The Orioles' updated Top 30 Prospects List includes a familiar name at the top: Baltimore's first pick in this year's Draft, right-handed pitcher Cody Sedlock.
Sedlock's ascent says as much about his potential as it does the O's current state in the Minor Leagues. Sedlock, the 27th overall pick in the 2016 Draft, is followed by catcher Chance Sisco and former top prospect Hunter Harvey in Baltimore's rankings.
Sisco is having a solid year at Double-A Bowie, and he was selected to play in this year's SiriusXM All-Star Futures Games for Team USA. Harvey had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on Tuesday. He entered the season as No. 85 on MLBPipeline's Top 100 Prospects List.
The ranking of baseball's top prospects is done by MLBPipeline.com Draft and prospect experts Jonathan Mayo, Jim Callis and Mike Rosenbaum, who compile input from industry sources, including scouts and scouting directors. It is based on analysis of players' skill sets, upsides, proximity to the Majors and potential immediate impact to their teams. Only players with rookie status are eligible for the list. The rankings follow the Collective Bargaining Agreement guidelines for which players fall under the international pool money rules: Players who were at least 23 years old when they signed and played in leagues deemed to be professional (Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Cuba) are not eligible.
Position players Jomar Reyes (third base), Trey Mancini (first base) and Ryan Mountcastle (shortstop) round out the top six. Pitchers Matthias Dietz and Keegan Akin -- the Orioles' two Draft picks after Sedlock -- are ranked No. 7 and 8, respectively.
Outfielder D.J. Stewart, Baltimore's 2015 first-round pick, dropped five spots from the preseason rankings and is currently listed at No. 12.
The O's, currently with the top record in the American League, are eyeing upgrades to their Major League rotation, and it will be interesting to see which prospects the club is willing to part with to do that. Harvey would have been a usable chip if not for the injury. Baltimore's system lacks big bats and young aces.