|Original Published Date: April 11, 2014|
|Updated: June 9, 2014|
The Orioles have several players in the upper minors who could provide immediate help in Baltimore. In particular, Cuban emigre Henry Urrutia has little left to prove in the minors and is ready to contribute but is currently on the DL with a shoulder injury. Kevin Gausman pitched in early June in the big leagues and based on that outing, he could remain for the remainder of the year. Finally, we can’t forget about Dylan Bundy. He’s pitching off the mound and could see minor league game action later in June and could contribute to the big league team in the second half.
1. Next in Line Infield Prospects
- Jemile Weeks (2B, Triple-A) – Fantasy relevance: Low
Notes: Jemile Weeks could provide some much needed stolen bases to your fantasy team but his hit-tool and defense are below average making his ceiling a utility player. He’s likely to be up and down all year as the need arises.
2. Next in Line Outfield Prospects
- Henry Urrutia (OF, Triple-A) – Fantasy relevance: Low
- Dariel Alvarez (OF, Double-A) – Fantasy relevance: Medium
Notes: Henry Urrutia is an older player and is big league ready. While the power plays average at-best, he could provide some batting average and on-base assistance to a fantasy team. Unfortunately, he’s been on the DL since late April with a shoulder strain. Dariel Alvarez, also a Cuban emigre is playing very well in Double-A. However, his aggressive approach will make it difficult for him to match his .300 batting average that he has enjoyed in the Eastern League.
3. Next in Line Pitching Prospects
- Kevin Gausman (RHP, Triple-A) – Fantasy relevance: High – PROMOTED: 6/7/14
- Dylan Bundy (RHP, Injured) – Fantasy relevance: High
Notes: Kevin Gausman has huge upside and could provide front-of-the-rotation production. The arsenal is elite but the command is still a work in progress. He’s been up since June 7th and could very well stay for the remainder of the year. Dylan Bundy is coming back from TJS and just 12-months ago was considered the best pitching prospect in baseball. It might not be a huge benefit to your team in 2014 but when he pitches, it could be very good.
4. Next in Line Relief Prospects
- Brad Brach (RHP, Triple-A) – Fantasy relevance: Low