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Adley Rutschman in the top 5 headlines four Orioles in MLB Pipeline's Top 100 prospects

Adley Rutschman in the top 5 headlines four Orioles in MLB Pipeline's Top 100 prospects

MLB Pipeline released its Top 100 prospects for 2020 and four players in the Baltimore Orioles’ system made the list. As expected, catcher Adley Rutschman, the top overall pick in the 2019 draft, checked in as the Orioles’ top prospect and No. 4 in the league.

Rutschman recently received a non-roster invitation to the Orioles spring training, where he will get a taste of Major League competition. While the 21-year-old isn’t expected to make the club out of spring training, MLB Pipeline anticipates a 2021 big league arrival for Rutschman.

After the Orioles picked Rutschman No. 1 following a prolific career at Oregon State, the catcher played five games in the Gulf Coast League, 20 games at short-season Single-A level with Aberdeen Ironbirds and 12 games with the low-Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds. He compiled a .254 average over 130 at-bats with four home runs and 26 RBIs in his abbreviated first professional season.

With Rutschman, Baltimore has a potential transcendent player that can emerge as the face of the franchise as the team continues to rebuild.

But the Orioles’ farm system is deeper than just Rutschman — in fact, it’s currently the strongest it has been in years.

Last year, Baltimore had three players on the Top 100 list — the most since MLB Pipeline adopted that format in 2012. An additional player on this year’s list provides tangible evidence the commitment to rebuilding is paying dividends.

Grayson Rodriguez, the team’s 2018 first-round selection, earned the No. 36 spot on the list. Rodriguez pitched a 2.68 ERA in 20 games at low-Single-A Delmarva. Rodriguez was a co-recipient of the Orioles’ Jim Palmer Minor League Pitcher of the Year with Michael Baumann. MLB Pipeline projects the right-hander to arrive in the big leagues in 2021.

DL Hall, a 21-year-old left-handed pitcher, was ranked the No. 69 prospect in the league. Hall was a 2017 first-round pick out of high school and pitched last year at advanced-Single-A Frederick. In 19 games and 17 starts, Hall had a 3.46 ERA and struck out 116 batters in 80.1 innings. The Orioles ended Hall’s season in August as he dealt with arm soreness.

The last Baltimore prospect to make the list was Ryan Mountcastle, who was the 2019 Independence League Most Valuable Player and Orioles’ Brooks Robinson Player of the Year after a standout season with Triple-A Norfolk. The infielder hit for average (.312) and for power (25 home runs) while driving in 83 runs in 127 games.

Mountcastle, who was No. 94 in the rankings, is the only Top-100 prospect MLB Pipeline expects to join the Orioles in the 2020 season.

Rutschman, Rodriguez and Hall all made Baseball America’s Top 100 prospect list as well, checking in at Nos. 5, 35 and 47, respectively.

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How to add the Orioles card on the MyTeams app

How to add the Orioles card on the MyTeams app

If you're a fan of the Orioles, or a baseball fan in general, the MyTeams app has good news for you.

Much like Baltimore is undergoing a rebuild, the MyTeams app also added a new prospect of its own: the Orioles card, which can be added to your list of favorite teams and help you keep up with the latest news. Here's how to add it:

1. Make sure you have the MyTeams app (which is available in the App store and on Google play).

2. You can add the card by using the navigational button to swipe over to "Settings".

3. Once in settings click on "Edit/Reorder Teams".

From there you should see the Ravens under the Washington teams. The team will not appear in your carousel list unless you save it to your teams.

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Orioles claim Andrew Velazquez off waivers, DFA Richard Urena

Orioles claim Andrew Velazquez off waivers, DFA Richard Urena

The Orioles made another roster move Wednesday, claiming infielder Andrew Velazquez off waivers from the Indians. The team also designated infielder Richard Urena for assignment in a corresponding move. 

Velazquez, 25, is an infielder that can play all over the diamond. He played 13 games with the Rays in 2018 and 15 total games with the Rays and Indians in 2019. In his 28 career major league games, he’s slashed .152/.222/.242 and has zero home runs. 

Last season, Velazquez hit .083 and went just 2-for-23 during his at-bats. He’s also played third base, second base, shortstop and all three outfield positions in the major league.

Urena was claimed on Jan. 10 off waivers from the Blue Jays. Last season in Toronto, Urena played 30 games and slashed .243/.273/.324 and had zero home runs and four RBIs. He played five positions last season in Toronto, not including an inning where he was a pitcher. 

Should Urena clear waivers, he would stay in camp and the roster would grow to 69 total players. 

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