The Bowie Baysox open the season with one of the top rosters in all the of the minor leagues for the 2018 season. After a successful 2017 season, finishing 72-68 and going deep into the playoffs. With a somewhat similar team, there is a good chance they can improve.
Here are 5 prospects that you as fans should be watching this season:
1. Austin Hays- OF
Austin Hays, a former 3rd round pick in the 2016 draft, coming into the season last year was not regarded as a top prospect last year. But after a monster season last year turned into one of the top prospects in all of baseball. He started in Frederick, came through Bowie, and eventually got his cup of coffee in the majors. But to further his development the Orioles sent him beck down to Bowie. So Austin Hays may not be in Bowie for long but he is definitely a prospect to watch.
2. Ryan Mountcastle- SS/3B
Mountcastle, a former first round pick, started the season in Frederick, was a Carolina league l star, and was called up to Bowie. Mountcastle has all the tools to be a successful hitter in the major leagues but he still needs to find a home on the diamond. He was drafted as a shortstop but was moved to third base as he was promoted to Bowie. He started out slow in Bowie with the bat but heated up down the stretch. This will be a pivotal year in the development of Ryan Mountcastle.
3. Cedric Mullins- OF
Cedric Mullins is one of the most underrated prospects in the MLB. He was drafted in the 13th round of the 2015 draft out of Campbell University. He is a speedy centerfielder with great defense, contact, and a little bit of power. He was in Bowie last year and had a tremendous season however he was injured for part of it. So if Cedric Mullins plays really well he may not be in Bowie for long. He could very well be the heir to Adam Jones’ thrown in centerfield for the Orioles.
4. Keegan Akin- LHP
Was a 2016 selection out of the University of Western Michigan. In 2017 he was in Frederick. He started and appeared in 21 games and finished 7-8 with a 4.14 ERA. But there is more to Akin than the numbers. He shows maturity on the mound with his tempo and control. Several scouts say that he is a player in the Orioles organization very quickly and maybe even see Baltimore by the end of the year.
5. Ademar Rifaela– OF
Rifaela was the Carolina league MVP in 2017, batting .284 and 24 homers. He is from Jonathan Schoop’s hometown in Curaçao. He has below average speed but manages to make the plays in the outfield. Strikeouts are a concern for him but he has power. He is a very underrated prospect.