Notes - Some might be disappointed that a player with a career .715 OPS is the organizations' 3rd best prospect, but you need to understand his off the field issues and illnesses in order to appreciate what he's done so far and of course understand projection. Of all the Orioles hitters in the system (minus Machado), Hoes is mentioned by every scout as being the most likely to become a solid major league hitter. He has a short stroke, outstanding bat speed, a great approach at the plate, and a body that's going to continue to fill out. After dealing with serious family illnesses in 2009, Hoes started off the year hot in Frederick where he was hitting .290, with eight doubles, and a league leading 24 walks for a .413 OBP through his first 35 games. That's when he started to feel sluggish and tired and was eventually diagnosed with mononucleosis. After missing about a month, Hoes returned and went to a rehab assignment in Aberdeen where he quickly showed everyone he was the best player on the field (1.353 OPS in 8 games) despite the fact that he was one of the youngest players in the league at 20-years old. Despite the hot rehab in Aberdeen, Hoes was still feeling weak and some scouts felt he never totally got his strength back the rest of the year. His pre-illness .808 OPS and 24 BB - 17K strikeout to walk ratio is better indicator of his potential than his solid but not overly impressive total numbers. Once the season was over Hoes was invited to Camden Yards for their top prospect mini-camp where he quickly stood out. Along with uber top prospect Manny Machado, Hoes was singled out by several scouts as just looking different from all the others. With his strength fully back, Hoes peppered the Camden Yards seats during BP giving everyone a glimpse of his power potential. Hoes has all the potential to be a .300 hitter, high OBP guy with 15-25 home runs in the big leagues. One AL Scout compared him to Ron Gant and although Hoes probably won't steal the bases Gant did, that could end up a very good comp. Defensively Hoes made strides at second base, especially around the bag where his footwork and double play turns have improved. He cut his errors in half (28-14) and has started to make a few of his doubters start to believe he can stay at second base. Hoes will head to Bowie in 2011 and most believe next season could be a breakout year for this young man.