Throughout the season, Orioles Nation will highlight prospects as we see them play or are given reports by Scouts and people within the baseball industry. Our staff will have eyes on the Orioles’ prospects at all times, and you can find the latest updates for them in the Prospect Watch.
The following reports use the 20-80 scouting scale:
Austin Wynns – C
Body: Sturdy frame, bulky bottom, capable of handling heavy innings behind the dish
Hit: 30: Poor plate recognition, flails at pitches in the dirt. Hands drift too much, leaves some gaps in his swing.
Power: 45: Modest power displayed, with good gap-to-gap stroke and a little lift in the swing. Power is inconsistent in-game.
Glove: 60: Solid framing skills, quick footwork behind the plate, agile for his size, solid blocking skills.
Arm: 55: Quick release and solid-average arm speed. Accurate throws although they will occasionally short-hop.
Speed: 40: Typical catcher, not much speed, although not a terrible athlete.
OFP: 40: Below average catcher with defense-first traits
Realistic Role: 40: Below-average catcher with defense-first traits
Quick Thought: Defensive catcher all the way. He may not hit at all, but the glove and leadership behind the plate should keep him around for a while. A well-rounded defensive catcher is a difficult player to find.
Federico Castagnini – UTIL
Body: Lean frame, chiseled upper-half. Looks like an athlete. Room for some extra growth.
Hit: 40: Average bat speed with quick hands, compact effort. Pitch recognition issues, will also get tied up against high-powered fastballs.
Power: 30: Minimal power, not enough force in bottom half and not the style of body to generate it.
Glove: 50: Sound defensively. Good, soft hands and glove. Quick feet, agility in the field.
Arm: 50: Solid-average arm with enough fire-power to play 2B, SS and 3B.
Speed: 50: Sneaky fast, but not a true threat to steal bases. Great agility.
OFP: 40: Below average, potential utility option.
Realistic Role: 40: Utility player in upper minors.
Quick Thought: Castagnini proved his value in the field, as he can play second, third and shortstop. I really like the glove and versatility. He needs some work at the plate, but as an Italian-American myself, I think it is very cool seeing one in the O’s organization.
Donnie Hart – LHP
Body: Small framed athlete with mild projection left, but not the style of game necessary for future growth.
Mechanics/Delivery: 50: Goofy delivery, throws sidearm with some late tail action due to the arm slot. Works for him.
Fastball: 30: Fastball sits 84-86 mph with plus tailing action, but the lack of velocity means he needs to locate perfectly.
Change: 45: 75-76 mph with average fade, a little tailing life and good deception out of his delivery.
Curveball: 45: 73-74 mph with 11-6 spin. Lacks command at times, more of a change-of-pace type.
OFP: 40: Below Average reliever, minor league depth.
Realistic Role: 40: Below Average reliever, minor league depth
Quick Thought: Donnie Hart is an intriguing arm that could end up surprising everyone due to having such a wacky delivery and providing a different look for hitters. He is not exactly Darren O’Day here, but it’s the same style of pitching – Deception all the way.