Where Baltimore Orioles' Top 5 prospects rank entering spring training

Look for Jackson Holliday and Coby Mayo to make the jump to the big club this season.

Shortstop Jackson Holliday, last season's Minor League Player of the Year, as selected by Baseball America, is the top major league prospect for the Birds who have one of the best farm systems in the American League.
Shortstop Jackson Holliday, last season's Minor League Player of the Year, as selected by Baseball America, is the top major league prospect for the Birds who have one of the best farm systems in the American League. / Brace Hemmelgarn/GettyImages
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Coby Mayo, third base

Mayo will likely start the season in Triple-A Norfolk, but he was also invited to big league camp as a non-roster invitee. Mayo, the game's 30th best prospect according to MLB Pipeline, was ranked by Baseball America as the third best prospect in the Orioles system, behind only Holliday and Basallo.

A graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Mayo was originally signed to go play college ball at the University of Florida. He was a fourth-round draft choice by the Birds in the 2020 MLB Draft and still earned a signing-bonus in excess of $1.75 million. It was an easy decision not to become a Gator.

Projected as one of the best pure power hitters in the draft, Mayo has lived up to his reputation, as he slugged 29 home runs last season between Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk. He was the Eastern League Player of the Year despite only playing a half season with the Baysox.