Heading into 2014, the Baltimore system was viewed as a ‘middle ground’ organization in regards to overall prospects in both the American and National Leagues. The Orioles have always been a top heavy organization and their graduation rate has proven quite successful. With SP Kevin Gausman and 2B Jonathan Schoop making their mark with the big league club, this left a bit of a prospect hole with all due respect to SP’s Hunter Harvey and Dylan Bundy. I think Baltimore takes a hit in overall ranking this coming season. Several hitters are good/solid, but the system needs improvement to become great again. I feel catcher Chance Sisco has the skills to become one of Baltimore’s better hitting prospects (at a premium position to boot) and third baseman Drew Dosch’ official debut season was a big success after missing all of 2013 with a knee injury. Both Dosch and Sisco were amongst the organizational leaders in on-base percentage; and I could see aggressive 2015 assignments to HiA Delmarva giving both a possible boost in offense.Top 5 Starting Pitchers – Mention Points/TPS
1. LHP Steven Brault – (13) cSR/TPS .102
Ranked 17th by Baseball America / 20th by MLBPipeline
2014 Breakout Grades
The following pitchers were chosen in early March. Their selection was based solely on their previous season’s TPS rating and using the UTRMinors.com criteria for those under the radar.
SP Stephen Tarpley had modest success in 2014 with Short-Season Aberdeen. The 21 year old left-hander went 3-5 with an 3.66 ERA over 66.1 IP in 13 appearances. Grade B-RP Caleb Kellogg – Did Not Play on the DL