Baby Birdland's 2017 Mid-Season Top 15 Baltimore Orioles' Prospects: #5 RHP Cody Sedlock

Just as we did after the conclusion of the 2016 season, the writers here at Baby Birdland, as well as our primary photo supplier Patrick Cavey, all submitted a Top 15 list and we averaged those lists together to get our all encompassing Baltimore Orioles Top 15 Prospects list. Continuing on with our in-depth look at each of the Top 15 Orioles’ prospects, we have reached #5, right-handed pitcher Cody Sedlock.

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Sedlock, 22, was the Orioles first round selection in the MLB Draft last June (2016) and the he brings a lot to like to the table.

First off, let's touch on the good before the unfortunate.

Sedlock possesses a power sinker than some have compared to Zach Britton's, though Sedlock's obviously needs more polishing before it's actually as good as Britton's. In addition, he also has a solid slider. His arm is terrific, and he racks up the strikeouts, and records more ground outs than air outs, which is always a good thing when you are in the O's organization and they play in Camden Yards.

After being drafted last June, Sedlock certainly raised the excitement level of fans when he posted a 3.00 ERA with a 1.07 WHIP. He also held opponents to a .158 batting average and struck out 25 over 27 innings pitched for the Ironbirds in 2016.

Thanks to that performance and how the O's front office felt about him, they elected to have Sedlock begin the season with the High-A Frederick Keys, thus skipping the Low-A Delmarva Shorebirds completely.

Some felt it was good, some thought it could be a bad idea, but nonetheless it happened, and unfortunately for Sedlock, he has struggled.

Over 15 starts and 67.1 innings pitched for the Keys this season, Sedlock owns a 6.28 ERA and a 1.69 WHIP. He has allowed 85 hits and walked 29 (as of July 31st). It's fair to point out that Sedlock did spend some time on the minor league disabled list with a right elbow issue, so that could have definitely contributed to his poor numbers.

One poor season does not mean a thing when it comes to projecting the future, and we have certainly not lost hope or excitement over what Sedlock could be in the future, but it's hard not to be alarmed at the numbers he has posted this season. Hopefully this offseason he can regroup and regain the form we all fell in love with last year. His arm and repertoire is too good to write off after four bad months.

Of the five lists submitted by Baby Birdland writers, Sedlock appeared on all five of them and was ranked as high as 2nd.

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