Weight: 185 lbs
The Orioles third overall selection in the 2010 MLB Draft, Machado had an up-and-down first full season in 2011.
He started the season with Delmarva, but suffered a kneecap injury that cost him about a month. He returned and hit .276 in 38 games with the Shorebirds before getting called to Frederick. With the Keys, the Florida native hit .245 in 63 games and was the MVP of the Mills Cup Championship Series as he helped lead the Keys to a title.
Defensively, Machado is major league ready. He is stout with the glove and has plenty of range to make plays. He has a great arm and is rather smooth in his approach. Sometimes the smoothness defensively can lead to errors, but no doubt he is major league ready as a fielder.
Machado still needs time to grow at the plate. It's more of him just gaining more maturity with his swing and more consistent. He has a solid, balanced stance in the box and keeps his arms tight. It helps to create a compact swing and allows him to control the bat. The bat speed is above average, which will allow him to thrive when he gets more reps. Great patience for a 19-year-old and has the ability to be a franchise player. Machado has a Humble personality, which will take him to new heights sooner rather than later.
Machado suffered a knee injury that cost him about a month of the season in 2011, but is healthy and good to go for 2012.
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Machado is a franchise cornerstone player that the Orioles love and can't wait to have him play at the big league level. He has had tremendous spring training.
It's likely that the Orioles will start him in Double-A Bowie after a great spring, but the best place to begin the season is Frederick. If he can get off to a good start in a familiar place, then he can see a promotion in May. It's important not to rush high profile 19-year-old prospects no matter how much they impress.
Expect Machado to see Camden Yards sometime late in 2013 into 2014.