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One of the things that has become obvious over the last few years with the Orioles is that the big league club is going to use its minor league system throughout the year.
Whether it is utilizing the “Norfolk Shuttle” or jumping guys from Double-A Bowie right to the majors, the Orioles aren’t shy about digging into the prospect pool for some help.
The Orioles system doesn’t have any can’t-miss phenoms, but the overall group is probably deeper than it has been in years.
Names like Austin Hays, Hunter Harvey (pictured above), Ryan Mountcastle have been around for a while and now they are being joined by Alex Wells, Cedric Mullins and Zac Lowther, among others.
Adam Pohl, the play-by-play voice of the Bowie Baysox, and Dean Jones Jr., the minor league reporter for BaltimoreBaseball.com, spend this week’s Minor League Podcast discussing the first month of the minor league season while analyzing the system from Low-A Delmarva all the way up to Triple-A Norfolk.
The primary prospects are discussed — Pohl provides a great vignette about Harvey’s first Bowie start and the radar gun in Harrisburg, Pa., — but so are some under-the-radar types such as Ryan McKenna and Ademar Rifaela.
A month is in the books, and it’s worth looking at some of the names have jumped out so far. Give a listen to Pohl’s and Jones’ discussion below or download it from iTunes (search BaltimoreBaseball.com, all one word) and listen at your leisure.
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