In order to avoid the Rule 5 draft on December 12, the Orioles have selected the contracts of Ryan Mountcastle, Keegan Akin, Dean Kremer, and Ryan McKenna.
Ryan Mountcastle was a no-brainer. The former third baseman, now first baseman and No. 4 overall prospect in the Orioles organization hit .312 in 2019, accompanied with 35 doubles and 83 RBI, which helped fuel his MVP season.
Keegan Akin was another good choice to add to the 40-man, as he is nearing his major league debut. Akin had 131 strikeouts in 2019 but had the walk bug, as he allowed 61.
Ryan McKenna is another young kid who is not worth losing. Although he had a low average of .232, his production was much more than that, collecting 26 doubles and 25 stolen bases, along with plus defending at all three outfield spots.
Coming to Baltimore in the Manny Machado trade, Dean Kremer showed himself as deserving of being saved. In Bowie, Kemer went 9-4 with a solid 2.48 ERA. He struggled after being promoted to Norfolk to finish the season, but that was a small sample size, as it was only two games.
Left off the 40-man roster were right-handed pitchers Cody Sedlock and Gray Fenter, along with catcher Brett Cumberland. All three are on the Orioles’ Top 30 Prospect Rankings and are now eligible to be selected in the upcoming Rule 5 Draft.
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