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
|75||Top 1-2||Top 1-2 #1|
|70||Top 5||Top 5 #1|
|60||Plus||#2-#3||Elite Closer All-Star|
|50||AVG Regular||#4-#5||Low-Closer/Elite Setup|
|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|