With a new addition to the top 100 on MLB Pipeline list, let's recap another week on minor leagues.
Baltimore Orioles minor league recap: May 23-28
Norfolk Tides (AAA)
Series at Memphis Redbirds (Tides wins 4-2)
Record: 35-15 (1st on International League East)
Lewin Diaz raked with a 3-HR week at Memphis, followed by Josh Lester with two dingers. Lester lead in hits (12) followed by Connor Norby (11). For the second baseman, a great outing by the East Carolina product (11-29, HR, 3 2B, 6 RBI, 5 R, 1.024 OPS). Jordan Westburg also homered, but finished with .250 batting average (.787 OPS). With an injury suffered by Cedric Mullins last Monday, Daz Cameron could be an option for a promotion from Norfolk, if Mullins can't avoid an IL stint. Mike Cameron's son had good numbers on AAA and some MLB experience. Colton Cowser is still on Norfolk's IL.
For pitching, the prospects got smoked. DL Hall, Drew Rom and Ryan Watson had 20 earned runs combined in just 5.1 IP. It's not a great effort. Grayson will back to Tides rotation after his demotion and he'll play in some game next series, maybe next Friday on his bobblehead night? It's a good possibility. For veterans, Bruce Zimmermann was the best for starters (6.0 IP, 4 H, 3 BB, 8 K).
Next series: vs Gwinnett Stripers
Bowie Baysox (AA)
Series at Akron RubberDucks (Baysox wins 4-2)
Record: 16-27 (7.0 GB on Eastern League Southwest)
The Eastern League Pitcher of the Week came from Bowie: RHP Carlos Tavera (5.0 IP, 2 BB, 5 K). Cade Povich struck out 13 but allowed 7 ER in two games. Garrett Stallings and Justin Armbruester contributed with 0 ER, 3 walks and 13 strikeouts. Unfortunately, Chayce McDermott had his hitless streak broken.
For batters, Donta' Williams showed some power with two roundtrippers (1.362 OPS). Alongside him with two Home Runs were TT Bowens and the newest top 100 prospect per MLB Pipeline: Coby Mayo. Haye you missed some Mayo bombs?
Next series: vs Harrisburg Senators
Aberdeen IronBirds (High-A)
Series vs Jersey Shore Blue Claws (Blue Claws wins 5-2)
Record: 20-24 (6.5 GB on South Atlantic League North)
All streaks in sports somehow end. Unfortunately, Jackson Holliday's on-base streak came to an end last Sunday at 44 games. Don't worry, a new streak will probably begin on Tuesday. Only Max Wagner hit over the fence (2 HR) and a new double machine was discovered: Jud Fabian. On his 7 hits, 5 were doubles. We'll take it.
On the mound, Jean Pinto needs another level. He continue to dominates (5.0 IP, 2 H, BB, 8 K) and a Bowie promotion could be looming for him. Trace Bright had similarities with Povich: a lot of strikeouts (11) but a lot of earned runs (7) in two games (all relief).
Next series: at Hudson Valley Renegades
Delmarva Shorebirds (Low-A)
Series vs Lynchburg Hillcats (Shorebirds wins 4-2)
Record: 23-20 (1.5 GB on Carolina League North)
Elio Prado (1.300 OPS), Angel Tejeda (1.183 OPS) and Creed Willems (.929) hit a bomb each. Stiven Acevedo leads the team in stolen bases last week, with three. Samuel Basallo finished with good numbers (7-21, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 3 R, .793 OPS).
From pitching staff, Juan De Los Santos and Juan Nunez finished with 8 strikeouts each. Overall, the pitchers had a solid outing, with a mention to Alfred Vega with no runs and only two hits allowed in five innings.
Next series: at Frederisckburg Nationals