2018 Top 30 Prospects

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It’s that time of year once again where we give you an in-depth view of the Orioles system. We will be doing our top 30 once again, but this year we will give you a new grading system so you can quickly see where the player is currently in development, where they will most likely end up, and their ceiling if everything breaks for them. This will help you determine the closeness of the player to the big leagues as well as the toolsy guys with bigger ceilings but who are farther away.

We developed this list after doing our own scouting, analyzing statistics, and after analyzing comments from players development personnel and professional scouts inside and outside of the organization. As with last year, I worked in collaboration with Luke Siler to develop the list. Our official list listed here is the collaborative result of our analysis.

New Grading System

Grade Hitters Starters Reliever
80 HOFer HOFer #1
75 Top 1-2 Top 1-2 #1
70 Top 5 Top 5 #1
65 All-Star All-Star #1-#2
60 Plus #2-#3 Elite Closer All-Star
55 Above AVG #3-#4 Mid-Closer
50 AVG Regular #4-#5 Low-Closer/Elite Setup
45 Platoon/Utilty #5-Swingman Setup
40 Bench Up/Down Middle/Long relief
35 Up/Down Emergency Up/Down
30 Org (AA/AAA) Org (AA/AAA) Org (AA/AAA)
25 Org (AA) Org (AA) Org (AA)
20 Org (A Ball ) Org (A Ball) Org (A Ball)

We will release the list 6-10 (Tue 11/6), then 1-5 (Thur 11/8), 10-15 (Tue 11/13), 16-20 (Thur 11/15), 21-30 Tue (11/20).
11/19). Age below as of Jun 30, 2018 to better understand the age they played last season.

Rank Name Current Grade Future Grade Ceiling Grade
1 DL Hall – LHP 25 60 65
2 Grayson Rodriguez – RHP 20 60 65
3 Ryan Mountcastle – 3B 40 55 60
4 Dean Kremer- RHP 45 55 60
5 Yusniel Diaz – OF  40 55 60
6 Austin Hays – OF 40 50 55
7 Hunter Harvey – RHP 35 50 60
8 Zac Lowther – LHP 35 50 55
9 Blaine Knight – RHP 25 50 55
10 Brenan Hanifee – RHP 25 50 55
11 Keegan Akin – LHP 40 50 50
12 Luis Ortiz – RHP 40 45 50
13 Ryan McKenna – OF 35 45 50
14 Branden Kline – RHP 40 45 55
15 Drew Rom – LHP 20 45 55
16 Zach Pop 40 45 50
17 Dillon Tate 40 45 50
18 Rylan Bannon 35 45 50
19 Adam Hall 20 45 50
20 Michael Baumann 25 45 50
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Tony Pente
Tony has owned and operated Orioles Hangout since 1996 and is well known for his knowledge of the Baltimore Orioles organization from top to bottom. He's a frequent guest on Baltimore-area sports radio stations and can be heard regularly on the 105.7 FM The Fan. His knowledge and contacts within the Orioles minor league system and the major league baseball scouting industry is unparalleled in the Baltimore media and is known as an expert on the Orioles prospects.