Orioles101 has received several requests to go through the Baltimore Orioles prospects and formulate a list of how these prospects rank. We strive to provide readers with information and articles that they want to read and we have compiled a top ten Baltimore Orioles prospect list, and we are now at number eight, L.J. Hoes.
The Orioles drafted L.J. Hoes with their third round selection in the 2008 MLB First year player draft out of St. John's College High School. Hoes is a definite competitor for an everyday spot as a corner outfielder in the big leagues, but his bat will be the ultimate determining factor in that. He has proven that he can hit for average and has slowly started to develop some extra-base power as he has matured. Hoes has above average speed that will help him steal some bases and be more attractive in the big leagues.
Hoes came onto the professional baseball scene in the latter part of 2008, after the O's drafted and signed him, with the Gulf Coast Orioles rookie league squad and immediately showed that he was worth a third round selection after hitting .308 with 18 RBI and ten stolen bases in 159 at bats, including 36 runs scored, which was good for third in the GCL. L.J. played the entire 2009 season with the low A class Delmarva Shorebirds and again had an impressive campaign hitting .260 with 47 RBI, 42 runs scored, 20 stolen bases and 112 hits in 431 at bats in 119 games.
2010 saw Hoes play in three different levels of the Orioles organization with brief stints with the class-A short season Aberdeen Ironbirds (8 games) and AA-Bowie Baysox (3 games), but spent the majority of the season with the advanced class A Frederick Keys. In 97 games with the Keys, Hoes hit .278 with 44 RBI, 10 stolen bases, 52 runs scored and a very nice .375 OBP, which was fifth in the Carolina League. At the end of the 2010 season, Hoes was ranked as the fourth best prospect in the Orioles organization by Baseball America.
As good as Hoes had been performing, he really bursted onto the scene in 2011 beginning the season playing 41 games with Frederick, but was promoted to AA Bowie where he played 95 games and had a stellar campaign. Hoes hit .305 with six homers, 54 RBI, 16 stolen bases, 47 runs scored, 142 total bases and a .379 OBP. His .305 average was good for seventh best in the Eastern League.
Baltimore knew they had a maturing, solid player on their hands with Hoes as 2012 began and started him out with AA-Bowie where he would play 51 games for the Baysox, where he was struggling a bit hitting at a .265 clip, but Baltimore promoted him to the AAA-Norfolk Tides where he would get 82 games under his belt. Hoes performed better with the Tides than he was with the Baysox before being called up as he hit .300 with 38 RBI, 54 runs scored, 126 total bases, eight stolen bases, and a .374 OBP. On September 25 he finally got the call every kid dreams about as the Orioles called him up to the big leagues. He only got one at bat in two games with the O's, where he grounded out to shortstop against the Toronto Blue Jays, but he got a taste of the show.
Depending on what the Orioles do this offseason with the left field situation, Hoes will be competing in spring training for a roster spot and or a shot at left field for the O's. Hoes earned the Brooks Robinson Orioles Minor League Player of the Year award in 2012.
Orioles101 Top Ten Prospect List:
- #10 Clay Schrader
- #9 Branden Kline
- #8 L.J. Hoes
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