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O’s System Thriving Despite Graduations

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Not one name on this list matters as much as the sentence that follows this one.

In 2022 Adley Rutschman, Kyle Stowers, Gunnar Henderson, DL Hall, Terrin Vavra & Grayson Rodriguez went from minor league performers to big league ready. They all have left prospect lists for good and are now expected to be impact players at the sport’s highest level.

Credit goes to the Orioles front office and development staffs for laying the foundation for the future. Outstanding drafts and shrewd deals have brought in even more skilled players to build with. The next crop of talent is rising fast in its own right with 2021 draftees Connor Norby and Colton Cowser already thriving at AAA Norfolk. For the last few seasons the organization has held the top spot among minor league systems & maintaining that with all the graduations will be difficult. This list represents the players who’ll be taking on that challenge starting this off-season.

I’m putting Coby Mayo at the top spot, despite others showing better stat lines at higher levels. There’s just too much power progression in his profile to look past. I truly believe that if any batter can normalize triple digit exit velocities that it’s him.

This list is one opinion based on talent, upside & ability to help the organization. I’m open for debate or discussion on any selection. An observation to not overlook is that there’s projectable pitching skill in every tier which is still somewhat new to Orioles supporters. For example, LHP Juan Rojas acquired from Minnesota in the Jorge Lopez trade was born in 2004, has WHIP below 1 and a k/9 of over 11 for his young career. Rojas is in the last group.

Coby Mayo

Connor Norby

Colton Cowser

Jordan Westburg

Jackson Holliday

Heston Kjerstad

Noah Denoyer

Jud Fabian

Jean Pinto-RHP

Samuel Basallo

Drew Rom-LHP

Joey Ortiz

Seth Johnson-RHP

Cade Povich-LHP

Cesar Prieto

Ryan Watson-RHP

Chayce McDermott-LHP

Hudson Haskin

Dylan Beavers

Darell Hernaiz

Deivy Cruz-LHP

Zach Peek-RHP

Creed Willems

John Rhodes

Max Wagner

Carlos Tavera-RHP

Donta Williams

Frederick Bencosme

Trace Bright-RHP

Reed Trimble

Carter Baumler-RHP

Carter Young

Brandon Young-RHP

Anderson De Los Santos

Isaac DeLeon

Toby Welk

Garrett Stallings-RHP

Maikol Hernandez

Juan Rojas-LHP

Kyle Brnovich-RHP

Adam Crampton

Zach Showalter-RHP

Robert Neustrom

Peter Van Loon-RHP

Stiven Acevedo

Dylan Heid-RHP

Trendon Craig

Isaac Bellony

Anthony Servideo

Shayne Fontana

Mike Elias on his laptop.
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