Top Prospect Chance Sisco Reassigned to Minor League Camp, Terrific Spring Performance

The Baltimore Orioles trimmed their big league spring training roster to 38 players on Monday by releasing Michael Bourn and Chris Johnson, and reassigning top prospect, catcher Chance Sisco. The young backstop represented himself extremely well in big league camp this spring.

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Sisco, 22, is ranked as the top Orioles' prospect by both MLB Pipeline and us here at Baby Birdland, and for good reason. He, much like fellow prospect Trey Mancini, has done nothing but hit and hit well since being drafted. Sisco did not have much of a chance to break camp with the big league club, but there's no denying that he is the catcher of the future.

He appeared in 17 games this spring, and accumulated 27 plate appearances. Over that time, Sisco did what he always seems to do, hit and get on base.

Sisco hit .292 (7-24) with one home run, two doubles, five RBI and scored three runs. He also drew two walks and was hit by a pitch to help garner a .370 OBP.

He exhibited the same type of opposite field power that we saw in the MLB Future's Game last summer, when he delivered a three run opposite field home run off the foul pole for his long ball this spring.

If there has ever been a question mark with Sisco, it's been his defense behind the plate. Over the past couple of years, he has made tremendous strides in improving in that area. This spring, Sisco caught two of six would-be base runners, which is an encouraging sign. In addition, he did not commit a single error or passed ball.

Sisco is coming off of earning the Brooks Robinson Minor League Player of the Year award in 2016 as the top position player in the Orioles' organization, and will look to continue his performance. He will be the starting catcher for AAA Norfolk to start the season, and while Wellington Castillo and Caleb Joseph seem to have the two big league jobs on lock down, Sisco will look to do his best to force the Orioles' hand.


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