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The Orioles have returned winning baseball to Baltimore. A year after winning 93 games and claiming victory in the American League Wild Card game, they came up short of their goal of a second straight playoff berth, but did finish 85-77 and in third place in the AL East.

 

TOP 10 PROSPECTS
1. Dylan Bundy, rhp
2. Kevin Gausman, rhp
3. Eduardo Rodriguez, lhp
4. Hunter Harvey, rhp
5. Jonathan Schoop, 2b
6. Tim Berry, lhp
7. Henry Urrutia, of
8. Mike Wright, rhp
9. Michael Ohlman, c
10. Chance Sisco, c
BEST TOOLS
Best Hitter for Average Henry Urrutia
Best Power Hitter Jonathan Schoop
Best Strike-Zone Discipline Michael Ohlman
Fastest Baserunner Glynn Davis
Best Athlete Josh Hart
Best Fastball Kevin Gausman
Best Curveball Dylan Bundy
Best Slider Mike Wright
Best Changeup Kevin Gausman
Best Control Zach Davies
Best Defensive Catcher Brian Ward
Best Defensive Infielder Adrian Marin
Best Infield Arm Jonathan Schoop
Best Defensive Outfielder Josh Hart
Best Outfield Arm Dariel Alvarez
TOP 15 PLAYERS 25 AND UNDER
No Player, Pos (Age) Peak Level
1. Manny Machado, 3b (21) Majors
2. Dylan Bundy, rhp (21) Majors
3. Kevin Gausman, rhp (23) Majors
4. Chris Tillman, rhp (25) Majors
5. Eduardo Rodriguez, lhp (20) Double-A
6. Hunter Harvey, rhp (19) Short-season
7. Jonathan Schoop, 2b (22) Majors
8. Tim Berry, lhp (23) High Class A
9. Mike Wright, rhp (24) Triple-A
10. Michael Ohlman, c (23) High Class A
11. Chance Sisco, c (19) Short-Season
12. Zach Davies, rhp (21) High Class A
13. Adrian Marin, ss (20) Low Class A
14. T.J. McFarland, lhp (24) Majors
15. Steven Brault, lhp (21) Short-Season
TOP PROSPECTS OF THE DECADE
Year Player, Pos. 2013 Org.
2004 Adam Loewen, lhp Blue Jays
2005 Nick Markakis, of Orioles
2006 Nick Markakis, of Orioles
2007 Billy Rowell, 3b Out of baseball
2008 Matt Wieters, c Orioles
2009 Matt Wieters, c Orioles
2010 Brian Matusz, lhp Orioles
2011 Manny Machado, ss Orioles
2012 Dylan Bundy, rhp Orioles
2013 Dylan Bundy, rhp Orioles
TOP DRAFT PICKS OF THE DECADE
Year Player, Pos. 2013 Org.
2004 *Wade Townsend, rhp Out of baseball
2005 Brandon Snyder, c Red Sox
2006 Billy Rowell, 3b Out of baseball
2007 Matt Wieters, c Orioles
2008 Brian Matusz, lhp Orioles
2009 Matt Hobgood, rhp Orioles
2010 Manny Machado, ss Orioles
2011 Dylan Bundy, rhp Orioles
2012 Kevin Gausman, rhp Orioles
2013 Hunter Harvey, rhp Orioles
*Did not sign
LARGEST BONUSES IN CLUB HISTORY
Matt Wieters, 2007 $6,000,000
Manny Machado, 2010 $5,250,000
Kevin Gausman, 2012 $4,320,000
Dylan Bundy, 2011 $4,000,000
Adam Loewen, 2002 $3,200,000
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The Orioles will look for a third straight winning season in 2014, something they have not done since 1992-94, and they have bigger goals of returning to the playoffs in the rugged AL East. Baltimore ended 14 years of losing baseball in 2012. Now they begin to find out if they’ve come far enough to compete year in and year out in what is typically baseball’s toughest division.

Unlike in 2012, the Orioles faded down the stretch in 2013, and a late six-game losing streak ended any fleeting playoff hopes. After going 38-20 during the final two months of 2012, the Orioles went 26-28 in August and September 2013. Their record in one-run games, an amazing 29-9 in 2012, slipped to 20-31.

The great Orioles teams of the past were built on pitching and defense, and the 2013 version had half of that equation covered. The Orioles set major league records for fielding percentage (.991), fewest errors in a 162-game season (54) and most errorless games (119).

But the club fell from sixth in the AL in team ERA to 10th, and their starters’ ERA of 4.57 ranked just 12th in the league, while the bullpen ERA increased from 3.02 to 3.52. Closer Jim Johnson became the first AL pitcher to record consecutive 50-save seasons, but he also had nine blown opportunities (and was traded after the season).

The Orioles finished the 2013 season with several key questions, most notably whether they can keep Chris Davis, who led the majors with 53 homers and 138 RBIs, and catcher Matt Wieters long-term. Both Scott Boras clients are two years from free agency. The two main people who will answer that question for the Orioles, general manager Dan Duquette and manager Buck Showalter, are signed through 2018 and have proven a formidable one-two punch atop the club’s baseball operations.

Duquette has said often the Orioles need to produce their core players from within, and trades in 2013 thinned an already shallow farm system. But the Orioles do have young pitching, and a lot will ride on the club’s production in that department. In recent years, young arms like Jake Arrieta and Zach Britton have failed to reach their potential, and now the O’s find out if the next wave, featuring the likes of righthanders Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman and Hunter Harvey, and lefties Eduardo Rodriguez and Tim Berry, will come through.

The Orioles feel confident their young pitchers are in good hands. Rick Peterson completed his second season as the club’s director of pitching development, and his program, which features the use of biomechanical analysis, has led to both improvements in mechanics and velocity gains throughout the system. Nevertheless, top prospect Bundy missed the 2013 season with Tommy John surgery and likely is out until at least June 2014.

The player-development operation is in capable hands with farm director Brian Graham, while Gary Rajsich completed his second draft as scouting director, taking Gausman and Harvey with his two first-round picks.

The club finally is making gains on the international front, pursuing Cubans such as outfielder Henry Urrutia and giving the largest bonus in franchise history in September to a Dominican amateur, righthander Ofelky Peralta.