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Orioles prospect watch

Here’s how the Orioles’ top 10 prospects (as ranked by Baseball America) fared over the past week:

1. Dylan Bundy, RHP, Low-A Delmarva

2012 stats: 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 R (unearned), 2 hits, 2 walks, 33 Ks in 20 IP

Skinny: Bundy continued to look only slightly less than superhuman against his overmatched competition, finally giving up his first run as a professional against Charleston on Monday night. Of course, the run was unearned, a product of a wild pitch on strike three and two errors. Bundy struck out eight and walked none, though he pitched just three innings instead of his scheduled four because he reached his pitch limit. Still, he continues to show that he has nothing left to prove against Low-A hitters.

2. Manny Machado, SS, Double-A Bowie

2012 stats: .264 average, .378 on-base percentage, .425 slugging percentage, 2 HRs, 12 RBIs, 9 R, 9 doubles, 1 triple, 24 Ks, 19 BBs, 3 SB, 2 CS

Skinny: Machado swung a hot bat in his past six games, collecting seven hits in 19 at-bats (.368 average), including four doubles — good for a .579 slugging percentage. He also walked four times while striking out three. His OPS over his past 10 games is .921.

3. Jonathan Schoop, IF, Double-A Bowie

2012 stats: .212/.278/.298, 1 HR, 4 RBIs, 9 R, 6 doubles, 26 Ks, 8 BBs, 0 SB, 1 CS

Skinny: Schoop played in just four games and recorded only 14 at-bats over the past week. He had five hits, including a 3-for-6 performance with a double and a run in Tuesday’s game at Altoona (which was completed Wednesday).

4. Parker Bridwell, RHP, Low-A Delmarva

2012 stats: 2-1, 4.21 ERA, 26 hits, 7 BBs, 18 Ks, 1 HR allowed in 25 2/3 IP

Skinny: In his only start of the week, Bridwell got hit around a bit, allowing four extra-base hits: two doubles, a triple and his first home run of the season. He gave up three runs in 5 2/3 innings but did strike out four while walking none.

5. L.J. Hoes, OF-2B, Double-A Bowie

2012 stats: .303/.403/.412, 2 HRs, 14 RBIs, 16 R, 5 doubles, 1 triple, 22 Ks, 19 BBs, 9 SB, 3 CS

Skinny: Despite seeing his hitting streak end at 10 games with consecutive 0-for-4 performances, Hoes did some good things at the plate. He went 4-for-4 with a homer, three runs and two RBIs on Friday against Akron and also homered and drove in two runs yesterday at Altoona. Overall, Hoes went 6-for-22 (.273) for the week, walking twice, striking out four times and stealing a base.

6. Nicky Delmonico, 3B-1B, Low-A Delmarva

2012 stats: .269/.372./.404, 2 HRs, 18 RBIs, 14 R, 8 doubles, 25 Ks, 16 BBs, 2 SB, 0 CS

Skinny: Delmonico continued to boost his stat line with eight hits in 25 at-bats (.320), including three doubles, and three walks. He has fared much better on the road this season, posting a .321/.429/.415 line, compared with .216/.310/.392 at home.

7. Ryan Flaherty, IF-OF, Orioles

2012 stats: .154/.179/.154, 1 RBI, 1 R, 8 Ks, 1 BB

Skinny: Flaherty made his only start this week in the Orioles’ 9-6, 17-inning win over the Red Sox in Boston on Sunday. He went 1-for-5 with a strikeout while playing left field, which he figures to be doing more of with Nolan Reimold still recovering from a bulging disk in his neck and Endy Chavez likely headed to the disabled list with an intercostal strain.

8. Jason Esposito, 3B, Low-A Delmarva

2012 stats: .237/.336/.263, 10 RBIs, 20 R, 3 doubles, 27 Ks, 14 BBs, 4 SB, 1 CS

Skinny: Esposito has a five-game hitting streak after going 3-for-4 at Charleston on Tuesday. However, all five of the hits were singles and the former Vanderbilt standout has just three extra-base hits this season. For the week, he went 7-for-24 (.292) with two RBIs, two runs, two walks and three strikeouts.

9. Xavier Avery, OF, Triple-A Norfolk

2012 stats: .252/.362/.429, 4 HRs, 14 RBIs, 21 R, 5 doubles, 2 triples, 28 Ks, 20 BBs, 8 SB, 0 CS

Skinny: After a dreadful stretch at the plate the week before, Avery rebounded with four multi-hit games, three doubles and two homers in his past seven contests. The highlight was Tuesday at Louisville, when he doubled, homered and drove in four runs while scoring two. He batted .385 for the week, going 10-for-26. Avery has also shown a strong preference for the road this season, posting a .345/.419/.636 line. Nine of his 11 extra-base hits have come away from pitcher-friendly Harbor Park, where Avery has batted .172/.316/.250.

10. Dan Klein, RHP

2012 stats: N/A

Skinny: Klein is likely to miss the 2012 season after undergoing a second shoulder surgery.

Minor league spotlight on: Ronnie Welty, OF, Double-A Bowie

2012 stats: .356/.385/.683, 4 HRs, 23 RBIs, 19 R, 14 doubles, 4 triples, 23 Ks, 3 BB, 3 SB, 1 CS (combined at Bowie and High-A Frederick)

Skinny: Welty, 24, was moved up from Frederick after absolutely mashing High-A pitching. In 13 games for the Keys, he posted a .415/.446/.830 line. (Yes, that’s a 1.276 OPS.) While his numbers with the Baysox have been a little more conservative, they’re nothing to sneeze at: a .294/.321/.529 line with nine extra-base hits in 51 at-bats. Welty’s strikeout-to-walk ratio is almost 8-to-1, but he played well enough in April to have been named the Orioles’ Minor League Player of the Month.

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