No. 3: Keegan Akin, LHP, Frederick
2016 statistics: 0-1, 1.04 ERA, 29 Ks, 7 BBs in 26 innings (Aberdeen)
Over the next few years, Orioles fans will enjoy watching the likely back-and-forth competition between the 22-year-old left-hander and right-hander Cody Sedlock. The Orioles picked Akin in the second round of last year’s draft after choosing Sedlock in the first round. But Akin actually had better numbers in his professional debut, holding opponents scoreless over his final 20 innings in 2016. Most analysts still list Sedlock ahead of Akin in the organizational rankings, but I’m giving a slight edge to Akin for now since he’s left-handed. He could move quickly through the organization.