The Orioles’ best prospects are getting more recognition. Five Orioles are listed among Baseball America’s Top 100 prospects.
Catcher Adley Rutschman, the overall No. 1 draft choice in 2019, is second. Wander Franco, a shortstop in the Tampa Bay Rays organization, is the top prospect in baseball for the second straight year.
The other Orioles in the top 100 are right-handed pitcher Grayson Rodriguez (22nd), left-hander DL Hall (59th), outfielder Heston Kjerstad, last year’s top Oriole draft choice and the second overall (62nd), and first baseman/outfielder Ryan Mountcastle (63rd).
Mountcastle had 126 at-bats for the Orioles in the 60-game 2020 season, four short of rookie status exemption.
The Orioles are one of five teams with five prospects in the Top 100. Arizona, Detroit, Seattle and Tampa Bay are the others.
San Diego has seven Top 100 prospects, the most in baseball. Miami and Toronto have six.
Washington is the only major league team without a Top 100 prospect.