Orioles calls Jordan Westburg onto the field ahead of Monday’s game vs. Reds, according to report

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According to a report from MASN, the Baltimore Orioles are leveraging their vaunted farm system for another highly touted prospect. This time, infielder Jordan Westburg gets the call to the majors.

Westburg, 24, was the 30th overall pick in the 2020 draft from Mississippi State and has seen time as a pro at second base, shortstop, third base and both outfield corners. He started 33 games short this season and 18 third in Triple-A, but last year he played slightly more second than third.

In 67 games with Triple-A Norfolk this season, Westburg hit .295/.372/.567 with 15 doubles, two triples, 18 home runs, 54 RBI, 57 runs and six stolen bases. Prior to spring training, Baseball America ranked Westburg as the 76th best prospect in baseball. He’s kind of overshadowed in the Orioles’ system, thanks to recent rookies like Adley Rutschman and Gunnar Henderson alongside the likes of Jackson Holliday and Colton Cowser. Of course, that’s more a testament to the elite’s advantages and the depth of the Orioles system than an insult to Westburg.

As for where Westburg fits, he’s likely to bounce around. Henderson has spent time on third, short and DH. Westburg could take at bats more than anyone else from Adam Frazier and Jorge Mateo, likely spending a lot of time at second base and then third or short (depending on where the Orioles would prefer Henderson to play between those two spots).

After a win on Sunday, the Orioles moved to 47-29 on the season, which is 4 1/2 games behind the Rays in the AL East, but is also the best record in baseball among teams not leading their respective divisions.





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