Not a single Oriole made Baseball America’s Eastern League Top 20 Prospects list. However, BA’s John Manuel did say Avery was just short of making the list:
Commish (NY): How far off was Xavier Avery from this list. Does he still profile as an everyday center fielder and if so, whats a good comp for his potential?
John Manuel: Not far, which surprised me. Managers and scouts that I talked to liked Avery more than I do personally, and he’d probably be in that 21-25 range along with the likes of Joe Benson. The league wasn’t full of great athletes, and Avery’s athleticism stood out. He just has so much work to do in terms of making consistent contact, which comes down to pitch recognition for him. He’s going to need a lot of ABs to do what Marte has done, which is pick up chase pitches and breaking balls and learn to lay off them. He definitely fits the CF profile though.
Manuel also received a question regarding L.J. Hoes:
Keyote (Frederick, MD): How close was my old friend LJ Hoes to making the list? He has to be #21, right?
John Manuel: If Hoes could play 2B, he’d have made the top 20. But he can’t. He’s probably a left fielder, and that’s a tough position from an offensive standpoint. Hoes just is a bat without a defensive position, tough profile. He was more 26-35 range than 21-25. One scout’s take was he’s a corner bat without HR power or SB speed. That’s a tweener or 4-A profile, really.