By Contributing Writer: Nick Stevens
Top prospect, Chance Sisco, is a name that Baltimore Orioles’ fans have been excited about as he quickly rises through the O’s farm system.
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After hitting .320 with a .406 OBP, Sisco ended the 2016 MiLB season with the Norfolk Tides, where he homered twice in just 16 at-bats and was named the Orioles’ Minor League Player of the Year.
At 22 years of age, Chance Sisco is rated as the #2 prospect on the Orioles Top 10 list and the #5 catching prospect in MLB according to MLB Pipeline. Baby Birdland has Sisco #1 on our Top 15 list.
This spring training is the second for Sisco who hasn’t seen much game action so far. The Orioles began spring training with Sisco, Welington Castillo, Audrey Perez, Caleb Joseph, Yermin Mercedes, and Francisco Pena all on the roster, leaving little opportunity for the top prospect to see time behind the plate. Mercedes has been reassigned to minor league camp and Castillo is currently playing for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic. Hopefully, this leads to more playing time for Sisco.
He is expected to see action with the Baltimore Orioles at some point in the 2017 season if he performs well in Norfolk, his expected starting point after the Orioles break camp.
Sisco did not start catching until his senior year of high school, so defense has been the emphasis this spring training. Sisco believes that working with major league pitchers will help him defensively, as compared to catching minor league pitching prospects who tend to be more erratic and unpredictable. Over the last two seasons in the minors, Chance has increased his caught-stealing percentage and lowered the number of errors behind the plate, both signs of big improvement.
So far, Sisco is 2-8 this spring training, with a double, RBI, two walks and a run scored.
Many of the next few spring training games for the Orioles will be broadcasted on MLB.tv so fans will have an opportunity to get an early look at the future backstop of Birdland. If he can get a healthy amount of at-bats and gain confidence behind the plate, fans in Norfolk better not get too comfortable with seeing Sisco at Harbor Park.