Chode’s Down On The Farm Updates

Featured, Sports and Bets — June 25, 2014 at 5:41 am by

Welcome back to Down On The Farm, our Orioles’ minor league affiliates update page. Here are few guys currently working in the Orioles’ system that you might want to pay attention to.

Dylan Bundy- Rehab Starts Are Going Well….

 

We’ve been hyping up Dylan Bundy since the day the Orioles took him with the fourth overall pick in 2011. After being sidelined with Tommy Johns surgery, the kid is making rehab starts, and he’s looking good doing it, baby.  He’s pitched ten innings over two starts with Aberdeen so far. Let’s not put too much stock into the stats, as he’s only playing short season single A ball, but it’s hard not to like fifteen strikeouts and only one walk over those ten frames.  Just glad to hear he is healthy and on the right track. I have hope that he could even contribute on the big league level this season. If Bundy is as good as advertised, adding him to the rotation or pen could be a huge pick up deep in a playoff run.  Let’s call Bundy a cautiously optimistic 2014 big show prospect.  Like The Wolf said….

Slugging Away in Bowie –  Dariel Alvarez and Christian Walker

 

Last July, the Orioles signed a Cuban slugger by the name of Dariel Alvarez. The 6’2”, right-handed hitting right fielder is crushing the ball in his first season with the organization. He has played all his games in double A Bowie and is currently batting .308 with twelve home runs, nineteen doubles, and fifty-seven RBI’s.  Many of the best up and coming players get called up right from double A to the bigs (Remember that Manny Machado call up from Bowie). If he keeps hitting the way he is right now, you may see him in an Orioles uniform instead of that Baysox jersey he’s been used to.

 Christian Walker, the former South Carolina Gamecock, is another guy pounding the ball down in Bowie. Walker is a few years younger than Alvarez, so I don’t see the first baseman being rushed to the majors as a DH, but you never know.  Also, the Orioles have a guy named Chris Davis who plays first base and they aren’t looking for help at the position right now.  Walker’s numbers are impressive, though.  He is batting .317 with eighteen home runs and sixty-four RBI’s. That ain’t bad, baby boy, that ain’t bad.

 

Top Prospect Eduardo Rodriguez Is Struggling in 2014

Eduardo is an extremely high rated prospect. Rodriguez was rated the Orioles third overall prospect entering the 2013 season.  He was also a Carolina League mid-season all-star in ’13, and a 2013 futures game selection (featured above). Because of  all this, he’s a player who has great trade value. He is still young and no one has a crystal ball that can tell them for sure what kind of player Eduardo will end up being.  But right now the kid doesn’t look too great.  Currently with the Baysox, Rodriguez has a 2-4 record and a 5.55 ERA. Despite his poor stats, his “top prospect”  status make Rodriguez the perfect trading chip should the Orioles’ brass try to work a deal for a pitcher who can help us right now.

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