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It's not a good sign that Delmonico is #4 and Rodirguez is #5. The system is top heavy for sure. BA always has a tendency to rank the highly drafted prospects into the top ten. I guess you are down on Kline. No real surprises on the list. Mildly suprised that our Cuban signee, Urrutia, did not make the top ten list.

A few things of interest. L.J. Hoes is considered (by BA or Orioles officials?) to have the best OF arm. Schoop has the best infield arm. Curious that Schoop is considered to have the best power in the system over Delmonico. Adrian Marin not only made the top 10 but is considered to be the best defensive infielder already.

I loved him when he could pitch and no issues with the pick but how can you not be down on him with his injury history? I think it is a coin flip on if he can ever pitch competitively again at an professional level.

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I loved him when he could pitch and no issues with the pick but how can you not be down on him with his injury history? I think it is a coin flip on if he can ever pitch competitively again at an professional level.

I think you have your Klein's mixed up.

Saying that, very surprised Avery, Klein and Marin made the top ten, but then again, BA wouldn't get off Wynn Pelzer as a top prospect so why not from their perspective. From 3-6 you could argue any order honestly.

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The scouting report on Eduardo Rodriguez is very encouraging. Sounds like someone (Peterson?) revamped his windup to get him more in line with the plate and the former "pitchability" lefty with an 88-91 fastball is now sitting 90-94 and his projected as a mid rotation starter with some thinking the ceiling is even higher.

Another note of interest is tha Schoop played with tendinitis in both knees during the season. Still some doubt to whether he can stick at 2B (if he gets bigger) and may wind up at 3B.

That is definitely encouraging. I had been following him statistically for the past few years, however haven't ever been able to get a real feel for his potential/ability without seeing him in person. Also, it seems as though the Orioles haven't had many pitchers who were "projectable" who suddenly saw improvements in velocity over the years (Tillman had regressed, and then improved). This would certainly be a great pitcher for this sort of improvement, and hopefully with the biomechanical analysis, we can look forward to more of the same in the future.

The fact that he was praised as being a heady pitcher who had a good feel can only help his chances to succeed with his improving tools.

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I think this season you will see Delmonico take a big step forward. This kid has a great swing and takes walks. I know he hit only .249 but with I can see him posting huge numbers in the minors. I am figuring Bundy will quickly be brought up to the majors next season because they are in a rush to get him in the rotation. I personally would not mind seeing him pitch another season in the minors to build confidence and work on his breaking ball and fastball location. He has great upside and a great work ethic/fire to be a great ball player. I feel if he is rushed, it could hurt his chances of succeeding at the major league level. That is why it is key, The Orioles get a very good starting pitcher this offseason so they don't have to rush any of their young pitchers. On that, I can see Gausman making the move up this season too. He is a more polished product and looks to be a solid # 2 or 3 starter.

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