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Orioles Fans Will Love ESPN's Top-100 MLB Prospects List

Adam Taylor McKillop
Baltimore Orioles fans will love ESPN's top-100 MLB prospects list for 2022.
Baltimore Orioles fans will love ESPN's top-100 MLB prospects list for 2022. / Dustin Bradford/GettyImages

While the ongoing MLB Lockout casts more and more doubt around an uninterrupted 2022 season, the calendar is still a few weeks from March. That means baseball will soon sit center stage on the minds of sports fans everywhere.

Regardless of what happens with the lockout, Minor League Baseball will start on time because MiLB players are not a part of the MLBPA. MiLB Spring Training is less than a month away and offers desperate baseball fans a temporary relief from these dreaded CBA negotiations.

Fortunately, ESPN recently released a top-100 list of current MLB prospects and there's a lot to love for Baltimore Orioles fans.

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Other than the Detroit Tigers, the Orioles are the only other team to have two prospects inside of Kiley McDaniel's top 10. One of those players happens to be the No. 1 ranking on this list, catcher Adley Rutschman. Right-handed pitcher Grayson Rodriguez joins Rutschman in the top-10 at No. 8.

McDaniel says Rutschman reminds him of a "switch-hitting Buster Posey" who possesses every tool imaginable, including a plus-hitter with plus-power, a plus-arm and plus-defensive skills. The only real knock on this budding young star is his age (24), because he was a bit of a "late-bloomer."

Rutschman, a former No. 1 overall pick, spent last season split between AAA and AA and slashed .285/.397/.502 with 23 home runs and 75 RBIs in 123 games.

Meanwhile, Rodriguez is former No. 11 overall pick back in the 2018 draft. The lengthy 6-foot-5 RHP reminds McDaniel of Luis Castillo, "but bigger and with a four-seam fastball instead of sinker." He is considered the best pitching prospect on this list and for good reason.

Rodriguez spent last year between High-A and AA ball, pitching to a stifling 2.36 ERA and 0.825 WHIP. Opposing batters managed just 5.1 hits per nine innings off the flamethrower and he racked up 14.1 strikeouts per nine. No wonder McDaniel pegs Rodriguez as a prospect with ace potential.

The future looks bright in Baltimore, which is a welcomed sign after five consecutive losing seasons.

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