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Let’s assume for a moment that the Orioles are sellers in the next week.
Let’s assume they are willing to move Zach Britton, Brad Brach or maybe Manny Machado to a contender.
And let’s assume that the Orioles’ No. 1 target in return for one of their big guns is young, controllable, high-ceiling pitching.
If all of that’s true, who should the Orioles be looking at in contending organizations such as the Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals among others?
Our Adam Pohl asked that question in this week’s Minor League Podcast to Josh Norris, a Baseball America writer and prospect guru.
Norris explains why the Houston Astros may be the best fit; they have young pitching throughout their system from 19-year-old Franklin Perez in Double-A to 21-year-old Francis Martes (pictured above), who is already in the majors. Norris also discusses the Dodgers’ system and highly coveted starter Walker Buehler, whom the Orioles have scouted recently.
The Nationals’ and Cubs’ minors are somewhat depleted due to recent trades, so Norris suggests the Cubs would have to make available some of their young talent (Ian Happ, Javier Baez) in the big leagues, and the Nationals likely would have to dangle outfielder Victor Robles in a blockbuster.
While he’s at it, Pohl, the voice of the Double-A Bowie Baysox, chatted with Norris about the Orioles’ Midseason Top 10 Prospect list, which the Baseball America scribe compiled recently for his site. You can check that out here.
In the second half of the podcast. Pohl talks with BaltimoreBaseball.com minor league writer Dean Jones Jr., about the recent happenings in the Orioles’ system, including a discussion about Ryan Mountcastle’s switch from shortstop to third base.
Normally, we focus on the Orioles’ system in this podcast. We do some of that in this episode. But this is a different week – and we have some special content to prepare you in case the Orioles make a big trade. Download the podcast from iTunes or click the arrow below and check it out.