Continuing our offseason coverage, The Baltimore Battery returns with our annual Prospect Profiles series, now highlighting the Orioles’ top 30 prospects for the 2021 season!
In this series of articles, we break down every top 30 Orioles prospect from 30 to 1. You will get to know the Baby Birds in this series, which is crucial in a rebuild. So, without further ado, let’s get started!
Coming in at number 28 is right-handed pitcher Brenan Hanifee. The 22-year-old out of Bridgewater, VA, was drafted out of high school by the Orioles in the fourth round of the 2016 draft.
Pitching Grades (20-80 scale):
Fastball 55. Slider 50. Changeup 45. Control 60. Overall 40.
Hanifee was slated to attend Eastern Carolina after a stand-out high school career at Turner Ashby High. The Orioles, however, used a slightly above-average slot value bonus to lure the 121st overall pick to the major leagues.
In his time as a professional, Hanifee has spent time at Single-A Short Season Aberdeen, Single-A Delmarva, and Advanced Single-A Federick, spending a season at each location. Thus far, Hanifee has been impressive for the Orioles, posting a 3.52 ERA with 207 strikeouts in 329 innings.
Hanifee, an Orioles fan growing up, is a true sinker-ball pitcher, which resulted in ground ball rates of 55% and 58% in his first two seasons. Hanifee’s secondary pitch is an effective slider, and he continues to work on his changeup. Further development of these two pitches could see Hanifee become a back-of-the-rotation starter or long reliever in the future.
A natural athlete, the six-foot-four Hanifee starred in four sports at Turner Ashby. Not only was he named the Valley District and Conference 29 Player of the Year as a senior, he led the Knights Basketaball team in rebounds as a junior. Hanifee came up just short of setting the Turner Ashby all-time recieving yardage record, while helping his quarterback brother set the mark for passing. As if all of this wasn’t enough, Hanifee was also a part of the Knights’ golf team.
According to MLB.com, Hanifee’s estimated time of arrival is 2021. What role he will play remains to be seen. Let us know what you think about our No. 28 overall prospect in the comments, and be sure to check who ranks next on The Baltimore Battery’s 2021 Prospect Profiles!