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Early Returns Mixed For Prospects Recently Acquired By Orioles

August 10, 2018
The Orioles obtained several key prospects by trading infielders Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop, right-handers Kevin Gausman, Brad Brach and Darren O'Day and lefty Zach Britton prior to the non-waiver trade deadline. As the Orioles look toward the future, they'll need most of these young players to have important roles. However, several of them are struggling with their new teams, 

Here is the status of five of those vital prospects. 

1. Outfielder Yusniel Díaz was the top prospect the Orioles received from the Los Angeles Dodgers in return for Machado. The 21-year-old Cuban outfielder has struggled during his first 16 games (64 plate appearances) for Double-A Bowie, batting just .182 with a homer and three RBIs. He has also struggled with 15 strikeouts. Still, Díaz has a huge upside and the Orioles are confident he will play better as he continues to get acclimated to his new surroundings. Díaz is versatile and can play all three outfield positions. He was listed as the No. 47 overall prospect by Baseball America last month. 

2. Right-hander Dillon Tate, who was acquired from the Yankees for Britton, has also struggled for the Baysox. He is 0-2 with a 7.15 ERA with six strikeouts, two walks and a 1.68 WHIP. However, Tate also has a big upside and was the fourth overall pick of the Texas Rangers in 2015 before being traded to the Yankees for Carlos Beltrán. Tate was rated the Yankees' No. 6 prospect by Baseball America before being sent to the Orioles, who will be patient with his development. 

3. Right-hander Dean Kremer was part of the Dodgers' deal for Machado and has been a bright spot. He has gone 2-1 with a 2.45 ERA during four starts. Kremer, who was the Dodgers' 28th-ranked prospect, has shown strong command with 26 strikeouts, two walks and a 1.25 WHIP. He could potentially be called up when rosters expand in September. Kremer also figures to be a part of the Orioles' rotation in the near future. On a side note, he helped Team USA win a gold medal at the 2013 Maccabiah Games in Israel. He became the first Israeli to sign a pro contract in 2016.

4. Reliever Zach Pop, a seventh-round pick for the Dodgers in 2017, was another important part of the Machado deal. He was sent to Double-A Bowie where has gone 0-1 with a 5.00 ERA during six games. However, Pop pitched better recently and had a string of four scoreless outings before allowing a pair of runs to New Hampshire Aug. 9. Pop was highly regarded by the Dodgers and went 1-2 with a 1.04 ERA and 47 strikeouts during 30 appearances (43.1 innings) for Low-A Great Lakes and High-A Rancho Cucamonga.

5. Infielder Rylan Bannon, who was an eighth-round pick by the Dodgers during the 2017 MLB Draft, was also acquired for Machado. Bannon reported to Double-A Bowie, where he has batted just .140 with two homers and six RBIs during 13 games (48 plate appearances). Bannon has a strong pedigree and hit .296 with 20 homers and 61 RBIs for High-A Rancho Cucamonga before being traded. Bannon is rated as the Orioles' No. 17 prospect by MLB Pipeline.

Photo Credit: William Vaughan/Bowie Baysox