Along with their top prospects, Baseball America projected the Orioles lineup five years from now.
It’s obviously not going to be correct. Who in 2007 would have predicted Manny Machado at third base and Wei-Yin Chen on the mound.
Here’s a look at Baseball America’s Orioles lineup in 2017:
Catcher: Matt Wieters
First Base: Nick Delmonico
Second Base: Jonathan Schoop
Shortstop: Manny Machado
Third Base: J.J. Hardy
Left Field: L.J. Hoes
Center Field: Adam Jones
Right Field: Nick Markakis
Designated Hitter: Chris Davis
Starting Pitchers: Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman, Jason Hammel, Wei-Yin Chen, Chris Tillman
Closer: Jim Johnson
If this is close to accurate, it’s good news because it means that every critical player is already in the system, and only Delmonico, who played his first season of professional ball in 2012, is more than a year away from the majors.
The Orioles expect Gausman to contribute later in 2013, and Schoop could arrive late next year, too. The others have already played for the Orioles.