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  1. 1. 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
    Minors: .297/.416/.531 | 19 HR | 22 SB | 407 AB

    BA Grade: 65/ Medium

    Track Record: Signed for an above-slot $2.3 million to keep him away from an Auburn commitment, Henderson has grown to be a darling of Orioles staff and scouts alike as a precociously talented hitter and relentless competitor. He quickly learned what it would take to face older pitchers at the alternate training site and used what he learned there to move quickly in. Henderson was the Low-A East player of the month in May to begin 2021 and eventually was promoted twice, finishing at Double-A Bowie.

    Scouting Report: Henderson has all the makings of a modern-day, bat-first shortstop and took strides toward that in 2021 as he embraced the challenges of playing above his level for most of the year. He's a potentially average hitter with plus power who has improved along with his competition, and while he struck out more often as he climbed the minors, his swing decisions and contact rates were better in High-A than Low-A. Henderson has a quiet setup but quick hands that allow him to get his barrel into the zone quickly and keep it there, and as he continues to connect his upper and lower body in his load, he'll tap into more pull power. While there's a risk he can outgrow shortstop for third base, Henderson is athletic for his size with a plus arm and above-average speed. His intelligent aggression on the bases shows how locked-in he is on a daily basis.

    The Future: The Orioles haven't drafted and developed an all-star shortstop since Manny Machado, but Henderson has the talent to be the next one. He'll be back at Double-A Bowie to start 2022, with an MLB role in 2023 in play.

    Scouting Grades
    Hit: 50. Power: 60. Speed: 55. Fielding: 55. Arm: 60.

  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
    Minors: 6-2 | 2.62 ERA | 109 SO | 28 BB | 76 IP

    BA Grade: 70/High

    Track Record: Only one pitcher in the 30-plus years of the Orioles' Jim Palmer minor league pitcher of the year award had ever repeated before Rodriguez shared the honor in 2019 then took it on his own in 2021. Signed for $4.3 million as the 11th overall pick in 2018, Rodriguez spent the year leading up to his selection remaking his body and delivery. He has thrived in the Orioles' progressive new pitching system and become baseball's top pitching prospect. He led all minor league pitchers with 100 innings in strikeout rate: 14.1 per nine innings.

    Scouting Report: Rodriguez's dominance over his two full seasons took on different forms. He overpowered batters with his fastball in 2019, but used an advanced pitch mix to carve through Double-A Northeast lineups in 2021. Rodriguez's fastball averaged 97 mph for the season and frequently hit 100 early in the year before settling in the mid-to-high 90s late. It's an elite pitch with above-average spin and hop, and he locates it to all four quadrants of the strike zone. Rodriguez's slider, a plus pitch in the 79-85 mph range, has late bite and can be manipulated a variety of different ways. His screwball-like changeup is a swing-and-miss weapon against both righties and lefties. Rodriguez also has the potential for an above-average curveball, a pitch that he started to throw harder this year, and he occasionally mixes in a low-90s cutter. Physically, Rodriguez has a prototypical starter's frame with a durable and repeatable delivery that allows him to exhibit plus command.

    The Future: Rodriguez's attributes give him the chance to be a mid-rotation starter at worst, with No. 2 starter potential at best. He'll start 2022 at Triple-A Norfolk, with the 22-year-old's major league debut not far off.

    Scouting Grades
    Fastball: 70. Curveball: 55. Slider: 70. Changeup: 65. Control: 60.

  3. 3. Jackson Holliday | SS
    Jackson Holliday
    Born: Dec 4, 2003
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 175
    Minors: .238/.439/.333 | 0 HR | 1 SB | 42 AB

    BA Grade: 65/Extreme

    August Update: The son of seven-time all-star and four-time Silver Slugger Matt Holliday, Jackson is a lefthanded-hitting, toolsy shortstop who significantly boosted his draft stock by getting bigger and stronger this spring. Holliday had an inconsistent performance on the showcase circuit last summer, where scouts saw him get big and aggressive with his swing and show more whiff tendencies than he did as an underclassman. Scouts with history watching Holliday believed he was simply looking to hit for power, rather than letting his developing power come naturally and he looked like his instinctual and natural hitting self this spring in Oklahoma, where he broke JT Realmuto's national hits record. Holliday worked hard over the offseason and added plenty of strength—as well as a few inches of height—to his frame, while showing an impressive ability to drive the ball to the opposite field. He looks like a plus hitter when he is focused on the opposite field gap and willing to go the other way, instead of ripping out on his front side and trying to hunt homers like he did over the summer. Holliday still has room to add more strength to a 6-foot-1, 180-pound frame and he could grow into above-average power in the future. His tools improved across the board after his offseason in the weight room and he now shows plus running ability, above-average power and plus arm strength. In a class light on true shortstops, Holliday is the best bet of the top tier hitters in the class to stick at the position. He has solid hands and instincts, impressive athleticism and great carry and accuracy on his throws, which at times look like they are climbing into a second gear on the way to first base. He also shows a good understanding of where to position himself. Holliday was selected with the first overall pick and signed for $8,190,000. He has a special combination of tools, lefthanded-hitting ability, premium defensive positional value and professional bloodlines.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 60. Power: 55. Run: 60. Field: 55. Arm: 60.

  4. 4. 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
    Minors: 3-8 | 4.48 ERA | 137 SO | 50 BB | 85 IP

    BA Grade: 60/Very High

    Track Record: The Orioles got a premium talent when Hall fell to them as the 21st pick in the 2017 draft and signed for $3 million, considering he was considered the best prep lefty in that class. Hall has been impressive when healthy, and in each of his first two full seasons—the second featuring a trip to the Futures Game in 2019—he got better as the season went on. But after thriving at the team's alternate training site in 2020 and coming into 2021 with high expectations, Hall made just seven starts for Double-A Bowie, albeit dominant ones, before a stress reaction in his elbow ended his 2021 early.

    Scouting Report: Hall honed his electric arsenal at the alternate site and hit 100 mph for the first time there. He carried that into 2021 in a significant way, with his fastball sitting in the high 90s and averaging 97 mph with above-average hop. The efforts of 2020 to distinguish his breaking balls paid off, with a plus slider in the mid 80s the best of his secondaries, followed by a slower curveball and a changeup. Hall's command, however, will be what determines his big league fate. It improved since his last game-action in 2019, and while his walk rate of 4.6 per nine innings was still high, the Orioles believe he was more consistently around the strike zone without sacrificing the chase his dynamic arsenal creates.

    The Future: Hall's stuff and control create the possibility of a high-leverage, late-inning reliever, but despite his injuries, he has a ceiling of a No. 3 starter. He'll be added to the 40-man roster this winter but could be back at Double-A Bowie in 2022.

    Scouting Grades
    Fastball: 70. Curveball: 55. Slider: 60. Changeup: 55. Control: 45.

  5. 5. Colton Cowser | OF
    Colton Cowser
    Born: Mar 20, 2000
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 195
    Signed By: Thom Dreier
    Minors: .280/.407/.471 | 19 HR | 18 SB | 507 AB

    BA Grade: 55/High

    August Update: After struggling over the first two months of the season at High-A Aberdeen, Cowser started to turn things around in June, earning promotion to Double-A at the end of the month. Since that point Cowser has been one of the best hitters in the minor leagues as he's shown a well rounded skillset on both sides of the ball with increased home run power almost immediately upon entering Double-A. A Top 100 prospect once again, Cowser is an arrow-up prospect in the second half of the season.

    Track Record: Even selecting fifth overall in 2021, the Orioles feel they picked a premium college bat in Cowser, who signed for a below-slot $4.9 million. Cowser embodied the team's focus on hitters who make hard contact and don't strike out, which he demonstrated with USA Baseball's Collegiate National Team in 2019. He hit .374/.490/.680 with 16 homers and 17 steals in 55 games this spring to take Southland Conference player of the year honors in 2021. He spent a month at Low-A Delmarva to end his pro debut and walked more than he struck out.

    Scouting Report: Cowser has always found the barrel, a skill that results in few whiffs and is aided by impressive swing decisions. He's the type to spray line drives to all fields, but his swing path is presently more geared toward contact versus power. The Orioles believe he's the rare college draftee who can add more strength and allow him to perhaps grow into 20-home run power to go along with his plus hit tool, and that any added power won't take away from his strengths of controlling the zone. Cowser is an above-average runner with good instincts in center field, giving him solid-average potential there with the arm to allow him to play either corner.

    The Future: Part of the allure of selecting Cowser was how quickly he might climb to the majors, where his table-setting ability would fit right in. Developing more power could allow him to be more, but Cowser has the makings of a first-division regular at present. He could begin at High-A Aberdeen in 2022 and ride a fast track to Baltimore by 2023.

    Scouting Grades
    Hit: 60. Power: 50. Speed:55. Fielding: 50. Arm: 55.

  6. 6. 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
    Minors: .265/.355/.498 | 27 HR | 12 SB | 540 AB

    BA Grade: 55/High

    Track Record: In signing Westburg for $2.37 million as the 30th overall pick in 2020, the Orioles bet he was going to continue the improvements from his strong summer in 2019 in Cape Cod League and the first few weeks of the shortened college season. He did just that at instructional league in 2020. He began his pro career at Low-A Delmarva before beginning a three-level ascent to Double-A Bowie.

    Scouting Report: While climbing the minors, Westburg showed an aptitude to adjust and rise to the competition level each time. An above-average hitter who made consistent contact with good swing decisions, Westburg abandoned a toe-tap late in the season and moved to a leg lift that caused his hard-contact rate to spike down the stretch at Bowie. As he moves forward with that and doesn't give up his ability to drive the ball late in counts, Westburg could have 20-home run power, especially if he pulls the ball more often. His strikeout concerns have been quieted by a year where his strikeout rates fell as he climbed levels, and he chased fewer than 20% of the time. He's a plus runner with the instincts and athleticism to play shortstop in the big leagues and the arm for third base, making him an asset anywhere on the infield.

    The Future: Westburg's quiet competitiveness and confidence fit in well on an ascendant Orioles farm, and he projects to be an everyday big leaguer whose versatility may make him worth more than that in the major leagues. He should finish off Double-A Bowie to begin 2022 but has a chance to push for the majors by the end of the summer.

    Scouting Grades
    Hit: 55. Power: 50. Speed: 60. Fielding: 55. Arm: 60.

  7. 7. 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
    Minors: .251/.328/.462 | 19 HR | 5 SB | 383 AB

    BA Grade: 55/Very High

    Track Record: Prolific raw power as an amateur was the principal reason the Orioles signed Mayo for $1.75 million—more than $1 million above slot—in the five-round 2020 draft. Still, it would take work to translate that power into games, and Mayo ultimately did that after a spring training knee injury kept him back from a full-season affiliate. Once games began in the Florida Complex League, Mayo dominated and continued his rise with a month at Low-A Delmarva to end the year.

    Scouting Report: Mayo used his time in extended spring training to improve his movement patterns and rotation to better allow him to get to his plus power in games and hit the ball in the air more consistently. His base is presently more stable than when he was an amateur. While tall, Mayo is athletic, allowing him to have a clean swing and catch the ball out front often. By combining the newfound loft in his swing with his natural strength, Mayo is hitting fewer ground balls and thus finding more hits when he stays in the park. He could be an average hitter as he continues to hone his approach, and his ability to control the strike zone and cut down on chase rate while still hitting for power in his debut season impressed the Orioles. Mayo could easily outgrow third base, but has a chance to be average there, with his plus arm an asset at the position.

    The Future: Mayo doesn't have much pro experience, but has the makings of a middle-of-the-lineup, everyday third baseman after how he finished 2021. He could be back at Delmarva for 2022, and is a few years away from the majors, but he features some of the system's best offensive upside.

    Scouting Grades
    Hit: 50. Power: 60. Speed: 45. Fielding: 50. Arm: 60.

  8. 8. 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
    Minors: .309/.394/.457 | 5 HR | 1 SB | 243 AB

    BA Grade: 55/Extreme

    Track Record: The Orioles feel Kjerstad would have been college baseball's best player had the 2020 season finished. Thus they believe they got a bargain when he signed for a below-slot $5.2 million as the No. 2 overall pick. They haven't gotten to see much of his promise on the field. Kjerstad has yet to appear in a game due to the effects of myocarditis—inflammation of the heart muscle—that was detected ahead of 2020 instructional league. He began working back to health in the spring, but was shut down again in June before resuming activities in August. He was swinging a bat again in September.

    Scouting Report: Coming out of college, Kjerstad was touted as a potential middle-of-the-order bat with plus-plus raw power and the ability to utilize it in games. The moving parts of his swing introduced strikeouts risk, but the Orioles saw the type of improvement over his college career to believe that could be managed. While Kjerstad has an above-average arm, his corner outfield profile puts pressure on his bat to produce at that level. The loss of muscle that can come from spending more than a year without physical activity raises concerns about whether he'll be able to hit for the power his position will require. The Orioles feel his swing is natural enough to him that he'll be able to regain it.

    The Future: A positive outlook on Kjerstad's health at the end of 2021 has the Orioles hopeful he'll be able to begin his professional career in 2022, potentially at Low-A Delmarva. The uncertainty his health struggles created makes it unclear how easily Kjerstad will be able to reach his ceiling as an everyday bat-first outfielder.

    Scouting Grades
    Hit: 50. Power: 70. Speed: 40. Fielding: 50. Arm: 60.

  9. 9. Dylan Beavers | OF
    Dylan Beavers
    Born: Aug 11, 2001
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 206
    Minors: .346/.452/.487 | 0 HR | 6 SB | 78 AB

    BA Grade: 50/High

    August Update: Beavers tied for the Pac-12 Conference lead with 18 home runs as a redshirt freshman to earn invitations to the Cape Cod League and USA Baseball's Collegiate National Team. He went homerless in eight games in the Cape and hit only .143 with one home run for Team USA, but he returned to campus this spring and again finished among the Pac-12 leaders with 17 homers. Beavers was one of the toolsiest college players in the draft class. He is a strong, athletic 6-foot-4 outfielder with plus speed, plus-plus raw power to all fields and a plus arm. He primarily played right field in college but is capable of playing center with his long, fluid strides and is an above-average defender in both spots. Beavers has loud tools, but his hitting ability is a question. He constantly tinkers with his swing mechanics and struggles to be on time. His crowded setup and tight hand placement prevent him from getting the barrel out front and need to be revamped entirely. Beavers' electric hand speed and fast, whippy swing give him a chance to be a below-average hitter if he makes the needed adjustments, but he presently misses too many hittable pitches. Beavers needs to overhaul his swing and stance, but he has a chance to be an everyday outfielder who hits .240 with 30 home runs if he makes those adjustments. Beavers signed for $2,200,000 after being selected by the Orioles 33rd overall, the first pick of the supplemental first round.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 40. Power: 60. Run: 60. Field: 55. Arm: 60.

  10. 10. Seth Johnson | RHP
    Seth Johnson
    Born: Sep 19, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 200
    Drafted/Signed: Campbell, 2019 (1st round supplemental).
    Signed By: Joe Hastings.
    Minors: 1-1 | 3.00 ERA | 41 SO | 11 BB | 27 IP

    BA Grade: 50/High

    August Update: Acquired from the Rays at the trade deadline as a part of the three team deal that sent Trey Mancini to the Astros and Jose Siri to the Rays, Johnson is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery and is likely to miss all of the 2023 season.

    Track Record: The Rays have long demonstrated that they believe most young pitchers are best on a slow development path. That's been quite apparent with Johnson. The shortstop turned righthander was sent to Low-A Charleston. He was erratic at first, but after posting a 4.62 ERA in his first 12 outings, Johnson posted a 0.84 ERA over his final 11 starts.

    Scouting Report: Johnson's history as a shortstop is still apparent at times when it comes to pitch sequencing, but he's made steady improvement. When he's locked in, he has the look of an athletic mid-rotation starter. Johnson's 84-87 mph power slider earns 70 grades at its best. It has tight, late break. Johnson also can attack hitters with a 94-98 mph four-seam plus fastball. It pairs well with his slider, but it lacks elite movement. Johnson does consistently throw it for strikes. He doesn't command his secondaries as well as his fastball, but he has average control overall. His 71-75 mph curveball is a fringy get-over pitch, and his below-average changeup has a long way to go.

    The Future: Johnson is Rule 5 eligible if not added to the 40-man after the 2022 season. While he'll start at High-A Bowling Green, ideally he needs to move quickly to speed up his development.

    Scouting Grades Fastball: 55. Slider: 70. Curveball: 45. Changeup: 40. Control: 50.

  11. 11. 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
    Minors: .264/.357/.527 | 19 HR | 3 SB | 349 AB

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Track Record: Signed for $884,200 thanks to his power potential and high average exit velocities at Stanford, Stowers was a short-season New York-Penn League all-star after debuting in 2019 but was left out of the team's alternate training site in 2020. He spent the year getting stronger and in 2021 led Orioles minor leaugers with 27 home runs over three levels. He shared the Brooks Robinson player of the year award with top prospect Adley Rutschman as he climbed from High-A Aberdeen to Triple-A Norfolk in his first full year.

    Scouting Report: Stowers is a picture of controlled violence in his swing. He takes big hacks but rarely seems to overswing. He has natural loft in his swing, which allows him to display his plus-plus raw power on balls down. He's working on more consistently closing holes up in the zone, but has the ability to drive elevated pitches as well. Even with that development point, his 2021 season was defined by elite hard contact and barrel rates. Stowers has the typical swing-and-miss concerns of a big swinger, but it's less to do with chase than whiffing in the zone and missing mistakes. Correcting that would make him an even tougher out. Drafted as a center fielder, Stowers could still play there in a pinch, but his bat will play in right field, where he boasts a plus arm and above-average speed as well.

    The Future: Even after a successful full-season debut, Stowers' assignment to the Arizona Fall League shows how quickly the Orioles want to get him to the majors. He has the potential to be a middle-of-the-order hitter because of his power potential. He could be in the majors in 2022 after finishing his development at Triple-A Norfolk.

    Scouting Grades
    Hit: 50. Power: 60. Speed: 55. Fielding: 50. Arm: 60.

  12. 12. Connor Norby | 2B
    Connor Norby
    Born: Jun 8, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 187
    Signed By: Quincy Boyd
    Minors: .273/.356/.517 | 28 HR | 16 SB | 472 AB

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Track Record:: A near-consensus All-American who led the NCAA with 102 hits and was the American Athletic Conference player of the year in 2021, Norby particularly impressed the Orioles with his plate appearances against Vanderbilt aces Jack Leiter and Kumar Rocker in the NCAA super regional. Norby signed for slightly below slot at $1.7 million, and showed a patient, opposite-field approach in the final month of the season at Low-A Delmarva.

    Scouting Report: Like many of the Orioles' 2021 draftees, Norby has a knack for making contact and barreling the ball in the strike zone. At this point, he can be an above-average hitter, albeit with an opposite-field approach at the moment that can limit his power. His ability to control the strike zone and recognize pitches mean he could grow to better recognize which pitches he can drive and increase his power potential. Norby has average speed and a fringe-average arm, but the Orioles believe he's more athletic than the second base-only tag might indicate.

    The Future: Norby could be a solid-average regular who sets the table at the top of a lineup or helps turn it over at the bottom. It's possible he starts at High-A Aberdeen in 2022, putting him on track to potentially reach the majors in 2023 if he performs.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 50. Power: 45. Run: 50. Fielding: 50. Arm: 45

  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

    BA Grade: 50/Extreme

    Track Record:: The Orioles' return to the Latin American market in 2019 produced their largest ever signing class, then in January 2021 brought about their first two seven-figure signing bonuses. Hernandez's $1.2 million bonus was one of them. The projectable shortstop got better as his summer in the Dominican Republic went on, and came stateside for instructional camp in October.

    Scouting Report: Hernandez came to the Orioles with a smooth athleticism that they believe will maintain as he grows into his tall frame, and he already boasts a clean swing with a good path through the zone. He has a good understanding of the strike zone, and improved as the summer went on at better getting to his high-end exit velocities and hitting line drives during games. He could grow into average power as an average hitter, in addition to being a plus runner with the potential to be an average shortstop and enough arm to move to third base if he outgrows his current position.

    The Future: The Orioles haven't produced a homegrown, everyday major league infielder from Latin America since Jonathan Schoop, but Hernandez could be the next one. He should be in the Florida Complex League after extended spring training camp in 2022.

  14. 14. Terrin Vavra | 2B
    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).
    Minors: .312/.425/.444 | 2 HR | 6 SB | 189 AB

    BA Grade: 45/High

    Track Record: The latest in a talented baseball family to try and climb to the big leagues, Vavra began his career with the Rockies and was the 2019 South Atlantic League MVP for Asheville. He filled a high-minors infield void with the Orioles after being part of the 2020 trade for Mychal Givens, and was among their most productive minor league hitters before a back injury cost him nearly two months in 2021.

    Scouting Report: On either side of his injury, Vavra showed an advanced eye at the plate and an ability to hit line drives with a smooth swing from the left side. He can have fringe-average power and be an above-average hitter thanks to his swing decisions and contact profile. Vavra's best fit is at second base, where he made just one error this season, and he projects long term as an average defender at the position. Additionally, he spent time in center field in 2021, a position that he has the athleticism for, even if his running is just average. His fringe-average arm will limit him to second base on the infield and could impact his ability to make an impact in the outfield.

    The Future: Vavra's on-base ability and defensive versatility could make him an everyday fixture at the bottom of a lineup, or alternatively a table-setter up top. He could begin 2022 in Triple-A Norfolk.

  15. 15. 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.
    Minors: .264/.367/.455 | 15 HR | 5 SB | 387 AB

    BA Grade: 45/High

    Track Record: A draft-eligible sophomore who signed for $1.91 million after starring for two seasons with the Green Wave, Haskin spent most of his debut season at Low-A Delmarva and had a month at High-A Aberdeen before he fractured his thumb in late August.

    Scouting Report: Every aspect of Haskin's game is influenced by his easy plus speed, most notably his ability to potentially play an above-average center field with an above-average arm at the highest level. His legs also are an asset on offense, with his 22 stolen bases among the best in the Orioles' system and his ability to beat out hits paramount to his attack. His swing is geared more to flat contact than loft and can get a little long, but there's still average potential for his hit tool, albeit with fringe-average power. As a quick-twitch athlete who is willing to put in the work, the Orioles hope he can increase his damage level as he continues to work his swing and develop physically.

    The Future: Haskin didn't spend enough time at Aberdeen to warrant his starting above there in 2022, and will likely continue his efforts to be a second-division regular or platoon outfielder with the Ironbirds next spring. His speed and projection to stay in center field give Haskin a high floor at the major league level.

  16. 16. Cesar Prieto | 2B
    Cesar Prieto
    Born: May 10, 1999
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'9" Wt.: 175
    Minors: .273/.314/.404 | 11 HR | 5 SB | 465 AB

    BA Grade: 45/High

    Track Record: Prieto performed well at a young age for Cienfuegos in Cuba's top league, Serie Nacional, before leaving the country. He continued to show a relatively advanced offensive game working out for clubs before he signed with the Orioles on Jan. 15, 2022. Scouting Report: At 22, Prieto will move faster than most international signings. He's a smart, savvy player who has a mature approach and a good eye for the strike zone. Prieto didn't strike out much in Cuba, and while he has yet to be tested much since then, the early returns have also shown little swing-and-miss to his game. He never showed much power in Cuba, but he added 15-20 pounds since leaving and has started to drive the ball with more impact, though it's likely always going to be a hit-over-power profile. An average runner, Prieto is an offensive-minded infielder who projects best at second base. The Future: Prieto is advanced enough that he will begin his career in High-A Aberdeen. While he lacks big power or speed, his bat could be good enough to carry him to a big league role.

  17. 17. Chayce McDermott | RHP
    Chayce McDermott
    Born: Aug 22, 1998
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 197
    Signed By: Scott Oberhelman
    Minors: 7-3 | 5.56 ERA | 160 SO | 64 BB | 104 IP

    BA Grade: 45/High

    August Update: Acquired from the Astros in the three-team trade that sent Trey Mancini to the Astros and Jose Siri to the Rays.

    Track Record: McDermott redshirted in 2018 at Ball State while recovering from Tommy John surgery, suffered another injury in 2019 and threw just three times before the coronavirus pandemic stopped college baseball in 2020. He ended his only full collegiate season in 2021 with 13.6 strikeouts per nine innings, and the Astros took him in the fourth round and signed him for $372,500. McDermott continued piling up punchouts at Low-A Fayetteville, striking out 33 in 18.1 innings during his professional debut.

    Scouting Report: McDermott has a solid set of four pitches. He misses bats with an above-average fastball that sits 92-96 mph and can get up to 98 on occasion. He pairs his heater with two potentially above-average breaking pitches in his 12-to-6 curveball in the mid 70s and a titling slider that gets chase swings out of the strike zone. McDermott's changeup is still a major work in progress, as is his control of both breaking pitches. Even during his excellent pro debut, he walked 10 batters in 18 innings at Fayetteville.

    The Future: McDermott's pitch mix gives him the potential to start, but he won't overwhelm at the top of a rotation. He should have a full season at a Class A affiliate in 2022.

  18. 18. 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.
    Minors: 8-3 | 4.42 ERA | 144 SO | 47 BB | 120 IP

    BA Grade: 45/High

    Track Record: The last in a long line of projectable lefties the Orioles drafted last decade in hopes of them filling out and developing into big league starters, Rom has done that as he's climbed into the high minors.

    Scouting Report: Rom hasn't yet developed a standout pitch, but a varied mix and precocious pitchability have helped him carve up hitters at every level. His fastball, which sat around 90 mph previously, was up to 94 mph at times late in the season and more consistently sat around 91-93. He experimented with dropping his arm slot against lefties to create different action on his two-seam fastball. His average slider is the best of his secondaries now, though there's work to be done on differentiating its movement from his fringe-average splitter, changeup and curveball. Rom knows how the pitches play off one another, and pitches backwards while taking advantage of his deception and angles.

    The Future: Rom is aware of the challenges that face a finesse lefthander without premium velocity in the majors, but adding to his fastball and learning how to pitch backwards at an early stage keep a No. 5 starter profile in play. He should start back at Double-A Bowie in 2022, with a big league chance in play the following year.

  19. 19. 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

    BA Grade: 45/Extreme

    Track Record: Basallo received the largest bonus for a Latin American amateur player in Orioles history when he signed for $1.3 million in January 2021, one of two seven-figure bonuses the club handed out in that signing period. Before signing with the Orioles, he was connected to the Yankees. Basallo marked his pro debut with five home runs in the Dominican Summer League, most by an Orioles prospect there.

    Scouting Report: Basallo's power is one of several promising tools, as it could be plus-plus power as he continues to grow into it and refine both his approach and his swing. As he learns how his body moves and reduces his chase rate, the Orioles see potential for him to improve on what was the best hard-hit rate in their Dominican group. While already big for his age, Basallo is athletic behind the plate with a plus arm that could keep him at the position as he continues to develop.

    The Future: Basallo came stateside for the Orioles' fall instructional camp, indicating he could spend 2021 in the Florida Complex League. While he's a long way away, Basallo has the skills to grow into a bat-first, everyday catcher or possibly hit enough to play as a corner outfielder.

  20. 20. John Rhodes | OF
    John Rhodes
    Born: Aug 15, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 200
    Signed By: Trent Friedrich
    Minors: .237/.359/.378 | 5 HR | 16 SB | 291 AB

    BA Grade: 45/High

    Track Record: Rhodes became a draft-eligible sophomore when the draft was moved from June to July, and though he underperformed in 2021 compared to how he stood out before the shutdown in 2020, the Orioles signed him for an above-slot $1.38 million.

    Scouting Report: Kentucky never found a defensive home for Rhodes, who played at the corners in the infield and outfield, but that was more down to his versatility and its desire to keep his bat in its lineup. Rhodes has good bat speed and showed increasingly powerful top-end exit velocities as well as an average hit tool. The challenge for Rhodes will be adding loft to his swing and getting his best swings off consistently without sacrificing his ability to put the ball in play or his impressive on-base numbers. The Orioles will keep him in the outfield, where he has work to do and can be average with experience.

    The Future: Rhodes can be an average regular, perhaps on a second-division club, with the outside potential for more should he grow into the consistent game power a corner outfielder requires.

  21. 21. Max Wagner | 3B
    Max Wagner
    Born: Aug 19, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 215
    Minors: .227/.346/.364 | 1 HR | 1 SB | 66 AB

    BA Grade: 45/High

    August Update: One of the most prominent college risers during the 2022 season, Wagner began the year as a defensive replacement for Clemson, but quickly worked his way into the starting lineup and hit .370/.496/.852 with 27 home runs and 15 doubles en route to being named the ACC player of the year. Wagner struggled offensively in 2021 (.214/.305/.345), with plenty of swing and miss, but he improved his approach—11 BB% to 17 BB%—and a mechanical tweak seemingly unlocked his plus raw power. He gets started with a stance that's more upright and open than it was in 2021 and has done a better job keeping his hands quiet throughout his load, with what looks like a slightly steeper bat path that has helped him get the ball in the air more frequently. He has made more contact this spring, particularly against secondaries, and has hammered 93-plus mph fastballs. A 6-foot, 200-pound third baseman, Wagner should be able to stick at the position with solid arm strength and hands, but he doesn't jump off the diamond in terms of tools. Without much track record prior to 2022, Wagner is bound to be a polarizing prospect, but for those who buy into his hitting ability and power, he has a chance to be a legitimate bat-first prospect. He was selected by the Orioles in the second round and signed for $1,900,000.

  22. 22. 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.
    Minors: 2-6 | 4.20 ERA | 81 SO | 25 BB | 60 IP

    BA Grade: 45/High

    Track Record: An imposing righthander signed for $500,000 in 2017, Baumann moved quickly and shared the Orioles' Jim Palmer minor league pitcher of the year award in a 2019 season where he struck out 10.3 batters per nine and pitched a nine-inning no-hitter. A flexor mass strain in his elbow at the alternate site in 2020, and a recurrence the following spring, meant Baumann wasn't himself for much of 2021, even as he made his major league debut.

    Scouting Report: Baumann spent most of the year trying to sync up his delivery and establish that foundation for his season. Without it, he didn't consistently get into the upper 90s with his plus fastball, instead often pitching in the 93-94 mph range with it. His plus slider didn't always have the bite it did in 2019, and he didn't throw his curveball or changeup enough for anyone's liking. The fastball and slider give Baumann a high floor as a reliever, but the Orioles hope a healthy offseason will have Baumann comfortable with his delivery in spring training so they can keep developing him as a starter.

    The Future: Should Baumann come into 2022 healthy, he has the stuff to be in the rotation mix for the Orioles in spring training. He can be a back-end starter if his whole arsenal is in play.

  23. 23. Jud Fabian | OF
    Jud Fabian
    Born: Sep 27, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 195
    Minors: .309/.415/.618 | 3 HR | 0 SB | 68 AB

    BA Grade: 55/Extreme

    August Update: Fabian enrolled early at Florida and was draft-eligible in 2021 as one of the younger college players in the class. He ranked as the No. 27 prospect on the 2021 BA 500 and the Red Sox drafted him in the second round, but the two sides failed to come to terms and Fabian went back to Gainesville for his third college season. A 6-foot-2, 195-pound center fielder, Fabian is a standout athlete who has impressive power, speed and defensive tools. The biggest question in his profile is his pure hitting ability. Fabian has a keen eye at the plate and rarely expands the zone, and after walking 14.9% of the time in 2021 has increased that mark to 20% in 2022. He's managed that walk rate while also hitting for a career-best 24 home runs. While most of that power has come to the pull side, scouts believe Fabian has real plus raw power. Despite that power and on-base ability, Fabian has never hit above .300 with Florida and this spring against conference competition in 30 games he hit .193 with 37 strikeouts and 33 walks. Defensively, Fabian is one of the better center fielders in the class, with solid speed, athleticism and instincts to stick at the position and be an impact defender. Given his tool set and up-the-middle profile, there's plenty of upside but his swing-and-miss tendencies create plenty of risk as well. Fabian signed with the Orioles for $1,026,800 after being selected in the second supplemental round.

  24. 24. Carter Baumler | RHP
    Carter Baumler
    Born: Jan 31, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 195
    Drafted/Signed: HS--West Des Moines, Iowa, 2020 (5th round).
    Signed By: Scott Thomas.
    Minors: 0-0 | 1.54 ERA | 20 SO | 7 BB | 12 IP

    BA Grade: 50/Extreme

    Track Record:: Baumler's $1.5 million, above-slot bonus remains the largest the Orioles have given to a pitcher under the Mike Elias regime, and what the athletic righthander showed in fall instructional camp in 2020 made them feel safe in that investment before an elbow injury required Tommy John surgery. Baumler spent 2021 recovering from that injury and finished his rehab progression at fall instructional camp to set the course for a normal offseason throwing program.

    Scouting Report: Before his injury, Baumler worked with a fastball in the 88-92 mph range that topped out at 96 mph from a clean, repeatable delivery with a good arm path and plenty of physical projection to add to his heater. Baumler spent a month of his rehab honing his breaking ball and changeup, each of which had at least average potential before his year off. A classic high-ceiling, cold-weather arm, the Orioles believe Baulmer has plenty of capacity to improve.

    The Future: Baumler is yet to throw a pitch in a professional game, but many believe he has No. 3 starter potential, even if he's years away from fulfilling that role. He should be a full-go come spring training and begin his affiliated career at Low-A Delmarva in 2022.

  25. 25. Reed Trimble | OF
    Reed Trimble
    Born: Jun 6, 2000
    Bats: S Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 180
    Signed By: David Jennings
    Minors: .291/.353/.393 | 2 HR | 2 SB | 117 AB

    BA Grade: 45/High

    Track Record: As a second-year freshman who played just one full season because of Covid, Trimble made his year with the Golden Eagles count: he tied for the NCAA lead with 72 RBIs as their everyday right fielder. Trimble signed for a below-slot $800,000 deal after a standout performance in the NCAA regional, but didn't get to show his full potential in his pro debut as his playing time was limited.

    Scouting Report: Trimble is on the raw side when it comes to Orioles draftees in 2021, but has all the markers of a player who can grow into a complete outfielder. He has polished swings and above-average bat speed from both sides of the plate with bat-to-ball skills and strike zone control that can make him at least an average hitter with potentially above-average power as he matures. His plus-plus speed is an asset on the bases and in center field, where it can make him an above-average defender. He boasts a solid-average arm as well.

    The Future: Trimble could return to Low-A Delmarva for everyday center field duties in 2022 to begin his first full season and establish a path to a future as an everyday outfielder when the Orioles get competitive. Trimble's athleticism and switch-hitting give him an easy bench outfielder floor.

  26. 26. Jean Pinto | RHP
    Jean Pinto
    Born: Jan 9, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 175
    Signed By: Marlon Urdeneta/Joel Chicarelli (Angels)
    Minors: 4-6 | 3.83 ERA | 103 SO | 46 BB | 92 IP

    BA Grade: 45/High

    Track Record: One of two pitchers acquired when the Orioles traded Jose Iglesias to the Angels in December 2020, Pinto showed well with an impressive domestic debut. He made just five appearances in the FCL before a promotion to Low-A Delmarva.

    Scouting Report: Pinto's fastball already sits in the low 90s while touching 95 mph, and his size means there's potentially room to grow into more. It's already an effective pitch, especially up in the strike zone, though he's working to be more consistent with the movement of the four-seamer. He missed bats with a changeup that could be above-average in the high 80s, while he uses a two-plane breaking ball in the 82-84 mph range for strikeouts as well. He's filled out physically since signing, especially in his lower half, but uses his whole body in his delivery and keeps a clean line to the plate.

    The Future: Pinto has a ways to go before he can get near his ceiling as a back-end starter in the big leagues.

  27. 27. Chris Vallimont | RHP
    Chris Vallimont
    Born: Mar 18, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 220
    Drafted/Signed: Mercyhurst, 2018 (5th round).
    Signed By: Alex Smith (Marlins).
    Minors: 7-8 | 5.60 ERA | 101 SO | 49 BB | 98 IP

    BA Grade: 45/High

    Midseason Update: Vallimont was a savvy addition by the Orioles, who added him from the Twins off waivers in late May. He's made six appearances between Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk, pitching to a 3-1 record with a 3.54 ERA and 33 strikeouts to eight walks over 28 innings pitched. Added to the Orioles 40-man roster, Vallimont should see some appearances with the big league club this season. He'll continue to be developed as a starter but has the stuff to air it out in the pen.

    Track Record: Vallimont signed for $300,000 in the fifth round with the Marlins in 2018 after a stellar three-year career at Division II Mercyhurst (Pa.). The Twins acquired him and Sergio Romo in 2019 in exchange for Lewin Diaz. After pitching well in 2019, Vallimont struggled against Double-A bats in 2021, but the Twins still added him to the 40-man roster in November. He was designated for assignment in May and claimed by the Orioles.

    Scouting Report: Vallimont gave up plenty of hits (1.638 WHIP) and walks (5.8 BB/9) this season, but still has an intriguing four-pitch mix. His fastball sits in the 92-93 mph range and has been up to 95-96, and analysts love the metrics beyond the velocity, especially the extreme carry and vertical break of the offering. His go-to secondary and most effective pitch this year was a mid-80s slider with spin in the 2,500 rpm range and solid sweeping action. The 6-foot-5 righty also throws an upper-70s curveball and a low-80s changeup. All his offerings have average or a tick better potential, but he needs to take a big step forward with the consistency of his command against upper-level bats.

    The Future: The Twins have developed Vallimont as a starter, and he has a deep arsenal and the physical frame, but his control might make him a better fit for the pen, where perhaps his velocity could tick up.

  28. 28. Joey Ortiz | SS
    Joey Ortiz
    Born: Jul 14, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 175
    Signed By: John Gillette
    Minors: .285/.350/.478 | 19 HR | 7 SB | 534 AB

    BA Grade: 45/High

    Track Record: Ortiz starred at New Mexico State at third base as a freshman and then for two years as a standout shortstop whose advanced glove was enough to get him drafted early on the second day in 2019. Ortiz added nearly 30 pounds of muscle and remade his swing during the 2020 shutdown to add a big league offensive profile to go with his glove. He was one of the Orioles' breakout prospects before requiring surgery to repair a torn left labrum.

    Scouting Report: By adding loft to his swing and catching the ball out front to elevate it more consistently, Ortiz took what was a meek offensive skill set and created the potential to be an average hitter with fringe-average power. He cut his groundball rate by nearly 12% from 2019 to 2021. Despite bulking up and increasing his ability to impact the ball more consistently, Ortiz didn't lose much of his defensive promise. He primarily played shortstop, where he can at least be above-average, with the range for second and the arm for third when he played there.

    The Future: There's always a major league role for a true shortstop, but Ortiz could be a big league regular because of his improved offensive profile. He didn't spend much time at Double-A Bowie before his injury, and should return there in 2022.

  29. 29. Cade Povich | LHP
    Cade Povich
    Born: Apr 12, 2000
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 185
    Minors: 10-10 | 4.50 ERA | 148 SO | 39 BB | 114 IP

    BA Grade: 45/High

    August Update: Acquired from the Twins in the trade that saw closer Jorge Lopez head to Minnesota, Povich was a 2021 third-rounder out of Nebraska and has shown good stuff as a professional with a standout sweepy slider, a low-90s fastball and average or better offerings in his curveball and changeup. He's a lefty with a deep arsenal of weapons and good pitchability.

  30. 30. Logan Gillaspie | RHP
    Logan Gillaspie
    Born: Apr 17, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 220
    Minors: 6-3 | 4.78 ERA | 49 SO | 13 BB | 44 IP

    BA Grade: 40/Medium

    Track Record: Gillaspie has an interesting backstory as a converted high school catcher who spent time at Oxnard (Calif.) JC before signing with an independent league team at 20 years old. After seeing a velocity bump during his final independent league season he was signed by the Brewers out of the Pioneer League in the summer of 2018. He made 31 appearances with Low-A Wisconsin and was released following the 2019 season. He caught on with the Orioles in June of 2021 and showed well across two levels and then stood out in the Arizona Fall League. Gillaspie made his major league debut for the Orioles on May 17, 2022. Scouting Report: Gilllaspie has a four-pitch mix led by a vicious mid-to-high-90s four-seam fastball with heavy bore and late bite. His ability to create a flatter plane on his fastball allows him to attack batters elevated in the strike zone. His fastball is complemented by a mid-80s changeup with run and tumble that plays well off of his fastball. He mixes in a hard sweeper slider in the low-to-mid 80s and a hard-biting curveball in the low 80s. A relief-only prospect, Gillaspie has the stuff and command of his pitch mix to handle middle relief and bridge innings to the back-end of the bullpen. The Future: A high-power mix led by a mid-to-high-90s fastball with desirable analytical traits and a trio of secondaries he can use to get outs, Gillaspie is a potential regular middle relief option at the major league level in the coming years.

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