Another Orioles Phenom Tops Baseball America's Top 10 Prospects For 2023

He was the 2022 Minor League Player of the Year who also made a big impact on the majors in a short September trial. And now the latest honor bestowed upon Baltimore Orioles' infielder Gunnar Henderson is Baseball America's top prospect for 2023. 

Henderson follows in his teammate's footsteps, as Orioles catcher Adley Rutschman topped the last at this time last year. And we know that the backstop had a stellar rookie campaign and looks poised for greatness.

The 21-year-old Henderson played 34 games for the O's down the stretch in '22, and proved that he could make the jump to The Show. He notched a .788 OPS, and an OPS+ of 123, meaning he was 23% better than the average hitter. He blasted four home runs in his short trial, along with seven doubles and a triple. 

At Triple-A, Henderson batted .297 with a .946 OPS, 19 HR, 22 SBs, and a .416 on-base percentage in 112 games. 

And he has yet another Baltimore teammate joining him in the Top 10 this year, as right-hander Grayson Rodriguez ranks as the No. 6 prospect overall, and the second-highest pitcher on the list. 

But wait, there's more for the Orioles to celebrate: their No. 1 pick of the 2022 June Draft, Jackson Holliday (son of former major league 7-time All-Star Matt Holliday) is at No. 15 on the 2023 list of Baseball America's top prospects. 

Good times ahead for the Birds. 

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