Over the last week we’ve taken a look at the players the Baltimore Orioles could look to acquire before the trade deadline. The two major areas of need for the team are starting pitching, and second base, while the bullpen could also be bolstered if they so choose.
During this time, a lot of Orioles’ prospects have been mentioned in trade talks and this time, we’ll focus on the top prospects of the Orioles, and the players’ whose names have been mentioned time and time again.
First, and most commonly mentioned is pitcher Hunter Harvey. Harvey was the O’s top draft choice in the 2013 draft, and is currently the 58th overall prospect in all of baseball. Harvey pitches for the Orioles high-A team in Delmarva and has done a great job. Similarly, Harvey appeared in the MLB Futures Game over the weekend. Harvey is commonly mentioned in trade talks by other teams, as the 19-year-old has great potential.
Next is pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez. Rodriguez has taken a back seat to pitchers Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy in double-A ball but were it not for them, he would get much more national attention. The left-handed starter is the number 65 prospect in baseball and has earned 22 victories in his five season thus far, and is a player the O’s would be willing to part with for the right price.
Finally and most recognizably is Orioles’ second baseman Jonathan Schoop. Schoop has been with the O’s for all of the 2014 season, and has started the majority of the team’s games at second base. Batting in the eighth or ninth spot for most of the season, Schoop has done an average job, although his play in the field has improved significantly as the season has progressed. It would be hard for the Orioles to give up Schoop in a trade, as he has been their second baseman of the future for multiple years now, and has a lot of promise in his hitting. The righty could provide power and become a power hitting second baseman, which is rare in baseball today.
Until the trade deadline actually arrives, we will all have to continue to anxiously wait to see if there is any big news that comes out of Baltimore. The team is rumored to have been keeping a close eye on Rockies’ starter Jorge De La Rosa; a move that in my eyes would not be beneficial to the team in any way. The Orioles have a plethora of number three or four starters already and adding De La Rosa would just give them another one. The team needs a clear cut ace, and they have the opportunity to get that guy right now, even if it comes for the price of one of the players mentioned above.