Joe Mahoney and Jose Diaz have been promoted to Double-A Bowie.
It’s certainly nice to see Mahoney having a good year during Brandon Snyder’s struggles.
John Sickels over at Minor League Ball held a Q & A thread, here are the Orioles questions:
What are your thoughts on his progress this year as a 20 year-old in high-A, has he taken over as the Orioles top position prospect?
He’s made a lot of progress but I don’t see him higher than Bell just yet….still some doubts about plate discipline, power development, use of speed on bases
Matt Wieters, Nolan Reimold, Jake Arrieta and Chris Tillman were all in the majors with less than a full season in AAA. Brian Matusz skipped AAA altogether. Zach Britton was in AA for less than half a season and is now reportedly in consideration for promotion to the majors.
To what degree are the Orioles rushing their prospects, and how much of a concern should this be going forward?
I have said it a million times and I will say it a million more.
MOST prospects need a full year at Double-A and a full year at Triple-A. The two levels teach different things. A team that skips levels consistently is just asking for trouble.
I couldn’t agree more with Sickels on Double-A and Triple-A time. If you look at Daniel Cabrera, Radhames Liz and Garrett Olson, you wonder why the Orioles haven’t learned yet. They seem to be giving their prospects more Triple-A time, but their handling of Chris Tillman is ridiculous. They need to let him get comfortable at Triple-A, let him enjoy some success and promote him when he has nothing left to prove. His stats may look good, but they need to make him focus on his changeup, cutter, just something specific. Once he proves he can make the necessary adjustments, bring him up to the majors to stay.
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