C Chance Sisco Tops MLB Pipeline's Top 30 Baltimore Orioles' Prospects List

The annual MLB Pipeline top 30 prospects list for each team have begun being unveiled and the Baltimore Orioles' list was released on Monday with catcher Chance Sisco topping the list.

C Chance Sisco
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For the complete list of MLB Pipeline's top 30 O's prospects, click here.

It's not surprising whatsoever to see Sisco top the list. The backstop has consistently hit and get on base throughout his minor league career, despite being younger than the average age at almost every minor league stop.

Sisco, 21 (turns 22 Friday), reached AAA for the first time in 2016 after raking at AA for the majority of the season. With AA Bowie, Sisco hit .320 with 33 extra-base hits, 44 RBI, 53 runs scored and drew 59 walks to help him post a .406 on base percentage. He also showed he could handle the big stage when he hit a homer in the MLB Future's Game in San Diego. Sisco also topped Baby Birdland's top 15 prospects list, which we released over the winter.

The Orioles' 2016 first round pick, right-handed pitcher Cody Sedlock comes in at number two on MLB Pipeline's prospect list (also #2 in our top 15). Sedlock, 21, held opponents to a .158 batting average and struck out 25 over 27 innings pitched with the Short-season A Aberdeen Ironbirds after being drafted. The righty has a great arsenal on the mound and will make the jump to High-A to begin the 2017 season.

There were some guys that I was thrilled to see getting some recognition with their rankings, including a pair of outfielders in Austin Hays and Cedric Mullins.

Hays, 21, was selected in the third round of last year's draft and burst onto the scene in the organization. He hit .336 with 15 extra-base hits, 21 RBI and scored 14 runs in 38 games with the Ironbirds. He has a nice, quick swing and has a cannon for an arm in the outfield. He too will make the jump to High-A Frederick this season.

Mullins, 22, finally got on the list, and did so following a terrific 2016 season that saw him record a robust 61 extra-base hits in 124 games with the Low-A Delmarva Shorebirds. He also stole 30 bases. He was a dominant force in the South Atlantic League, finishing second in the league in extra-base hits and triples, while finishing third in hits, doubles and runs scored.

Left-handed pitcher Garrett Cleavinger made the biggest jump on the list from last season by moving up from 27th all the way to 14th. On the flip side, outfielder D.J. Stewart had the biggest fall, going from 7th in 2016 to 26th in 2017.

                                                                                                                                                       
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  1. Alex Wells moved up quite a few spots as well. Great to see the 5 newcomers: Liranzo, Mullins, Ortega, Gassaway and Means.

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  2. Last year's draft looks pretty solid, and nice to see some international free agent signings making the list.

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