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Top 50 Prospects: #9 – Manny Machado

#9 Manny Machado

Baltimore Orioles

DOB: 7/6/1992

Previous Rank: 23

ETA: 2014

Machado is the top middle infield prospect in the Minors today, unless we are counting Anthony Rendon.  The Florida-native failed at the plate upon a promotion to the Carolina League, but he torched the Sally League, posting an .859 OPS and walking nearly as many times as he struck out.  His posted a slash line of .245/.308/.384 on the year, went deep 11 times, and stole 11 bases, but needs to make more consistent contact as well as develop some discipline in the box.

Year Age Tm Lg Lev G PA AB R 2B 3B HR RBI BA
2010 17 2 Teams 2 Lgs A–Rk 9 39 36 3 1 1 1 5 .306
2010 17 Orioles GULF Rk 2 7 7 1 0 0 1 2 .143
2010 17 Aberdeen NYPL A- 7 32 29 2 1 1 0 3 .345
2011 18 2 Teams 2 Lgs A+-A 101 430 382 48 20 5 11 50 .257
2011 18 Delmarva SALL A 38 170 145 24 8 2 6 24 .276
2011 18 Frederick CARL A+ 63 260 237 24 12 3 5 26 .245
2 Seasons 110 469 418 51 21 6 12 55 .261
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Year Age Tm Lg Lev G PA AB HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2010 17 2 Teams 2 Lgs A–Rk 9 39 36 1 5 0 0 3 3 .306 .359 .472 .831
2010 17 Orioles GULF Rk 2 7 7 1 2 0 0 0 1 .143 .143 .571 .714
2010 17 Aberdeen NYPL A- 7 32 29 0 3 0 0 3 2 .345 .406 .448 .855
2011 18 2 Teams 2 Lgs A+-A 101 430 382 11 50 11 6 45 73 .257 .335 .421 .756
2011 18 Delmarva SALL A 38 170 145 6 24 3 1 23 25 .276 .376 .483 .859
2011 18 Frederick CARL A+ 63 260 237 5 26 8 5 22 48 .245 .308 .384 .692
2 Seasons 110 469 418 12 55 11 6 48 76 .261 .337 .426 .763
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Generated 1/20/2012.
Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff G Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/G
2010 17 Aberdeen NYPL A- BAL SS 5 22 7 14 1 2 .955 4.20
2011 18 2 Teams 2 Lgs A+-A BAL SS 94 448 139 290 19 53 .958 4.56
2011 18 Delmarva SALL A BAL SS 33 178 51 120 7 23 .961 5.18
2011 18 Frederick CARL A+ BAL SS 61 270 88 170 12 30 .956 4.23
2 Seasons 99 470 146 304 20 55 .957 4.55
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Generated 1/20/2012.

Machado has elite tools and no real weaknesses, and should develop into one of the truly special shortstops in the game.  Scouts see him as a plus-hit/plus-power offensive player with enough range and more than enough arm for short.  His hands are not consistent in the field and his footwork can get sloppy, but a teenager at short in the Carolina League is given the benefit of the doubt every time.  If he is forced to shift positions, which we are skeptical of (at least for the rest of this decade), he will have plenty of bat to stick at third.  Machado is as toolsy as they come, and when he grows into his 6-foot-3 frame a bit, he will light up whatever league he finds himself in.

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