Gunnar Henderson Orioles Jul 16, 2022; Los Angeles, CA, USA; American League Futures third baseman Gunnar Henderson (2) tosses his bat after drawing a walk in the first inning of the All Star-Futures Game at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Orioles have one of the best Minor League farm systems in all of baseball, currently holding two players in the top-five prospects list in all of baseball as per’s Top 100 prospect rankings.

They are currently fighting for a playoff spot in the American League, and they have made a move that will certainly shake up their roster and potentially put them in prime position to make a run at a Wild Card spot.

According to ESPN MLB insider Jeff Passan, the Orioles have called up shortstop prospect Gunnar Henderson to their major league team on Wednesday.

Henderson is currently ranked the second-best prospect in all of baseball, according to’s rankings.

He has been extremely impressive this season in the minors, batting a combined .297/.416/.488 with 19 home runs between the Double-A and Triple-A levels this year.

Many around the MLB world are praising the Orioles’ decision to call Henderson up despite him being only 21 years of age. And many are excited to see what he can do at the highest level of the sport.

With this call-up, Henderson (seen above during this year’s MLB All-Star Futures Game) will become the youngest player in MLB, beating out Detroit Tigers top prospect Riley Greene for that honor. Greene was also called up earlier this season.

It will certainly be interesting to see how much of an impact Henderson can make for Baltimore for the rest of the season.

Unlike a team like the Tigers who are well out of the playoff picture , the Orioles are very much in contention to potentially sneak into the playoffs, only sitting three games back for a playoff spot at the time of the transaction.

Past seasons have been a reminder that younger players can thrive at the MLB level, such as Julio Rodriguez with the Seattle Mariners, or Wander Franco with the Tampa Bay Rays last season.

Nothing is a guarantee in the MLB with top prospects flaming out all the time over the years. But Henderson has certainly proved in the minors that he is worthy of this opportunity in Baltimore.

[Jeff Passan on Twitter; photo from Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA Today Sports]

About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.