Orioles' Welty Puts Up Numbers Without Fanfare
BALTIMORE—For the last three years, Ronnie Welty has been chosen to his league's postseason all-star team. That's three different leagues and three different clubs.
So why aren't more people talking about him?
Welty jokes about flying under the radar, which he appeared to do again in 2010 after hitting .282/.349/.464 at high Class A Frederick. The right fielder collected 32 doubles, 18 home runs and 82 RBIs in 504 at-bats, but he seems to get overlooked when discussions turn to the top prospects in the Orioles system.
Good luck finding his name on any lists.
"It would be cool to be recognized as a prospect, but I don't worry about that too much," Welty, 22, told MASNsports.com. "I just go out and play my game and play hard and it doesn't go unnoticed. Everything you do is watched."
Scouts watched the 20th-round pick out of Chandler-Gilbert (Ariz.) CC make the Rookie-level Appalachian League all-star team in 2008 and the low Class A South Atlantic League all-star team in 2009.
The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Welty exceeded his career high in homers by eight and his career high in RBIs by 15 this summer. He hit .311 with nine homers and had an .884 OPS in the second half.
"I started out really good and was really pleased with my start," said Welty, who is playing winter ball in Australia. "I got into kind of a funk in the middle there. It was mostly mental. That's what I really worked on in the second half and that helped me get back to where I was."
On the downside, Welty led the Carolina League with 159 strikeouts.
"I think most of it is mental," he said. "Just sometimes, you can grip the bat too tight at times or try to pull the ball too much. The more I play and as time goes on, I think I'll get better at that. I'll learn what I can hit and what I can't and how to handle different counts. You can always improve."
• At least three other members of the organization joined Welty in Australia: lefthander Cole McCurry, righthander Brett Jacobson and first baseman Robbie Widlansky.
• First baseman Tyler Townsend left the Arizona Fall League after four at-bats because of a hand injury. Townsend hit .342/.398/.556 with three homers and 26 RBIs in 117 at-bats at Delmarva, and .284/.385/.552 with three homers and 14 RBIs in 67 at-bats at Frederick.