Baltimore Orioles: McCoy And Wells Named MiLB Players of the Month

BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 03: Fans enter the ballpark before the Toronto Blue Jays play the Baltimore Orioles during their Opening Day game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 3, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 03: Fans enter the ballpark before the Toronto Blue Jays play the Baltimore Orioles during their Opening Day game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 3, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /
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The Baltimore Orioles named their organization’s Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Month for the month of June on Tuesday.  Two All-Stars earned the honor.

The Baltimore Orioles are currently in the midst of Major League Baseball’s All-Star break.  Even though the players are off (with the exception of All-Star pitcher John Means) the news does not stop.

The team announced the organization’s minor league awards for the month of June on Tuesday.  A pair of Bowie Baysox (AA) players received the honors; SS Mason McCoy was named the Minor League Player of the Month, while LHP Alex Wells was named the Minor League Pitcher of the Month.  The awards culminate a good month of June for the duo as both were named Eastern League All-Stars on June 24th.

The players were in Richmond enjoying the festivities leading up to Wednesday’s All-Star Game at the Diamond, the home of the Richmond Flying Squirrels (San Francisco affiliate) when the awards were announced.

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During the month of June, McCoy appeared in 27 games for the Baysox, going 35 for 112 with six doubles, one triple and four RBIs, producing a .313/ .379/ .384 slash line with an OPS of .763.  He walked 11 times while striking out 16 times and was successful in three of his four stolen base attempts.

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McCoy will enter the second half of the season batting .319/ .390/ .418 on the year.  He leads the Baysox team in batting average and triples and is among the top-five in runs, hits, total bases, walks and stolen bases, despite not arriving in Bowie until his May 6th promotion from Frederick (A-Adv.).

Wells made five starts during the month of June and produced a 3-0 record with a 2.25 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP over a span 32.0 innings pitched.  He struck out 21 and walked seven Eastern League batters while holding them to a .229 batting average.  Four of those five starts were quality starts and he averaged over 6.0 innings per start.  His start on June 2nd against the Hartford Yard Goats (Colorado affiliate) lasted a season-high 7.2 innings.

Wells enters the second half of the Baysox season looking to improve on his 7-1 record, 1.92 ERA and 1.05 WHIP.  He has pitched a total of 79.2 innings so far this season and is currently second on the team in wins behind fellow southpaw Zac Lowther and is third in strikeouts (62) behind both Bruce Zimmermann (88) and Lowther (80).

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Congratulations to both of these Baltimore Orioles farmhands for their well-deserved honors.  There is no doubt that this announcement coupled with their All-Star status will increase chatter among the fan base as to their worthiness of a promotion to Norfolk.