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 thus we have compiled a top ten Baltimore Orioles prospect list. I have broken down these players myself, and we now arrive at number four: Nick Delmonico.
Nick was drafted in the sixth round of the 2011 MLB Draft by the Orioles out of Farragut High School and signed for $1,525,000. He was a catcher in high school, but the Orioles see him as a potential first or third baseman, but with his athletic ability, quick reaction time and strong arm, third base seems like the best fit for him. Delmonico has a very nice mechanically sound left handed swing that is very smooth and has a little loft to it. His bat speed is average, but he is a dangerous hitter due to his baseball IQ, more specifically with the strike zone as he rarely swings at pitches outside of the strike zone. Once thought the be a possible first round pick, Baltimore got a steal getting him in the sixth round.
Delmonico made his professional baseball debut in 2012 as a 19 year old playing the entire season with the low A class Delmarva Shorebirds. Unfortunately for Nick, he did suffer a knee injury late in July that landed him on the disabled list for a week in July and most of August. He did get to play in 95 games for the Shorebirds this season and was named a SAL Mid-Season All-Star. Delmonico had a good year for his first professional season hitting .249 with 22 doubles, 11 homers, 54 RBI and 47 walks, which led him to a nice .351 OBP. In a bit of a surprise, Nick even threw in eight stolen bases, but it should be noted that it will not be speed that helps him climb the baseball ladder.
Delmonico hits a Grand Slam his senior year in High School
Still very young, as he is now 20 years old, Orioles fans should not expect to see him in Camden Yards for a few years as he has some fine tuning to do defensively, and needs to build more strength to hopefully generate some more power at the plate. His great hitting eye is his biggest weapon, which is one of the tougher attributes to find in young players.
Orioles101's Top Ten Orioles Prospects:
- #10 Clay Schrader
- #9 Branden Kline
- #8 L.J. Hoes
- #7 Jason Esposito
- #6 Glynn Davis
- #5 Mike Belfiore
- #4 Nick Delmonico
- Stay tuned for the rest of our top ten list.
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