A look at the only 20-20 player on the O’s farm in 2021 – Steve Melewski

On the Orioles farm, a case could be made that no player showed a better speed-power combination in 2021 than outfielder Zach Watson. He was the only player on the O’s farm to both hit 20 or more homers and steal 20 or more bases. And he did that during the combined 105 games he played for high Single-A Aberdeen and Double-A Bowie.

Watson, 24, was the Orioles’ third-round pick (No. 79 overall) in 2019 out of LSU. He batted .248/.294/.468/.762 between the IronBirds and Baysox last season with 17 doubles, four triples, 21 homers, 24 steals, 63 runs and 66 RBIs.

Watson produced power like a middle-of-the-order hitter last season, but instead is a speedy center fielder listed at 6-feet and 160 lbs.

Not currently ranked among the club’s top 30 prospects, he does get a 70 grade for his speed from FanGraphs.com, which rated him as the O’s No. 34 before the ‘21 season. Watson’s 21 homers on the farm rated behind only Kyle Stowers (27), Adley Rutschman (23) and Patrick Dorrian (22), and his steals total trailed only Adam Hall and Mason Janvrin, each with 26. Watson hit nine homers for Aberdeen and 12 for Bowie, and his OPS for the season rated 12th-best among O’s farmhands with 300 or more plate appearances.

Ryan Fuller, recently promoted from Bowie hitting coach to co-hitting coach with the Orioles, got a lot of time to work with…

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