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Game of the Week: Five Orioles Prospects to Watch

On Thursday we took a quick glimpse of five Tampa Bay Rays prospects to keep an eye on.  If you missed it you can find it here [Five Rays Prospects].  Now we will take a look at five Baltimore Orioles prospects that have caught my eye for one reason or another, as we inch closer to the Game of the Week showdown on Sunday.

Mike Yastrzemski OF, Bowie Baysox – Yes that Yastrzemski.  Mike is the Grandson of Carl Yastrzemski and was drafted three times before signing with the Baltimore Orioles in the 2013 draft in the 14th round.  He is in his third professional season and is currently playing in Double-A with Bowie.  His average currently isn’t jaw-dropping (.253) but he is in the middle of a little five-game hit streak recording 10 hits in 25 at-bats, and is 14-for-46 over his last ten (.304).  Young “Yaz” demonstrated some power last season belting 14 home runs across the three different levels, so it can be expected that he will do more of the same the rest of the season.

Drew Dosch 3B, Frederick Keys – Dosch was the Orioles seventh round pick in the 2013 draft.  He spent his first professional season in Class-A Delmarva and had a nice debut.  In 128 games he hit .314 with five home runs and 50 RBI.  So far this season in Class-A Advanced Frederick, Dosch is hitting .291 with one home run and 18 driven in.  He does have a tendency to strike out a bit, but does have the ability to get on base.

Steve Wilkerson 2B/SS, Delmarva Shorebirds- Wilkerson was selected in the eighth round of the 2014 draft out of the Clemson University.  He started his pro career in Aberdeen of the New York-Penn League playing in 60 games and mustering just a .190 batting average.  Wilkerson started 2015 in Delmarva and has been putting together a nice little start in 2015.  He is currently batting .324, he has yet to hit a home run, but he has a .477 OBP, .500 SLG, and a .977 OPS.  Obviously it remains to be seen if he can keep up that pace but he is someone to keep an eye out on.

John Means LHP, Delmarva Shorebirds – Means was originally drafted in the 46th round out of High School by the Atlanta Braves but didn’t sign.  The Orioles eventually drafted him in the 11th round of the 2014 draft out of West Virgina University.  He started out with the Gulf Coast League Orioles last season before finishing out in Aberdeen of the New York-Penn League.  So far over four starts in Delmarva, Means has a record of 2-0 with an ERA of 2.57.  That within itself is pretty good, but what stood out to me was the one walk he has allowed.  He has worked in 21 innings and has 19 strikeouts.  He just turned 22 a week ago so he is young and has plenty of time to mature as a pitcher.

Mike Wright RHP, Norfolk Tide – Wight was selected by the Orioles in the 3rd round of the 2011 draft out of East Carolina University. He has been kicking around at every level in the minors making all the way from Rookie to Triple-A.  He didn’t have the best of seasons in 2014, but he is off to a good start this season.  In four starts he is 2-0 with an ERA of 2.29.  He has recorded 22 strikeouts in 19.2 innings and issued just three walks.  With the likes of Dylan Bundy and Hunter Harvey, Wright is another Baltimore pitcher to keep watch on.

As I mentioned in the other post about the Rays, there are plenty of other prospects that could have or even should have made the list, but these are just five that I chose.


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John Ginder
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