There’s great news and not-so-good news for Orioles fans.
- Orioles remain interested in Cespedes
- On the O's and players represented by Boras
- Orioles announce minor league coaching staffs
- Baseball players on the move this offseason
- Peter Schmuck's final Orioles player grades for the 2014 season
- Baseball free-agent pitchers this offseason
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One other positive for the Orioles: Only one other AL East player, Tampa Bay Rays lefty Matt Moore, made the top 10. Moore was the No. 1 prospect overall.
The bad news is that the Orioles had no other minor leaguer listed in the top 100. And there were plenty of representatives from their division in the group. In fact, 20 of the 100 listed are from the AL East, and it would have been 21, but the New York Yankees traded No. 12, catcher Jesus Montero, to Seattle last week.
The AL East had more than any other division (the National League West and the four-team American League West each had 18 while the AL Central had the fewest at 11).
Here’s the breakdown of the AL East: Rays 6; Toronto Blue Jays, Boston Red Sox and Yankees 4; Orioles 2.
Information on the individual players is culled from several sources, including mlb.com and Baseball America.
Keep in mind, this is just the mlb.com list. Baseball America will have its own. And it will differ. In fact, Baseball America ranks Bundy over Machado in its Orioles top 10.
Here is a look at each of the American League East players, by organization, in mlb.com’s 100.
6. SS Manny Machado Age: 19. Draft info: 1st round (3rd overall) in 2010.
Skinny: He batted .257 in two stops at Single-A and didn’t turn 19 until July. As a shortstop and phenom from Miami, has the burden of comparisons to Alex Rodriguez.
10. RHP Dylan Bundy Age: 19. Draft info: 1st round (4th overall) in 2011.
Skinny: How high is this kid’s ceiling after a tremendous prep career in Oklahoma? He is in the top 10 without having thrown a professional pitch.
Tampa Bay Rays (6)
1. LHP Matt Moore Age: 22. Draft info: 8th round in 2007.
Skinny: Took the majors by storm in September (struck out 15 batters in 9 1/3 innings in three games) and allowed just one run in 10 postseason innings against the Texas Rangers.
46. SS Hak-Ju Lee Age: 21. International signee out of Korea ($725,000) in 2008.