No. 1: Austin Hays, OF
2017 Statistics: .329, 32 HRs, 95 RBIs, 32 2Bs in 128 games (minors); .217, 1 HR, 8 RBIs, 3 2Bs in 20 games (Orioles)
A year ago, the 2016 third-round pick ranked as an intriguing yet unproven prospect. But Hays, 22, catapulted to the top of the organizational rankings with a dominant 2017 season. After hitting .328 with 16 home runs and 41 RBIs in 64 games with Frederick, he somehow did even better at Bowie. In 64 games with the Baysox, Hays batted .330 with 16 homers and 54 RBIs. The club’s no-brainer choice as the Brooks Robinson Minor League Player of the Year only hit .217 and struck out 16 times in 20 games during his first taste of the major leagues in September. But that’s an extremely small sample size. He’s easily the best of the club’s prospects. Hays isn’t a lock to start 2018 with the Orioles, but that’s where I’d put him.