The Orioles have one of the best systems in baseball, and while I could have gone 20+ deep on their system, I stopped at 17. The system is led by two of the best minor league prospects in baseball: Gunnar Henderson and Grayson Rodriguez. Henderson built on a solid 2021 to explode in 2022, all the way to the Major Leagues. Rodriguez was on the doorstep of the Major Leagues when he suffered a Lat strain which delayed his debut to 2023. It doesn’t end there. In July, they drafted uber-talented Jackson Holliday with the first pick in the draft. He’s a few years off but brings speed and power with a feel to hit. Colton Cowser, Jordan Westburg, and Connor Norny are just about ready and should see time in Baltimore, and while DL Hall struggled in his big league debut, he flashes serious swing and miss stuff. It goes on from there.
The Orioles are building something special with a window starting to open. They’ll never spend with the Yankees or Red Sox, but I bet they will compete exceptionally well…perhaps as early as 2023.
Prospect Quick Shot
- Top Prospect: Gunnar Henderson
- Biggest Mover: Cesar Prieto
- Emerging Prospect: Sam Basallo