Baltimore Orioles Minor League Recap: July 25-30

The Orioles farm system struggled in the win column last week
Jul 8, 2023; Seattle, Washington, USA; American League Futures Right Fielder Heston Kjerstad (18) of
Jul 8, 2023; Seattle, Washington, USA; American League Futures Right Fielder Heston Kjerstad (18) of / Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
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Will we say goodbye to some prospects in the deadline? With two players of the week in the farm system, let's recap!

Baltimore Orioles minor league recap: July 25-30

Norfolk Tides (AAA)

Series vs Nashville Sounds (tied 3-3)
Second half record: 15-11

Game 1: NSH 10-8 NOR
Game 2: NSH 5-3 NOR
Game 3: NSH 3-5 NOR
Game 4: NSH 4-8 NOR
Game 5: NSH 5-4 NOR
Game 6: NSH 3-6 NOR

The offense put on a show: two Home Runs by Heston Kjerstad (1.115 OPS) and 10+ hits by Connor Norby (1.152 OPS) and Joey Ortiz (1.021 OPS). It's a good way to play last week. Alongside them, Chayce McDermott deserved some credit: he was the pitcher of the week (5.0 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 7 K). Ryan Watson played pretty well, too (6.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, HR, 4 BB, 7 K in two games). Cade Povich made his AAA debut (2.1 IP, 2 H, 4 ER, HR, 4 BB, 3 K). Don't worry, kid. The best days is ahead of you.

Next series: vs Charlotte Knights

Bowie Baysox (AA)

Series at Somerset Patriots (Patriots wins 5-1)
Second half record: 13-14

Game 1: BOW 0-6 SOM F/6
Game 2: BOW 6-5 SOM
Game 3: BOW 3-4 SOM (F/10)
Game 4: BOW 0-10 SOM
Game 5: BOW 3-10 SOM
Game 6: BOW 5-6 SOM

For Jackson Holliday, he'll be on the 7-Day IL with an illness. The offense, even without him, stepped up with bombs by Donta' Williams (2), Billy Cook, Greg Cullen, Jud Fabian and Tim Susnara (one each). Cullen and Susnara finished with OPS over 1.000. The pitching staff had a 10-strikeout week performance by Carlos Tavera and no other pretty numbers against the Patriots. Time to bounce back next week.

Next series: vs Portland Sea Dogs

Aberdeen IronBirds (High-A)

Series at Jersey Shore BlueClaws (BlueClaws wins 5-1)
Second half record: 17-12

Game 1: ABD 4-2 JS
Game 2: ABD 2-3 JS
Game 3: ABD 3-4 JS F/10
Game 4: ABD 1-8 JS
Game 5: ABD 3-4 JS F/10
Game 6: ABD 1-4 JS

Silas Ardoin was promoted to AA. The Texas product finished his High-A career with a .215/.369/.336 slash line, 5 HR, 28 RBI and 31 runs scored. He'll be replaced by Samuel Basallo (more ahead). For the rest of the IronBirds bats, Dylan Beavers had a strong week with a .467 batting average plus two stolen bases. Elio Prado made his A+ debut with a 6-14 performance.

For the pitching staff, kudos to Juan Nunez (4.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K), Jared Beck (4.0 IP, H, ER, BB, 4 K) and Kyle Virbitsky (4.0 IP, 3 BB, 3 K).

Next series: vs Hickory Crawdads

Delmarva Shorebirds (Low-A)

Series at Kannapolis Cannon Ballers (Ballers wins 5-1)
Second half record: 12-17

Game 1: DEL 5-1 KAN
Game 2: DEL 3-5 KAN
Game 3: DEL 4-8 KAN
Game 4: DEL 1-5 KAN
Game 5: DEL 1-2 KAN F/5
Game 6: DEL 1-2 KAN

Farewell, Samuel Basallo. This kid can hit with power (1.271 OPS). He'll going to Aberdeen for the next step in his development. Stiven Acevedo, Erison Placencia and Trenton Craig had six hits each. For pitching, congratulations to Luis de Leon, the pitcher of the week (6.0 IP, H, 2 BB, 8 K). Kudos for Juan De Los Santos, too (4.0 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 4 K). Can we see the 2023 draftees in Delmarva soon?

Next series: vs Lynchburg Hillcats

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