The AA team for the Baltimore Orioles didn't have many exciting position prospects play for them in 2012 though they did have a fair share of pitching prospects. Of course, some of that has to do with the fact that the Orioles don't have much to speak of in terms of position prospects. Here are a few that made noise this season.
Mike Wright (RHP)-- Wright is definitely the most well-known name of the players who spent most of the season in Bowie. Before the season Wright was ranked as the O's #7 prospect by John Sickels and #10 prospect by FanGraphs. In 26 starts with Bowie, Wright had a 3.26 ERA and 3.14 FIP. He walked just 2.4 batters per nine innings and a strikeout rate of just over 21%. Wright was promoted for one start at AAA Norfolk before the season ended and pitched 6 2/3 shutout innings. It's safe to say that at the very least Wright will start 2014 in AAA but depending on the state of the Orioles rotation, he could be a dark horse to grab a spot in the rotation.
Eduardo Rodriguez (LHP)- Twenty-year-old Rodriguez spent the first half of the season dominating Frederick before he was promoted to the Baysox. He made eleven starts there and ran into some troubles, but nothing worth getting worked up over given his age and the reviews of his pitching. He pitched to a 4.22 ERA but just a 3.62 FIP. His walk rate jumped up nearly one batter per nine at Bowie. Rodriguez will most likely repeat at Bowie next year and he'll still be very young for the league at just 22.
Tyler Wilson (RHP) - Sixth-round draft pick Tyler Wilson started the 2013 season with A+ Frederick but made 16 starts at Bowie during the season. While there he pitched to a 3.83 ERA but a 4.33 FIP. He gave up more than his fair share of home runs, 13 in his sixteen starts. While Wilson hardly walks any, his strikeout numbers were very pedestrian at just about seven per nine. Wilson isn't a great prospect and he'll most likely head back to Bowie in 2014.
Devin Jones (RHP) - Ranked the #17 prospect in the O's system by John Sickels before the season, Jones had a disappointing year. He suffered from a high BABIP (.348) and a very low LOB% (59.4), which didn't help, but it's hard to over look an ugly 5.84 ERA/4.53 FIP.
Caleb Joseph (C/1B/OF) - Joseph is one of those guys who has been in the Orioles system for what seems like a hundred years. He'll never be a regular in the majors but could maybe, possibly, get a chance as a bench player. He had a great year at the plate, hitting .299/.346/.494, but considering it was his fourth year in Bowie it's really not that impressive. Sorry, Caleb!
Eddie Gamboa (RHP), Henry Urrutia (DH), and Kevin Gausman (RHP) were all already written about in our review of the Norfolk Tides, but all three spent time in Bowie before being promoted. You won't see any of them back in Bowie any time soon.