The IronBirds’ 2011 season was a complete nightmare, as the loss of the Bluefield Orioles affiliate forced a number of young prospects to short-season A who were clearly not ready to handle the more advanced competition.
The GCL Orioles finished their season with a 38-22 record, good for first place in the GCL South Division. Here’s a look at the GCL O’s top prospects, biggest surprises, and season stats.
The Bundy Brothers rank as the top two right-handed starting pitching prospects in the system.
Here’s a look at prospects who have improved upon their pre-season status, and some who have seen their stock fall in 2011.
Ryan Berry pitched 2 innings, allowing 2 hits and 1 ER with 1 walk in a 5-4 GCL O’s loss.
Manny Machado went 1 for 4 with a run, a home run, an RBI, and a strikeout in his Keys debut.
Joe Jordan has shown a tendency to prefer specific types of players, mainly ground ball pitchers and athletic position players. What did he and his staff do this year?
Here’s the latest version of our prospect depth chart.
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.”