A pair of former Iowa Hawkeyes turned Baltimore Orioles prospective clients put in strong campaigns in 2018.
Promptly right after the 2017 MLB draft, I pegged Baltimore Orioles sixth-round draft select SS Mason McCoy as one particular of two players (outfielder Lamar Sparks staying the other) I was fired up to watch create above the next few yrs. The former Iowa Hawkeye has ongoing to pique my curiosity and is now joined in the organization by a former college or university teammate, outfielder Robert Neustrom, who finished his debut season on a substantial notice.
McCoy dominated his way as a result of the JUCO ranks at Illinois Central Faculty right before ending his collegiate vocation at Iowa in 2016 and 2017. He racked up 140 hits and posted a mixed OPS of near 1.000 in two JUCO seasons, slotting into the cleanse-up location of the Iowa lineup upon his transfer.
He slashed .291/.367/.390 in 56 games for the Hawkeyes, this right after breaking the Northwoods League (collegiate summer-ball league) history for hits in a season with 112 in 71 games. Regardless of substantial curiosity from MLB clubs, the soaring-senior went undrafted in the 2016 draft, having McCoy by entire surprise, as explained in this piece on Hawk Central by Chad Leistikow.
“I guess I have to retain doing the exact detail and exhibit that each and every one one particular of the scouts that didn’t draft me have been improper and that I’m additional than able of playing at that degree,” McCoy claimed. “I know that I am. I guess I just have to exhibit every person else that I am — again.”
McCoy responded to the snub by hitting .328 with 25 excess-base hits and an .868 OPS his senior 12 months with the Hawkeyes, earning himself a call from the Baltimore Orioles in the sixth round.
Like McCoy, Robert Neustrom expert a substantial diploma of accomplishment at the plate although in the Iowa lineup. Earning key playing time as a freshman (the exact season McCoy transferred in), Neustrom slashed .310/.376/.484/.860 throughout three collegiate seasons, logging 21 house operates in the approach, including a vocation-substantial 11 in his junior season.
The Orioles utilised a fifth-round select on Neustrom in very last year’s draft, assigning him to brief-season Aberdeen where by he ongoing to deliver hits and finished his quick campaign on a very positive notice.
Retain your eyes on both equally of these Baltimore Orioles prospective clients.
McCoy is the actual sort of prospect that draws me to minimal league baseball. He brought with him a large chip on his shoulder and a mindset of seeking to prove each and every one doubter improper. Are you likely to uncover him on a top rated prospective clients list, no, but that does not imply he won’t add at the key league degree.
The proper-handed hitting shortstop has worked his way as a result of two amounts of A-ball in Aberdeen and Delmarva, hitting .275 with a .346 OBP in his initially two skilled seasons. This past season in Delmarva, McCoy strike 18 doubles, 10 triples, and 4 house operates, although also swiping 13 bases (an 87% accomplishment fee).
He arrived on robust through the next fifty percent of the season, elevating his batting typical by approximately 40 factors and likely a perfect 10-10 in stolen base attempts. He will most likely get started the 2019 season with the Substantial-A Frederick Keys, but if he continues to exhibit a regular bat and flash the leather, he could very perfectly be moved rapidly. A absence of center infield prospective clients in the method leaves a wide open doorway for McCoy to stroll as a result of.
His protection is what will have him as a result of the minimal leagues and into the role of a key league utility center infielder. McCoy played both equally shortstop and next base with the Shorebirds, but has the glove and arm to adhere at shortstop. I seriously like his protection and am quite fired up to get a range of stay appears this summer at Harry Grove Stadium.
What will Robert Neustrom’s initially total season in the Baltimore Orioles method deliver?
A still left-handed hitting outfielder, Neustrom played in 61 games for the Aberdeen Ironbirds and put up strong figures throughout the board. There is only so considerably you can get away from a participant who completed a total season of playing the maximum degree of college or university baseball and them instantly followed that by transitioning to skilled baseball, but Neustrom rapidly observed his stroke, concluded robust, and will go into 2019 with a bunch of eyes on him.
Hitting .272 with a .313 OBP, Neustrom additional 16 doubles and 4 house operates, ending with a wRC+ of 111. Employing Prospects Live’s minimal graph details (check out out this astounding useful resource right here), we can see just how robust Neustrom finished his 2018 campaign.
From his debut in late-June till the initially 7 days of August, Neustrom’s 10-video game wRC+ rolling typical stayed perfectly under the league-typical mark of 100, dipping under 50 for a extend. However, from August 9th till the conclusion of the season (September 3rd), Neustrom’s wRC+ never ever dropped under 110, peaking previously mentioned 150 above his remaining 7 days.
His strikeout fee confirmed a regular decrease, the on-base proportion improved from 7 days-to-7 days, and his ISO electricity confirmed robust progress above the remaining month of the season. Of his remaining 11 games, six of them have been multi-strike games, including back again-to-back again three-strike performances on August 27th and 28th.
Hope to see a little bit additional electricity out of his bat in his initially total season with the Orioles. He put up strong electricity figures at Iowa and in the Cape Cod and Northwoods leagues, both equally wood bat summer leagues. All of the scouting stories on Neustrom agree that he is most likely an every day key leaguer. He might get started the 12 months in Delmarva, but he is one more prospect to transfer up rapidly as a result of the method. If he will make it to Frederick this 12 months, make confident you get a trip to capture a video game or two. You might see a few quite bombs off the bat of Neustrom at the Grove.
Each former Hawkeyes will be fascinating players to watch closely in 2019. The key league crew might be difficult to watch most nights, but there is generally minimal league ball to watch and this Orioles’ farm method is rapidly progressing into a respectable device. Stay tuned next 7 days as we launch our list of top rated 10 prospective clients in the Baltimore Orioles method. Spoiler notify, it’s pitcher major.