Baltimore Orioles

The Orioles Looked Done. Now They're Threatening the Yankees' Playoff Plans.


While the Astros were considered to have a barren farm system a decade ago, their new front office did inherit Jose Altuve, Dallas Keuchel and George Springer — a future Most Valuable Player, Cy Young Award winner and World Series M.V.P.


“I thought the farm system was underrated, and the perception of it was hurt a little bit by the lack of an international component,” Elias said, adding that a more modern approach to player development had helped the existing prospects.


Elias added: “Our goal — especially the type of franchise we are and division we’re in — is that we’re one of these teams, we hope, like Cleveland or the Rays, that can just kind of keep the assembly line moving.”


The rookies Dean Kremer and Keegan Akin have joined the rotation in the last two weeks, and the former first-round draft picks Hunter Harvey and Dillon Tate — traded from the Yankees for Zack Britton in 2018 — are getting longer looks in the bullpen.


The infielders Renato Nunez and Hanser Alberto, both of whom joined the Orioles as waiver claims, have continued their progress, as has the injured outfielder Anthony Santander, a Rule 5 draft pick under Duquette in 2016.


Their most heralded prospects — catcher Adley Rutschman, pitcher Grayson Rodriguez and outfielder Heston Kjerstad — have not yet arrived to the majors.






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