1. Alex Verdugo — OF
Of all the prospects on this list, Alex Verdugo is easily the best and the safest, which is why he’s probably the one the Baltimore Orioles want the most and the one they’re least likely to get.
Verdugo has dominated at every level of the minor leagues. Last year in Triple-A, he slashed .314/.389/.436 and this year at the same level he’s slashed .350/.393/.513. He’s had some limited looks at the majors and has struggled some, but it’s an extremely small sample size.
Verdugo has a good eye and is able to control the strike zone well. He’s also a strong guy who could develop into some decent power if he’s able to increase his launch angle some. He hit just 13 home runs in 2016 with the Dodgers’ Double-A team, which was the best of his career.
Verdugo is also a solid fielder with an excellent, plus-plus arm. He projects as one of those players who’s going to contribute for a team everywhere well. He’s not likely to absolutely dominate on offense, but he’ll be a more-than-capable offensive contributor and likely a quality defender.