BALTIMORE -- While the Orioles' Minor League system has come under fire in recent years, there's still some hope that certain prospects can help Baltimore as early as 2016.
Spring Training is an ideal time for the organization to get a feel for where its prospects are at and who could potentially help the team. With that in mind, MLB.com's preview series continues with "Prospects to Watch."
RHP Dylan Bundy: All eyes will be on Bundy, who was shut down from the Arizona Fall League due to a right forearm strain, this spring. If he can finally get healthy, Bundy, who threw off a mound again for the first time last month, will compete for a spot in the Orioles' bullpen. The 23-year-old righty, despite injuries, remains one of the organization's top prospects and is out of Minor League options this spring. He last pitched in the Majors in 2012.
RHP Hunter Harvey: Like Bundy, Harvey is coming off injuries -- both elbow and forearm troubles -- that kept him off the mound in 2015. But the 21-year-old righty, ranked by MLBPipeline as the O's No. 1 prospect, still has Minor League options and will use this season to build his arm back up and get on track. Could Harvey be a factor in '16? Potentially, but it's tough to see his innings being stretched enough to have that work, unless he's a relief-only candidate in September.
1B Christian Walker: How does the Orioles' long-term lockup of Chris Davis change the plan for Walker? Walker followed up his O's 2014 Minor League Player of the Year honor by batting .257 with 18 homers and 74 RBIs for Triple-A Norfolk last season. His bat has been impressive, but whether it can translate to the big leagues, and if Walker can fit into a defensive position, remains to be seen.
RHP Mychal Givens:The 25-year-old, who threw 30 innings for the Orioles last season, will maintain his rookie status and could have a big year in 2016. Ranked as the O's sixth-best prospect, Givens struck out 38 batters and walked just six, as he posted a 1.80 ERA in his first taste of the big leagues.
RHPTyler Wilson: The 26-year-old has never been viewed as a top prospect, but he continues to do what manager Buck Showalter identifies as the key to Minor League success: win. Wilson did it again for Triple-A Norfolk (5-5, 3.24 ERA) and Baltimore (2-2, 3.50 ERA) last year. If the Orioles don't add a starter, Wilson will compete for the fifth spot this spring. If they do, he'll start the year at Norfolk and will be a viable option during the season or as a long man.
RHPMike Wright: Like Wilson, Wright got his first taste of the big leagues last year. After a terrific first month (2-0 with a 1.40 ERA through three starts), Wright struggled to find consistency (1-5, 9.59 ERA), but he remains a strong rotation candidate. There are also scouts and people in the organization who think the tall righty also projects well as a bullpen guy.