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Don't Forget About These Prospects

Don't Forget About These Prospects

PostPost #1 by ofahn » December 25th, 2012, 1:30 pm

When most fans think about the Orioles farm system they can name DYLAN Bundy, Kevin Gausman, and Jonathon Schoop. A few of us know who Nick Delmonico is; but the list seems to end there, although it shouldn't because there are a few prospects in our system with plenty of potential that have had a few set backs and haven't garnered much attention lately.

My list is in the order of the prospect I think can be productive in the majors the soonest.

Bobby Bundy - Dylan's big brother was an 2008 Eighth Round big money over slot signing because he had all the goods. Injuries; however, have slowed his progress through the system. He's hit a wall at AA, but has never really had a chance to pitch with a completely healthy body at that level. His work ethic and family support system should have him ready for 2013 and, if he is, he could rocket through the rest of the system and be a legitimate option as a reliever in Baltimore late in the season. It wouldn't surprise me if he and his brother Dylan are both fighting for a rotation spot in ST 2014.

Oliver Drake - Drafted out of the Naval Academy as a SP he lost most of the 2012 season to an injury and may no longer project as a SP because of his age (26 in the 2013 season) and the fact that he will need a season or two to build innings, again. He was also outrighted off of the 40 Man Roster after this season, but was not taken in the Rule 5 Draft. With a FB that might stay in the 95 range with a sinking movement in one or two inning stints, and swing and miss slider he could be a Seventh Inning or later RP as early as mid to late 2013.

Dan Klein - He has the four pitches to be a successful SP but his persistent shoulder problems may force a RP role. He could have been in Baltimore's bullpen in 2012 if he hadn't lost the season to another injury. The FB and slider are ML pitches right now so earning a bullpen role for the seventh inning or later this year is not out of the question if he can remain healthy. If he can add an above average or better change up he could be a legitimate closer candidate. If he can pitch at least 35 innings by the end of June don't be surprised to see him in an Orioles' uniform this season.

Trent Mummey - At least a four tool player he has had injury problems that have limited him to less than 300 ABs in any of his three pro seasons. If he can finally put together back to back injury free seasons he may never be an impact player in the majors, but he could be a versatile 4th OF that has a good OBA and above average defense no later than mid 2014.

Ryan Berry - Another used and abused SP from Rice. He'll be playing at age 25 in the 2013 season, but he's missed too much time to injuries to build up enough innings to be a legitimate SP candidate any longer. Particularly, since the Orioles' farm system FINALLY has enough legitimate SP prospects to fill the rotations at the levels he would play at. Ryan has three solid pitches, any two of which would make him a solid late inning reliever. He might not be ML ready in 2013, but watch for him in 2014 ST.
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Re: Don't Forget About These Prospects

PostPost #2 by Jordan Tuwiner » December 26th, 2012, 1:40 am

Mummey is a very good prospect when healthy. He can do a little bit of everything. Hopefully he can stay on the field this season. Good guy, too.
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Re: Don't Forget About These Prospects

PostPost #3 by osforlife » December 26th, 2012, 12:45 pm

Thanks for this write-up ofahn. IMO, all of these prospects should spend a whole year or the majority of the year at AA. None of them have had a extensive amount of healthy playing time at AA and some of them would be too old to be playing in the lower levels.
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Re: Don't Forget About These Prospects

PostPost #4 by ofahn » December 26th, 2012, 1:08 pm

osforlife wrote:IMO, all of these prospects should spend a whole year or the majority of the year at AA. None of them have had a extensive amount of healthy playing time at AA and some of them would be too old to be playing in the lower levels.


IMO Bobby Bundy is still a legitimate SP prospect but, if he's healthy, I could see him being ready to pitch in Baltimore as a RP this year if he's needed. I can see him being on an innings limit so when he gets close to that number he'll need to move to the bullpen regardless of where he's pitching.

At this point we should give up any pretense of making starters out of Drake and Klein. Because of Drake's age and Klein's shoulder we need to think of them as RPs and finish their development accordingly. I also see them as legit RP options for the big club this year.
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