Connor Narron was the Orioles’ 5th round selection in the 2010 MLB Draft. He had a verbal commitment to North Carolina but opted to sign with Baltimore for $650,000 in early-August.
Because he signed in August, Narron made it into 19 minor league games in 2010. He spent all of 2011 with the IronBirds and displayed a good eye, but little power.
Narron opened 2012 with the Shorebirds, but struggled to find consistent playing time until nearly half way through the season. Although he failed to hit a single home run in 2011, Narron smashed 10 home runs while playing for the Shorebirds.
The greatest concern with Narron is where he’ll end up on the diamond. He was drafted as a third baseman but is probably limited to the outfield.
He shows solid bat speed from both sides, which should continue to improve as he grows and builds strength in his lower half and arms. He has a sharp eye and is extremely patient, but too patient at times.
Sources have indicated that Narron made lots of progress in 2012 and took the game more seriously after he often played with too much swagger in 2011.
Although he did not put up the greatest offensive numbers in 2012, Narron should still open 2013 with the Frederick Keys.
Narron has solid potential as a switch-hitter who could hit for both power and average, but still has a long way to go in his development.