Top Orioles prospects receive recognition for strong starts to 2021 season

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Top Orioles prospects receive recognition for strong starts to season originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

While the Orioles have bottomed out at the major league level (their 18 wins is the fewest in baseball) things are going much better on the farm.

The O's have gotten a number of stellar performances from their top prospects to begin the 2021 minor league season, which is now just a month old. Former top picks like Adley Rutschman and DL Hall have stood out among their peers, but two other prospects received special recognition for their performances to date.

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Grayson Rodriguez, the Orioles' second-best prospect and one of the 30 best minor leaguers in baseball, was named the High-A pitcher of the month. Gunnar Henderson, another top-five O's prospect and top-100 overall prospect, was named the Low-A player of the month.

Rodriguez dominated batters to the tune of a 3-0 record, 1.54 ERA and a whopping 40 strikeouts in just 23.1 innings. His performance earned him an early call-up to Double-A, where he joins Rutschman and Hall, among others.

Henderson is still with Delmarva (for now) in Low A but his May was just as impressive. He batted .313 with a .613 slugging percentage to go along with six homers and 30 RBI. After missing out on his first full professional season, the 19-year old shortstop is starting to look like a future stalwart in the middle of the lineup in Baltimore.

Both players were well-deserving of their respective awards, and both appear to be bright spots in the organization. For as long as they stay in the minors, there will likely be a few more awards ahead for each of them.