One scout's look at the Orioles' farm: Hays, Sisco, Scott, Castro, Mountcastle and others -
Dan Connolly

One scout’s look at the Orioles’ farm: Hays, Sisco, Scott, Castro, Mountcastle and others

Photo credit: Joy R. Absalon

Earlier this week I spoke to a major league scout from an opposing team about the Orioles organization.

You can read the first part – which takes a look at some of the current big leaguers – here.

Today, we’re running the second and final segment, which focuses on several players that spent a chunk of the year in the minors – or are still there.

The Orioles’ farm system has been much maligned over the years, but to be fair, much of the core of the 2018 team was developed by the organization: Manny Machado, Jonathan Schoop, Trey Mancini, Zach Britton, Kevin Gausman, Dylan Bundy, Mychal Givens, Caleb Joseph.

Here’s a look at the next wave through the eyes of a talent evaluator from another organization.

The system

“It’s gotten a little better. I like Hunter Harvey a lot if he can come back healthy. I like the (Keegan) Akin kid. He can pitch a little bit. And Austin Hays is a pleasant surprise, a shock really. They have a relatively high pick recently that can do something. That’s rather uncharacteristic on their part. Seriously, their system has gotten a little bit better, but it’s a far cry from, say, Washington or the Yankees.”

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