We've got some news and notes to share with you on this blustery Friday morning in Charm City as three Baltimore Orioles organizational players cracked MLB.com's Top 100 Prospects list for 2014. The Orioles also signed a pitcher yesterday in seven year MLB veteran Aaron Laffey.
Every year, MLB.com and MLBPipeline.com release their top 100 prospects list and this year the Orioles garnered three players on the list, all pitchers. Baltimore's Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman and Eduardo Rodriguez all made the list, and were all in the top 70 in fact.
Bundy led the group of Birds as he came in ranked 20th on the list after being ranked second on the list last season. It is not surprising to see Bundy drop down the list a bit as he is recovering from Tommy John Surgery that he underwent last summer. Gausman was the next Oriole on the list coming in at number 31, moving up six spots from the number 37 ranking he received before last season. Finally, the newcomer on the list, Rodriguez, who was did not make the list prior to last season, came in at number 68 to complete the Baltimore trio.
Last year the Orioles only had two players on this prospect list, and this year they have three, so that is a good sign for the Orioles organization and fans alike. Baltimore ranked 9th as a team for the top 100 list as they garnered 184 points (Giving 100 points to the team with the No. 1 prospect, 99 to the team with No. 2 and on down ), while the Astros led all of baseball with 439 points, but the Red Sox had the most players show up on the list with nine players ranked in the top 100. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim were the only team in baseball not to have at least one player show up on the list. For a complete list of the top 100 and MLB.com's story, click here.
In other news yesterday, the Orioles agreed to terms with left handed pitcher Aaron Laffey on a Minor League deal that does not include an invitation to Spring Training per Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports. The only part that might excite Orioles' fans about this signing is that Laffey is a local product. He was born in Cumberland, MD and played high school baseball for Allegany High School.
Laffey has played in the big leagues for parts of seven seasons and has a career mark of 25-29 with a 4.45 ERA in 153 games, 68 of which were starts. He did not spend much time in the big leagues last season as he combined for a 7.11 ERA in five games, three of which were starts, in 12 2/3 innings with both the New York Mets and Toronto Blue Jays. Most of his action came in AAA for both organizations and Laffey combined for a 6-8 record with 6.34 ERA in 22 starts and one relief appearance.
It is yet another signing that will not excite any Orioles fan, and is likely a guy who will serve as a spot starter at some point in the season and not the answer for the fifth spot in the rotation.
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