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Kevin Gausman named Orioles' No. 2 prospect by Baseball America

Fourth-overall MLB draft pick Kevin Gausman, a Centennial, Colo., native, was named the Baltimore Orioles' No. 2 prospect by BaseballAmerica.com.

Rob Carr

Colorado native and Grandview High School alum Kevin Gausman has been named by BaseballAmerica.com as the second-best prospect for the Baltimore Orioles.

The pitcher out of Centennial, Colo., was selected fourth overall by the Orioles in the 2012 MLB Draft after an All-American campaign with the LSU Tigers, and he signed a contract of $4.32 million with the ball club in July.

BaseballAmerica.com sees Gausman playing the beginning of next season in the minors, but there's potential he reaches Baltimore by season's end.

Gausman is only ranked as a lesser prospect than fellow Orioles pitcher Dylan Bundy.

According to BaseballAmerica.com (subscription required), the left-hander's potential comes from his two go-to pitches. The 21-year-old has a fastball that can consistently hit 95 mph and even reach speeds of 98 mph. He combines that pitch with a solid two-seamer that causes groundouts, but perhaps more impressive is a changeup that is among the best scouts have seen from amateurs.