Up next on The Baltimore Battery Prospect Profiles Countdown is 23-year-old infielder, Rylan Bannon. Bannon was selected in the eighth round of the 2017 draft by the Dodgers. As a part of the Manny Machado deal, Bannon came over to the Orioles in July of 2018.
In Bannon’s first season in Bowie, he did not fare well. Bannon hit just .204 with two home runs in his first stint in Double-A ball, along with six errors in the field.
2019 was the first full season for Bannon at AA Bowie. In a large improvement to 2018, Bannon hit for an average of .255 and an OPS of .740 in 110 games. Along with that, Bannon knocked in 42 runs and had 34 extra base hits, with 22 of them being doubles and eight home runs.
Late in 2019, Bannon was called up to Triple-A Norfolk for 20 games to close out the season. The infielder hit for .317 and doubled in 10 of those 20 games.
On the defensive side, Bannon can be a potential special utility infielder, which is a huge importance to a good team. His high fielding percentage adds consistency to any infield. Despite having 12 errors in the 110 games in Bowie in 2018, Bannon showed his value on the defensive side as well.
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