Don't Look Now, Erick Salcedo Becoming Another Shortstop to Watch in Baltimore Orioles' System

The Baltimore Orioles have not had a lot of high-quality shortstop prospects over recent years outside of Manny Machado, but the new wave of Ryan Mountcastle and Irving Ortega are changing that. It's time to input AA Bowie Baysox shortstop Erick Salcedo into that conversation.

From Left-to-Right - Erick Salcedo, Garabez Rosa, Aderlin Rodriguez
Photo: Patrick Cavey




Salcedo, 23 (turns 24 next month), is not a guy that many Orioles' fans know, or have even heard of, but that needs to change.

Originally signed by the Los Angeles Angels out of Venezuela at the ripe age of 16, the Orioles acquired him via trade when they sent LHP Chris Jones to the Angels for outfielder Natanael Delgado and Salcedo in March of 2016.

Since being acquired by the Orioles, Salcedo has performed very well.

Last season with the High-A Frederick Keys, Salcedo hit .270 with three home runs, 23 doubles, eight triples, 39 RBI, 66 runs scored and 13 stolen bases in 133 games. In addition, he also posted a .319 OBP and a .962 fielding percentage,

Very respectable numbers for a 22-year old in the Carolina League.

Fast forward to 2017, where the Orioles moved Salcedo up to AA at the age of 23 to be the primary shortstop for the Baysox. Over 33 games with the Baysox thus far, Salcedo is hitting .310 with three home runs, seven doubles, 15 RBI, 13 runs scored and has stolen two bases. He also boasts a .341 OBP and has struck out just 14 times in 116 at bats.

Defensively, he has committed just four errors in 118 total chances (111 at SS, 7 at 2B).

There are two things that really intrigue me with Salcedo, outside of his quality bat. He is a switch hitter and has played multiple games at six different positions in the minor leagues: 27 at 2B, 10 at 3B, 476 at SS, 11 at LF, 8 at CF and 2 at RF.

We all know that the Orioles, and manager Buck Showalter in particular, love versatile players, and Salcedo is just that. It's an added bonus that he can swing the stick well, and is a switch hitter.

He may not appear on many prospects lists, but I believe he is a guy to watch and could be the next Ryan Flaherty, which we all know teams need a guy like that.

                                                                                                                                                      
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  1. O's finally have some position player legit prospects-Salcedo, Marin, Mountcastle, Hays, Sisco, Gassaway, Wynns, Mullins, Wilkerson, Levy, Reyes and Rifaela

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    1. Appreciate the comment! I completely agree, it's nice to see, especially having some outfield prospects that are legit. Really looking forward to see how Mullins, Hays and Gassaway do the remainder of the season.

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