Baseball America’s yearly list of top 100 prospects was officially released today. Over the years the Baseball America list has become a who’s who in Major League Baseball. Former #1 players have included Jason Heyward, Matt Wieters, Jay Bruce, Joe Mauer, Mark Teixeira, Josh Beckett, Alex Rodriguez, and Chipper Jones. Just about everyone ranked in the top 20 over the last 10 years have gone on to become a superstar.
This year the Orioles are represented by 3. 2011 #4 overall pick Dylan Bundy, 2010 #3 overall pick Manny Machado, and international signing Jonathan Schoop. Only the Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles have 2 top ranked prospects inside of this year’s top 11. The Rangers only qualify because of their Yu Darvish signing. Only the Orioles have 2 drafted players ranked in the top 11.
Dylan Bundy is ranked #10. The 19 year old out of high school hails from Oklahoma. He has been compared to Clayton Kershaw by some. Baseball America projects Bundy to make it to the majors in 2013. If this were to happen he would have gone from high school to the MLB as quickly as Kershaw did himself. With a successful 2012 minor league season you can expect Bundy to jump into the top 5 in next year’s rankings.
Manny Machado is ranked #11. He is also still only 19 years old and was drafted out of high school. Machado hails from Florida. Despite an injury plagued 2011 season in the minors, Machado was still able to blast 11 HR and steal 11 bases in only 101 games. His impressive play also bumped him up 3 spots on Baseball America’s list. Some have compared Machado to Alex Rodriguez. Alex Rodriguez himself has compared Machado to him. The two work out together in the off season and remain friends.
Jonathan Schoop ranks at #81. The 20 year old was signed from Curacao in 2009. His hard play has moved him from rookie ball to A+ Frederick, and has given him his debut ranking on Baseball America’s list. The list mentions his power potential and strong defense in the infield. Schoop could be the long term 2B that the Orioles are looking for. Last year he hit .290 with 13 HR 71 RBI and 12 SB in 128 GP. He is expected to start the season at AA. Baseball America expects his arrival to be in 2014.
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