News, notes and links from around the web including; an Oriole book club, Baseball Prospectus’ comments on Zach Britton, notes on Jose Nivar, why we need to see the Orioles “free” Nolan Reimold and more.
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.
News, notes and links from around the web including: FanGraphs ranks Orioles #15 in their Organizational Rankings, why Zach Britton needs to open 2011 in the minors, if the Orioles can have a 20-20 player (Mark Reynolds?) and more.
Felix Pie and Nolan Reimold are currently ahead of Angle on Baltimore’s depth chart, but once room clears in the out field Angle will get a strong look from the O’s. His speed and defense alone should give him a long career as a backup outfielder, and strong offensive output, specifically OBP%, could make him a starter one day.
Nolan Reimold discusses what he learned from his struggles last year, the feel of this year’s spring training and his goals for 2011.
The speedy outfielder and former Fighting Illini receiver, Kyle Hudson, comes in at #46 in our Top 50 Prospects Countdown.
Zach Britton leads the system in ERA and is second in Wins and Innings Pitches.
Oliver Drake is one of eight (nine?) players representing the Orioles in this year’s AFL.