The Orioles made a nice statement Friday about their improving farm system. A farm system that has risen to No. 8 in the game in the MLBPipeline.com organizational rankings. They protected six players from that farm from being taken in next month’s Rule 5 draft. They added all six last night to their 40-man roster.
They added pitchers Michael Baumann, Alexander Wells, Zac Lowther and Isaac Mattson, outfielder Yusniel Diaz and infielder Rylan Bannon.
Some in the game speculate that after not having a minor league season in 2020, we could see fewer than 10 players selected in the Rule 5. Despite that possibility, the O’s pick six showed how much they truly like their guys.
“It’s just an important step closer to these guys contributing to the major league team,” Orioles executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias said. “A lot of these decisions are difficult. One thing that made it easier with this group is we feel that each of these six guys will be able to contribute in 2021 if called upon by the major league team. While they are not finished products, they are developed enough to be functional members of the roster this year. That makes these decisions easier.”
I had written here recently that if the club was going to protect Lowther, then Wells should get protected too. That turned out to be the case, although O’s media certainly…