The Baltimore Orioles will be promoting top prospect Chance Sisco as well as veteran Pedro Alvarez and Joey Rickard to the majors as rosters expand on September 1st.
The Baltimore Orioles will be promoting top prospect Chance Sisco as well as veteran Pedro Alvarez and Joey Rickard to the majors as rosters expand on September 1st, according to The Virginian-Pilot’s David Hall on Twitter.
Sisco is 22-years-old and is one of the Baltimore Orioles’ two top-100 prospects and is the team’s top overall prospect. He’s a good average-hitting catcher with slightly below average power and excellent plate discipline.
Sisco has hit really well in the minors up to this year, slashing .320/.406/.422 in Double-A Bowie last season, however he’s had a fairly mediocre year so far in Triple-A Norfolk, slashing just .267/.340/.395 so far this year.
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While Sisco hasn’t shown much in the way of power so far in his career, he’s a solid contact hitter and knows how to get on base, two things that could make him a valuable asset to the Orioles in the future, especially if the power develops over time.
Likely Sisco will just be getting a taste of MLB action for September, sitting behind both Welington Castillo and Caleb Joseph for starts at catcher, but it should still be interesting to see the player the Baltimore Orioles see as the catcher of the future playing in the majors.
Pedro Alvarez has had a very Pedro Alvarez-like year in Triple-A Norfolk so far, slashing .238/.293/.441 with 26 home runs this year and will likely be used as a bench bat for the Orioles, especially against right-handed pitching.
As for Joey Rickard, Orioles fans have seen him on the field in Baltimore this year already and he was less than impressive at the plate, slashing .254/..290/.366 in 94 games, however he’s shown good speed and impressive flashes in the outfield. In just 12 games with Triple-A Norfolk, Rickard has been hitting a miserable .214.
As Hall notes, it is somewhat interesting that the Orioles will not be promoting infielder Chris Johnson as rosters expand, given that he’s slashing .307/.336/.517 at Triple-A Norfolk so far this year, however he may eventually come up if a 40-man roster spot eventually opens.