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Inbox: Which prospects could make OD roster?

Beat reporter Joe Trezza answers questions from fans
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By this time next week, pitchers and catchers will have reported to Sarasota, Fla., and Spring Training will be underway. While we wait for camp to open, let's dip our toes once more into the mailbag to answer your pressing Orioles questions.

Are any of the prospects acquired for Manny Machado, Zack Britton or Jonathan Schoop ready for prime time? If not where are they?
-- S. Douglas, Annapolis, Md.

Seven of the 15 players acquired last summer will be in camp this spring, providing the O's new front office a chance to get an initial look at the farm system it's inherited. Here's a look at those prospects and where they stand entering camp:

By this time next week, pitchers and catchers will have reported to Sarasota, Fla., and Spring Training will be underway. While we wait for camp to open, let's dip our toes once more into the mailbag to answer your pressing Orioles questions.

Are any of the prospects acquired for Manny Machado, Zack Britton or Jonathan Schoop ready for prime time? If not where are they?
-- S. Douglas, Annapolis, Md.

Seven of the 15 players acquired last summer will be in camp this spring, providing the O's new front office a chance to get an initial look at the farm system it's inherited. Here's a look at those prospects and where they stand entering camp:

Your guide to Orioles Spring Training

OF Yusniel Diaz
Acquired for: Machado
Prospect ranking (per MLBPipeline): Orioles' No. 1
Chance at breaking camp: Slim
The centerpiece of the Machado deal has the highest ceiling of any Orioles prospect and could debut in Baltimore as early as this summer. But he'll probably need a little more seasoning after a slump at Double-A Bowie late last summer.

RHP Dillon Tate
Acquired for: Britton
Prospect ranking (per MLBPipeline): Orioles' No. 6
Chance at breaking camp: Decent
Now 24, Tate's prospect status has dimmed since the Rangers made him the No. 4 overall selection in 2015, as he's battled injuries and been traded twice. But he's on the 40-man roster and has experience as both a starter and reliever. More than anything, this spring could go a long way toward determining which role the O's see as the best fit for Tate in the long term.

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RHP Luis Ortiz
Acquired for: Schoop
Prospect ranking (per MLBPipeline): Orioles' No. 7
Chance at breaking camp: Fair
The quickly rising Ortiz made his big league debut on his 23rd birthday last September. A strike-thrower with a four-pitch mix, he's a candidate to push Yefry Ramirez, David Hess and others for a back-end rotation job.

RHP Dean Kremer
Acquired for: Machado
Prospect ranking (per MLBPipeline): Orioles' No. 16
Chance at breaking camp: Slim
Kremer is still probably a year away, but he could progress quicker if Baltimore sees his swing-and-miss stuff playing out of the bullpen. The 23-year-old dominated as a starter across two levels in 2018, leading all Minor League pitchers with 178 strikeouts.

RHP Cody Carroll
Acquired for:
Britton
Prospect ranking (per MLBPipeline): Orioles' No. 17
Chance at breaking camp: In the mix
Carroll has a legitimate shot at emerging thanks to the O's wide-open bullpen competition, his elite fastball velocity and his place on the 40-man roster. He'll have to curtail the control issues that have followed him throughout his career, though.

RHP Zac Pop
Acquired for:
Machado
Prospect ranking (per MLBPipeline): Orioles' No. 26
Chance at breaking camp: TBD
Baltimore's most intriguing non-roster invite, Pop throws a fastball that sits in the upper 90s, a wipeout slider and is still just 22 years old. If he impresses in camp, he could be on the fast track.

LHP Josh Rogers
Acquired for:
Britton
Prospect ranking (per MLBPipeline): No ranking
Chance at breaking camp: Slim
The 24-year-old Rogers will probably begin the year at Triple-A as a depth option. But as one of just two left-handed starters on the 40-man roster, he brings a different look and could stick in camp a while.

Any clue where Yolbert Sanchez would slot in our Top 30 Prospects?
-- Zach Jones, via Twitter

One rival executive told me he'd rank in the No. 10-20 range on the Orioles' list, putting him on par with Richie Martin (No. 13), Jean Carmona (No. 14) and Jean Carlos Encarnacion (No. 15). Sanchez is considered more projectable than most international signings given his age (21), and some scouts think his glove could play right now at the big league level. The question is whether he'll hit enough, particularly for power.

Does the Orioles' international bonus money carry over, or is there a deadline for that funding to be used or lost?
-- Sean Welse, via Twitter

The Sanchez sweepstakes has introduced Orioles fans to the complicated world of international bonus pool money. The spending rules are set to change a little next year, but here's how they currently work.

Each club gets between $4.75 million and $5.75 million of bonus pool money (depending on their Draft position) to spend from July 2 to June 15 of the following year. Teams are able to acquire up to 75 percent of the initial pools via trade, meaning a club that started with $5.75 million can increase its total pool value to as much as approximately $10.1 million. The O's, for example, boosted theirs to around $7 million last summer.

It's also important to note that we're not talking about actual money, but instead the right to spend this money. So it's not like Baltimore received a $7 million check. The Orioles just acquired permission to allocate a certain amount of resources to the international market.

In any event, every club's pool resets on June 15. If you don't use it, you lose it, essentially.

Joe Trezza covers the Orioles for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JoeTrezz.

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