Hey Orioles nation, it’s time. The Baltimore Orioles announced a slew of roster moves ahead of their series with the Toronto Blue Jays in Canada, including the promotion of Orioles number 8 prospect Kyle Stowers.
The move comes as two players have hit the restricted list, being unable to play in Canada. Anthony Santander and Keegan Akin were placed on the restricted list, allowing for the promotions of Stowers and RHP Rico Garcia. Additionally, Chris Owings cleared unconditional release waivers and has been officially released.
The promotion of Stowers is a deserving one, as he has been swinging the bat well with Triple A Norfolk. So far this season, Stowers owns a .253 batting average with a .545 slugging percentage and .901 OPS, hitting 12 home runs to go with 34 RBI’s in 49 games this season with the Tides, also adding 3 stolen bases. He lit it up during Spring Training, so this comes to no surprise.
Baltimore Orioles prospect news: Kyle Stowers ready to go from Triple A
Garcia’s first action this series will be his first of the season and first with the Baltimore Orioles, but he does have some major league experience, albeit not so good experience. So far with Norfolk this season, Garcia has a 2-1 record with a 1.93 ERA and 1.13 WHIP, appearing in 10 games and notching two saves. Garcia has been a delight we didn’t know we needed.
It’s more than likely that the promotions of Stowers and Garcia are not permanent and rather temporary, given the players that they are replacing. However, the look at Stowers will be an encouraging sign of the future of the Baltimore Orioles, with hopefully more to come soon.
If he can make this Toronto series work, there might be a home for the budding youngster on the everyday roster. Right now that backup role for the outfield is being held by Ryan McKenna, but with a good outing, the sky is the limit for Kyle Stowers. Pay close attention this week, folks, things are changing, and the rebrand is slowly but surly happening.