Zach Britton has performed better than any other Orioles pitcher in spring training. Here’s a look at what makes him so special and what the future holds for the young lefty.
Randy Henry was selected by the Orioles in the 4th round of the 20009 MLB draft out of South Mountain CC. He signed for $365,000 and made his pro debut with the Delmarva Shorebirds last season (2010). Henry’s pure stuff is almost unmatched within the Orioles organization.
The Orioles’ 7th round draft pick in 2009, Aaron Wirsch made his debut with the GCL Orioles the same year, throwing 16.2 innings with a 2.16 ERA and 18 strikeouts. Joe Jordan said “I wish we could sign five every year just like him.”
On August 16th, 2010 at 12:00 AM, just 24 hours before the midnight signing deadline, it looked more and more likely that Matt Bywater, the Orioles’ 7th round pick, would go unsigned. However, with just four hours before the signing deadline, the Orioles and Bywater agreed to terms.
After a very successful 2009 season where he posted 91 K’s between Frederick and Bowie, Lebron looked to strengthen his prospect status with a strong 2010 before injuring himself in spring training (’10). He underwent Tommy John Surgery the following May and obviously missed the entire season.
After making a name for himself in ’08, visa issues kept Noel in the Dominican Republic for all of ’09, limiting him to the DSL. He returned to the U.S. in ’10 and posted some impressive numbers at Delmarva, earning him a mid-season promotion to Frederick.
Tim Berry comes in at #33 in our top prospect countdown; he’s a guy I’ve touched up on quite a bit. He was a 50th round draft pick in 2009, and a result doesn’t receive much attention, although he should.
Jaime Esquivel was one of eleven players in the Orioles’ 2010 draft class to receiver over slot bonuses. The Orioles threw $225,000 his way in order to sign him away from his Rice commitment.
The Orioles’ ’09 11th round draft pick out of Lakewood Ranch HS, Michael Ohlman signed for $995,000 and made his pro debut in the GCL. With fellow catcher Justin Dalles injured at the beginning of ’10, Ohlman was given the opportunity to start at catcher for the Shorebirds.
One of the most consistent pitchers in the Orioles system, Rick Zagone has posted solid numbers every step of the way throughout his three year minor league career. He was a sixth round selection out of The Universtiy of Missouri back in 2008, signing to a $150,000 bonus.