3 mid-level Orioles prospects the Mets should start scouting in a potential trade

Mid-level Orioles prospects worth scouting in a potential pitcher for prospect deal.
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An emerging trade partner for the New York Mets, the Baltimore Orioles have already lost a couple of starting pitchers for the season. They’ll undoubtedly look to add some pitching to their roster at the trade deadline. The Mets have a couple of arms for Baltimore to consider.

Sean Manaea, Jose Quintana, and Luis Severino could all be matches for the Orioles in a trade. Even David Peterson or Tylor Megill could be of some interest to them. The more seasoned veterans are on expiring contracts with only a player option tacked onto Manaea’s contract, none are a long-term commitment nor an expensive endeavor for the Orioles. It shouldn’t even cost them a huge prospect to obtain any of them.

Rather than waste our time at the top of the list of top Orioles prospects, we can jump down to somewhere in the middle. This probably isn’t the territory where Quintana would factor in as his value is much lower. The Mets could use a variety of positional upgrades in their farm system. Fitting those descriptions, these three mid-level Orioles prospects are worth some binoculars and a radar gun. It’s time to start scouting them if they haven’t already.

1) Max Wagner

Ranked as the 14th-best Orioles prospect, Max Wagner is a third baseman who also plays some second base as well. The Mets don’t need any more second basemen in the pipeline. Third base, on the other hand, could benefit from some added depth. Brett Baty has failed to capture the position at the MLB level. We should still have our doubts about Mark Vientos being able to play the position even if his bat appears MLB-ready. He remains a better fit as a more regular first baseman or DH.

Wagner was a second round pick of the Orioles in 2022. He batted .239/.342/.405 last season with 13 home runs and 27 stolen bases. This season has been much worse for him. Wagner is batting .151/.247/.256 in 97 plate appearances. The frightening numbers won’t have any Mets fans requesting him as the lone piece added in anything but a Quintana trade.

Despite the struggles, scouts remain hopeful Wagner could turn into a starting major leaguer or possibly a platoon player. His defense is described as “capable” which is a more than acceptable phrasing for a potential third base option for the Mets. Add in some flexibility to play second base and Wagner isn’t such a bad addition to the farm system.

Verdict: Wagner might be best paired with a lower ranked prospect having a good year to balance his bad one.