No. 8: Stefan Crichton, RHP, Norfolk
2016 statistics: 2-6, 3.73 ERA, 61 Ks, 26 BBs in 72 1/3 innings (Bowie)
One of two new additions from my preliminary rankings in November, the 2013 23rd-round pick has moved quietly through the organization over the past four seasons. Crichton, 25, made 48 appearances – including four starts – for Bowie in 2016. Then, he went 1-0 with a 5.54 ERA in 13 innings for Peoria in the Arizona Fall League. But Crichton’s breakthrough came in the spring, when he pitched eight scoreless innings and went 4-for-4 in save opportunities during the Grapefruit League. He struck out seven batters and only gave up four hits. If Crichton keeps pitching well, you can expect him to get a call from the O’s at some point in 2017.