1/3 innings to post a 2.39 ERA in August. The 21-year-old will make up for some of the innings he lost earlier this season to shoulder fatigue in the Arizona Fall League.

4. Matt Hobgood , RHP, Bluefield (6)

Hobgood, who turned 19 on Aug. 3, has a 5.40 ERA in his first 21 2/3 pro innings but showed some flashes of brilliance in August. He fired five shutout frames on Aug. 13 and allowed one earned run in 4 2/3 innings on Aug. 26.

5. Josh Bell , 3B, Bowie (8)

Bell made an immediate impact with his new organization in August, slugging five homers for the Baysox to bring his season total to 16. The 22-year-old switch-hitter will continue to refine his game in the Arizona Fall League.

6. Steven Johnson , RHP, Bowie (10)

Dave Johnson's son posted a 3.55 ERA in his first five starts in the Orioles organization and stuck out nearly a batter per inning in the process, though he did issue 14 walks in 25 1/3 innings as well. He turned 22 on Aug. 31.

7. Brandon Snyder , 1B, Norfolk (5)

Snyder's Triple-A power outage continued in August as he failed to go deep in 92 at bats. The 22-year-old hit .343 with 10 home runs for Bowie but has managed just a .250 average and two homers in 65 games with Norfolk.

8. Xavier Avery , OF, Delmarva (9)

Avery, the fastest baserunner in the organization, swiped his 30th base of the season on Aug. 26. He still has a long way to go at the plate but the Orioles have to be pleased with his performance as a 19-year-old in Class A.

9. Caleb Joseph , C, Frederick (7)

Joseph entered August as the Carolina League's leading hitter but hit just .156 to drop his season's average to .295. Fatigue is likely to blame, and the 23-year-old still raised his stock as much as any O's prospect this year.

10. Brandon Waring , 1B/3B, Frederick (13)

Waring closed out a solid first season in the Orioles organization with his best month of the year, smashing nine homers to bring his season total to 26. The 23-year-old will join Erbe and Bell on the AFL's Phoenix Desert Dogs.


BEST OF THE REST

11. Luis Lebron , RHP, Bowie (18)
12. Mychal Givens , SS (NR)
13. Chorye Spoone , RHP, Frederick (14)
14. Wilfrido Perez , LHP, Bowie - 7-Day DL (15)
15. Joseph Mahoney , 1B, Delmarva (16)
16. Tyler Henson , 3B/OF, Frederick (NR)
17. Ronnie Welty , OF, Delmarva (23)
18. Kyle Hudson , OF, Delmarva (12)
19. Cameron Coffey , LHP (NR)
20. Justin Turner , 2B, Norfolk (17)
21. L.J. Hoes , 2B, Delmarva (21)
22. Bobby Bundy , RHP, Bluefield (19)
23. Jacob Cowan , RHP, Aberdeen (NR)
24. Pedro Florimon Jr. , SS, Frederick (NR)
25. Matt Angle , OF, Frederick (22)
26. Oliver Drake , RHP, Delmarva (20)
27. Cole McCurry , LHP, Delmarva (NR)
28. Eddie Gamboa , RHP, Frederick (NR)
29. Brandon Cooney , RHP, Frederick (25)
30. Ryan Adams , 2B, Frederick (NR)
31. Pat Egan , RHP, Frederick, (24)
32. Nicholas Haughian , LHP, Aberdeen (NR)
33. Tim Bascom , RHP, Bowie (11)
34. Brett Jacobson , RHP, Frederick (NR)
35. Miguel Abreu , 2B, Bowie (NR)
36. Ashur Tolliver , LHP, Aberdeen (NR)
37. Michael Ohlman , C, GCL Orioles (NR)
38. Tony Butler , LHP, GCL Orioles - Rehab (NR)
39. Vito Frabizio , RHP, Aberdeen (NR)
40. Randy Henry , RHP (NR)
41. Pedro Beato , RHP, Bowie (NR)
42. Ryan Berry , RHP (NR)
43. Billy Rowell , OF, Frederick (NR)
44. David Baker , RHP, GCL Orioles (NR)
45. Rhyne Hughes , 1B, Norfolk (NR)
46. James Brandhorst , RHP, Aberdeen (NR)
47. Kenny Moreland , RHP, Frederick (NR)
48. Rick Zagone , LHP, Frederick (NR)
49. Nathan Moreau , LHP, Delmarva (NR)
50. Robert Widlansky , 1B, Frederick (NR)


WELCOME TO THE SHOW: Brian Matusz , LHP (1)

 

August 2009 Orioles Prospect Rankings
July 2009 Orioles Prospect Rankings
June 2009 Orioles Prospect Rankings

Posted on: August 1, 2009 12:17 am
Edited on: August 1, 2009 7:55 am
 

August 2009 Orioles Prospect Rankings

Originally posted on The Washington Times' National Pastime


The Baltimore Orioles' youth movement continued in July as 21-year-old right-hander Chris Tillman joined rookies Matt Wieters, Nolan Reimold, Brad Bergesen, David Hernandez and Jason Berken on the big league roster. Down on the farm, lefty Brian Matusz continued to overwhelm Eastern League hitters and Brandon Erbe returned to the Bowie rotation after completing his rehabilitation from shoulder fatigue. The trade of closer George Sherrill to the Los Angeles Dodgers brought two more promising young players into the fold in third baseman Josh Bell and right-hander Steven Johnson, the son of broadcaster and former O's pitcher Dave Johnson.

Please note: Players with big league experience are ineligible for inclusion in these rankings. July rankings are in parentheses.


CREAM OF THE CROP

1. Brian Matusz , LHP, Bowie (1)

Matusz has started seven games for Bowie and won all seven. He's allowed only eight earned runs, six of them in his lone poor Double-A start on July 16 in Akron. He's arguably the top pitching prospect in all of baseball.

2. Jake Arrieta , RHP, Norfolk (3)

Arrieta got off to a decent start after his promotion to Norfolk but hit a rough patch in July, posting a 5.29 ERA in six starts. Between Double-A and Triple-A the 23-year-old is 9-7 with a 3.58 ERA and 119 K's in 110 2/3 innings.

3. Zach Britton , LHP, Frederick (5)

Britton issued 26 free passes in his first 47 2/3 innings but has walked just 17 in his last 61 1/3 frames. He's pitching deeper into games of late, averaging nearly 6 2/3 innings per start since the Carolina League All-Star break.

4. Brandon Erbe , RHP, Bowie (7)

Erbe has looked strong in his last two starts, allowing two runs in six innings July 25 and two in 6 2/3 frames July 30. Command remains an issue for the 21-year-old, who has a 35-to-18 K-to-walk ratio in 39 2/3 Double-A innings.

5. Brandon Snyder , 1B, Norfolk (4)

Eastern League pitchers proved no match for Snyder but the 2005 first-rounder hit a wall upon his promotion to Triple-A. He has really come on recently though, with a .368 average and nine RBI in his past 10 games.

6. Matt Hobgood , RHP, Bluefield (6)

Hobgood, the fifth overall pick in the 2009 draft, is just beginning to get his feet wet in Rookie ball after signing for a $2.42 million bonus. He allowed two earned runs, fanned four and walked three in his first three innings.

7. Caleb Joseph , C, Frederick (8)

Carolina League pitchers can't figure Joseph out, and he's not providing any clues. He's hitting .345 against left-handers and .329 against righties; .333 at home and .338 on the road; .316 in day games and .341 at night.

8. Josh Bell , 3B, Bowie (NR)

Bell, the key piece in the George Sherrill trade, has loads of power potential but may lack the range to remain at third base in the long run. The 22-year-old was hitting .296 with 11 homers for the Dodgers' Double-A affiliate.

9. Xavier Avery , OF, Delmarva (10)

Avery endured a terrible slump in early July but came on strong toward the end of the month, hitting .333 in his last 10 games. The 19-year-old speedster has been gunned down just once in his past 15 stolen base attempts.

10. Steven Johnson , RHP, Bowie (NR)

Johnson, 21, came over from the Dodgers along with Bell in the Sherrill trade about a week after being promoted to Double-A. He struggles with command at times but has a 3.61 ERA and 117 K's in 107 1/3 innings this year.


BEST OF THE REST

11. Tim Bascom , RHP, Bowie (13)
12. Kyle Hudson , OF, Delmarva (16)
13. Brandon Waring , 1B/3B, Frederick (9)
14. Chorye Spoone , RHP, GCL Orioles - Rehab (14)
15. Wilfrido Perez , LHP, Bowie - 7-Day DL (11)
16. Joseph Mahoney , 1B, Delmarva (17)
17. Justin Turner , 2B, Norfolk (18)
18. Luis Lebron , RHP, Bowie (12)
19. Bobby Bundy , RHP, Bluefield (15)
20. Oliver Drake , RHP, Delmarva (20)
21. L.J. Hoes , 2B, Delmarva (NR)
22. Matt Angle , OF, Frederick (25)
23. Ronnie Welty , OF, Delmarva (NR)
24. Pat Egan , RHP, Frederick, (NR)
25. Brandon Cooney , RHP, Delmarva (NR)


WELCOME TO THE SHOW: Chris Tillman , RHP (2)

DROPPED OUT: Blake Davis , SS, Norfolk (19); Rick Zagone , LHP, Frederick (21); Ryan Adams , 2B, Frederick (22); Pedro Florimon Jr. , SS, Frederick (23); Cole McCurry , LHP, Delmarva (24)

 

June 2009 Orioles Prospect Rankings
July 2009 Orioles Prospect Rankings


Posted on: July 1, 2009 9:27 am
 

July 2009 Orioles Prospect Rankings

From The Washington Times' National Pastime

 

Three of the Baltimore Orioles ' elite prospects moved a step closer to the big leagues in June as right-hander Jake Arrieta and first baseman Brandon Snyder were promoted to Triple-A Norfolk and lefty Brian Matusz joined Double-A Bowie. Meanwhile, righty Brandon Erbe - who missed about two months with shoulder fatigue - began a rehab assignment with short-season Class A Aberdeen, and right-handed pitcher Matt Hobgood, the No. 5 overall pick in the 2009 draft, agreed to a deal that included a $2.42 million bonus and was assigned to Rookie-level Bluefield.

Please note: Players with big league experience are ineligible for inclusion in these rankings. June rankings are in parentheses.

 

CREAM OF THE CROP

1. Brian Matusz , LHP, Bowie (1)

Matusz got a promotion after two-plus dominant months in Frederick and won his first two Double-A starts, allowing just one earned run and fanning 15 in 11 1/3 innings. He also got an invitation to the Futures Game.

2. Chris Tillman , RHP, Norfolk (2)

Tillman went 0-5 in June but posted a solid 31-to-8 K-to-walk ratio in 34 2/3 innings. The 21-year-old has a 2.97 ERA and 75 K's in 72 2/3 innings this season. He'll join Matusz at this month's Futures Game.

3. Jake Arrieta , RHP, Norfolk (3)

Arrieta moved a step closer to the big leagues in June, earning a promotion to Triple-A after going 6-3 with a 2.59 ERA and 70 K's in 59 Double-A innings. He went 1-2 with a 3.57 ERA in his first four starts for Norfolk.

4. Brandon Snyder , 1B, Norfolk (4)

Eastern League pitchers breathed a collective sigh of relief when Snyder was promoted to Norfolk after hitting .343 with 10 homers and 45 RBI in 58 games for Bowie. He's hitting .227 with eight RBI in 12 Triple-A games.

5. Zach Britton , LHP, Frederick (5)

Britton posted a sterling 1.61 ERA in June and now ranks second in the Carolina League with a 2.14 mark. He's also second in strikeouts with 75 in 75 2/3 innings and showed better command in June (28-to-8 K-to-walk).

6. Matt Hobgood , RHP, Bluefield (NR)

Hobgood, the Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year, features two plus pitches - fastball and curveball - but needs to develop a changeup to complement them. The 6-foot-4, 245-pounder turns 19 on Aug. 3.

7. Brandon Erbe , RHP, Aberdeen - Rehab (6)

The 21-year-old is getting back on track with short-season Class A Aberdeen after missing two months with shoulder fatigue. He had posted a sterling 0.90 ERA and fanned 19 in his first 20 innings for Double-A Bowie.

8. Caleb Joseph , C, Frederick (7)

The 2008 seventh-rounder's breakout season continued in June as he hit .338 to raise his Carolina League-leading average to .328. The 23-year-old backstop is making a strong case for a promotion to Double-A.

9. Brandon Waring , 1B/3B, Frederick (12)

Waring hit just .226 in June but slugged six homers to bring his season total to 14 - good for second-best in the Carolina League. The 23-year-old also ranks fourth in the circuit with 50 RBI through 73 games.

10. Xavier Avery , OF, Delmarva (8)

Avery, a 2008 second-rounder, made good on 10 of his 11 steal attempts in June after starting the year 11-for-19. The 19-year-old has held his own against the mostly older and more experienced competition in Class A.

 

BEST OF THE REST

11. Wilfrido Perez , LHP, Bowie (9)

12. Luis Lebron , RHP, Frederick (11)

13. Tim Bascom , RHP, Bowie (25)

14. Chorye Spoone , RHP, Frederick - 7-Day DL (13)

15. Bobby Bundy , RHP, Bluefield (18)

16. Kyle Hudson , OF, Delmarva (14)

17. Joseph Mahoney , 1B, Delmarva (15)

18. Justin Turner , 2B, Norfolk (23)

19. Blake Davis , SS, Aberdeen - Rehab (21)

20. Oliver Drake , RHP, Delmarva (17)

21. Rick Zagone , LHP, Frederick (10)

22. Ryan Adams , 2B, Frederick (20)

23. Pedro Florimon Jr. , SS, Frederick (NR)

24. Cole McCurry , LHP, Delmarva (24)

25. Matt Angle , OF, Frederick (NR)

 

DROPPED OUT: Billy Rowell , OF, Frederick (16); Pedro Beato , RHP, Frederick (19); L.J. Hoes , 2B, Delmarva (22)


Posted on: June 1, 2009 12:20 am
 

June 2009 Orioles Prospect Rankings

From The Washington Times' National Pastime

For the first time in a long time, it's exciting to be a Baltimore Orioles fan. Homegrown talents Matt Wieters , Nolan Reimold , David Hernandez , Jason Berken and Brad Bergesen are giving long-suffering O's supporters hope for a bright future, and reinforcements are on the way from what has quickly become one of baseball's better farm systems.

These rankings take several factors into consideration, including but not limited to minor league success, long-term potential and age. To keep the definition of "prospect" as simple as possible, any player with Major League experience is ineligible for inclusion - sorry, Troy Patton , Kam Mickolio and Bob McCrory . Here we go ...

 

CREAM OF THE CROP

1. Brian Matusz , LHP, Frederick

The 6-foot-5 southpaw has outclassed the advanced Class A competition, posting a 2.37 ERA and 69-to-20 K-to-walk ratio in his first 60 2/3 pro innings. A promotion to Double-A Bowie can't be far off for the fourth overall pick in the 2008 draft.

2. Chris Tillman , RHP, Norfolk

The 21-year-old picked up five straight wins and put his command issues in the rear-view before a groin strain forced him from his last start after two innings. The injury isn't considered serious, and he's probably next in line for a big league rotation spot.

3. Jake Arrieta , RHP, Bowie

The O's gave Arrieta a fifth-round record $1.1 million bonus in 2007 and that investment is looking better all the time. The 2007 Carolina League pitcher of the Year has a 2.98 ERA through nine starts and ranks second in the Eastern League with 56 K's.

4. Brandon Snyder , 1B, Bowie

Snyder enjoyed a breakout season for Frederick in 2008 and the momentum has carried over to 2009. The 2005 first-rounder needs some work at first base, but he ranks second in the Eastern League in RBI (38) and third in average (.342) and homers (9).

5. Zach Britton , LHP, Frederick

The 21-year-old lefty had a fine first full pro season for Delmarva in 2008 and currently ranks fourth in the Carolina League with a 2.45 ERA and sixth with 47 K's. Mediocre command (26 walks in 47 2/3 innings) remains an issue for the 2007 third-rounder.

6. Brandon Erbe , RHP, Bowie

Erbe was throwing very well (0.90 ERA, 19 K's in 20 innings, .153 opponents' batting average) before shoulder fatigue shut him down after four starts. The 21-year-old has top-shelf stuff but must iron out his command issues once he is able to return to action.

7. Caleb Joseph , C, Frederick

The 2008 seventh-rounder would be considered the catcher of the future in any other organization. He performed well for Aberdeen in his pro debut and has handled the jump to Frederick admirably, with a .326 average three homers and 24 RBI in 36 games.

8. Xavier Avery , OF, Delmarva

The 19-year-old was viewed as somewhat raw when the O's made him a second-rounder last year, but he has held his own in his first taste of full-season ball with a .280 average through 46 games. The eight caught stealings in 18 attempts is troubling, though.

9. Wilfrido Perez , LHP, Bowie

Iffy command hasn't prevented the 6-foot, 145-pound lefty reliever from quietly dominating the competition at every minor league level so far. The 24-year-old has a 1.77 ERA and 25 K's in 20 1/3 innings this year, and opponents are hitting just .134 off him.

10. Rick Zagone , LHP, Delmarva

Zagone, a 2008 sixth-rounder, has dominated the mostly younger and less experienced South Atlantic League competition to the tune of a 1.92 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 52-to-17 K-to-walk ratio in 51 2/3 innings. It's clearly time for a promotion to Frederick.

 

BEST OF THE REST

11. Luis Lebron , RHP, Frederick

12. Brandon Waring , 1B, Frederick

13. Chorye Spoone , RHP, Frederick

14. Kyle Hudson , OF, Delmarva

15. Joseph Mahoney , 1B, Delmarva

16. Billy Rowell , OF, Frederick

17. Oliver Drake , RHP, Delmarva

18. Bobby Bundy , RHP, Extended Spring Training

19. Pedro Beato , RHP, Frederick

20. Ryan Adams , 2B, Frederick

21. Blake Davis , SS, Norfolk

22. L.J. Hoes , 2B, Delmarva

23. Justin Turner , 2B, Norfolk

24. Cole McCurry , LHP, Delmarva

25. Tim Bascom , RHP, Frederick

 
 
 
 
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