Bundy and Gausman represent Orioles on Baseball America's Top 100

Rob Carr

Baseball America's list doesn't include Jonathan Schoop.

Baseball America released its top 100 prospects of 2013, a list voted on by a number of Baseball America writers and editors. The list isn't behind a paywall, but it doesn't include any reasoning or analysis behind the picks.

Like Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com, BA only included two Orioles on the top 100: Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman. Both Mayo and BA ranked Bundy as the second best prospect in baseball behind Jurickson Profar, while Mayo ranked Gausman at #37 and BA put him at #26. Contrast that to (noted Oriole Hater, according to some of you) Keith Law's list, which ranks Bundy at #3 and Gausman at #26, but also includes infielder Jonathan Schoop at #50, and LHP Eduardo Rodriguez at #100.

There is a lot of excitement over Bundy and Gausman, of course, but there is a long way to go to build the Orioles system into a top one. Once those two graduate to the minors, which could be as early as this year, the farm will again look pretty barren. To contrast, here are the prospects from other A.L. East teams that made BA's top 100:

#4 - Wil Myers, OF
#36 - Chris Archer, RHP
#62 - Taylor Guerrieri, RHP
#90 - Hak-Ju Lee, SS
#92 - Jake Odorizzi, RHP

Red Sox:
#8 - Xander Bogaerts, SS
#31 - Jackie Bradley, OF
#40 - Matt Barnes, RHP
#49 - Allen Webster, RHP
#91 - Henry Owens, LHP

#32 - Mason Williams, OF
#57 - Gary Sanchez, C
#63 - Slade Heathcott, OF
#77 - Tyler Austin, OF

Blue Jays:
#65 - Aaron Sanchez, RHP
#98 - Marcus Stroman, RHP

So in the division the Orioles have the most highly rated prospect in Bundy, and they are the only team with two prospects ranked in the top 30. But seeing as how often prospects flame out, there is something to be said for volume. In that sense the Rays and Red Sox definitely have a leg up on the O's. It is nice to consider, though, that if not for Machado's promotion last year, the O's system would be even more highly rated.

I always enjoy when these rankings come out just so I have an idea of what's going on down in the minors (definitely not my strong suit, baseball wise), but I try not to put too much stock in them. After all, Adam Loewen was once ranked the #14 prospect, and we all saw how that turned out.

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