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    03

    Orioles Prospect HOTSHEET: June Edition

    Written by Chris Slade

    The month of June is in the rear view mirror where you should always remember that objects are closer than they appear. If you don't, than you cut people off on the highway, sending them into fits of rage as they spill the morning cup of Joe all over their nice new overpriced dress shirts from Jos. A. Bank. And nobody wants to be "that guy".

    "That guy" you want to be (but you can't because you aren't employed by a Major League Baseball team) is the guy who makes the cut on the latest, freshest minor league HOTSHEET. It's time to recap the hottest prospects in the Orioles minor leagues from the month of June.

    Without further ado, we kick things off with a certain teenager from Delmarva who is beginning to look like one of the top prospects in all of the Orioles minors. And I'm not talking about Hunter Harvey. I'm talking about... 

    1) Chance Sisco - C - Delmarva Shorebirds (Low A)

    Age: 19

    OH Prospect Rank: 9

    June Numbers:

    G AVG AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K OBP SLG OPS
    24 .404 89 36 8 0 1 19 12 17 .476 .528 1.004

    Here's your hottest hitter in the minors at the moment. He's been giving opposing pitchers the scorched earth treatmant lately, batting .420 in 50 at bats since the SAL all-star game. He's also walked 7 times and struck out just 5 times during that span. Very impressive for a kid fresh out of high school.

    2) Mike Yastrzemski - CF - Delmarva Shorebirds (Low A)

    Age: 23

    OH Prospect Rank: UR

    June Numbers:

    G AVG AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO OBP SLG OPS
    23 .310 100 31 4 4 4 23 5 26 .339 .550 .889

    Yaz's grandson is now at a slightly more age appropriate level after feasting on Low-A ball pitching and making the SALLY all-star team. He's not the type that will wow scouts so he'll need to continue to prove he can hit like this at higher levels to win people over. He's hitting .267/.345/.289 so far in 45 at bats with the Keys.

    3) Trey Mancini - 1B - Delmarva Shorebirds (Low A)

    Age: 22

    OH Prospect Rank: UR

    June Numbers:

    G AVG AB H 2B
    3B HR RBI BB SO OBP SLG OPS
    26 .292 106 31 6 1 5 19 5 11 .330 .509 .839

    I called the Mancini callup to Frederick in the mid-June edition, a much-deserved promotion. He had another solid month of work in June and started tapping into that raw power more with five dongs. His production has slowed somewhat at Frederick thus far with a .255/.292/.491 line but his strikeout rate is low so he ought to pick it up in July.

    4) Dylan Bundy - RHP - Frederick Keys (High A)

    Age: 21

    OH Prospect Rank: 1

    June Numbers:

    GS W L ERA IP H HR BB K AVG GB% FIP
    3 0 1 0.60 15 10 0 3 22 .189 54.8% 0.87

    He's back! Bundy has returned to us, pitching in actual minor league games for the first time since Dec. 21, 2012 was still an actual concern for some people. Bundy dominated in his three starts with the Ironbirds and hopefully builds of that performance as he moves up to Frederick.

    5) Christian Walker – 1B – Bowie Baysox (AA)

    Age: 23

    OH Prospect Rank: 16

    June Numbers:

    G AVG AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO OBP SLG OPS
    28 .296 108 32 7 1 4 27 9 25 .345 .491 .835

    Walker, the early front runner for Orioles minor league player of the year, continues his season long tear at the plate. He's also likely a top ten prospect within the organization now.

    6) Jon Keller - RHP - Delmarva Shorebirds (Low A)

    Age: 21

    OH Prospect Rank: 28

    First Two Weeks of June:

    G W L ERA IP H HR BB K AVG GB% FIP
    6 1 0 1.13 16 13 0 3 15 .213 56.5% 2.08

    The best performing reliever in the Orioles farm system this year, Keller has been a steal in the 21st round with his mid-90's sinking fastball and above average slider.

    7) Steven Brault - LHP - Delmarva Shorebirds (Low A)

    Age: 22

    OH Prospect Rank: 17

    June Numbers:

    GS W L ERA IP H HR BB K AVG GB% FIP
    5 2 2 2.81 32 28 0 3 29 .239 44.4% 2.14

    Brault continues to place on the HOTSHEET time and time again. Look at that 29-to-3 K/BB ratio. That's eye candy for stat geeks. He ought to be bumped up Frederick at some point but what do I know?

    8) Sebastian Vader - RHP - Frederick Keys  (High A)

    Age: 22

    OH Prospect Rank: UR

    GS W L ERA IP H HR BB K AVG GB% FIP
    4 1 3 2.92 24.2 27 0 6 14 .276 52.9% 2.92

    "Darth" Vader (I know, original) recently celebrated a 22nd birthday. He also celebrated a recent and deserved callup to the Frederick Keys. He had another outstanding month of work at Delmarva and finished with a 3.04 ERA in 83 innings before his callup.

    9) Parker Bridwell - RHP - Frederick Keys (High A)

    Age: 22

    OH Prospect Rank: 15

    GS W L ERA IP H HR BB K AVG GB% FIP
    5 2 0 2.51 28.2 19 1 12 25 .194 53.3% 3.27

    Back-to-back strong months of strong work for Mr. Bridwell which is what we like to see from a talented pitcher who has struggled with consistency from outing to outing in the past.

    10) Drew Dosch - 3B - Delmarva Shorebirds

    Age: 22

    OH Prospect Rank: UR

    June Numbers:

    G AVG AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO OBP SLG OPS
    26 .340 103 35 3 0 0 6 16 18 .433 .369 .802

    Dosch continues to grip and rip the ball for the Shorebirds. I don't exactly consider Jason Esposito a road block at Frederick (how the mighty have fallen. But, was he ever mighty enough to warrant a 2nd round selection to begin with? Tangent over), so we may see Dosch join fellow SALLY league all-stars Trey Mancini and Mike Yastrzemski in the near future.

    11) Michael Ohlman - C - Bowie Baysox (AA)

    Age: 23

    OH Prospect Rank: 6

    June Numbers:

    G AVG AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO OBP SLG OPS
    22 .301 83 25 7 0 0 1 6 19 .344 .386 .730

    Boy, am I glad to finally see Ohlman grace us with his presence on the HOTSHEET. He's been off to a slow start in his first test of AA but appears to be finding his groove lately at the plate. Let's hope it continues.

    12) Mitch Horacek - LHP - Delmarva Shorebirds (Low A)

    Age: 22

    OH Prospect Rank: UR

    June Numbers:

    GS W L ERA IP H HR BB K AVG GB% FIP
    4 1 1 3.86 23.1 23 1 4 27 .182  47% 1.96

    Horacek had another strong month of pitching on the mound for the Shorebirds and will likely be bumped up to the Keys at some point. His .305 average allowed to righties still presents a concern going forward but overall, Horacek has had a nice first full season of work thus far.

    HM/ Alex Murphy is off to a good start with the Ironbirds and batted .293/.348/.431 during the month of June.

    The Not Sheet…Uh Oh…

    Mike Wright - RHP - AAA - 0-4, 7.66 ERA, .362 AVG - Another rough month of work for Wright who has fallen to 1-7 with a 6.47 ERA on the season.

    Eduardo Rodriguez - LHP - AA - 2-3, 5.52 ERA, .307 AVG - E-Rod's adjustment to AA ball continues to not go swimmingly. Righties (.329) in particular have been giving him fits all year. His FIP (3.78) suggests his overall line should improve going forward. Let's hope that's the case.

    Glynn Davis - CF - High A - .220/.319/.268 in 82 at bats - After such a scorching hot start to the season, Davis has crashed down to earth, struggling to produce throughout the month of June.

    Adrian Marin - SS - High A - .184/.192/.276 in 76 at bats - Another rough month at the plate for Marin who has struggled to produce all season at Frederick.

    Hunter Harvey - RHP - Low A - 2-1, 7.50 ERA, .274 AVG - His last two outing have been fine but Harvey got roughed up pretty good in his first two outings of the month which unfortunately lands him on the not sheet.

    Prospects On The DL:

    Henry Urrutia - OF - AAA - Urrutia sounds close to returning to action in July according to the latest reports.

    Josh Hart - CF - A - Hart missed 4-to-6 weeks with a torn meniscus in his knee but has been playing in rehab games with the GCL Orioles and appears close to ready to join the Shorebirds again.

    Becoming A Prospect?

    Mark Blackmar - RHP - Frederick Keys

    Blackmar began the season far down on the list of Orioles minor leaguers that may be considered prospects. However, he's just 22-years old and has quietly performed very well in the Keys rotation, pitching to a 3.40 ERA in 9 starts with an impressive 2.25 GO/AO ratio.

    Blast From The Past

    Once upon a time, the Nationals used a supplemental 1st-round pick on current Keys outfielder, Michael Burgess. That was back in 2007. Burgess never really panned out the way the Nats hoped despite his enormous power potential, which is why he's still in A-ball at age 25.

    He's too old for this level to warrant much excitement but it is worth noting that Burgess is currently enjoying the best season he's arguably had during his minor league career.

    His bat was scorching hot in the month of June as he slashed a ridiculous .371/.434/.820 batting line and cranked out 9 bombs in just 89 at bats for the Keys.



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