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Bundy, Machado rank 2-3 in MLB.coms Top 100 prospects

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Bundy, Machado rank 2-3 in MLB.coms Top 100 prospects

By Michael Huberman
CSNBaltimore.com

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.

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We can’t stop staring at these Bowie Baysox commemorative moon landing jerseys

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We can’t stop staring at these Bowie Baysox commemorative moon landing jerseys

One of the coolest things about Minor League Baseball is the creativity that comes with it.

The stadiums. The ice cream deals. The interesting mascots. And most importantly, the uniforms.

The Bowie Baysox, the Double-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, released special uniforms they will be wearing on Saturday for the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing.

And, oh wow, are they something. Take a look.

On the front of the uniform, you can see the image of where lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin planted the American flag on the lunar surface of the moon. On the back, a satellite view of the moon is pictured, with the player's number on top of it. Both the number and the cursive "Baysox" on the front are filled in with the American flag.

If you're looking for some to do on Saturday, go support the Baysox and their Moon Landing uniforms. If only there was a jersey giveaway.

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Orioles Roundup: O's fall to Nationals in opening game of Beltway Series

Orioles Roundup: O's fall to Nationals in opening game of Beltway Series

Another night, another loss for the Baltimore Orioles. Tuesday night featured a one-sided affair, as the Nationals beat the O's 8-1 at Camden Yards.

The Orioles fell to 28-66 on this season, while the Natoinals continued their climb to 50-43.

Here are the latest news and notes:

Player Updates:

SP Asher Wojciechowski gave up three earned runs over 5 1/3 innings in Tuesday night's loss. The righty gave up two home runs, with Matt Adams and Juan Soto hitting one deep ball each, while managing to strikeout seven batter and issue no walks on the night. He has now whiffed 21 batters in 15 2/3 innings since joining the Orioles, but also holds a 5.74 ERA.

2B Hanser Alberto was the only offense to speak of for the Orioles on Tuesday night. The utility player had two of the team's four hits and scored their only run after blasting a home run off Austin Voth in the second inning. Alberto has been a breath of fresh air for a struggling O's team, sporting a .306/.325/.402 batting line.

Before first pitch on Tuesday, the Orioles released INF/OF Jace Peterson. The versatile player had a July 15 opt-out in his minor league contract that he decided to exercise in order to find a better opportunity. Through 86 games this season in Triple-A Norfolk, Peterson boasted a .309/.394/.505 battling line with nine home runs, 44  RBI, 12 stolen bases and 55 runs scored.

Also before first pitch on Tuesday, it was announced that DH Mark Trumbo (knee) has resumed baseball activities. Though there is no timetable for his return to the team, the Orioles are optimistic that he will be able to contribute before the end of the season. He has missed the whole season so far due to complications following right knee surgery.

Injuries:

SP Dylan Bundy: Knee, 10-day Injured List

RP Josh Rogers: Elbow, 10-day Injured List

OF DJ Stewart: Ankle, 10-day Injured List

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 60-day Injured List

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 60-day Injured List

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-day Injured List

Coming Up:

Wednesday 7/17: Orioles vs. Nationals, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Friday 7/19: Orioles vs. Red Sox, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Saturday 7/20: Orioles vs. Red Sox, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Source: Rotoworld

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