Possibly the most controversial prospect in the system, Matt Hobgood has taken a lot of heat for what has gone on throughout his career. It all started on the day he was drafted when critics accused the Orioles of drafting Hobgood just because they could sign him for slot. The Orioles argued, saying Hobgood was #4 on their board based on pure talent.
When the Orioles drafted Tyler Townsend in the third round of the 2009 MLB Draft they knew they had a guy who could hit for both power and average. After all, he did hit .426 with 24 home runs in a record setting 2009 season with FIU. However, it was unclear how his college stats would translate to the pros. Though it’s a small sample size, his bat hasn’t slowed down one bit since the transition to pro ball and the results have been nothing short of impressive.
Ryan Adams was sent home for disciplinary reasons during 2009 and hadn’t been able to prove himself above the South Atlantic League because his season was cut short. When the Orioles jumped Adams to Bowie after just 59 games at Frederick, Adams was out to show what he can do with the bat, which some have compared to Brian Roberts.
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A move to the bullpen was all that was necessary for Clayton Schrader to evolve from a fringe draft prospect to a possible major league closer. He transferred to San Jacinto from UT San Antonio prior to the 2010 season and really saw his stuff and overall game take a huge leap.
Joe Mahoney entered 2010 as nothing more than a fringe first base prospect, but ended the year as one of the most talked about names in the Orioles’ organization. He’s always been known for having the highest vertical jump in the system despite standing a towering 6′ 6″. But 2010 was the year where he turned his potential and athletic ability into consistent performance.
Snyder’s 1.018 OPS though 58 games in the Eastern had some people calling him the Orioles’ first baseman of the future. His stellar play earned him a promotion to Norfolk where his performance went way downhill. He’s been on a decline ever since.
If you’re looking for a unique, under the radar pitching prospect, you’ve found your guy: Jesse Beal. He was shutdown towards the end of the season with a tired arm, likely a result of his thin frame (see the picture below), which is going to be key for Beal going forward.
Wynn Pelzer was acquired from the Padres at the 2010 trade deadline in return for Miguel Tejada. At the time of the trade, the Padres had recently moved Pelzer out of the rotation, where he made 18 starts, to the bullpen where he made 4 appearances. The Orioles decided to keep him in the bullpen when he joined the Baysox, and saw mixed results.