The Baltimore Orioles, who have been going through dark times for a while, have a bright future.
The American baseball magazine’Baseball America’ released the top 100 prospects of the 2023 Major League, released on the 18th. According to this, Orioles infielder Gunna Henderson was ranked first overall.
Henderson, who was selected in the second round of the 2019 draft, stood out last season with a batting average of 0.297, an on-base percentage of 0.416, a slugging average of 0.531, 19 homers and 76 RBIs in 112 appearances in Double-A and Triple-A. He was also called up to the big leagues, and he showed potential with a batting average of 0.259, on-base percentage, 0.349 slugging percentage, 0.440, 4 homers and 18 RBIs in 34 games.메이저사이트
Baseball America praised Henderson for possessing all of his speed, strength, and athletic ability, saying, “A player with few weaknesses and equally capable.”
Baltimore has produced a player ranked No. 1 for the second year in a row following catcher Adley Lutzman, a player selected in the first round of the 2019 draft last season, ranked No. 1 in this ranking. Both players were selected in the draft in the same year.
According to the ‘Baltimore Sun’, this is the first time since 1990, when Baseball America’s prospect rankings were announced, that the same team and the same year’s draft pick ranked first for two consecutive years.
Baltimore is not just Henderson, but right-hander Grayson Rodriguez (6th) shortstop Jackson Halliday (15th) outfielder Colton Cowser (41st) left-hander DL Hall (75th) infielder Jordan Westberg (76th) and second baseman Connor Novi (93rd). ) A total of eight players, including infielder Joey Ortiz (95th), made it to the top 100. Seven of them, excluding Halliday, who was the first pick in last year’s draft, went up to Triple A last season.
Baltimore has been going through a dark period by failing to advance to the postseason for the past six seasons, but on the inside, it is steadily preparing for the future. That effort has begun to bear fruit is revealed in this ranking. They went 83-79 last season, surpassing the .500 win rate for the first time since 2016.