By Michael Huberman
As if being right in the thick of a pennant chase wasnt enough, the Orioles got another reminder of just how bright their future is when MLB.com released their updated Top 100 Prospects list. The Texas Rangers Jurickson Profar took the top spot, but the Orioles Dylan Bundy and Manny Machado rounded out the top three.
The list, compiled by MLB.coms prospect guru Jonathan Mayo, is an updated version of his preseason Top 100. Mayos preseason top three was comprised of Matt Moore, Bryce Harper, and Mike Trout, and all three have gone on to find success in the majors. With the departures of those three to the majors, spots have opened up, and the rankings show just how highly regarded the Orioles two prized prospects are throughout baseball.
After Profar, Bundy was ranked the second-best prospect in all of baseball. The 19-year-old has breezed through the minors this year, starting off at Class-A Delmarva, and finishing the season at Double-A Bowie. Including his stop at High-A Advanced Frederick, Bundy went 9-3 with a 2.08 ERA over 103 23 innings, while striking out 119 and walking just 28 hitters.
Like Moore and Trout last year, Machado is still ranked as a prospect despite currently playing in Baltimore. Since his August 9th debut against Kansas City, Machado has produced a .274.286.463 line with three homers and 13 RBIs. However, the 20-year-old Machado gave a glimpse of his immense potential when he became the youngest player ever to hit two home runs in the same game within his first two games in the majors. Despite playing shortstop in the minors, Machado has also played excellent defense at third base.
The Orioles top pick in this years draft, Kevin Gausman also makes an appearance on Mayos list, checking in at 64th overall. The right-hander, who was selected fourth overall out of LSU, went 0-1 with 3.00 ERA in five appearances this season. Gausman also struck out 13 and walked just one in 13 innings in his time at Low-A Aberdeen and Frederick.
Currently in the midst of a pennant chase, the Orioles know they have a chance to win right now. However seeing what Machado can bring to the plate, and knowing Bundy and Gausman arent far away, reinforces just how bright the future is for the Baltimore Orioles.