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Dean’s Dozen: Our updated O’s prospects list heading into Thursday’s minor league start

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The 2017 season is finally underway.

Well, at least at the major league level. The minor leaguers will kick things off Thursday.

Three of the Orioles’ four full-season affiliates start on the road this year.

Only High-A Frederick – which plays Carolina at 7 p.m. Thursday – will begin at home. Triple-A Norfolk (at Charlotte) and Low-A Delmarva (at Greenville) will head south, while Double-A Bowie (at Akron) travels to the Midwest.

The Tides return to Harbor Park on Monday for their home opener against Gwinnett at 6:35 p.m., while the Baysox and Shorebirds will remain on the road until next Thursday, when they host Harrisburg and Hagerstown, respectively.

With the start of a new minor league season, we’ll kick off the second year of “The Dean Jones Report” on BaltimoreBaseball.com on Tuesday.

Each week, I’ll track the performances of the Orioles minor leaguers on my “Dean’s Dozen” list. Regular readers will realize this is slightly different than last year, when I used Baseball America’s rankings. I’ll categorize each of the players in the weekly report as a rising stock (bullish) or a falling stock (bearish), based on their recent performance.

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I also will highlight a handful of additional players divided into two categories – surging and falling. These players could change from week to week, depending on who’s hot and who’s not in the Orioles’ minor league system.

For now, though, let’s introduce you to the 2017 preseason “Dean’s Dozen.” Back in November, I put together a preliminary version of the rankings.

I’ve kept a lot of the same players from my initial list, but have also made a few changes.

For one, I’ve removed first baseman (and now outfielder) Trey Mancini since he started the year in the majors. If he goes back to Norfolk, I’ll get him in an updated Dean’s Dozen. But for now, he’s off – and I’m sure Orioles fans would prefer if I don’t have to add him back.

I’ve also dropped Frederick infielder Jomar Reyes from my list. While he’s only 20 years old, he took a step back in 2016 – batting .228 with a dreadful .271 on-base percentage in 126 games – and will return to the Keys for a second straight Opening Day. If he’s able to improve at the start of the year, Reyes could jump back into my mix by the All-Star break.

Now, let’s get to the updated list:

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9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. Stacey

    April 5, 2017 at 10:01 am

    How far off this list is Hunter Harvey? Most lists I’ve seen include him in the top 10 despite his injuries.

    • Dean Jones

      April 5, 2017 at 11:30 am

      Stacey,

      Great question. I talked a little bit about Harvey in my initial write-up back in November. Here’s what I wrote…

      “Although Baseball America referenced a scout who said, ‘a healthy Harvey showed everything you want in a top-of-the-rotation starter – talent, poise and mound presence,’ you need to keep in mind that the 2013 first-round pick (22nd overall) probably won’t pitch in a game again until 2018. Factor in that Harvey has thrown only 12 2/3 innings since July 2014, and there just isn’t enough on-field production for me to include him. Sure, Harvey still has ‘prospect’ status based on how Baseball America defines it. And he’ll only be 23 years old on Opening Day in 2018, but he has a long road back to prominence.”

      And that’s basically it. I think if he were healthy, he’d definitely be on the list. But the fact remains that he hasn’t pitched much over the past few years due to injuries. It’ll be a big step if he can make it back later this year as some are saying and stay healthy. We’ll see.

      Thanks for commenting,

      Dean

      • ZantiGM

        April 7, 2017 at 11:42 am

        Harvey might be pitching in games in late july

      • ZantiGM

        April 7, 2017 at 11:50 am

        Good top 10, except i think Lee is an over rated prospect…Adrian Marin will be a late bloomer watch him this season .270 12-HR 50-RBI and finishes the season with a promotion to AAA……Hays should be in top 5……………Meisinger? Cleavinger? Reyes?

  2. steveboothe12

    April 5, 2017 at 10:22 am

    Disagree with DJ Stewart being on the list.

    Having attended 12 Spring Training games & watching Daniel Ynoa pitch, I’d rate him much higher….ahead of both Sedlock and Akin.

    • Dean Jones

      April 5, 2017 at 11:28 am

      Steve,

      Thanks for the reply. I look forward to seeing how Ynoa fares. It’s almost certain that he’ll contribute to the Orioles before Sedlock and Akin, given that he’s already at Norfolk and has been in the major leagues before. I ranked Akin/Sedlock on their future potential. But obviously, for Orioles fans, it’d be great if all of them pan out.

      As for DJ Stewart, I know a lot of people are down on him. And as I’ve said before, he hasn’t lit the world on fire yet. But his bounce-back play at Frederick last year was encouraging. So I’m willing to hold out hope on him and see how he does at Bowie. If he struggles, I’ll likely replace him at the All-Star break.

      Thanks again,

      Dean

  3. LarryBS

    April 6, 2017 at 2:33 am

    Does anyone here stream Minor League games using MiLB? I thought about getting it, but it looks like it only works with Apple devices, not with Android, which I use. Anyone know if there is a workaround?

    • Steve Cockey

      April 7, 2017 at 10:31 am

      Hi Larry,

      I’ve never done MiLB.TV and don’t have an Android, but this link (for whatever it’s worth) says that 2017 will work with Android for the first time: http://www.milb.com/milb/multimedia/milbtv.jsp

    • LarryBS

      April 8, 2017 at 6:10 am

      Much thanks, Steve! I had searched around a bit, but never found any mention of Android, only IOS. It appears the MiLB FAQ is out of date. And thanks for your contributions to this site, which I love.

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