Baby Birdland's 2017 Mid-Season Top 15 Baltimore Orioles' Prospects: #1 C Chance Sisco

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 finally reached our top spot, and it should not come as much of a surprise to see catcher Chance Sisco come in at #1.

Photo: Patrick Cavey





Sisco, 22, comes in as our top ranked Orioles' prospect for the second straight list (2016 - Postseason), and deservedly so.

Ever since he was taken in the second round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the O's, Sisco has done two things extremely well: hit and get on base. He has continued that in 2017, and done so at the AAA level.

After a promotion to AAA very late in the season in 2016, Sisco began the year with the Norfolk Tides in what was sure to be the toughest challenge of his career to this point. He would be facing the best pitchers he has ever faced and catching a carousel of pitchers due to the Orioles' use of the Norfolk-Baltimore shuttle.

It appeared to affect him a bit at the beginning of the season as he struggled a bit to begin the year. A career .315 hitter with a career .393 OBP, Sisco posted batting averages of .246 and .241 in April and May, as well as OBP's of .338 and .300. It wasn't hard to figure out that the AAA level was affecting Sisco at first, but since June 1, Sisco is hitting .317 with 11 extra-base hits, 19 RBI, 20 runs scored and owns a .379 OBP (through August 2). That's more like it.

Overall (As of Ausust 2), Sisco is hitting .280 with three home runs, 21 doubles, 38 RBI and 37 runs scored. He also owns a .348 OBP.

The last big-time catching prospect, Matt Wieters, had something that Sisco does not, and that's home run power. Sisco has never hit double-digit homers in a minor league season, and while he may develop a little more home run power, don't expect him to be a 20-homer guy. That's not a bad thing though. He does collect plenty of extra base-hits, and when he does finally get the call to the bigs, he is going to bring something to the Orioles that most on the roster don't, a high OBP and terrific plate discipline.

If there is a drawback to Sisco, most agree it's defensively and that's mostly due to the fact that he has a career 22.6% career caught stealing rate. That's not good, and after improving a little bit last season, Sisco has thrown out just 17 of 71 would-be base stealers this season. I will say that his footwork has improved a lot since he was drafted, but there is still work to do to get his pop-time down. It is important to point out though, that after having double-digit passed balls in 2014 and 2015, Sisco has allowed just seven over 2016 and 2017 combined, so he is improving that part of the game.

Of the top five prospects on our list, Sisco is easily the one whom is most MLB ready right, and quite honestly, if it wasn't for the performances of both Caleb Joseph and Wellington Castillo to this point, we may have already seen Sisco make his MLB debut. Nonetheless, I would be a bit surprised not to see him get a call up in September when rosters expand.

Of the five lists submitted by Baby Birdland writers, Sisco appeared on all five of them and was ranked 1st on four of the five lists (second on the other).
                                                                                                                                                       
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