Checking in on Top Baltimore Orioles' Prospect Chance Sisco's First Half

The AAA level played their All-Star Game Wednesday and will begin their second half today. Top Baltimore Orioles' prospect, catcher Chance Sisco had himself a pretty good first half, which included multiple All-Star related activities.

Photo: Patrick Cavey

Sisco, 22, is considered by most, including us here at Baby Birdland, to be the Orioles' top prospect. He has done nothing but hit since he got drafted in the second round of the 2013 draft, and has vastly improved his defense behind the plate.

At the young age of 22, Sisco has played the entire year at the AAA level and had a pretty good first half of the season.

Sisco has played in 66 games for the Norfolk Tides thus far this season, and has hit .276 with three home runs, 17 doubles, 31 RBI and has scored 33 runs. In addition, he continues to get on base at a high clip, posting a .350 OBP in the first half.

He has always been a guy that has gotten on base quite frequently (his .394 career minor league OBP proves it), but one thing that does alarm me a little bit is the fact that Sisco has struck out 72 times already this season. He has never had more than 88 strikeouts in a season in his professional career.

I will admit, Sisco is also playing at the AAA level for the first (regularly - played 4 games in 2016 at AAA), so the quality of pitching is the highest he has ever faced, but it's still a bit alarming to see that strikeout total rise so much.

I am not at all suggesting we should worry about Sisco, he's still hitting very well and getting on base at a high mark, I'm simply pointing out that his strikeouts are up.

Sisco's first half for the Tides earned him both an All-Star nod in the AAA All-Star Game, as well as his second straight MLB Future's Game selection.

He failed to get a hit in the AAA All-Star Game, but did have a RBI triple for Team USA in the Future's Game.

The future is still incredibly bright for Sisco and the biggest question for the remainder of the season is whether or not the Orioles call him up to the big leagues. There are a couple scenarios where I could see it happening: the O's become sellers and trade Wellington Castillo, or come September and the O's are out of it.

Either way, it's not a matter of if, but when Sisco will realize his dream and get the call to the big leagues.


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