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  1. 1. Adley Rutschman | C
    Adley Rutschman
    Born: Feb 6, 1998
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 216
    Drafted/Signed: Oregon State, 2019 (1st round).
    Signed By: Brandon Verley

    Hitting: 70. Power: 70. Run: 40. Fielding: 60. Arm: 70
    Track Record: Rutschman was a generational talent in college at Oregon State, leading the Beavers to the College World Series title as a sophomore in 2018 and winning the Golden Spikes Award in 2019. The Orioles made him the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 draft and signed him to a then-record $8.1 million bonus. Rutschman climbed from the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League through the short-season New York-Penn League to help low Class A Delmarva on its playoff run in 2019. Rutschman gained valuable experience in major league spring training before spending the summer dominating the team’s alternate site at Bowie, Md.

    Scouting Report: The switch-hitting Rutschman rebuilt his swing in college to gear for more power and consistency. He continues to find ways to refine and make his swing more efficient as he learns the professional game. He went through an adjustment period at the Bowie camp after the coronavirus shutdown period halted most of his work, but he quickly revealed the all-fields power and consistent hard contact that give him potential to be a plus-plus hitter with plus-plus power at his peak. He ended the summer as the best performer at the camp. His offensive production is aided by advanced plate discipline. Rutschman is clear in which pitches he’s able to drive and which he should lay off. He’ll likely see increased benefit from that when pitchers are around the strike zone more and umpires improve at the higher levels of the minors. Rutschman’s above-average pop times and advanced receiving skills behind the plate give him the physical tools to be a plus major league catcher. His work at the Bowie camp helped him gain experience calling pitches to an advanced pitcher’s plan and gave him invaluable insight into how pitchers and fellow catchers with major league experience see the game. All those tools are enhanced by a reputation as a fantastic teammate and tireless worker who elevates both himself and everyone around him with his approach to the game.

    The Future: Rutschman is the game’s best catching prospect and one of the most exciting minor leaguers in all of baseball. The Orioles envision a generational offensive producer at his peak, standout defense behind the plate and multiple all-star nods. Rutschman’s path to Baltimore may have been slowed by the lack of a 2020 minor league season, but if he starts in Double-A next spring, he could push for a major league debut at the end of 2021, or else be up early in 2022.

  2. 2. Grayson Rodriguez | RHP
    Grayson Rodriguez
    Born: Nov 16, 1999
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 220
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Nacogdoches, Texas, 2018 (1st round).
    Signed By: Thom Dreier

    Fastball: 70. Curveball: 50. Slider: 60. Changeup: 55. Control: 60
    Track Record: Rodriguez blossomed late as a high school senior and was drafted 11th overall by the Orioles in 2018, signing for $4.3 million. He overpowered the low Class A South Atlantic League in his full-season debut in 2019 and shared the Orioles’ minor league pitcher of the year award. The Orioles brought him to their alternate training site at Bowie, Md., for the 2020 season.

    Scouting Report: Two months at the Orioles’ secondary camp allowed Rodriguez a chance to further hone the consistency of his clean, sturdy delivery. His four-seam fastball sat 95-98 mph with plus-plus potential all summer, and for the second straight year got harder as the season went on. Rodriguez quickly learned a changeup in 2019 and it remains an above-average pitch at 82-85 mph. His curveball has good shape but lacks power in the mid 70s, leaving his low-80s slider as the more effective of his breaking balls. The experience at the alternate site helped Rodriguez start to understand pitching to a plan against older hitters whom he can’t simply overpower.

    The Future: Rodriguez is the foremost piece of the Orioles’ pitching-driven rebuilding plan. He has a chance to be at least a mid-rotation starter and has countless top-of-the-rotation traits. He should reach Double-A at some time in 2021.

  3. 3. D.L. Hall | LHP
    D.L. Hall
    Born: Sep 19, 1998
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 180
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Valdosta, Ga., 2017 (1st round).
    Signed By: Arthur McConnehead

    Fastball: 70. Curveball: 55. Slider: 50. Changeup: 60. Control: 45
    Track Record: Hall surprisingly fell to the Orioles at No. 21 overall in the 2017 draft, and the club felt lucky to get him there and signed him for $3 million. The 2019 Futures Game participant returned fully healthy in 2020 after an oblique injury ended his season early last year and spent the summer at the team’s alternate training site in Bowie, Md.

    Scouting Report: Hall was challenged as a 20-year-old at the alternate site but made strides with his plan of attack and showed more trust in his electric four-pitch mix. Though he doesn’t consistently command it, his fastball sat 95-98 mph this summer. Hall’s slider and curveball previously blended together, but they now have distinct shapes with the slider at 82-84 mph and the curveball remaining in the 76-79 mph range but with more depth. His best secondary pitch is a swing-and-miss changeup at 82-85 mph. Hall has struggled with walks throughout his career. Maintaining a repeatable delivery that allows him to consistently locate his fastball will be his next challenge.

    The Future: Hall was slated to start 2020 at Double-A and should open there in 2021. He has a chance to develop into a mid-rotation starter with the stuff to be more, but that hinges on his ability to iron out his fastball command.

  4. 4. Heston Kjerstad | OF
    Heston Kjerstad
    Born: Feb 12, 1999
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 205
    Drafted/Signed: Arkansas, 2020 (1st round).
    Signed By: Ken Guthrie

    Hitting: 50. Power: 70. Run: 40. Fielding: 50. Arm: 60.
    Track Record: The Orioles surprised the industry when they made Kjerstad the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 draft, but their scouts and analysts loved the Arkansas star’s offensive profile. He signed for $5.2 million, which was more than $2.5 million under slot. A three-year starter for the Razorbacks and stalwart for USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team, Kjerstad has grown into prolific power and likely would have been a Golden Spikes Award contender in 2020.

    Scouting Report: Kjerstad’s promise is built on an impactful lefthanded bat with plus-plus raw power. He has a fair bit of movement in his swing and will swing and miss, but his much-improved plate coverage leads the Orioles to believe he can be an above-average hitter with all-fields power. He turns around hard line drives on pitches anywhere in the strike zone and cut down his strikeout and chase rates in his shortened junior year. Kjerstad is a below-average runner but can stand in a corner outfield spot. His above-average arm fits in right field.

    The Future: Kjerstad was drafted as a middle-of-the-order complement to Adley Rutschman as future cornerstones of the Orioles’ lineup. His power alone could put him on an all-star team in the right year. He is set to begin his pro career at the Class A levels and could move quickly.

  5. 5. Ryan Mountcastle | OF
    Ryan Mountcastle
    Born: Feb 18, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 195
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Oviedo, Fla., 2015 (1st round).
    Signed By: Kelvin Colon.

    Hitting: 60. Power: 60. Run: 50. Fielding: 40. Arm: 30.
    Track Record: A tour around the diamond that began at shortstop and included stops at third base and first base eventually delivered Mountcastle to where he belonged: the heart of the Orioles’ major league lineup. Now a left fielder, Mountcastle took the team’s mandate to improve his plate discipline and defense and, in August, earned what was a productive callup to Baltimore.

    Scouting Report: Mountcastle’s work to add strength to what began as a lanky frame and produce more loft with his swing has created an offensive profile built for the modern game. He delivers all-fields power and a swing geared for hard contact in all parts of the zone. Mountcastle’s elite hands and good bat speed allow him to cover the whole plate and then some, though the team is trying to harness that and have him focus on where he can do the most damage. In left field, Mountcastle’s deceptive athleticism will allow him, with experience, to make the necessary plays at a position where his well below-average arm won’t be punished.

    The Future: Mountcastle’s potential at the plate was always enough to make him a first-division regular, especially as a left fielder or first baseman. There’s little stopping him from being at least that for the 2021 Orioles.

  6. 6. Gunnar Henderson | SS
    Gunnar Henderson
    Born: Jun 29, 2001
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 195
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Selma, Ala., 2019 (2nd round).
    Signed By: David Jennings

    Hitting: 55. Power: 55. Run: 50. Fielding: 50. Arm: 60.
    Track Record: The Orioles selected Henderson with the first pick of the second round in 2019 and signed him away from an Auburn commitment with an above-slot $2.3 million bonus. He got used to pro ball in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League in 2019, and the Orioles added him to their alternate training site in the second week of August. As the youngest player there, Henderson struggled early before making strides against older competition.

    Scouting Report: The Orioles quickly identified Henderson’s lower half was lagging behind his top half, and the resulting adjustments allowed him to cover the plate better and have quality at-bats against advanced pitchers. Henderson’s speed and bat control give him the potential to be an above-average hitter, and his adjustments may allow him to tap into his plus raw power during games more consistently. Despite a bigger frame and just average speed, Henderson has the athleticism to stick at shortstop with at least an above-average arm and advanced instincts. He has a solid fallback option at third base, where his bat would play just fine.

    The Future: Henderson’s camp time made the Orioles more bullish about his upside as an everyday shortstop who can hit for power. He’ll still likely start at low Class A in 2021.

  7. 7. Yusniel Diaz | OF
    Yusniel Diaz
    Born: Oct 7, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 195
    Drafted/Signed: Cuba, 2015.
    Signed By: Ismael Cruz/Miguel Tosar/Roman Barinas (Dodgers).

    Hitting: 50. Power: 55. Run: 45. Fielding: 50. Arm: 60.
    Track Record: Diaz signed with the Dodgers for $15.5 million out of Cuba and came to the Orioles in the July 2018 trade that sent Manny Machado to Los Angeles. He has been stuck at Double-A Bowie since and returned there to spend the summer at the alternate training site in 2020. Diaz stayed healthy and performed well at the alternate site, but couldn’t crack a crowded major league outfield group.

    Scouting Report: The Orioles challenged Diaz both at the plate and in the outfield this summer to try and foster some growth. While Diaz has a good understanding of the strike zone, he can either stay under control and be an above-average hitter with average power, or sell out for plus power and sacrifice average. A combination of both seems unlikely at this point, though he hit plenty of home runs in the secondary camp. Diaz is best suited defensively as an average corner outfielder with a plus arm, though he can play center field as needed.

    The Future: Diaz shows flashes of a special player when the lights come on, and the expectation is he can be a productive big leaguer once he gets there. He’ll have to perform at Triple-A in 2021 to get that chance.

  8. 8. Michael Baumann | RHP
    Michael Baumann
    Born: Sep 10, 1995
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 225
    Drafted/Signed: Jacksonville, 2017 (3rd round).
    Signed By: Arthur McConnehead.

    Fastball: 60. Curveball: 50. Slider: 60. Changeup: 45. Control: 50
    Track Record: A third-round pick who signed for $500,000 in 2017, Baumann quickly overpowered hitters at the lower levels and rose to Double-A Bowie in 2019, where he threw a nine-inning no-hitter and earned a share of the Orioles minor league pitcher of the year award after striking out 142 hitters in 124 innings. He was one of the most buzzworthy pitchers at the alternate training site in 2020, but a flexor mass strain in his elbow shut him down in August.

    Scouting Report: Baumann pitches off a high-spin four-seam fastball that’s routinely 93-96 mph and touches 99, yet yields mostly ground balls. His plus slider at 89-90 mph bites like a cutter and breaks bats like one, too, giving him another power offering. During the 2020 shutdown, he worked on a 12-to-6 curveball with good depth and spin that’s his clear third pitch now, with his fringe-average changeup lagging behind. Baumann learned the adjustment required to correct delivery issues that cause him to leave pitches up in the zone at times.

    The Future: Baumann’s short-term health with the flexor mass strain is a concern, but the pitcher he was before showed a mid-rotation ceiling. He’ll likely be added to the 40-man roster and start at Triple-A in 2021 if healthy.

  9. 9. Dean Kremer | RHP
    Dean Kremer
    Born: Jan 7, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 180
    Drafted/Signed: Nevada-Las Vegas, 2016 (14th round).
    Signed By: Brian Compton (Dodgers).

    Fastball: 55. Curveball: 60. Cutter: 50. Changeup: 40. Control: 55
    Track Record: Kremer came to the Orioles in the July 2018 trade for Manny Machado while on his way to leading the minor leagues with 176 strikeouts that year. In September 2020, he became the first prospect from the trade to reach the majors and delivered three strong starts for the Orioles before struggling in his final outing.

    Scouting Report: Kremer’s 2018 breakout came as he switched to a more vertical attack. He primarily works with a four-seam fastball in the low-to-mid 90s with significant ride and a swing-and-miss curveball in the mid 70s. Kremer primarily relies on those two pitches, but during the quarantine period he brought his cutter along to the point it became a weapon against hitters on both sides of the plate in the big leagues. His changeup remains the fourth pitch in his arsenal and is seen as a long-term growth area. Kremer lacks overpowering stuff, but his pitch mix and above-average control gets him plenty of swings and misses.

    The Future: Kremer’s strikeout proclivity makes him a good bet to be part of the long-term rotation. His September callup showed he’s ready and should be in Baltimore’s 2021 Opening Day rotation.

  10. 10. Keegan Akin | LHP
    Keegan Akin
    Born: Apr 1, 1995
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 225
    Drafted/Signed: Western Michigan, 2016 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Dan Durst.

    Fastball: 55. Curveball: 55. Changeup: 50. Control: 50
    Track Record: From the moment he entered the organization in a pitching-heavy 2016 draft class, Akin’s climb to the big league has been as low key as his personality. He finally arrived in August 2020 and went on to strike out 12.3 batters per nine innings, mostly as a starter, as the Orioles went young in their rotation at the end of the 60-game season.

    Scouting Report: Just as it did at every level in the minors, Akin’s “invisiball” fastball was effective in missing bats and getting weak contact in the big leagues. Delivered at mostly 92-95 mph, the pitch has elite vertical movement, jumps on hitters due to Akin’s deceptive delivery, and benefits from the lefty’s ability to throw it inside to hitters on both sides. Akin spent all of 2019 at Triple-A Norfolk working on his slider and changeup, both of which were in the low 80s, but during the shutdown he worked on a slower curveball that was often his primary breaking ball in the majors.

    The Future: Akin’s ceiling as a back-end starter didn’t change in his major league cameo. He’ll at least occupy the back of the Orioles’ rotation until the younger wave of starting pitchers are ready to challenge him. He could still provide value as a swingman but will remain in the rotation in 2021.

  11. 11. Jordan Westburg | SS
    Jordan Westburg
    Born: Feb 18, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 203
    Drafted/Signed: Mississippi State, 2020 (1st round supplemental).
    Signed By: David Jennings

    TRACK RECORD: A breakout summer in the Cape Cod League carried into an improved spring for Westburg at Mississippi State before the college season shut down. The Orioles drafted him 30th overall and signed him for $2.37 million. Westburg made his organizational debut in instructional league and impressed as one of the top performers in camp.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Of all the developments Westburg made over his college career, the Orioles were glad to see one continue into the camp: his refined batting eye. Swing-and-miss issues have plagued Westburg at times, but he cut down on his chasing and swung at good pitches in the fall. That development allowed him to better tap into his plus power to all fields and be at least an average hitter. Westburg's athleticism and defense were never a concern. He's a tremendous athlete and plus runner with the instincts and actions to stay at shortstop and the arm to move to third base if needed.

    THE FUTURE: Everything Westburg does defensively would make him a useful major leaguer. His continued progress with the bat will what elevates him to a solid everyday player.

  12. 12. Kyle Bradish | RHP
    Kyle Bradish
    Born: Sep 12, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 190
    Drafted/Signed: New Mexico State, 2018 (4th round).
    Signed By: Chad Hermansen (Angels)

    TRACK RECORD: One of four pitchers the Orioles acquired from the Angels for Dylan Bundy after the 2019 season, Bradish was coming off a middling first full season at high Class A Inland Empire but broke out under the Orioles instruction in 2020. He spent the summer at the alternate training site and emerged as one of the top pitchers in camp.

    SCOUTING REPORT: While there's some effort in his delivery, Bradish's high arm slot allows him to utilize a unique, vertical-attacking arsenal. His work at home after the shutdown helped him refine his delivery and sit consistently 92-94 mph and reach 96 on his unusual cutting, riding fastball. His 87-88 mph average changeup can be firm but benefits from him maintaining his arm speed and selling it well. Bradish also uses two distinct breaking balls with an above-average slider in the mid-80s and plunging curveball in the low 80s. He keeps hitters off balance by using all four pitches in advantageous spots, but he needs to cut down on his walks that have been a problem since college.

    THE FUTURE: Bradish will need to have long-term success to make the Bundy trade seem worthwhile. There's a chance he can slot into the No. 4 spot in a big league rotation quickly.

  13. 13. Maikol Hernandez | SS
    Maikol Hernandez
    Born: Oct 4, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 175
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2021.
    Signed By: Adel Granadillo/Geraldo Cabrera

    TRACK RECORD: At times, Hernandez was linked to the Cardinals and the Pirates but wound up signing with Baltimore. He draws comparisons to taller shortstops in recent vintage like Reggie Preciado (Cubs) and Arol Vera (Angels). He trained with Jhoan Hidalgo in Venezuela.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Hernandez is graceful and athletic and generates a combination of power and speed that stands out for his size. His power, in particular, has a chance to be plus as his body matures. Hernandez shows power to all sectors in batting practice and does not chase at a high rate in games. A plus runner now, Hernandez might slow down as he gets older and adds weight to a frame that could hold between 30-50 extra pounds. The way his body changes will determine where he winds up defensively, but he has the athleticism and arm strength to remain on the left side of the infield.

    THE FUTURE: Hernandez’s signing continues the Orioles’ refreshed efforts in Latin America since Mike Elias took over in Baltimore. Hernandez should begin his first pro season in the Dominican Summer League.

  14. 14. Hunter Harvey | RHP
    Hunter Harvey
    Born: Dec 9, 1994
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 210
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Catawba, N.C., 2013 (1st round).
    Signed By: Chris Gale.

    TRACK RECORD: Harvey was the Orioles' top prospect after signing for a $1.95 million bonus in 2013 and dominating low Class A Delmarva in his first full season. Elbow injuries that led to Tommy John surgery along with subsequent shoulder issues meant the only healthy season was 2019, when he made his major league debut in the Orioles' bullpen. He missed most of the 2020 season with forearm soreness.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Through his health issues, Harvey has maintained an electric fastball that sits in the upper 90s and reaches 99 mph, though it can be flat at times. While he's always had at least an aboveaverage breaking ball, Harvey added a splitter in 2019 that flashed above-average but wasn't as consistent in 2020. That can be his primary out pitch should he throw it with proper arm speed instead of trying to slow down and get better shape on it. Harvey throws strikes with average control, but he's never shown the ability to stay on the mound for long.

    THE FUTURE: Harvey's health remains difficult to rely on. Still, with any luck he can be a top-level setup man in the majors.

  15. 15. Bruce Zimmermann | LHP
    Bruce Zimmermann
    Born: Feb 9, 1995
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 215
    Drafted/Signed: Mount Olive (N.C.), 2017 (5th round).
    Signed By: Billy Best (Braves).

    TRACK RECORD: Zimmermann transferred from Towson University, which is located in Baltimore County, and was drafted by the Braves out of Division II Mount Olive, but it didn't take long for him to come home as part of the Orioles' return in the Kevin Gausman trade in 2018. Zimmermann was masterful in the Double-A Eastern League in 2019 before making his major league debut in 2020.

    SCOUTING REPORT: A specialized strength program and mechanical work at Driveline Baseball had Zimmermann throwing harder this summer, with his fastball still sitting 90-93 mph with some hop and reaching 95 mph on occasion. He uses a solid-average changeup against righthanded hitters and can throw a mid-80s slider to both sides, although it is more of a fringy offering. He also features a slower, fringy curveball. While not overpowering, Zimmermann has a plan on the mound and average control. He needs to locate everything, especially his fastball, to be effective.

    THE FUTURE: Zimmermann won't be guaranteed a rotation spot in 2021, but he has the mettle to hang on to one if given the chance. Long-term, he's likely an up-and-down starter or swingman.

  16. 16. Adam Hall | SS/2B
    Adam Hall
    Born: May 22, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 170
    Drafted/Signed: HS--London, Ont., 2017 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Chris Reitsma.

    TRACK RECORD: The Orioles have spent the last five years using early draft picks on infielders, including taking Hall with the 60th overall pick in 2017 and signing him for $1.3 million. Hall was a South Atlantic League all-star with low Class A Delmarva in his full season debut in 2019 and returned to the field in 2020 for instructional league.

    SCOUTING REPORT: A year away from game action is particularly impactful for young hitters, and the coronavirus pandemic and corresponding shutdown meant Hall didn't get much chance to grow. A gap hitter who hits line drives and turns them into extra-base hits with his plus speed, Hall remains a future average hitter whose power may top out at 15 home runs. He could be an average shortstop with cleaner actions, with second base a fallback. Like many youngsters, he is a player with considerable talent but needs repetitions to grow and develop.

    THE FUTURE: What could have been a breakout season for Hall turned into a lost one. His speed, versatility and makeup keep him on track for a major league future either as an everyday infielder or utilityman.

  17. 17. Jahmai Jones | 2B/OF
    Jahmai Jones
    Born: Aug 4, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 204
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Norcross, Ga., 2015 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Todd Hogan.

    Hitting: 50. Power: 40. Running: 60. Fielding: 50. Arm: 45.

    TRACK RECORD: The son of former NFL linebacker Andre Jones, Jahmai cycled through a position change and multiple swing changes in the minors before clicking in the second half of 2019, when he hit .292 with a .370-on base percentage from July on at Double-A Mobile. He followed up with a strong showing in the Arizona Fall League and earned his first big league callup in August 2020. The Orioles acquired him after the season in exchange for Alex Cobb.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Jones has a promising foundation with solid athleticism, advanced plate discipline, an excellent work ethic and natural leadership skills. He’s at his best when he takes a level, direct swing and struggled when he tried to implement a launch-angle swing at the Angels’ request. With his swing back in order, Jones hit seven homers at the alternate site and did a better job of hitting with two strikes and driving the ball the other way. He makes enough contact to project as an average hitter and has enough thump to approach double-digit home runs. Originally an outfielder, Jones struggled with a transition to second base but has grown to look more natural at the position. His range to both sides, the smoothness of his double-play turns and arm have all improved to average.

    THE FUTURE: Jones projects as a solid utility player, who can play all three outfield spots, if he can maintain his best swing. He should return to the majors at some point in 2021.

  18. 18. Kevin Smith | LHP
    Kevin Smith
    Born: May 13, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 200
    Drafted/Signed: Georgia, 2018 (7th round).
    Signed By: Tommy Jackson (Mets).

    TRACK RECORD: Smith made it to Double-A Binghamton by the end of his first full season in 2019 and was the Mets' minor league pitcher of the year. The Orioles acquired him at the 2020 trade deadline as the top player in the return for reliever Miguel Castro.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Smith joins a well-stocked group of lefthanders without premium velocity in the Orioles' system, but he distinguishes himself by how he creates deception with a lower arm slot from his tall frame. He has both a two-seam and four-seam fastball around 90 mph that helps him attack lefties. His slider can be a plus pitch and he has an average but effective changeup. He throws everything with average control. The combination of Smith's deception and pitchability helped him strike out 10 batters per nine innings in his pro debut despite a lack of big velocity.

    THE FUTURE: Smith profiles as a No. 5 starter with the pitches to be an effective reliever if needed. There should be plenty of opportunity in the Orioles' rotation soon.

  19. 19. Zac Lowther | LHP
    Zac Lowther
    Born: Apr 30, 1996
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 235
    Drafted/Signed: Xavier, 2017 (2nd round supplemental).
    Signed By: Adrian Dorsey.

    TRACK RECORD: Lowther won the Orioles minor league pitcher of the year award in 2018 and was an Eastern League all-star at Double-A Bowie in 2019. He didn't get to pitch much in 2020. He suffered an oblique injury during the coronavirus shutdown that made him a late addition to the alternate training site and finished the year in instructional league, where he visibly wasn't at his best.

    SCOUTING REPORT: For all his good results, Lowther has never done it with dominating stuff. He gets tremendous extension in his delivery that allows his 88-91 mph fastball to jump on hitters and make it difficult to square up. Lowther generally has good command but can lose it for spells, and needs it to be perfect considering neither his changeup nor his high-spin curveball project to be more than average pitches. He worked during the shutdown to add a slider in the 80-81 mph range to give him two defined breaking balls.

    THE FUTURE: Lowther has a ceiling as a No. 5 or depth starter, but that ceiling isn't far off. He'll start 2021 at Triple-A and has a chance to make his major league debut during the year.

  20. 20. Alex Wells | LHP
    Alex Wells
    Born: Feb 27, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 190
    Drafted/Signed: Australia, 2015.
    Signed By: Brett Ward/Mike Snyder.

    TRACK RECORD: A $300,000 international signee, Wells has been an all-star at every level in the minors in his four professional seasons. He went back to his native Australia after spring training shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic and did not return for safety reasons this summer, instead opting to work out and pitch in his home country.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Wells' four-seam fastball lives around 88-91 mph, and his plus command allows him to hit his spots inside to both lefthanded and righthanded batters. His changeup has plus potential to give him a swing-and-miss offering. His average curveball was his only breaking ball until he recently began throwing a harder slider to have an offering nearer his fastball in velocity. That pitch progressed well in his remote work. Even if the jump in velocity many have waited for never comes, Wells' command and pitchability mean his success is no fluke.

    THE FUTURE: Wells is a soft-tossing lefty with a No. 5 starter profile. He'll begin 2021 in Triple-A and has a chance to make his major league debut during the year.

  21. 21. Hudson Haskin | OF
    Hudson Haskin
    Born: Dec 31, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 200
    Drafted/Signed: Tulane, 2020 (2nd round).
    Signed By: David Jennings.

    TRACK RECORD: Haskin comes from the same Connecticut high school, Avon Old Farms, that produced a five-tool outfielder in Astros star George Springer. Haskin hit from day one at Tulane and was drafted 39th overall by the Orioles in 2020 as a draft-eligible sophomore, signing for $1.91 million.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Haskin has a chance to be the total package more than any other outfielder in the Orioles' system. He's at least a plus runner and has the tools to be an above-average center fielder with an above-average arm. Haskins' swing can get a little long and isn't for everyone. He has unique mechanics geared more for line drives than loft, but the Orioles like the work he's done on it and his moldable nature. An average hitter with 15-20 home runs is possible with further development. Haskin's work ethic and discipline are an asset.

    THE FUTURE: Haskin's progress with his swing and approach will determine how high he climbs. All the tools are there for him to be a well-rounded, everyday regular.

  22. 22. Terrin Vavra | IF
    Terrin Vavra
    Born: May 12, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 185
    Drafted/Signed: Minnesota, 2018 (3rd round).
    Signed By: Brett Baldwin (Rockies).

    TRACK RECORD: Vavra comes from a baseball family. His father Joe was the Tigers' hitting coach in 2020 and his brothers Tanner and Trey both played professionally. Terrin is carving out quite a path for himself. He was an All-American at Minnesota, was drafted by the Rockies in the third round and won the MVP of the low Class A South Atlantic League in his first full season in 2019. The Orioles acquired him at the 2020 trade deadline as part of the Mychal Givens trade.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Vavra is a difficult out for pitchers and walked as many times as he struck out (62) in 2019. He boasts an advanced approach and a smooth, line-drive swing from the left side that allows him to square the ball up and drive it. While Vavra has average speed, he's an above-average baserunner with good jumps and instincts. He has good actions on the infield, but his fringe-average arm limits him to second base. The Orioles tried him in left field and center field in the fall.

    THE FUTURE: Vavra has all the makings of a trustworthy big leaguer who can give his team consistent at-bats and handle multiple positions. He likely fits as a platoon player or second-division regular.

  23. 23. Samuel Basallo | C
    Samuel Basallo
    Born: Aug 13, 2004
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 200
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2021.
    Signed By: Micheal Cruz/Geraldo Cabrera

    TRACK RECORD: Once connected to the Yankees, Basallo inked with the Orioles once the coronavirus-delayed signing period opened. Despite being one of the youngest players in the class, Basallo already stands at 6-foot-4, 200 pounds and might not be done filling out.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Basallo has a sound swing for someone his size and already shows raw power that could become plus-plus at its peak. His swing is short and quick, and helps Basallo stay through the middle of the field well. He’s also got sound timing for someone his age. Behind the plate, Basallo has at least a plus arm and surprising flexibility and athleticism for a bigger catcher. He might outgrow the position, but he has the athleticism and arm strength for a corner outfield spot.

    THE FUTURE: Because he’s so far away, Basallo should start his professional career in the Dominican Republic. Even so, he already ranks as the second-best catching prospect in the system, behind Adley Rutschman.

  24. 24. Luis Gonzalez | OF
    Luis Gonzalez
    Born: Nov 2, 2002
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 185
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2019.
    Signed By: Rafael Belen.

    TRACK RECORD: The Orioles brought more than a dozen players from their 2018 and 2019 international signing classes to Florida for instructional league, the first fruits of their return to the Latin American market after years of dormancy. One of the crown jewels of those efforts is Gonzalez, who signed for $475,000 in 2019, the Orioles' largest bonus awarded that year.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Gonzalez brought what could grow into plus power to the U.S., wowing the Orioles' staff with tape-measure home runs. Some work will be required with his swing to quicken his trigger, but there's belief he could grow into an average hitter as he develops an approach. His performance against live pitching has been uneven, though, with long arms that get him tied up and timing issues he will need to improve to cut down on his whiffs. Gonzalez has a tall, lean frame that's very projectable, with slightly below-average speed that will probably slow down as he fills out and limit him to a corner outfield spot.

    THE FUTURE: Gonzalez still hasn't played an organized game without any Dominican Summer League action in 2020, but could come stateside for a professional debut next summer. The Orioles' see great potential for an everyday slugging corner outfielder, though that ceiling is years away.

  25. 25. Ryan McKenna | OF
    Ryan McKenna
    Born: Feb 14, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 185
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Dover, N.H., 2015 (4th round).
    Signed By: Kirk Fredriksson.

    TRACK RECORD: McKenna was always a long-lead prospect as a New England high schooler, but even in that context he has never had a sustained period of high-level production outside of a half-season at high Class A Frederick in 2018. McKenna spent 2020 at the alternate training site, where he focused on improving all aspects of his offensive game.

    SCOUTING REPORT: McKenna worked to improve his approach at the alternate site, benefiting from the organization's new hitting coaches and philosophy. Hitting the ball harder was a point of emphasis, too. McKenna is at his best when he takes an all-fields approach that allows him to spray line drives instead of changing his swing for power. He will likely top out as an average hitter with below-average power, and needs work to reach even those thresholds. McKenna is a plus runner with good instincts on the bases and has long shown the ability to play an above-average center field with an above-average arm.

    THE FUTURE: McKenna's speed and defense will keep getting him chances. He's going to have to improve at the plate to win even a bench role in the majors leagues.

  26. 26. Drew Rom | LHP
    Drew Rom
    Born: Dec 15, 1999
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 170
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Fort Thomas, Ky., 2018 (4th round).
    Signed By: Adrian Dorsey.

    TRACK RECORD: Rom had a strong commitment to Michigan as Kentucky's Mr. Baseball in 2018, but he signed with the Orioles instead for an above-slot $650,000 bonus. After an all-star debut at low Class A Delmarva in 2019, Rom pitched against former big leaguers in a local developmental league during the summer coronavirus shutdown and finished the year in instructional league.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Rom is one of many soft-tossing Orioles lefties whose fastball sits around 90 mph. His athletic frame and delivery give hope his velocity will tick up, but it's currently no more than a fringe-average pitch. Rom's pitch mix was able to keep low-level hitters off balance for elite strikeout rates for a teenager in 2019. He features a curveball, slider and changeup that all have average potential. He is a fringe-average strike-thrower who boasts more control than command at present. The hope is that as Rom matures physically, he could gain more power with his easy delivery and a true out pitch will emerge.

    THE FUTURE: Rom will be part of a crowded low-minors rotation mix in the Orioles system in 2021. He'll need to add power to reach his ceiling as a back-end starter.

  27. 27. Kyle Stowers | OF
    Kyle Stowers
    Born: Jan 2, 1998
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 200
    Drafted/Signed: Stanford, 2019 (2nd round supplemental).
    Signed By: Scott Walter

    TRACK RECORD: A glut of prospect outfielders didn't stop the Orioles from loading up on more early in the 2019 draft, led by Stowers in the supplemental second round. He signed for a $884,200 bonus and was a New York-Penn League all-star with shortseason Aberdeen in his professional debut, but didn't get any organized action in 2020 until instructional league.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Stowers boasted some of the highest average exit velocities among college hitters in 2019. He will show plus power with a nice swing when he gets the barrel to the ball, but he swings and misses too much to be more than an .240-.250 hitter, at best. He has the athleticism and reads to cover in center field in a pinch, but he's likely better suited for right field long term.

    THE FUTURE: Stowers has the pieces to be an everyday right fielder if he can make enough contact to consistently tap into his power. There are significant questions whether he will be able to do so.

  28. 28. Garrett Stallings | RHP
    Garrett Stallings
    Born: Aug 8, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 210
    Drafted/Signed: Tennessee, 2019 (5th round).
    Signed By: Joel Murrie (Angels).

    TRACK RECORD: Stallings served as the Friday night starter at Tennessee and was drafted in the fifth round by the Angels in 2019. He did not pitch after signing, but he briefly pitched at the Angels' alternate training site in 2020 before finishing in instructional league. The Orioles, encouraged by what they saw at instructs, acquired Stallings and righthander Jean Pinto in exchange for Jose Iglesias after the season.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Stallings is a polished righthander who mixes his pitches, limits his walks and lasts deep into his starts. His fastball sits 90-92 mph and his short, sharp mid-80s slider is his best secondary offering. Stallings mixes in an average low-80s changeup he commands well and a big, upper-70s curveball he is trying to throw for more strikes early in the count. He has a smooth, up-tempo delivery that is easy to repeat and allows him to command and sequence his four-pitch repertoire effectively.

    THE FUTURE: Stallings has a chance to move fast because of his command, advanced feel for pitching and business-like approach. His lack of a plus pitch limits his ceiling to a back-of-the-rotation starter.

  29. 29. Anthony Servideo | IF
    Anthony Servideo
    Born: Mar 11, 1999
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 175
    Drafted/Signed: Mississippi, 2020 (3rd round).
    Signed By: David Jennings.

    TRACK RECORD: Servideo joins the Orioles with club roots already in place. His grandfather Curt Blefary played four seasons in Baltimore and was a World Series champion with the 1966 Orioles. Serviedo had a difficult summer in the Cape Cod League in 2019, but he returned to Ole Miss in the spring and showed the ability to play shortstop while making significant offensive improvements. The Orioles drafted him in the third round and signed him for an above-slot $950,000 bonus.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Servideo only began playing shortstop in 2020, but the Orioles love the ability and mindset he brings in playing all over the field for the good of the team. His athleticism serves him well in both his prospects for staying at shortstop, in terms of his reactions and range, and on the bases, where he runs well. His defense, at this point, is his calling card even if he ends up playing somewhere other than short. Servideo's defense and speed are his main assets. He's a below-average hitter with little power potential, but he may hit just enough in a utility role.

    THE FUTURE: Servideo will need to further build on his breakout junior season to be more than a fringe major leaguer. He will make his pro debut in 2021.

  30. 30. Coby Mayo | 3B
    Coby Mayo
    Born: Dec 10, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 215
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Parkland, Fla, 2020 (4th round).
    Signed By: Brandon Verley

    TRACK RECORD: A Florida commit from the same high school as Cubs star Anthony Rizzo, Mayo showed prodigious power both on the showcase circuit and against good prep competition in games. The Orioles drafted him in the fourth round and signed him for $1.75 million, more than $1 million over slot. Mayo got his first taste of professional baseball in instructional league.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Mayo boasts plus-plus raw power but needs to adjust his swing to get to it. His main goal is to get his swing shortened and smooth enough to hit for average and make enough contact to tap into that power in games. Mayo had scout interest as a pitcher in high school and boasts a plus arm at third base. He has a big frame and is a fringe-average runner, but the hope is he can stay agile and fit enough to be an average defensive third baseman in time.

    THE FUTURE: Mayo is a long way from his ceiling as a power-hitting third baseman. He'll make his pro debut in 2021.

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