Manny Machado promoted: Orioles prospect could start at third base

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The Baltimore Orioles apparently have seen enough of Manny Machado in the minor leagues and will promote him to the majors in time for Thursday's game against the Kansas City Royals.

Here are some details from Roch Kubatko of

As Kubatko says, Machado, 20, was the third overall pick in the 2010 draft, behind Nationals OF Bryce Harper and Pirates RHP prospect Jameson Taillon. He was ranked the No. 3 overall prospect in baseball by entering the 2012 season, and No. 11 by Baseball America.

In 108 games at Double-A Bowie, Machado hit .266 (.350 OBP), with 26 doubles, 10 home runs, 58 RBIs and 13 steals.

Teams don't usual promote prospects to sit them on the bench, so expect Machado to get in the lineup sooner rather than later.

Jon Heyman of sees him at the hot corner: