The Baltimore Orioles have officially opened their championship window. After years of patience, good drafting and elite development, they have emerged as a serious contender.

Thanks to the impressive performances of young players such as Gunnar Henderson, Adley Rutschman, Ryan Mountcastle and Heston Kjerstad, the future looks very bright.

While the Orioles are already serious contenders, their future looks even brighter than the present.

from Baltimore beat writer Jake Rill has revealed just how bright the future still looks. Jackson Holliday is still the No. 1 prospect in baseball, Samuel Basallo is the No. 12 prospect, Coby Mayo has risen to No. 15 and Heston Kjerstad is No. 20.

It goes without saying that these four players are undoubtedly capable of becoming future superstars.

It’s clear that the Orioles are loaded with young talent. But they’ve also added veteran talent and leadership to their young talent.

It was a huge move to pull off the blockbuster offseason trade to acquire starting pitcher Corbin Burnes from the Milwaukee Brewers. They also have veterans like Cedrick Mullens and Anthony Santander leading the offense.

Looking ahead to the upcoming MLB trade deadline later this month, Baltimore has a chance to add more win-now talent. They could be a team to watch for a blockbuster trade for a starting pitcher or a bullpen arm.

There is no doubt that being aggressive in pursuit of a championship this season is appealing, but they need to be careful not to go too fast.

Given the talent already on the roster and the amount of talent still coming through the minor leagues, the Orioles should consider remaining patient.

Being patient has helped them get to this point. If they persevere, their patience can pay off even more than it already has.

That said, this is going to be a fun team to watch and a serious contender for years to come. Baltimore has done it the right way. After years of disappointing seasons, the young talent they have assembled has helped them get to this point and will continue to carry them.