Orioles prospect Ryan Mountcastle fell short of Baseball America's Top 100. He'll still influence 2020 in a big way.

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Orioles prospect Ryan Mountcastle fell short of Baseball America's Top 100. He'll still influence 2020 in a big way.
Orioles prospect Ryan Mountcastle fell short of Baseball America's Top 100. He'll still influence 2020 in a big way.

And it's all been well-deserved. Mountcastle has hit consistently since the Orioles signed him to a $1.3 million bonus with the compensatory first-round draft pick for losing slugger Nelson Cruz in free agency. It was mostly doubles power when Mountcastle hit .281 with 10 home runs and a .745 OPS at age-19 at Low-A Delmarva, but he grew into his power the next year at High-A Frederick while batting .314 with 51 extra-base hits in a half-season there.

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