Meet the 19-year-old prodigy representing the Orioles in the Futures Game


In 2024, the Orioles are poised to achieve a historic feat by sending three young position players—catcher Adley Rutschman, shortstop Gunnar Henderson, and third baseman Jordan Westburg—to their first Midsummer Classic, marking the first time any MLB team has accomplished this.

Ahead of the All-Star Game at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, Henderson will headline the T-Mobile Home Run Derby on Monday, highlighting Baltimore’s emerging talent. Samuel Basallo, ranked as the Orioles’ No. 2 prospect and MLB Pipeline’s No. 12 overall, will also shine in the All-Star Futures Game on Saturday, showcasing the team’s promising future stars.

Basallo, a 19-year-old catcher and first baseman from the Dominican Republic, has swiftly risen through Baltimore’s Minor League ranks since signing in January 2021. Despite a slower start this season at Double-A Bowie, where he debuted last September, Basallo has displayed impressive numbers with a .273/.337/.453 slash line, including 12 home runs and 38 RBIs in 73 games. His versatility at first base and designated hitter positions further enhances his potential role alongside Rutschman in the Orioles’ lineup.

Looking ahead, Orioles’ director of player development Anthony Villa emphasizes Basallo’s ongoing development, particularly in controlling the strike zone and enhancing defensive skills. Villa believes that Basallo’s athleticism and adaptability make him a strong candidate for future success, both offensively and defensively, as he continues to mature in Baltimore’s system.

Basallo’s participation in the All-Star Futures Game underscores the Orioles’ commitment to nurturing young talent and signals a promising future for the team’s Minor League pipeline.

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