ESPN's Keith Law ranks the Orioles' minor league system at No. 10

January 28, 2014|By Dean Jones Jr | The Baltimore Sun

Continuing the seemingly neverending offseason look at baseball's best prospects from various experts, ESPN's Keith Law released his minor league system rankings Tuesday.

It's "Insider" content on the ESPN website, but he has the Orioles ranked at No. 10.

Very top-heavy, but a strong front five, all on the top 100, due in no small part to a string of four straight solid first-round picks since the Matt Hobgood fiasco. (Hobgood, the No. 5 overall pick in the 2009 draft, has a 5.05 ERA in his career and hasn't made it past Class A.)

Their depth is improving, though it's still behind where it'll need to be to keep the club competitive in the AL East, and more investment in intriguing international amateurs like Olelky Peralta will help bolster the system.

Law will unveil his top 100 list Wednesday on ESPN's website, but judging from his analysis on the Orioles' farm system above, the organization will have five players on that list.

Baseball Prospectus listed five Orioles prospects -- right-handers Kevin Gausman (No. 10), Dylan Bundy (No. 15), Hunter Harvey (No. 58), left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez (No. 61) and infielder Jonathan Schoop (No. 82) -- in its top 101 list Monday.

Last week, included Bundy (No. 20), Gausman (No. 31) and Rodriguez (No. 68) in its preseason rankings.

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