1. Manny Machado - SS
Age HT WT
18 6-3 185

2010 Team:  GCL, Abe (S-A)

Drafted:  2010, 1st round
Projected Role:  Everyday SS

Notes - There are certain players that just have the "it" factor. It's hard to explain really. It's just the kind of players that you expect to come up big in big situations or to do something special at any time. This 18-year old shortstop certainly fits that bill after the Orioles took him with the 3rd overall selection in last year's amateur draft. In his short professional career, Machado has already had a few of those moments. In the GCL League, he homered for his first professional hit and at Aberdeen, down by two runs with two men on in the 13th inning, he hit a game tying triple that almost was an opposite field walk off three-run homer. Offensively he's got quite the package from a tall, lanky build that should fill out, to lightning quick wrists that provide fantastic bat speed. He can drive the ball gap to gap and during the mini-camp at Camden Yards he stood out as he drove ball after ball into the seats during BP. Add in plus plate discipline and the fact he makes consistent hard contact with great plate coverage and his offensive potential is unlimited. The only tool that's below average is his speed and as he fills out he's not going to get any faster. In fact, the filling out is a dual edge sword because even though his power should emerge as he fills out, the concern is whether he will out grow shortstop. Defensively he's got soft hands, good first step quickness, great instincts, and a rocket for an arm. Of all the Orioles prospect he's got the best opportunity to stay at shortstop. May end up a Cal Ripken-like defensive shortstop who will need to rely on his baseball intelligence and instincts rather than his pure quickness. Most likely Machado will head to Delmarva where he will play most of the season as an 18-year old (he turns 19 on July 6th). With John Stockstill's aggressive promotion tendencies, it would not be surprising if Machado spends half a year at Frederick if he does well in the Sally League.

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

CS

BB

SO

AVG

OPS

GCL 2 7 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 1 .143 .714
ABE 7 29 2 10 1 1 0 3 0 0 3 2 .345 .855
Total 9 36 3 11 1 1 1 5 0 0 3 3 .306 .831
2. Zach Britton - LHP
Age HT WT
22 6-2 185

2010 Teams:  Bowie (AA), Norfolk (AAA)

Drafted:  2006, 3rd round
Projected Role: 
Top to middle of the rotation starter

Notes - It's hard to imagine a young pitcher coming up through the minors that's more suited to his major league ballpark then this 22-year old. A groundball machine, one AL-scout said the best way to describe him is that "He sinks the snot out of the ball. He could almost pitch in the big leagues with that pitch alone." Yes, Britton's 91-93 MPH sinking fastball is a plus-plus pitch, but this season he found a way to command the pitch better, dropping his walk rate to a career best 7.7% BB/PA at Bowie and 8.2% at Norfolk after putting up a 9.2% at Frederick last year. Led both the Eastern League and International League starters with a 64% groundball rate and still put up a respectable 7.03 K/9 and 7.60K/9 at Bowie and Norfolk respectfully. His combined 2.43 K/BB ratio was the best of his career. That mix of getting groundballs and missing bats is pretty rare. Can run his fastball as high as 95 or 96 MPH a times, but sits more comfortably in the 91-93 MPH zone. His slider is a good pitch that can be plus at times, but some feels he doesn't use it enough against lefties. It can be a swing and miss pitch offering. His change has improved to an average offering and helps him keep batters honest although his sinking fastball is so hard to square up he sometimes gets away from using the pitch as often as he should. He's an excellent fielder who's made just two errors over the last two season on the mound and he holds runners well. Add in top of the charts makeup and pitchability and Britton is most likely the surest thing the Orioles have in a prospect. Should get an opportunity to compete for a rotation spot in 2011 in Baltimore but even if he doesn't make the team out of spring training, it's good bet he'll end up 20+ starts in Baltimore by years end. Britton will be a workhorse starter who could be a top of the rotation guy if he can find more consistency with his slider and changeup. Even if his secondary offerings remain average, he's a middle of the rotation starter.  

Level G IP H BAA BB SO ERA WHIP
AA 15 87 76 .231 28 68 2.48 1.20
AAA 12 66.1 63 .245 23 56 2.98 1.30
Total 27 153.1 139 .237 51 124 2.70 1.26
3. LJ Hoes - 2B
Age HT WT
20 6-1 181

2010 Team:  Abe (S-A), Fre (A+), Bow (AA)

Drafted:  2008, 3rd round
Projected Role:  Everyday 2B/LF/3B

Notes - Some might be disappointed that a player with a career .715 OPS is the organizations' 3rd best prospect, but you need to understand his off the field issues and illnesses in order to appreciate what he's done so far and of course understand projection. Of all the Orioles hitters in the system (minus Machado), Hoes is mentioned by every scout as being the most likely to become a solid major league hitter. He has a short stroke, outstanding bat speed, a great approach at the plate, and a body that's going to continue to fill out. After dealing with serious family illnesses in 2009, Hoes started off the year hot in Frederick where he was hitting .290, with eight doubles, and a league leading 24 walks for a .413 OBP through his first 35 games. That's when he started to feel sluggish and tired and was eventually diagnosed with mononucleosis. After missing about a month, Hoes returned and went to a rehab assignment in Aberdeen where he quickly showed everyone he was the best player on the field (1.353 OPS in 8 games) despite the fact that he was one of the youngest players in the league at 20-years old. Despite the hot rehab in Aberdeen, Hoes was still feeling weak and some scouts felt he never totally got his strength back the rest of the year. His pre-illness .808 OPS and 24 BB - 17K strikeout to walk ratio is better indicator of his potential than his solid but not overly impressive total numbers. Once the season was over Hoes was invited to Camden Yards for their top prospect mini-camp where he quickly stood out. Along with uber top prospect Manny Machado, Hoes was singled out by several scouts as just looking different from all the others. With his strength fully back, Hoes peppered the Camden Yards seats during BP giving everyone a glimpse of his power potential. Hoes has all the potential to be a .300 hitter, high OBP guy with 15-25 home runs in the big leagues. One AL Scout compared him to Ron Gant and although Hoes probably won't steal the bases Gant did, that could end up a very good comp. Defensively Hoes made strides at second base, especially around the bag where his footwork and double play turns have improved. He cut his errors in half (28-14) and has started to make a few of his doubters start to believe he can stay at second base. Hoes will head to Bowie in 2011 and most believe next season could be a breakout year for this young man.

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

CS

BB

SO

AVG

OPS

ABE

8 28 8 13 5 1 1 5 1 1 2 1 .464 1.353

FRE

97 353 52 98 19 2 3 44 10 8 53 70 .278 .743

BOW

3 9 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 .222 .444

Total

108 390 61 113 24 3 4 50 11 9 54 50 .290 .780
4. Mychal Givens - SS
Age HT WT
20 6-1 190

2010 Team:  Del (A-), GCL, Abe (S-A), Fre (A+)

Drafted:  2009, 2nd round
Projected Role:  Everyday 2B/3B

Notes - The worse thing about his first professional season was the amount of time he missed due to injury. Tore a ligament in his thumb while diving into a base on June 1st and didn't return to action until August 19th when he rehabbed in the Gulf Coast League. When he did play, he opened some eyes with his bat, especially during his time in the New York-Penn League with Aberdeen. Uses his very quick hands and strong wrists to get the barrel of the bat to the ball in a quick, compact swing that generates line drive power. A smart hitter with a good grasp of what the pitcher is trying to do as well as above average pitch recognition. During his last game at Aberdeen he faced a right-hander who got ahead of him 0-2 with two 96 MPH fastballs. Most young hitters would think breaking ball away so the righty busted him in on the fist with another 96 MPH offering. Givens was not fooled and brought his hands in towards his body to get the barrel of the bat to the ball as he inside-outted a line drive single to right-center. That was a major league at bat. Coaches rave about his leadership qualities like when one particular pitcher got him out, he didn't sulk but rather walked over to the next few batters and told them exactly what the pitcher was throwing. Again, not something you normally see in a young player. Givens is more of a line drive hitter, but he's built very solidly and with his quick hands he could end up a 20-25 home run guy. Now that we've gotten all the good news out of the way, it's time to talk defense and speed. Although Givens has a good first step quickness, he's slow afoot in the field and on the base paths (4.4-4.5 to first base) and is a below average runner. He obviously has a plus arm since he had a 96 MPH fastball in high school, but his arm actions sees him sling the ball and few in the organization think he can stick at shortstop.  If his power continues to develop, and we personally think it will, his best position might be third base where that first step quickness and strong arm will be helpful.  He's built a lot like New York Mets third baseman David Wright and Wright might be a good absolute ceiling for him offensively, although he might not have the pure power Wright has. It will be interesting to see where the Orioles start Givens since he will turn 21 next May. If he has a strong spring, he could start as high as Frederick although it will be interesting to see if the Orioles move him from short.

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

CS

BB

SO

AVG

OPS

GCL

7 29 2 6 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 4 .207 .483

ABE

8 33 8 12 3 0 3 5 2 1 6 2 .364 1.215

DEL

7 18 2 4 0 0 0 4 1 1 5 4 .222 .667

FRE

1 4 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 .500 1.100

Total

12 84 14 24 5 0 3 12 3 3 11 10 .286 .854
5. Xavier Avery - CF
Age HT WT
20 5-11 180

2010 Team:  Fre (A+), Bow (AA)

Drafted:  2008, 2nd round
Projected Role:  Everyday
LF/CF

Notes - Has come along faster than anyone could have imagined after being a toolsy, raw 2nd round pick in 2008. Started the year at Frederick and ended up being named a Carolina League end of season All-Star. Walked more, struck out less, and hit for a higher average and with more power at Frederick then he did in Delmarva the year before. Started off hot in Bowie hitting .286 through his first 14 games before hitting just .176 with 21 strikeouts in his last 51 at bats. Faced a lot of lefties during that cold streak and also may have run out of gas after a long season. A very coachable young man who makes adjustments well. Has very quick hands and can generate gap power, but tends to top balls too often and struggles against lefties. Another concern is his strikeouts. Although his cold finish skews his numbers a bit, 130 strikeouts in 618 plate appearances between Frederick and Bowie shows he still has a lot of refining to do in order to make more contact. Improved his jumps and reads at Bowie where where he went 10-for-10 in stolen bases after going just 28-for-42 at Frederick. He also struggles to get good jumps off lefties. Although he has shown a willingness to bunt, he still needs to improve in order to take advantage of his top of the scouting scale running speed. Defensively he continues to improve in center field, but he still needs to improve his routes and jumps. Catches everything he gets to and has a solid arm in center, but some believe he'll ultimately end up in left field due to his lack of outfield instincts. Overall Avery in an interesting prospect because of how quickly he's made adjustments at the pro level and his speed/power combination that's unrivaled in the system. He has as much upside as anyone not named Manny Machado, but he also still has a lot of things to work on.

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

CS

BB

SO

AVG

OPS

FRE

109 447 73 125 25 6 4 48 28 14 42 96 .280 .738

BOW

27 107 10 25 6 0 3 18 10 0 7 34 .234 .662

Total

136 554 83 150 31 6 7 66 38 14 49 130 .271 .723
6. Dan Klein - RHP
Age HT WT
21 6-3 190

2010 Team:  Aberdeen (S-A)

Drafted:  2010, 3rd round 
Projected Role: 
Starter

Notes - Joe Jordan finally got his man. After drafting this right-hander out of high school in the 24th round in 2007, the Orioles redrafted him in the 3rd round and signed him for $499,000. Although he pitched his junior year as a closer and although he was a lights out reliever with Aberdeen at the end of the season, the Orioles have every intention of converting this right-hander back into a starter. A four pitch pitcher who served as UCLA's closer during his redshirt sophomore season in 2010, he earned All-Pac-10 Team honors, going 6-1 with a team-leading 1.90 ERA while striking out 55 and walking 11 in 52 innings, limiting the opposition to a .204 batting average. Klein was given the opportunity to be the Sunday afternoon starter or serve as the team's closer after coming off a redshirt year due to shoulder soreness. He choose to be the closer despite commanding four pitches and he quickly became one of the top closer's in college. His fastball sits comfortably at 91-93 MPH and has touched 95-96 on occasion. Best of all, he has plus command of the pitch despite the solid late life. His second best pitch is his plus curve, but his slider and change up are solid average pitches as well. He commands all four pitches. The Orioles will take their time in building up his arm strength and may keep him in a 3-4 inning stint role in 2011 as a transition. One scout compared him to Mike Mussina in his ability to command his pitches and believes Roy Halladay is his ceiling. Look for Klein to start 2011 possibly as high as Frederick although a Delmarva start is not out of the question. The Orioles will most likely treat him with kid gloves a bit in his first full season in order to build up his arm strength. He could end up a four or five inning starter or a piggy-back reliever next season in order to keep his overall innings down. If all goes well, look for the Orioles to take them off in 2012 when his current schedule would have him starting the year at Bowie.

Level G IP H BAA BB SO ERA WHIP
A-S 5 6.1 1 .048 1 10 0.00 0.32
7. Jonathan Schoop - SS
Age HT WT
18 6-1 187

2010 Team:  GCL O's, Blu, Fre

Drafted:  Amateur Free Agent 
Projected Role:  Everyday
second baseman/3B

Notes - This 18-year old shortstop from Curacao made quite an impression in his first professional season in the US. started the year in the Gulf Coast League and ended it in the Carolina League playoff run with Frederick. He has a fairly level swing that allows him to use his quick hands to get the barrel of the bat to the ball pretty consistently, but his swing can get loopy at times and he'll throw in an occasional uppercut. Schoop (pronounced scope) occasionally over swings causing his head to move and hurts his ability to make contact when he does. He showed good power, especially for an 18-year old and the Orioles are excited about his power projection. He has below average speed. Defensively he played a solid shortstop as an 18-year old, but his frame suggests he's going to outgrow the position. He's got a solid arm and during extended spring training and the mini camp at Camden Yards, he played a solid second base, but some believe he'll end up at third base or perhaps left field. It will be interesting to see what position plays next season. It would probably make the most sense to start Schoop at Delmarva next season but with Manny Machado most likely targeted for shortstop there next season, he'll need to shift over to third base or second base.

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

CS

BB

SO

AVG

OPS

R- 17 60 11 15 4 0 3 16 0 0 7 7 .250 .795
R+ 39 133 16 42 11 1 2 16 1 1 12 14 .316 .831
A+ 6 22 5 5 3 0 0 3 0 0 1 4 .238 .654
Total 62 214 32 62 18 1 5 35 1 1 20 25 .290 .803
8. Parker Bridwell - RHP
Age HT WT
18 6-4 190

2010 Team:  GCL O's, Aberdeen

Drafted:  2010, 9th round
Projected Role: 
Too early

Notes - A three sport high school star, Bridwell turned down a full-ride scholarship to Texas Tech to sign with the Orioles for $625,000, well above his 9th round slot money. An outstanding athlete at Hereford High (TX) who threw for 2,669 yards and 24 TDs, led the school's basketball team in points (12.1) and rebounds (6.3) before going 7-2 with a 2.26 ER with 106 strikeouts and 14 walks in 65 innings of work his senior year. Batters hit just .143 of him. Bridwell is pretty much everything you look for in a young arm and it boggles our mind that he would slip to the 9th round. Apparently he didn't pitch too well early on during his senior year and his dollar amount given out by the family scared off a few teams. Orioles area scout Ernie Jacobs stayed on him and eventually a cross checker as well as Joe Jordan himself went out to see him pitch. Bridwell finished the season strong and the Orioles had a good feeling they could get him at a dollar amount they were comfortable with. It took until August 4th to get it done, but the Orioles are thrilled to get him into the fold. Bridwell's fastball sits in the 90-92 MPH range with good late life and some sink. He already has a good feel for the changeup with his 12-6 overhand curve rating currently as his third best pitch. He'll also throw a cutter. His frame and easy delivery just screams out that there's more velocity in there as he fills out. One scout suggested his frame and delivery reminded him of a young AJ Burnett. Bridwell's leadership qualities and calm demeanor shows up on the mound where he's not intimidated in the least bit, even when he pitched in the New York-Penn League at the end of last season. The only concern in his delivery is the height of his elbow in his delivery. Although his elbow does not go all the way up to the dreaded inverted "W" it's pretty close (see the above GIF) and the Orioles will need to monitor his delivery to ensure he doesn't overthrow and end up in that delivery.  Bridwell will pitch next season at 19-years old and if he stays healthy he'll most likely start the year in Delmarva's rotation. One scout said besides Machado, no one has more potential in the 2010 Orioles draft class than Bridwell.

Level G IP H BAA BB SO ERA WHIP
GCL 2 1.2 1 .167 3 4 5.40 2.40
S-A 2 4 3 .214 1 2 0.00 1.00
Total 4 5.2 4 .200 4 6 1.59 1.41
9. Ryan Berry - RHP
Age HT WT
21 6-1 195

2010 Teams:  Del (A-), Fre (A+)

Drafted:  2009, 10th round
Projected Role:  Set-up reliever, possible 5th starter

Notes - Put up a solid first professional season as he split his year between Delmarva and Frederick. Doesn't have an overwhelming fastball at 88-91 MPH (touches 92-93) but overcomes this with some good late life and command of the pitch. Can pitch to all four quadrants of the strike zone with his fastball and when he keeps it down he gets a decent amount of ground balls (55% Groundball rate). His best pitch is his knucklecurve that he throws in the 78-80 MPH range with good late 12-6/11-5 explosive life. It can be a swing and miss pitch with most of K's coming on the pitch. He worked hard on his changeup this year but it still was a below average pitch due to a lack of command and consistent movement. He will however flash a solid average changeup so it's still a pitch worth keeping. He also has a slider, but it's probably his fourth best pitch. Like his changeup he can flash a decent one occasionally and at times his slider can be better than his knucklecurve, but it's not consistent. The Orioles handled Berry with kid gloves this year after he tossed three straight seven inning games in late April with Delmarva. He struggled in his next few starts and never pitched more than five innings in any outing afterwards. They limited his innings by sending him to the pen in late July where he excelled (0.69 ERA in 13 innings with a 17 K's and five walks) in two and three inning stints. Mechanically he has a bit of a hitch in his delivery and can land with a stiff front leg at times suggesting his long term role may be in the bullpen in order to keep him healthy. Overall, he's a bit of a conundrum because he's a four-pitch guy with some pitchability, but his delivery, health history, and the fact he's probably not much more than a 70-80 pitch guy suggests his best role could be as a Turk Wendell type 2-3 inning reliever. With a lack of starter pitching prospects in the upper minor leagues, the Orioles will probably keep him in the starter's role through 2011. He'll start 2011 in Bowie's rotation.

Level G IP H BAA BB SO ERA WHIP
A- 8 46.1 49 .268 11 43 3.250 1.29
A+ 17 71 57 .218 25 63 3.04 1.115
Total 25 117.1 106 .238 36 106 3.22 1.21
10. Matt Hobgood - RHP
Age HT WT
19 6-4 260

2010 Team:  Delmarva (A-)

Drafted:  2009, 1st round (5th overall)
Projected Role:  Too Early/starter

Notes - There's really no way to spin his first full professional season as anything other than disappointing. Showed up to spring training significantly over weight and never really got himself into good pitching shape and it showed. Although he flashed 92-94 MPH occasionally, he pitched much more in the 87-91 range during the season. Showed a good curveball at times but he didn't miss many bats for a pitch that was described as a "hammer" by scouts who saw him as an amateur. The good news it that although his velocity wasn't consistently there this season, he did throw a "heavy" fastball with some sink, allowing just six home runs while putting up a 2.07 GO/AO ratio. His changeup remains a work in progress. One AL scout wonders if his future will be as a Joba Chamberlain-type reliever when it's all said and done, but the Orioles will give him every opportunity to develop into the innings eater they thought they were getting when they took him with the fifth overall selection in the 2009 draft. Treated with kid gloves by the Orioles going six or more innings in only four of his 21 starts. Although his professional career has been unimpressive so far, the Orioles are hopeful he will take his conditioning and weight more seriously this off season and will show up next spring a bit slimmer. He'll pitch most of next season at 20-years old and still has a high ceiling. Look for him to move up to Frederick next season with a good spring.

Level G IP H BAA BB SO ERA WHIP
A- 21 94 90 .257 38 59 4.40 1.36