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  1. 1. Gunnar Henderson | SS/3B
    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/Risk: 70/Medium

    Track Record: When the pandemic shut down minor league baseball in 2020, the Orioles worried high school hitters like Henderson--whom they signed for an over-slot $2.3 million as the 42nd overall pick in 2019--would be most impacted by the loss of development time. Instead, Henderson flourished. Two years after being the youngest player at Baltimore's alternate training site and exposed to the challenging and, at times, overwhelming Orioles hitting practices, Henderson forced his MLB debut at 21 years old. The Orioles wouldn't have thought Henderson would be in the majors by September when they didn't invite him to big league camp in 2022, but he walked more than he struck out (41 to 38) with a 1.025 OPS in two months at Double-A Bowie before continuing to produce at Triple-A Norfolk, becoming the top prospect in baseball and earning Baseball America's Minor League Player of the Year honors.

    Scouting Report: The talent to put together such a season has always been within Henderson. His offseason work meant it came faster than the team expected. He added a little rhythm to his swing to get himself moving early, flattened out his bat path to be able to combat riding fastballs up in the zone, and most importantly improved his plate discipline in his return to Double-A Bowie in 2022. He showed immediate gains with swing decisions and contact rates. Henderson's swing has always been a powerful one, and him growing into his body made it more so. His strength and explosiveness allow him to get away with having a smaller move--where he doesn't need to generate much momentum to produce all-fields power--and his approach allows him to stay up the middle consistently. Henderson was exposed to plenty of outer-half spin in 2022 as pitchers tried to avoid the heart of the plate against him. That gave him plenty of looks at one of the few areas where he's continuing to search for solutions. Otherwise, his plus hit tool and plus-plus power showed up in the majors. Henderson had a 92.4 mph average exit velocity and a 53.7% hard-hit rate. Defensively, Henderson hasn't outgrown shortstop and has the potential to be at least above-average there with elite capabilities at third base thanks to his plus-plus arm and range. He's a plus runner as well and impressed the big league staff with his speed on his callup late in the season. Henderson is an intensely driven player who embodies the growth mindset the Orioles seek in their players.

    The Future: Henderson reaching the majors this quickly and succeeding in the manner he has puts his career on a steep upward trajectory. The Orioles believe he can be an MVP-caliber player, but at worst he can be a regular all-star who will be a cornerstone in the ongoing Orioles turnaround.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 60. Power: 70. Speed: 60. Fielding: 60. Arm: 70

  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/Risk: 70/High

    Track Record: Rodriguez, a pop-up prospect signed for $4.3 million as the 11th pick in the 2018 draft, has done nothing but dominate since joining the Orioles. He shared the organization's pitcher of the year honors in 2019, won it on his own in 2021 and was on the cusp of a big league debut as the May Triple-A International League pitcher of the month before a lat strain in early June kept him out for two months. He returned to the mound in September but wasn't summoned to the majors before the season ended.

    Scouting Report: Rodriguez's stuff remained similar to that which made him the game's top pitching prospect entering the season. His fastball sat 95-99 mph and topped out at 100 with above-average hop, and he showed the ability to spot it in every part of the strike zone. He executed his development goal of achieving more consistent top-end spin in 2022, because in past years the consistency of his pitch action could waver. His plus-plus slider remains his top secondary pitch, sitting 79-85 mph with late bite, and he uses different shapes depending on the situation. Rodriguez's changeup, a pitch he learned in pro ball, is a plus pitch as well, with screwball-like action that works to both sides of the plate. His curveball has above-average potential, and Rodriguez ramped up usage of his new low-90s cutter as the season went on, especially against lefthanded hitters. His lat injury was his first major setback, but Rodriguez otherwise has the makings of a physical, innings-eating workhorse with a durable, repeatable delivery.

    The Future: Rodriguez has top-of-the-rotation potential and a mid-rotation floor based on his stuff, pitch mix and mentality. The Orioles expect him to compete for a major league rotation job in spring training, and he'll be favored to win one given his talents.

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

  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/Risk: 65/Extreme

    Track Record: The son of MLB all-star Matt Holliday was set to play for his uncle Josh at Oklahoma State until he was drafted first overall by the Orioles in 2022. Holliday took classes from home this winter to work on adding strength and further refining his picturesque lefthanded swing, and he elevated himself to the top of the draft by doing so. He broke JT Realmuto's national high school hits record in the process and was recognized as BA High School Player of the Year. Holliday signed for $8.19 million--a record for a high school player--and had an impressive introduction to pro ball at the end of the summer. He walked 25 times against just 12 strikeouts, primarily against full-season competition.

    Scouting Report: Holliday's draft-year improvement only made what could be an elite offensive future even clearer. He has a smooth, fluid swing that doesn't require maximum effort to create maximum bat speed, with good body awareness to make him adjustable and keep the barrel through the zone well. Holliday already boasts advanced strike-zone discipline, and the continued physical development his frame suggests is imminent could give him above-average power to go along with his plus hit tool. He handled velocity well in his pro debut, but the Orioles want him to continue overcoming expected challenges with velocity and advanced pitch shapes as he climbs the minors. Defensively, he's a true shortstop with all the skills and instincts to play the position at a plus level, with a plus arm and plus speed as well.

    The Future: If Holliday ends up being the Orioles' last high first-round pick in a while, they'll be glad to have his all-star potential in the organization. He has the talent, mindset and work ethic to get there, and could be back in Low-A Delmarva to begin the 2023 season.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 60. Power: 55. Speed: 60. Fielding: 60. Arm: 60.

  4. 4. Colton Cowser | OF
    Colton Cowser
    Born: Mar 20, 2000
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 195
    Signed By: Thom Dreier
    Minors: .278/.406/.469 | 19 HR | 18 SB | 510 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 55/Medium

    Track Record: The Orioles believed Cowser to be the best hitter in the country in the 2021 draft, even if signing him for a below-slot $4.9 million as the fifth overall pick skewed that impression. Cowser backed that up in his first full season in 2022, overcoming some early challenges at High-A Aberdeen before taking off and dominating Double-A Bowie with a 1.037 OPS in 49 games there. He was one of a handful of 2021 draftees to reach Triple-A.

    Scouting Report: Cowser's special bat-to-ball skills showed up as he climbed through the minors. His plus hit tool impressed the Orioles with the amount of line drives and hard contact he produced even as there was a bit more in-zone whiff than they expected. Cowser's preferred opposite-field approach came into conflict with the team's damage-oriented swing decision mantra at times, but Cowser got better at tapping into his pull-side pop as the season went on, showing at least above-average power potential. His offensive path seems unsettled, though. There's a belief that he can both maintain a gap-based, on-base strategy at the top of a lineup or gear his approach toward more power and succeed at either. Cowser might not be more than an average center fielder, but he can handle the position well thanks to his smooth motions and range as an above-average runner. He could be above-average in a corner spot, with at least an above-average arm.

    The Future: Cowser did his part by climbing through the minors quickly for an organization that hoped he would be ready to help when they contended. He has the floor of a solid-average regular, though his advanced bat could make him a first-division starter with continued refinement. Cowser will be back at Triple-A Norfolk to begin 2023, with the hopes of playing himself into a major league debut.

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

  5. 5. 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/Risk: 55/High

    Track Record: Hall was one of the best prep lefthanders in the 2017 class and signed with the Orioles for $3 million to begin a pro career that has often tantalized and finally included a big league debut in 2022. He made just seven starts in 2021 due to a stress reaction in his elbow and was eased back onto the mound in 2022 by the Orioles. Hall continued to show flashes of dominance--36% strikeout rate in Triple-A--but also control issues as he walked 14% of the batters he faced with Norfolk. The Orioles gave him a start for his MLB debut in August, then moved him to the bullpen to control his innings. He excelled in relief late in the 2022 season.

    Scouting Report: Few, if any, can match Hall's raw stuff from the left side. His four-seam fastball sits in the mid-to-upper 90s and has touched 100 mph with above-average hop. His 85-89 mph slider features bat-missing sweep and is his best secondary pitch, though his mid-80s changeup plays extremely well off his fastball and has plus potential. So does his curveball, a slower offering in the high 70s and low 80s. Hall's extension in the big leagues was exceptional, which makes his one shortfall--repeating his delivery and consistently commanding around the strike zone--a point of concern. He's athletic enough that the Orioles believe he can improve, but with his fastball velocity, extension and pitch mix, Hall only needs his pitches to look like strikes out of his hand to force hitters into bad swings.

    The Future: Hall has a No. 2 starter ceiling given his stuff, but a high-leverage relief role is more likely at this point in his career. The Orioles will continue to develop him as a starter, with a realistic mid-rotation goal. He'll be in the major league rotation mix come 2023 spring training.

  6. 6. Jordan Westburg | SS/3B
    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/.496 | 27 HR | 12 SB | 544 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/Medium

    Track Record: Westburg went 30th overall in the 2020 draft and signed for $2.37 million on the belief that his improved performance in the summer and abbreviated spring before his draft year was legitimate. Nothing he's done as a pro has made the Orioles question that. Westburg climbed to Double-A in 2021, his first full pro season, and spent most of 2022 at Triple-A Norfolk. His 69 extra-base hits were fifth-most in the minors in 2022, and Westburg's continued improvement earned him the organization's Brooks Robinson minor league player of the year award.

    Scouting Report: Recognizing Westburg for his improvement the way the Orioles did only highlights all his skills. He doesn't have a plus tool but has spent his career maximizing what he has. Westburg has become more aggressive in all counts as he has matured, and he used the team's challenging practice to address deficiencies with hoppy fastballs up in the zone and sliders away. At every level, he's adjusted back to the league and gone on to excel. Westburg has a clean, simple swing that still generates plenty of bat speed and could allow him to be an average hitter with above-average power thanks to his ability to pull the ball and drive it to the opposite-field gap. Consistency in his at-bat quality has been an issue, though, leading to two prolonged slumps in 2022. Westburg is an above-average runner and can play shortstop but may be stretched to be average there, with above-average potential at second base as an everyday position. He can play third base, too.

    The Future: Westburg's versatility may be key to his future in what's shaping up to be a loaded Orioles infield. His ability to play up the middle and potentially hit for power make him a future solid-average regular, and he'll compete for a major league job in spring training. Scouting Grades: Hitting: 50. Power: 55. Speed: 55. Fielding: 55. Arm: 50.

  7. 7. Connor Norby | 2B
    Connor Norby
    Born: Jun 8, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 187
    Signed By: Quincy Boyd
    Minors: .279/.360/.526 | 29 HR | 16 SB | 477 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 55/High

    Track Record: Norby was a first-team All-America selection for East Carolina in 2021 as he led Division I with 102 hits and impressed against top-level starters in the NCAA Tournament. The Orioles drafted him in the second round at No. 41 overall and signed him for $1.7 million--slightly below slot. He began 2022 at High-A Aberdeen and saw a significant burst in production in the second half, hitting 21 home runs in the high minors for an organization-leading 29 and ending the year at Triple-A Norfolk.

    Scouting Report: Norby's breakout came as he found comfortable lower-body patterning by recommitting to a toe-tap he abandoned in the winter and moving his hands to allow him to be less vertical through the hitting areas and better combat sliders away and fastballs up. The adjustments allowed Norby to take off. His extreme feel for hitting and high-level ability to execute his plan continued to put him in good positions to do damage, as did his acceptable strike-zone control. Norby showed the capabilities of an above-average hitter with potentially above-average power, with his ability to drive the ball the other way and overall consistency in elevating hard contact key factors in that. Defensively, Norby is limited to second base on the infield or maybe left field due to a fringe-average arm, though his actions on the dirt are fine.

    The Future: Bat-first second basemen are tricky propositions, but Norby's offensive profile is one that is increasingly hard to doubt at this point. He can hit enough to be a first-division regular. He will start at Triple-A Norfolk in 2023 with an eye toward pushing for a major league debut in the second half of the season.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 55. Power: 55. Speed: 50. Fielding: 50. Arm: 45.

  8. 8. Joey Ortiz | SS/2B
    Joey Ortiz
    Born: Jul 14, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 175
    Signed By: John Gillette
    Minors: .284/.349/.477 | 19 HR | 8 SB | 539 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/High

    Track Record: Drafted out of the friendly offensive environment of New Mexico State, Ortiz was an early second-day pick in 2019 mostly because of his elite traits at shortstop. The pandemic allowed him to address his offensive shortcomings. He added nearly 30 pounds of muscle to his frame and leveraged his swing toward elevated contact. His breakout was cut short in 2021 due to a torn left labrum that required surgery, and he struggled in the first half of 2022 before a breakout that brought him to Triple-A Norfolk. From July 1 to the end of the season, Ortiz hit .352/.416/.610 and led the minor leagues with 101 hits, 68 runs and 175 total bases. His 1.026 OPS ranked seventh in that time.

    Scouting Report: Ortiz always boasted exceptional contact ability--he only whiffed 7.4% of the time in 2022, best in the organization--but the quality of contact wavered early in the year as he struggled to come back from his lead shoulder injury. By adjusting his hand placement to allow him to get to a better launch position and focusing more on the areas where he can drive the ball as opposed to just making contact, Ortiz started producing elite exit velocities. His adjustments and improvements raised his offensive capabilities to potentially an above-average hitter with average power. He drives the ball well to all fields but could improve his pull-side power. Considering he is a true shortstop with plus capabilities at the position thanks to his range, play-making ability and arm, that makes for quite an intriguing tool set.

    The Future: Ortiz's defensive versatility and ability to play shortstop give him a utility floor, but his offensive progress makes an everyday role likely if he can sustain it. Ortiz likely needs more time at Triple-A before a major league debut, but not much time if he continues hitting.

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

  9. 9. 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/Risk: 45/Medium

    Track Record: Stowers spent his college career searching for a balance of contact and power, and the Orioles believed in his potential for both. He used the 2020 shutdown to get stronger and shared organizational player of the year honors with top prospect Adley Rutschman in 2021 after he hit a system-high 27 home runs in his first full minor league season. Stowers spent most of 2022 at Triple-A Norfolk, where he cut down his strikeout rate while hitting for power just as consistently. He was in the big leagues for good by mid August.

    Scouting Report: Part of Stowers' year-over-year improvement came down to him flattening his swing a bit to help him defend against velocity at the top of the zone, and otherwise being adjustable to hit offspeed pitches as higher-level pitchers grew weary of giving him anything in his red zones. The resulting season--decreasing whiff rates with a higher slugging percentage--showed he was able to meet his goals without losing power. Stowers' power will always be his calling card as an easy plus and potentially better tool thanks to his aggressive, naturally lofted swing. He was challenged when it came to whiffs and strikeouts in the majors, and Stowers may never be more than a fringe-average hitter, but that would be enough along with continued plate discipline gains to help him access his power. Stowers' power is imperative to his future, because he can be a fringe-average center fielder but is better suited for a corner outfield spot, where he can potentially be solid-average with a plus arm and above-average speed.

    The Future: Stowers' power potential and all the drawbacks that come with it make him a high-ceiling proposition, but his progress makes it possible he becomes a first-division regular.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 40. Power: 65. Speed: 55. Fielding: 50. Arm: 60.

  10. 10. 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/Risk: 50/High

    Track Record: Mayo was the first of two significantly over-slot high school draftees for the Orioles from the 2020 draft. He signed for $1.75 million in the fourth round thanks to his impressive raw power. As a professional, Mayo has been assigned aggressively and reached Double-A Bowie at 20 years old. Back spasms forced him to miss some time upon arriving there, but the slugging righthanded hitter finished well after a slow start and his expected stats paint a more optimistic picture of his season than his actual ones.

    Scouting Report: Mayo's carrying tool is his plus-plus raw power, and his ability to turn on inside pitches while driving balls over the heart of the plate gives him significant in-game power potential. Upper-minors pitchers exposed his issues with outer-third channeling and spin away, but the Orioles feel another offseason of adding strength can help Mayo control his body and the moving parts of his aggressive swing better to be more adjustable to those pitches and cover more of the plate. He might only be an average hitter and needs to control his bat path to keep the ball elevated to maximize the contact he does make. If he does so, his game power can flourish. Defensively, Mayo's peers may save the Orioles from having to make a call on him staying at third base. He could be fringe-average there and has a plus arm that fits at the position, but the expectation that the 6-foot-5 third baseman gets bigger could make him better suited for first base or a corner outfield spot.

    The Future: Mayo didn't have the breakout season expected of him in 2022. Still, holding his own as a 20-year-old in Double-A was a sign there's still plenty to dream on. This is a big winter for Mayo, who with the right training and adjustments could break out on his way to becoming a first-division regular.

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

  11. 11. Dylan Beavers | OF
    Dylan Beavers
    Born: Aug 11, 2001
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 206
    Minors: .346/.452/.487 | 0 HR | 6 SB | 78 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 55/Extreme

    Track Record: Beavers was a two-way player coming to Cal, but was rewarded for his commitment to hitting by a pair of first-team all-conference honors and a spot on the US Collegiate National Team in 2021. His power potential, toolset, and Pac-12 performance meant many teams had first-round grades on Beavers, but issues with his swing dropped him to No. 33 overall where the Orioles signed him for slightly below slot at $2.2 million.

    Scouting Report: Their hitting department was on-board with taking Beavers and working with him to get his bat on a better and less steep path through the zone, and so was the player. Quick alterations including his hand placement and torso angle after signing allowed Beavers to lower his in-zone-whiff rate and make more contact from college to pro ball. Beavers is a quick-twitch athlete who has taken to instruction well, but still has several aspects of his swing overhaul ahead of him and will be undertaking those as he deals with consistent velocity and challenging pitch shapes in pro ball. Even moderate swing improvements can make him a fringe-average hitter with plus power, though there's way more upside here. He's a plus runner who is even quicker underway and has a plus arm, with the potential to adequately handle either center or right in the majors.

    The Future: Beavers landed in a perfect program for his developmental needs, but has a long road to his first-division everyday role. Most of that relies on his swing changes, and early returns show it's possible. He'll begin his first full season at High-A Aberdeen.

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

  12. 12. 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/Risk: 50/Very High

    Track Record: Kjerstad was considered the best left-handed power bat in the shortened 2020 draft when the Orioles took him second overall and signed him to a below-slot $5.2 million bonus. Shortly after signing, however, he was diagnosed with myocarditis (heart inflammation) and missed all of 2021. A spring training hamstring injury delayed his pro debut until June, and he dominated Low-A Delmarva before finishing at High-A Aberdeen.

    Scouting Report: His layoff obviously impacted his development. Kjerstad makes a lot of quality contact with a unique swing that features an aggressive leg-lift, but issues with his approach have led to elevated strikeout numbers due to chase. The Orioles believe consistent game action can help him improve that, with exposure to high-level pitching a priority in Kjerstad's development. The club also believes Kjerstad will continue to regain the strength he lost from his time away to recapture his power stroke as time goes on. Kjerstad will be limited to a corner outfield spot due to his range, but has at least an above-average arm that will play in right field. Considering power was meant to be his carrying tool, maximizing that through swing decisions and physical development will determine his major league future.

    The Future: The Orioles view his return to action in 2022 a success on its own, and acknowledge the challenge Kjerstad's time away from the game has presented. His ceiling remains that of a bat-first slugging outfielder on a winning team, but Kjerstad's pending introduction to the high minors in 2023 will show how realistic reaching that will be.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 45. Power: 55. Speed: 45. Fielding: 50. Arm: 55.

  13. 13. 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/Risk: 50/Very High

    Track Record: Povich made the kind of gains teams hope for when drafting pitchability lefties in his first pro season, as he went from consistently sitting in the high-80s to comfortably pitching in the low-90s and topping out at 97 mph in his first full season. The Twins unlocked some of his potential in his full-season debut, then traded him as part of a four-pitcher package to bring back Orioles closer Jorge Lopez at the deadline. Povich was the organization's minor league pitcher of the month in August and finished at Double-A Bowie.

    Scouting Report: His ability to fill up the strike zone with an impressive pitch mix was evident from early on in his time with the Orioles. The fastball has riding life and late bore, making it hard for hitters to square up, perhaps because they have so many other pitches to consider. Povich features a 1-7 curveball that sits in the mid-70s with big shape; it's used interchangeably with his sweepy slider. A low-80s plus sweeper that plays to hitters on both sides of the plate. Both pitches can drive swings and misses, as well as chases. Povich re-introduced his high-80s cutter after the trade with immediate success. His average changeup gives him another look against right-handers heavy lineups.

    The Future: The diversity of his pitch mix as well as his ability to throw them for strikes and chase make Povich an effective starting candidate provided he sustains the gains he made on his fastball. The Orioles will likely have him back at Bowie to begin 2023 in an effort to get him to the big leagues in the rotation quickly.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 50. Curveball: 55. Slider: 60. Changeup: 50. Cutter: 45 Control: 55

  14. 14. 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/Risk: 50/Very High

    Track Record: Fabian entered 2021 as a potential top pick candidate but struggled to make contact, forcing him out of the first round. The Orioles were connected to him for an above-slot deal in the second round, and when Boston took him one pick ahead of Baltimore and didn't meet his bonus demands, Fabian returned to Florida for his senior season to play with his younger brother Deric. Fabian cut down on his strikeouts in 2022 and ultimately ended up with the Orioles anyway, signing for slot at $1.03 million.

    Scouting Report: As a pro, he destroyed Low-A Delmarva thanks to his ability to recognize spin and pound fastballs, and High-A Aberdeen in September proved a more appropriate challenge. Overall, however, the Orioles saw an exciting skillset that features at least plus power, an advanced approach at the plate, and the potential for plus defense in center field. Fabian was among the organizational leaders with 41.8% of his batted balls above 95 mph. While the Orioles appreciate how he managed his strikeouts and continued to slug in college, they understand that will be part of his game thanks to some natural swing-and-miss that they believe is manageable. He made immediate gains in terms of formulating plans at the plate, and showed he can cover the high fastball well in his pro debut, with the next step being defending against right-handed spin.

    The Future: If Fabian can make enough contact to be a fringe-average hitter, his power and defensive tools can support an everyday role on a winning club. He'll likely start his first full season back at Aberdeen, but could move quickly.

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

  15. 15. 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/Risk: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: The Orioles' renewed commitment to Latin America in recent years meant Basallo, their top signee in January 2021, signed for a club-record $1.3 million bonus. Earlier in the signing period, he'd been connected to the Yankees. Basallo hit a team-high five home runs in the Dominican Summer League in 2021, then played most of the Florida Complex League season at age 17 and tied for the league lead with six home runs.

    Scouting Report: At this nascent stage in Basallo's pro career, the potential for plus-plus power is real. While he might only be a fringe-average hitter and maintains a high chase rate, he dealt with being pitched tough better as the season went on and hit a third of his balls in play over 95 mph during the FCL season. He also kept his strikeout rate manageable and walked at a decent clip, leading the Orioles to believe he can continue to manage that aspect of his game and keep the slugging ability accessible by bringing pitchers into his damage zones. Basallo signed with a plus arm and despite being big for his age showed improved flexibility and movement behind the plate that keeps the position in play for him long term.

    The Future: As long as he's catching, Basallo's profile is an attractive one with middle-of-the-lineup slugging potential at a premium position. His bat makes it so he could still be valuable at first base or a corner outfield spot, too. He'll likely make his affiliated debut at age-18 at Low-A Delmarva in 2023.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 45. Power: 60. Speed: 40. Fielding: 50. Arm: 60.

  16. 16. 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/Risk: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: Johnson started as a shortstop at Louisburg (N.C.) JC but showed impressive aptitude once he converted to the mound and pitched his way up draft boards in his one season at Campbell. The Rays selected him 40th overall in 2019 and traded him to the Orioles as part of a three-team deal that sent Trey Mancini to Houston and outfielder Jose Siri to Tampa Bay. Johnson had an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery at the time of the trade, which made such a talented arm available at the deadline.

    Scouting Report: Before his injury, Johnson boasted the kind of hoppy fastball the Orioles favor, one that regularly sat in the mid-90s and topped out at 98 mph. He generated that velocity from an easy, effortless delivery. His slider was at least a plus pitch with tight, late break, and he also boasts a slower curveball and developing changeup. Johnson showed an ability to miss bats with that arsenal, with a 17.7% swinging strike rate helping him strike out 13.7 batters per nine innings in seven starts for High-A Bowling Green without an elevated walk rate.

    The Future: The injury, however, means Johnson likely won't pitch a meaningful amount until 2024. The Orioles added Johnson to the 40-man roster in November to protect him from the Rule 5 draft, and hope he recovers quickly enough to warrant the long-term roster spot. It stands to reason he will, however, considering Johnson's stuff comfortably profiles to the back half of a major league rotation with a high relief ceiling should he come back healthy.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60. Curveball: 45. Slider: 60. Changeup: 45. Control: 50

  17. 17. 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/Risk: 40/Medium

    Track Record: All three of former Minnesota Twins hitting coach Joe Vavra's sons played professional baseball, but the youngest, Terrin, was the first to make the majors. The 2019 South Atlantic League MVP in 2019 with the Rockies' affiliate in Asheville, Vavra came to the Orioles in the 2020 trade for reliever Mychal Givens and made his major league debut in July 2022.

    Scouting Report: Vavra has always been a productive minor leaguer thanks to his advanced bat-to-ball skills and strike zone control, but the Orioles believe he made significant strides in both the amount of contact he made and the quality of that contact in the minors in advance of his debut. Vavra has shown the ability to handle high-end velocity and now consistently makes high-quality contact, spraying line drives all over the field. He can be an above-average hitter with fringe-average power at the highest level. He played second base and left field in the big leagues, and might only be average at both spots, but he can provide cover all over the infield and outfield to keep his unique skillset in the lineup.

    The Future: As long as Vavra continues to embrace his offensive profile, he can be a borderline regular who provides a platoon advantage and plays all over the field for a winning team. His approach and ability to get on base will be valuable to turn over a lineup in the bottom third, and the Orioles could give him a chance to play every day at second base in 2023.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 45. Speed: 55. Fielding: 50. Arm: 45.

  18. 18. 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/Risk: 40/Medium

    Track Record: The Orioles invested multiple high draft picks on starting pitching candidates in the draft in the last years of the Dan Duquette era. Baumann, signed for $500,000, may be the last hope at one of them panning out in a major league rotation. The 2019 Orioles' minor league pitcher of the year was slowed by an elbow injury in 2020 and took a while to get to his best form in 2021. Baumann started the year riding the Triple-A shuttle between stints in the major league bullpen, but the team recommitted to him starting in the second half and he pitched well in Norfolk in that role.

    Scouting Report: His fastball is still plus as he averaged 96 mph in the big leagues, and started to get swinging strikes on his above-average low-90s slider as the season went on. The Orioles believe his curveball can be his best secondary pitch as it has elite traits at its best, but Baumann is still learning to be consistent with the pitch and throw it well more often. In general, that's the prescription for Baumann overall--to continue to find consistency with his delivery to make it more repeatable, and more frequently achieve the top-end spins and directions for his pitches.

    The Future: Even if those gains don't materialize, Baumann still has the stuff to stick in a major league bullpen. However, he's a third pitch away from being able to compete as a back-end starter.

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

  19. 19. 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/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: Wagner saw limited action as a freshman at Clemson and wasn't even projected to be a starter as a sophomore. He hit his way into their third base job early, and finished as the ACC Player of the Year with the nation's second-highest slugging percentage (.852) and tied for third in the country with 27 home runs. The Orioles took him 42nd overall as a draft-eligible sophomore and signed him for $1.9 million. He finished his season in the playoffs with High-A Aberdeen.

    Scouting Report: The club believed at draft time that Wagner had consistently strong at-bats to help get to his power, which they believe can be above-average to pair a potential average hit tool. He drove the ball consistently to all fields in college, and found that more challenging to do against higher-level pitching in pro ball. The expectation is Wagner is fundamentally sound enough to identify and get his barrel on pitches he can drive, even if his limited college experience might mean it takes time. Wagner is a physical player with a solid-average arm and actions at third base, with no reason to move him from there or obvious alternatives if that was required.

    The Future: Wagner will need to slug the way he did at Clemson to justify an everyday role in the big leagues, but a fringe-average starter or bench role seems realistic at this early stage. He'll start back at Aberdeen in 2023.

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

  20. 20. Justin Armbruester | RHP
    Justin Armbruester
    Born: Oct 21, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 235
    Minors: 6-2 | 3.85 ERA | 126 SO | 34 BB | 117 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: Armbruester has the unique distinction of two different conference pitcher of the year awards on his collegiate resume -- he won that honor in the Northwest Conference for Division III Pacific Lutheran in 2019, then transferred to New Mexico and was the Mountain West's top pitcher in 2021. He began his first full season in High-A Aberdeen and finished at Double-A Bowie, with his success coming from elite zone rates and the ability to miss bats with multiple pitches.

    Scouting Report: Most prominent among those is his hoppy low-to-mid 90s fastball that he elevates well at the top of the zone from a deceptive arm slot. He improved the sweep on his low-80s slider to give it plus traits, and added an 88-90 mph cutter during the season as another weapon. The cutter generated his highest swinging strike rate of any pitch during the season, and it showed at least average potential. While he used both pitches effectively to righties and lefties alike, it's more suited for righties at the highest level, and Armbruester's work-in-progress changeup will require improvement to give him a primary weapon against lefties.

    The Future: Armbruester's repertoire at present almost assures a major league future as a relief weapon, but his strike-throwing and ability to develop as he climbs the levels leaves a legitimate starter possibility in his future. He'll likely be back at Bowie to begin 2023.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 55. Cutter: 55. Slider: 60. Changeup: 30. Control: 55.

  21. 21. Luis Almeyda | SS
    Luis Almeyda
    Born: Apr 17, 2006
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 180

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: Almeyda grew up in New Jersey, where before he even entered high school, he was getting recruiting offers from some of the top programs in college baseball. Instead of staying in the United States for the 2025 high school class, Almeyda moved to the Dominican Republic and immediately drew attention. Now he will be eligible to sign as an international free agent when the signing period opens on Jan. 15, 2023, with a bonus expected to surpass $2 million.

    Scouting Report: Almeyda typically puts together quality at-bats with a good approach and impressive power for his age that has started to jump as he's filling out his long, rangy build. He's smooth and under control at shortstop, where his feet work well and he has soft hands to go with a strong arm. Almeyda has the ball skills for shortstop, though depending on his physical development, there is a chance he could slide to third base, but he should develop the power to play at either spot.

    The Future: Almeyda will make his pro debut in the Dominican Summer League.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 45. Power: 55. Speed: 50. Field: 55. Arm: 55.

  22. 22. Noah Denoyer | RHP
    Noah Denoyer
    Born: Feb 17, 1998
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 225
    Minors: 5-2 | 2.97 ERA | 96 SO | 17 BB | 70 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: Denoyer missed most of his time at San Joaquin Delta due to Tommy John surgery, and the Orioles signed him out of the Northwoods League to keep him from an Oklahoma State commitment after the 2019 draft. He was limited by a sore elbow at times in 2022, but struck out 12.4 batters per nine with a 0.93 WHIP in a swingman role High-A Aberdeen and Double-A Bowie.

    Scouting Report: In the Orioles' measurements of pitch quality based on movement and command, every one of Denoyer's pitches jumped a full grade this season. His size and over-the-top delivery help his hoppy mid-90s fastball be an above-average offering up in the zone, and help his vertical low-80s curveball play as a plus pitch at times as well. His sweeping slider and cutter each have at least average potential and can be weapons to both sides, and his high-80s splitter gives him a weapon in addition to his curveball to attack lefties with. The pitch mix helped Denoyer achieve a 17.4% swinging strike rate on the season, putting him in elite company in the Orioles' system.

    The Future: Denoyer remains in the Orioles' starter program and has the pitch mix to maintain a back-end profile, but roster considerations (the Orioles may need to protect him from the Rule 5 draft this winter) and workload considerations could make him an impact reliever.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 50. Curveball: 60. Slider: 50. Splitter: 50. Control: 50

  23. 23. 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/Risk: 45/Very High

    Track Record: McDermott's brother, Sean, played in the NBA with the Memphis Grizzlies but Chayce's path in pro sports has come on the mound. A senior sign who redshirted as a freshman at Ball State after Tommy John surgery, McDermott went to an Astros organization that valued his fastball velocity and pitch traits before they traded him to Baltimore in a 2022 deadline deal that sent Trey Mancini to Houston.

    Scouting Report: The Orioles targeted him for his diverse repertoire of high-octane pitches on the belief they can help keep him in the strike zone and make his offerings more dynamic. His whole arsenal is based off his above-average mid-90s fastball with high-quality vertical life, and he has separation in all four directions otherwise. His sweeper slider had a 39% chase rate, and he also has a harder cutter that challenged hitters in that same direction. McDermott has a vertical curveball and made strides on a changeup after the trade. All the pitches can be at least average, perhaps with the slider and cutter leading the way a half-tick or tick above that, but McDermott will need to iron out inconsistencies in his delivery and more regularly throw his pitches in the zone, as higher-level hitters will be able to recognize balls out of hand.

    The Future: The Orioles are planning to help him achieve that starting at Double-A Bowie next year, where they'll work to help him reach the big league rotation ceiling his stuff gives him.

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

  24. 24. 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/Risk: 40/High

    Track Record: Rom was signed away from a commitment to Michigan in the last draft before the Orioles' rebuild began and has benefited from the improved pitching development program that came with it. He spent most of 2022 at Double-A Bowie before a promotion to finish at Triple-A Norfolk, and led the organization with 144 strikeouts while fanning 10.8 batters per nine.

    Scouting Report: Rom was consistently in the low-90s with his fastball in 2022, maintaining the gains he made during the pandemic, and he could have an average slider with the potential for an average splitter as well. He is essentially a different pitcher to lefties than righties, though. Against same-side hitters, Rom will drop down and throw sinkers and sliders, where he'll attack more vertically from a higher arm slot against righties. Rom is at his best when he's aggressive in the strike zone, but needs to come into the zone with his secondaries more often to establish the ability to throw those pitches for strikes and force hitters to honor that instead of just assuming they'll tail out of the zone.

    The Future: That, and maintaining that low-90s velocity or possibly improving on it, will keep Rom on a back-end rotation track and help him avoid the pitfalls other pitchability lefties in the Orioles system have experienced at the highest level. He could put himself in the major league mix next summer with a strong showing at Norfolk.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 50. Slider: 45. Splitter: 50. Control: 50

  25. 25. 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/Risk: 40/High

    Track Record: Prieto was one of the top young players in Cuba when he defected on an Olympic qualifying trip to Miami in May 2021. The following January, he signed with the Orioles for $650,000, as he still at age-22 had to fit within teams' international bonus pools. Prieto had a strong month to begin his pro career at High-A Aberdeen, but struggled through the rest of the season a level up at Double-A Bowie.

    Scouting Report: The advanced bat-to-ball skills that were Prieto's calling card in Cuba and give him an above-average hit tool ultimately led to his most significant challenges in his first professional season. Prieto struggled to adapt his approach and learn to lay off pitches on the fringes, even if he could get his bat to them, and pitchers started coaxing him into swings on the edges and low-quality contact as the season went on. While he went on a power run in April thanks to some added strength before he signed, Prieto might never have better than below-average pop, and will need to improve his strength and swing decisions to help him maximize his gap power. He proved adequate at third base and second base during the season.

    The Future: The infield is well populated with talent on the Orioles' farm. Prieto has the contact skills to make the big leagues with further refinement, but it might be in a bench role.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 45. Speed: 50. Fielding: 50. Arm: 50.

  26. 26. 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/Risk: 40/High

    Track Record: The Orioles started a recent trend of taking an eligible sophomore early in the draft by picking Haskin 39th in 2020 and signing him for $1.91 million based on how he improved before that spring season was shut down. He spent all of 2022 at Double-A Bowie, where he had a 126 wRC+ at age-23.

    Scouting Report: Haskin's pre-draft reports of a unique swing that could be on the flat side still haunt him as a player, but he made strides to be a bit more consistent with it and still has room to grow there. He made a decent amount of contact and improved at controlling the strike zone, which led to some good on-base ability, but his is an average hit tool at this point. He might only ever have average power as well, though the hope is that he can add some strength and give his bat more juice in the offseason to allow it to play at a corner outfield spot and make him more versatile. His speed was his carrying tool in 2021 and didn't disappear, but Haskin stole just five bases in 2022.

    The Future: The fact that he does everything well enough but has no elite skill makes his a lower major league ceiling at this point, though he could be a fine platoon player on a good team. He'll likely start at Triple-A Norfolk in 2023.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 50. Power: 45. Speed: 55. Fielding: 50. Arm: 50.

  27. 27. 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/Risk: 40/High

    Track Record: Rhodes signed for an above-slot $1.38 million as the 76th overall pick in 2021 after the draft moving from June to July made him eligible as a sophomore. He was more of a projection pick than one based on production after an uneven draft summer, and injuries to his wrist, toe, and knee limited him to 83 games in 2022. He started well when healthy at High-A Aberdeen before struggling to end the year at Double-A Bowie.

    Scouting Report: At his best, Rhodes showed advanced control of the strike zone and made a lot of contact in the air. His swing was in a good place earlier in the season, but deteriorated as his health did later in the year. The key to his offensive output, however, will be to maximize his athleticism and impact the baseball more often. Rhodes is plenty physical, but the Orioles believe he can hit like a corner outfielder through improved movements and efficiency to help the ball jump off his bat better. He can still be a fringe-average outfielder with average speed.

    The Future: Those physical gains, however, will be the difference between Rhodes being an everyday outfielder and more of a bench player. A healthy 2023 back at Bowie with a productive offseason behind him could be the recipe for Rhodes bringing his ceiling into play.

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

  28. 28. Carlos Tavera | RHP
    Carlos Tavera
    Born: Oct 6, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 195
    Minors: 3-3 | 4.40 ERA | 81 SO | 34 BB | 58 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/Extreme

    Track Record: A rare early pitcher pick for the Orioles, Tavera signed for a below-slot $375,000 but looked like he'd be a fast-mover in his full-season debut at High-A Aberdeen. He allowed one earned run in four May starts to earn organizational pitcher of the month honors, and entered June striking out 12.1 batters per nine with a 17% swinging strike rate and 0.98 WHIP before non-baseball medical issues that eventually ended his season materialized. Even with two months where he wasn't at his best, Tavera still struck out 32.9% of batters he faced.

    Scouting Report: Tavera has a compact, repeatable delivery with a quick arm action that makes him hard for hitters to get comfortable against. His fastball was in the low-to-mid 90s with great hop, and played well off a slider that he can locate for strikes or bury for chase. Over the course of the season, he began to vary his slider to separate a sweeper and a cutter, the latter in the upper 80s and quite effective. Tavera has a changeup that's an effective way to attack lefties as well, though it worked against both sides in High-A. The command is still poor, as he walked 13.8% of batters in 2022.

    The Future: He might have moved quickly were he healthy this year, but as it stands, Tavera will look to re-establish his mid-to-backend rotation future if he's healthy in 2023, likely at Double-A Bowie.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60. Curveball: 55. Slider: 55. Changeup: 50. Control: 30

  29. 29. Frederick Bencosme | SS
    Frederick Bencosme
    Born: Dec 25, 2002
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 160
    Minors: .309/.379/.405 | 3 HR | 8 SB | 259 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/Extreme

    Track Record: Bencosme signed for just $10,000 late in the 2020 signing period as an 18-year-old and ended up progressing faster than any of his classmates through the Orioles' system. He was so above the competition in extended spring training that he played in just two Florida Complex League games before he was promoted to Low-A Delmarva, where he had an .842 OPS with 27 strikeouts against 31 walks at age-19.

    Scouting Report: High-A Aberdeen proved more challenging in September, but he continued to show extremely advanced bat-to-ball skills and good strike zone control with a smooth left-handed swing that could make him an above-average hitter at the highest level. The power potential may not be very high, but he could add strength as he physically matures to maximize his line-drive stroke and add that dimension to his game. Continued focus on swing decisions and not settling for weak contact will help that as he progresses through the minors. Bencosme has the athleticism for shortstop but didn't always consistently make the expected plays in full-season ball.

    The Future: Bencosme's offensive capabilities, however, likely mean he'll have a long runway to continue developing at shortstop as at least a platoon role in the majors seems possible at this early stage of his career. He'll get a chance to apply his September lessons back in Aberdeen to start 2023.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 40. Speed: 50. Fielding: 40. Arm: 50.

  30. 30. Anderson De Los Santos | 3B
    Anderson De Los Santos
    Born: Jan 11, 2004
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 185

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/Extreme

    Track Record: A $350,000 signee in the Orioles' heralded international signing class from January 2021, De Los Santos was one of a handful of 17-year-olds with an OPS over .900 in the Dominican Summer League in 2021 before coming stateside for a solid domestic debut in the Florida Complex League in 2022. He had 13 extra-base hits in 39 games and has many walks (23) as strikeouts at age-18. The control of the strike zone was most encouraging at this young stage in his career, as De Los Santos hit the ball hard in the DSL but was a free swinger.

    Scouting Report: That kind of continued progress will make him a potential average hitter. De Los Santos projects to at least fringe-average power if he continues to bring pitchers into his red zones and, more importantly, continue to gear his swing toward line drives and elevated contact as opposed to ground balls. His progress to this point is encouraging given the challenges some of his peers have had embracing the Orioles' offensive practices geared around swing decisions. Defensively, De Los Santos has an impressive arm fit for third base and profiles to stay there.

    The Future: He'll likely begin 2023 at Low-A Delmarva at age-19, where his ability to reach a second-division major league ceiling will be in focus.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 50. Power: 45. Speed: 45. Fielding: 45. Arm: 55.

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