Orioles Final Report





Best Player: Shortstop Jonathan Schoop began the 2010 season in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League under a veil of anonymity. He finished it as the Orioles' No. 10 prospect, and it just keeps getting better.

Schoop hit a combined .290/.349/.432 with 24 doubles, five triples, 13 homers and 71 RBIs between low Class A Delmarva and high Class A Frederick this season. He also impressed scouts at the Futures Game. Schoop, signed in 2008 out of Curacao, had to switch positions in deference to top prospect Manny Machado, but the Orioles will gladly make room for both of them once they arrive.

Best Pitcher: Dylan Bundy's brother is making a name for himself. Bobby Bundy, older brother of the fourth overall pick in June, went 11-5, 2.75 with 100 strikeouts and 31 walks in 121 innings at Frederick. He was promoted to Double-A Bowie in late July and struggled to find the same success. An eighth-round pick in 2008, Bundy was 1-3, 9.60 in five games with the Baysox. But nothing that happened in the Eastern League could sour the Orioles on Bundy, who hopes to pitch in the same rotation with Dylan—a dream of theirs since they were kids.

Keep An Eye On: Bowie was eliminated from playoff contention on the final day of the regular season. Second baseman Greg Miclat was a prime reason why the Baysox came so close. A fifth-round pick in 2008 out of Virginia, he was 50-for-53 in stolen base attempts this season. He also batted .280/.371/.347 with 16 doubles, three triples, two homers and 54 walks. His season ended prematurely because of a thumb injury sustained after he dove into a base. He probably would have returned for the second round of the playoffs if Bowie had gotten that far, and the Orioles were considering a promotion to the majors if he had stayed healthy.

Bird Seed

• The Orioles designated shortstop Blake Davis for assignment to make room on their 40-man roster. He cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk. Davis made his major league debut this summer and batted .254/.323/.390 in 59 at-bats.

• The Orioles assigned the following players to the Arizona Fall League's Mesa Solar Sox: catcher Brian Ward, infielder/outfielder L.J. Hoes, first baseman Joe Mahoney, outfielder Xavier Avery and righthanders Sean Gleason and Chorye Spoone. The Orioles expected to add two more pitchers.