Just a few days ago the Orioles called upon their top position prospect Manny Machado.
Machado, the 3rd overall pick in the 2010 MLB Draft, was called up to play third base for the O’s, a position where he has limited experience.
Scouts were surprised by the early call-up for the 20 year-old Machado, because his numbers in Double-A were sub-par.
So far the call-up of Machado has paid off. Manny is hitting .417, with 2 HR, and 5 RBI. He has also provided an upgrade on defense from Wilson Betemit.
However, O’s fans should still temper their expectations. It’s not going to be a piece of cake for Manny. There is no doubt that Manny has started off great, but there will be struggles to come. It takes a while to adjust to playing every day in the Major Leagues. Other teams will also make adjustments to Machado, figuring out his weaknesses at the plate (yes, he will have some weaknesses).
I’m not saying that Machado will slump for a long period, but he is human. He will have struggles, but I’m sure he will have many successes.
Machado is going to have an extremely successful career. But for now limit your expectations. There will be an adjustment period for Manny.
However, the call-up of Manny Machado has brought a new sense of belief to O’s fans. It shows fans that the organization is doing everything it can to put a winning product on the field.
The next two months will be exciting to watch. Hopefully Manny can make a significant contribution to the Orioles playoff run.
The O’s may not be done with big name call-ups. There could be another top prospect called up in September...