The Baltimore Orioles graduated one of the game’s brightest young stars last season in Adley Rutschman, but the cupboard is anything but empty with seven prospects carrying a 50-grade or better OFP into the season, and three of them projecting as stars.
Age as of July 1, 2023
Among the elite prospects in the game, Henderson broke through in 2022 behind at least two plus tools, including power.
The No. 1 overall pick last July may reach the bigs with three plus tools and looks like a surefire shortstop. He could be the No. 1 prospect in baseball a year from now.
Rodriguez has shown velocity into the upper-90s and one of the best changeups in the minors. All signs point toward a frontline future that’s likely just around the corner.
Cowser has a shot at center field with a plus hit tool and 15-20 home run pop. He’d be a asset in either corner.
Hall possesses some of the better stuff in the minors, but control and command have eluded him too often thus far.
Norby relies on contact and a line drive swing to get on base, but there may be just enough power to support a regular role if he can handle second base.
Westburg is near-ready after a strong year in Triple-A in 2022, showing above-average power with plenty of contact and OBP.
Mayo may have to move off third base, but despite a stiffer, rotational swing with a hitch, he projects to hit for power with around league-average bat-to-ball and on-base marks.
The No. 2 pick in 2020 has power that plays anywhere, but will use 2023 to rediscover his path up the ladder after missing almost two years with heart inflammation.
More of a pitchability lefty at present, Povich has touched 96 mph and offers athleticism and two average or better breaking balls. Povich is considered one of the bigger sleeper prospects in baseball by scouts.
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