Orioles prospect watch

May 03, 2012|By Steve Gould | The Baltimore Sun

It’s Thursday, and that means it’s time for a look at how the Orioles’ top prospects have fared in the past week. Below are the season stats for the club’s 10 best prospects (as ranked by Baseball America) and some notes on each player’s performance.

Plus, starting this week, we’ll take a look at another notable minor leaguer. (It seems only fair with pitching prospect Dan Klein expected to be on the shelf all season.)

1. Dylan Bundy, RHP, Low-A Delmarva

2012 stats: 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 hit, 2 walks, 25 Ks in 17 IP

Skinny: Sound the alarm, it turns out Bundy isn’t unhittable after all. He finally gave up a hit ­– a single – in his most recent start, Monday against Asheville. The 19-year-old issued his second walk of the season as well, but the fact remains that he has scattered just three base runners among the 51 outs he has recorded as a professional. What’s more, both of the runners Bundy allowed Monday were erased via double plays, meaning he has faced just one batter over the minimum through his first five outings. Pretty incredible stuff, and it seems like we’ll soon get to see how he does against a higher level of competition.

2. Manny Machado, SS, Double-A Bowie

2012 stats: .241 average, .356 on-base percentage, .391 slugging percentage, 2 HRs, 10 RBIs, 5 R, 5 doubles, 1 triple, 21 Ks, 15 BBs, 2 SB, 2 CS

Skinny: Machado still isn’t exactly wowing anyone with his bat, but he did draw four walks to only three strikeouts in six games over the past week, helping to increase his on-base percentage 23 points. He also recorded his first triple of the season Friday, one of his two hits at Harrisburg.

3. Jonathan Schoop, IF, Double-A Bowie

2012 stats: .189/.245/.278, 1 HR, 4 RBIs, 8 R, 5 doubles, 21 Ks, 6 BBs, 0 SB, 1 CS

Skinny: Schoop had a very difficult week at the plate, managing just three hits, one a double, in 22 at-bats (.136 average) while walking just once and striking out six times in five games. We just flipped the calendar over to May – come on, I can’t be the only one who still uses a paper calendar from time to time – so no one should be hitting the panic button just yet, but a .523 season OPS is a bit concerning at any level, even for a 20-year-old at Double-A.

4. Parker Bridwell, RHP, Low-A Delmarva

2012 stats: 2-0, 4.05 ERA, 19 hits, 7 BBs, 14 Ks in 20 IP

Skinny: Bridwell turned in a nice start last Thursday, allowing just two hits and two walks while striking out six over six scoreless innings against Greenville. It was a good rebound from his previous start, in which he gave up six runs on nine hits and three walks while recording just one strikeout in four innings at Greensboro. Both of the hits against Bridwell on Thursday were singles, and half of the 18 outs he recorded came on ground balls (compared with just two flyouts), so we can probably assume he did a good job of keeping the ball down.

5. L.J. Hoes, OF-2B, Double-A Bowie

2012 stats: .299/.409/.361, 0 HR, 10 RBIs, 10 R, 4 doubles, 1 triple, 18 Ks, 17 BBs, 7 SB, 3 CS

Skinny: Hoes went 8-for-23 (.348) for the week, including at least one hit in each of the six games he played in, extending his hitting streak to eight games. He also doubled twice and drove in five runs in the past week, doubling his season totals in those two categories. Hoes walked four times while striking out just once, giving him nearly a 1-1 strikeout-walk ratio for the season. He went 2-for-3 on stolen-base attempts.

6. Nicky Delmonico, 3B-1B, Low-A Delmarva

2012 stats: .253/.366/.405, 2 HRs, 18 RBIs, 11 R, 6 doubles, 20 Ks, 13 BBs, 2 SB, 0 CS

Skinny: It was a pretty good week for the 19-year-old, who collected four hits in 14 at-bats (.288 average), including two doubles and a homer, and drew five walks to four strikeouts. Over his past 10 games, he has posted a .364/.488/.576 line despite going hitless in two of his past four contests.

7. Ryan Flaherty, IF-OF, Orioles

2012 stats: .158/.190/.158, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R, 6 Ks, 1 BB

Skinny: With Robert Andino on paternity leave, Flaherty got four starts in a row (two at second base, one at third base and one in right field). While he didn’t do much at the plate, he did record the first three hits and first RBI of his major league career.

8. Jason Esposito, 3B, Low-A Delmarva

2012 stats: .222/.327/.256, 0 HR, 8 RBIs, 18 R, 3 doubles, 24 Ks, 12 BBs, 4 SB, 1 CS

Skinny: All three of Esposito’s hits in the past week were singles, dropping a .278 slugging percentage that I called “anemic” last week to .256. The 21-year-old is especially scuffling on the road, where he’s hitting .154/.298/.179 this season, compared with .275/.351/.314 at home. That doesn’t fully account for his struggles in the past week however, as just one of the four games Esposito played in was away from home.

9. Xavier Avery, OF, Triple-A Norfolk

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