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Dean’s Dozen: Our Top 12 Orioles prospects for the 2017 season

Photo Credit: Jon Lavengetto/Aberdeen IronBirds

Photo Credit: Jon Lavengetto/Aberdeen IronBirds

No. 11

Austin Hays, OF

2016 Statistics: .336, 4 HRs, 21 RBIs, 9 2Bs in 38 games (Aberdeen)
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Hays, 21, only played in half of Aberdeen’s 75 games in 2016 because of a wrist injury. But the 2016 third-round selection showed his potential during his limited time in the lineup. Hays’ .336 average would have won the New York-Penn League batting title if he had enough at-bats to qualify. And, even though he missed so much time, Hays still led the IronBirds with four home runs and tied for the most total bases on the team (72). As Baseball America noted in its scouting report, Hays “has a chance to hit for average and power, showing the ability to hit to all fields.” Primarily used in right field in 2016, Baseball America noted that the organization could play him more in center field in 2017. Regardless of where he plays, Hays’ bat will be in the heart of the lineup at one of the club’s full-season affiliates next summer.

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. 5brooks5

    November 3, 2016 at 10:15 am

    Great article Dean, thanks for the info,especially the part about Mullins, could be quite the find. Local opinions are always the best. Keep them coming,helps with baseball withdraw.

    • Dean Jones

      November 3, 2016 at 11:24 pm

      Thanks for the kind words. Can’t wait until pitchers and catchers report. It’ll be here before we know it.

  2. ZantiGM

    November 3, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    13-20-brian gonzalez,ryan mesinger,drew dosch,ericl salcedo,bierfelht and wynston sawyer?

    • Dean Jones

      November 3, 2016 at 11:26 pm

      Brian Gonzalez was actually just on the cusp of inclusion. Meisinger deserves a spot, too. I think if we’re doing 20, Tanner Scott easily gets in there.

  3. ZantiGM

    December 8, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    I disagree on Reyes and Mullins for top12..i would replace them in top 12 with Grimes and Wynns 13-brian gonzalez 14-dietz 15-bierfeldt Note-I love Hays and Mountcastle and looking for them to have very solid 2017 seasons.

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