The Baltimore Orioles brought top prospect Manny Machado to the Major Leagues last season. And boy are they are glad they did. Machado instantly made an impact and showed he belonged in the Majors. But he's just getting started. Former Orioles shortstop Mike Bordick talked about the Orioles and about Machado's future.
Roch Kubatko of MASN says that Bordick was so impressed with Machado last season, he can't even imagine a ceiling for the kid.
Former #orioles SS Mike Bordick, on MannyMachado: "The ceiling on this guy, you can't even imagine how good he can possibly be."
— Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) January 7, 2013
Bordick went on to say that Machado is a natural and showed no nerves after being called up. He showed great instincts and clearly belonged at the Major League level.
"Some of the things he did on the field, even the great veterans were shocked and in awe of what he did. Obviously, that play at third base comes to mind. And there's so much anticipation, at least for me, to see him play again this year. He's a player who's just going to get better and better. He's only 20 years old. He has postseason experience. He's been on a winning team. And he had success in the minor leagues, too."Machado played in 51 games last season. He hit .262/.294/.445. His OPS+ was 98 in his first half season in the bigs. That's pretty impressive. Machado still has some work to do going forward, including cutting down on his strikeouts and getting on base more often, but he's already shown a great deal of talent. The Orioles have a lot to look forward to.
Machado recently overcame a bout with meningitis. The infection can be lethal in some cases. Fortunately, Machado was diagnosed early and treated properly. He has recovered and should be at full strength for spring training.