Prospect Profiles continues to heat up, as we move on to Baltimore’s No. 21 overall prospect, infielder Anthony Servideo! The 2020 third round pick has high upside as a utility infielder with blazing speed on the base paths.
HITTING GRADES: Hit 50 Run 60 Field 55 Power 40 Arm 55 Overall 45
2020 Rank: N/A – 2021 Rank: 21
Anthony Servideo is the grandson of Curt Blefary, 1966 Orioles World Series winner!
Coming out of Ole Miss, Servideo has experience against some of the NCAA’s best, as proven by his 2018 SEC All-Freshman nomination. However, he only hit .226 with a .314 on-base percentage that year.
It was during the 2019 NCAA season that Servideo showed serious professional potential, hitting .287/.429/.388. He walked 48 times and stole 24 bases, while only being caught stealing twice. At this point in his career, Servideo was playing almost entirely in the outfield, with some appearances at second base as well.
In the summer of 2019, Servideo struggled immensely in the Cape Cod League. His numbers were an abysmal .149/.277/.228. This hurt his draft stock, but 2020 presented another opportunity for improvement. It was at this point that Servideo switched entirely to playing the shortstop position.
While COVID-19 stopped the season before SEC competition, Servideo was phenomenal in 2020 non-conference play. The Rebels went 16-1, including a 2-1 series win against the No. 1 ranked Louisville Cardinals and a 2-1 victory over No. 17 East Carolina.
In the season opener, Servideo went 2-for-3 with an RBI against the future No. 10 overall pick, Reid Detmers. He concluded the shortened season slashing an impressive .390/.575/.695, with 17 RBI, 24 runs scored, and nine stolen bases through 17 games played. Servideo also hit five home runs, which is more than his first two seasons at Ole Miss combined.
Despite the shortened 2020 season, the Orioles saw enough in Servideo to draft him in the third round. With shortstop being a weak position for Baltimore, Servideo has a great opportunity to take over the position in the future. MLB.com predicts his big league debut to come during the 2023 season.
It’s easy to see in Servideo’s highlights that he’s a spark plug. He has explosive speed and a bat that continues to improve. His speed on the bags, along with increased contact and power at the plate, make him a more complete player. I say that because his defensive reaction time, arm, and range speak for themselves. Additionally, Servideo was the heart and soul of his Ole Miss team; a positive clubhouse presence for future Baltimore rosters.
Servideo’s defense and speed alone make him a promising prospect moving forward, not to mention his ability to play multiple positions. If he continues work on his bat speed and power, Servideo could be a perfect utility player in Baltimore. With the shortstop position wide open long-term, Servideo has a chance to compete for that starting spot in the years to come.
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