By Contributing Writer: Chuck Boemmel Jr.
Baltimore Orioles' prospect, third baseman Drew Dosch took a nice step forward in 2016 with a solid performance at the plate and improved defense for the AA Bowie Baysox.
|Prince George's Stadium, home of the Baysox|
Photo: Patrick Cavey
In the 2013 Major League Draft the Baltimore Orioles selected Dosch in the 7th round; a 6’2” 190 lb. 3B from Youngstown State. Signed on July 11, 2013, Dosch was assigned to the Frederick Keys. Dosch never played for the Keys in 2013 as he was activated from the DL on September 19, 2013, and did not play at all in 2013 after being drafted.
Dosch spent the 2014 season with the Delmarva Shorebirds. Appearing in 128 games and playing 3B, Dosch hit .314 with a .379 OBP and .783 OPS. He showed some power, hitting 22 doubles, 4 triples and 5 homeruns while accounting for 50 RBI. Dosch showed a decent eye for the strike zone, striking out 97 times in 500 at bats (19.4%). These stats solidified what scouts had to say about him coming out of college: good eye at the plate, contact hitter but lacking in power.
Dosch’s 2014 accolades included being named a Mid-Season All-Star and a MiLB.com Organizational All-Star.
Promoted to Frederick for the 2015 season, Dosch continued to hit well:
55 games, 207 at bats, .275 average, .348 OBP, .720 OPS, two home runs, 34 RBI
He was named the Player of the Week for Frederick on 4/27/2015 and was a Mid-season All-Star.
In June of 2015 Dosch was moved up to Bowie where he struggled at the plate:
68 games, 231 at bats, .238 average, .286 OBP, .594 OPS, one home run, 21 RBI.
Hitting adjustments notwithstanding, Dosch was steady at third base during the 2014 and 2015 seasons. He had a fielding percentage of .931 in 2014 and a cumulative percentage of .940 in 2015 (Frederick/Bowie). Dosch committed 39 errors in two seasons with 137 putouts.
Dosch returned to Bowie for the 2016 season and showed improvement by bringing his stats more in line with what they were in Class A: 113 games, 422 at bats, .261 average, .306 OBP, .718 OPS, nine home runs, 55 RBI.
The solid fielding continued in 2016 as Dosch handles 280 chances with a .950 fielding percentage while committing 14 errors. Dosch did spend time on the 7 day DL in July with a right foot injury.
Dosch is also terrific at helping the community, and he was recognized for that this year by being named the Baltimore Orioles' Elrod Hendricks Minor League Community Service Award winner.
Currently listed at 200 lbs, Dosch will need to improve his footwork at third base to compensate for his glove (40/80 rating) and arm (45/80 rating). Not yet on the Baltimore Orioles’ 40-man roster, I see another season in Bowie for Dosch where he may have to learn to play in the outfield to make it to the majors. His advancement up the organizational ladder will hinge on what the Parent Club does in the infield over the next few seasons. I feel Dosch is a player to watch in 2017.