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Samuel Basallo is an analytical darling after a dominant full season across Single-A, High-A and Double-A in his age-18/19 season. The lefty-hitting catcher won't turn 20 until August and already has a 20-homer season under his belt. He had an excellent 31.6 Hard% while slashing .313/.402/.551, and his strikeout rate trended down as he kept climbing the ladder, culminating in a 17.4 K% in 27 games at High-A and a 6.3 K% in four games at Double-A. Basallo moves well for his size, but he already has a large 6-foot-3 frame that will only get bigger in the coming years. He is an elite offensive catching prospect who projects to eventually catch whenever Adley Rutschman is at designated hitter or out of the lineup, and the hope is that Basallo's bat will be good enough that he also gets plenty of DH starts when Rutschman is catching. Big-league teams don't view having two good young catchers as a problem, so don't expect Baltimore to trade Basallo to a team in more need of catching help. He should split the season between Double-A and Triple-A.

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  • Orioles' Samuel Basallo: Ready to DH at Double-A Bowie

    Basallo (elbow) will serve as Double-A Bowie's designated hitter for the first week or so when their season opens Friday, Steve Melewski of MASNSports.com reports. Basallo is working his way back from a right elbow stress fracture and is coming along in his throwing program, but he will not be ready to catch until around May 1. He is expected to play some first base after serving as a DH, before eventually going back behind the plate. The top prospect hit .313/.402/.551 with 20 home runs across three levels last season.
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  • Orioles' Samuel Basallo: Could hit in Monday's game

    Basallo (elbow) joined the Orioles' travel roster for Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Yankees and could be deployed off the bench as a designated hitter, Jake Rill of MLB.com reports. Basallo had been limited at the start of camp while he continues to recover from a right elbow stress fracture, but after responding well over the course of four live batting practice sessions, he's ready to face pitching in a game setting. Though Basallo could end up getting a handful of at-bats in before the Orioles reassign him to minor-league camp, he's not expected to be ready to catch in games until late April. Basallo will likely start the season at Double-A Bowie, but it's unclear if he'll avoid a stint on the injured list since he'll be limited strictly to DH duties for at least the first couple weeks of April.
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  • Orioles' Samuel Basallo: Game at-bats coming soon

    Basallo (elbow) will make his spring debut early next week before playing in the Spring Breakout game Thursday, Jake Rill of MLB.com reports. The 19-year-old hasn't seen the field so far in camp while recovering from a stress fracture in his right elbow, but he's just about fully cleared for hitting. Basallo isn't expected to be ready to catch in games until the second half of April, so there's still significant rehab work left to go.
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  • Orioles' Samuel Basallo: Taking live batting practice

    Basallo (elbow) will take live batting practice Monday, Andy Kostka of TheBaltimoreBanner.com reports. It will be the first time Basallo has taken BP against a pitcher since he was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his right elbow at the beginning of camp. The top prospect is not expected to be ready to catch in games until late April but could serve as a designated hitter before then. Basallo is slated to begin the season at Double-A Bowie.
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  • Orioles' Samuel Basallo: Dealing with elbow stress fracture

    Basallo won't be ready to catch in games until around late April after being diagnosed with a right elbow stress fracture, Jake Rill of MLB.com reports. The top prospect is able to catch but is not yet allowed to throw. If Basallo gets into any Grapefruit League action this spring, it will be as a designated hitter. The 19-year-old is likely to be assigned to Double-A Bowie once healthy following a breakout 2023 season which saw him slash .313/.402/.551 with 20 home runs across three levels.
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  • Orioles' Samuel Basallo: Moves up to Double-A

    Basallo was promoted from High-A Aberdeen to Double-A Bowie on Sunday, Nathan Ruiz of The Baltimore Sun reports. Basallo was promoted to the High-A club in late July and will move up in the Orioles' farm system once again now that Aberdeen's season has concluded. Basallo performed well over 26 games at the High-A level, slashing .326/.441/.674 with eight home runs, 24 RBI, 20 runs and five stolen bases.
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  • Orioles' Samuel Basallo: Excelling against older competition

    Basallo is hitting .291 with five home runs, a 22.4 percent strikeout rate and a 126 wRC+ through 46 games with Single-A Delmarva. The second-youngest qualified hitter in the Carolina League behind Anthony Gutierrez, Basallo has handled his first full-season assignment very well. The 18-year-old catcher/first baseman has a 22.8 percent line-drive rate and a groundball rate under 40 percent, so his quality of contact has been strong. The Orioles believe Basallo is a good enough defender to stick behind the plate, but the fact he is already playing first base roughly a third of the time suggests he will play other positions besides catcher as he continues to climb the ladder.
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