Baltimore Orioles Minor League Recap: May 2-7
With another strong performances, the Orioles' prospects still rakes in the minors. Let's recap.
Norfolk Tides (AAA)
Series vs Durham Bulls (Tides win 5-1)
Record: 24-8 (1st on International League East)
Game 1: DUR 8-12 NOR
Game 2: DUR 1-9 NOR
Game 3: DUR 4-5 NOR
Game 4: DUR 2-1 NOR
Game 5: DUR 0-5 NOR
Game 6: DUR 4-5 NOR (F/10)
Tides win. Period. This team keeping rollin' on AAA and another high-regard prospect appears on team of the week, per MLB Pipeline: Jordan Westburg (9-25, 3 HR, 2B, 6 RBI, 7 R, 1.189 OPS). Connor Norby leads the team in hits (10) and Joey Ortiz had a solid week with an .908 OPS. Stay alert because Ramon Urias suffered a left hamstring strain. If he'll be out for more games, Baltimore will likely call up for an emergency situation. By the way, Colton Cowser continues to be a walk machine (6) and his OBP was outstanding (.500)
On pitching side, Drew Rom deserves attention (6.0 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 11 K). The lefties were incredible, because DL Hall had his best MiLB game in 2023 (5.0 IP, 3 H, 4 BB, 8 K). Ryan Watson strikeouts five in four innings.
Next series: at Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimps
Bowie Baysox (AA)
Series vs Erie SeaWolves (Wolves wins 4-2)
Record: 8-17 (6.5 GB on Eastern League Southwest)
Game 1: ERI 6-2 BOW
Game 2: ERI 12-7 BOW
Game 3: ERI 4-12 BOW
Game 4: ERI 7-4 BOW
Game 5: ERI 10-4 BOW
Game 6: ERI 6-7 BOW
Bowie continues his development season. The most outstanding outing came from Chayce McDermott on Sunday, when he strikeouts nine batters in five innings. In total, McDermott finished with 16 K's in two games, but unfortunately, he allowed 3 Home Runs. Cade Povich and Justin Armbruester had tough apperances. Mychal Givens had his rehab assigment and threw two innings without allowed a run (only one walk and four strikeouts).
The offense was carried by Billy Cook (9-22, 3 HR, 2B, 11 RBI, 7 R, 1.344 OPS) and Heston Kjerstad (8-23, 2 HR, 3B, 2 2B, 5 RBI, 3 R, 1.158 OPS). César Prieto finished with .391 batting average (9-23) with a Home Run.
Next series: at Harrisburg Senators
Aberdeen IronBirds (High-A)
Series at Brooklyn Cyclones (tied 3-3)
Record: 10-15 (7.0 GB on South Atlantic League North)
Game 1: ABD 3-4 BRK
Game 2: ABD 2-4 BRK
Game 3: ABD 9-0 BRK
Game 4: ABD 10-3 BRK
Game 5: ABD 7-2 BRK
Game 6: ABD 0-3 BRK
The Maryland product, Maxwell Costes, rakes in Brooklyn (3 HRs, 1.500 OPS) alongside Max Wagner (2 HRs, 3 SB, .960 OPS). Even without a roundtripper, Jackson Holliday showed why he's special with a great week (7-20, 2B, 2 RBI, 4 R, 6:5 K:BB, 3 SB). This kid won't be on Aberdeen until the season's end.
On the mound, an honest question: When will Jean Pinto be promoted? The righty continues to put together good outings and every game shows the struggle is gone. Don't be surprised if he gets a call to Bowie. Other righty, Daniel Federman, was superb with 10 K's in four innings! Another great outing this week from Alex Pham (6 K's, 3 BB and one hit in 5.0 IP).
Next series: vs Hudson Valley Renegades
Delmarva Shorebirds (Low-A)
Series vs Carolina Mudcats (Mudcats wins 4-2)
Record: 14-11 (1.0 GB on Carolina League North)
Game 1: CAR 9-7 DEL
Game 2: CAR 2-6 DEL
Game 3: CAR 6-2 DEL
Game 4: CAR 7-1 DEL
Game 5: CAR 2-5 DEL
Game 6: CAR 7-3 DEL
A great week by Juan Nunez. The pitcher threw eight innings in two games (one start) with nine strikeouts alongside a .115 batting average. Jared Beck followed him with nine K's, but with a nearly .300 BAA and two earned runs. A name to watch is Yaqui Rivera: no hits allowed in two innings by the Birds' closer.
The bats were silent last week. Creed Willems continues his redemption with a 2 Home Run (5-23) and Carter Young goes yard for the first time this year.
Next series: at Down East Wood Ducks