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Orioles shortstop Gunnar Henderson named No. 1 overall prospect by Baseball America

We break down the news there’s a new top prospect in the MLB.

Gunnar Henderson #2 of the Baltimore Orioles during player introductions prior to the 2022 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, July 16, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Daniel Shirey/MLB Photos via Getty Images

Update: Henderson is batting sixth in the Orioles lineup on Wednesday. In the fourth inning, he hit his first career home run.

8/31 Update: The Baltimore Orioles are calling up their top prospect Gunnar Henderson, per Jeff Passan. Henderson was named the top prospect in baseball by Baseball America earlier this month.

Baseball America has ranked Baltimore Orioles shortstop Gunnar Henderson as their new No. 1 prospect, per the team’s official Twitter account.

This comes as no surprise as Henderson has been dominating the minor leagues this year. Baltimore is also no stranger to having a top prospect, as they called up former No. 1 overall prospect Adley Rutschman to the big leagues earlier this season. Henderson remains the No. 4 overall prospect according to the MLB.

The 21-year-old Henderson was drafted in the second round of the 2019 MLB Draft. He has progressed through the ranks in the Orioles system and currently plays for their Triple-A affiliate Norfolk Tides. Henderson is batting .304 this season and has 100 hits, 17 home runs and 63 RBI with 16 stolen bases. Baltimore already has a solid shortstop in Jorge Mateo in the majors, so Henderson may be moved to second or third base whenever he is called up. Henderson has an estimated ETA of 2023 to the majors, and if he finishes this season strong could break camp with the big league club next spring.