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Keith Law at ESPN...

 

Wieters is #1, duh.

 

Tillman and Matusz both in the 25-50 range. Arrieta is 50-100.

 

4 in top 100 is not bad.

 

He ranks the O's organizational depth as #10 overall, which is a huge improvement from 2 years ago when we probably ranked #28 or so... and says with the proper development of a few guys or a good pair of draft picks, we could be higher. And we were hugely hurt by a bad 2007 draft.

 

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Great to think that this doesn't even include Felix Pie... simply because by Law's rules, Pie isn't a prospect anymore. But with fewer than a full season under his belt, I'd say he certainly is.

 

Also, I was just reading about the prospect we got with Ryan Freel in the Hernandez trade... Turner, I think it is. 24, middle infielder. Has hit 290-330 every year in his minor league career... and continued his success as he as moved up. And his power and RBI numbers are very solid for a 2b/SS kind of guy.

 

Would be nice to see him come up in the next year or so... not necessarily to replace Roberts, but to play along side Roberts.

 

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Bonus thought... Lou Montanez is now an odd man out on this team, which sucks. Starting him in the minors probably isn't a bad idea... but how about Montanez as a DH? He's been criticized for his defense and with Freel and Pie ready to play in LF, Montanez would make a killer DH from the right side along side Scott from the left. His numbers last year were pretty solid at the ML level and obviously amazing in the minors...

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Here is a blog on Justin Turner:

 

http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/sports/min...tin_turner.html

 

And an article:

 

http://baltimore.orioles.mlb.com/news/arti...sp&c_id=bal

 

Turner is definitely an interesting prospect. He has hit for average at every level, and plays a good second base. Most importantly, he is a baseball player. He could very well end up being BRob's replacement. He hit very well in a half a season at AA last year, hopefully the O's start him at AAA so he can position himself sooner for the majors.

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