It’s unusual to hear Baltimore Orioles All-Star selections in October, but that’s not the case for two promising Orioles minor league players.
As the 2017 World Series rolls on, two Baltimore Orioles prospects have earned All-Star selections to the Arizona Fall League Fall Star game.
Per MASNsports’ Roch Kubatko, infielder Ryan Mountcastle and left-handed pitcher Tanner Scott have been named to the AFL’s All-Star game. The two auspicious Orioles prospects will represent the East Team Saturday night, which fans can see on MLB Network.
The No. 3 Orioles prospect by MLBPipeline.com, Ryan Mountcastle has two home runs with eight RBIs and a slash line of .220/.264/.400 in 50 at-bats. However, the converted third baseman has gone hitless in his last 11 at-bats with the Salt River Rafters.
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Mountcastle is a solid hitting prospect with good bat speed that generates a fair amount of hard contact. He can have some trouble swinging and missing at pitches, but does a decent job adjusting his swing when necessary.
The Baltimore Orioles have continued to develop Mountcastle as a shortstop, though because of his poor arm strength, he likely won’t stay there. Most in the industry see him as an eventual left fielder.
The other selected Baltimore Orioles prospect, Tanner Scott, holds a winless record in three starts and an eccentric 7.71 ERA. Scott’s proven talent earned himself a spot in the AFL Fall Stars game selection as the AFL aims to deliver baseball fans with action from the uppermost prospects in MiLB.
Tanner Scott projects well as a pitcher though, as he’s got an elite fastball that sits around the triple-digits most days. However, he’s still a pretty raw pitcher, and his off-speed stuff leaves something to be desired, which means he might be destined to be the Baltimore Orioles’ closer of the future, rather than an elite starting pitcher.