The catching prospect has some offensive upside, but it appears that the Orioles want to give him a bit more time to develop before making him a staple of the lineup. Caleb Joseph is in line for primary catching duties for now, but Sisco will likely push for starting duties at some point during the season. It's unclear if the Orioles want Sisco to get more at-bats in the minors or if they want him to learn from Joseph a bit as his backup, but things should become clearer as spring training rolls along.
Sisco's future role with the Orioles will depend on his defense, and the club was encouraged that the catcher threw out 41 percent of would-be base stealers after the All-Star break in Triple-A Norfolk, Jon Meoli of The Baltimore Sun reports.
There's no questioning the top prospects offensive talents, but how Sisco can manage a rotation from behind the dish is still up for debate. The 22-year-old figures to be the O's routine catcher sooner rather than later, but Sisco may still need another year or two of minor-league seasoning before he's ready to take on full-time catching duties at the big-league level.
Sisco's contract was selected from Triple-A Norfolk on Friday.
He may be the Orioles' most well-known prospect, but Sisco does not profile as the type of player who will make much of a fantasy impact over the final month. The 22-year-old catcher hit .267/.340/.395 with seven home runs in 388 plate appearances at Triple-A this year. Look for him to get the occasional September start behind the dish, but this is primarily going to be a learning opportunity for the young backstop.
With rosters expanding Friday, the Orioles will promote their top catching prospect for the final stretch of the season. Sisco does not have much in the way of pop with just seven home runs in 344 at-bats this year, but he owned a .267/.340/.395 slash line at Triple-A Norfolk prior to his promotion. He'll be a viable option when the likes of Welington Castillo or Caleb Joseph need a day off.
Sisco was selected to play in the All-Star Futures Game on Sunday in Miami.
Among International League backstops, the O's top catching prospect ranks second in batting average (.276), on-base (.351) and slugging percentage (.390). Sisco has done more than enough to show he's ready for a crack at MLB. It's only a matter of time now before the 22-year-old makes his debut on the big stage.
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