New post, same news: with two old friends winning player of the week honors (one of them on MLB Pipeline Team of the Week), let's recap the week in the minor leagues.
Norfolk Tides (AAA)
Series at Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (Tides wins 4-2)
Record: 28-10 (1st on International League East)
Death, taxes, Colton Cowser on base. The newest #31 on Top 100 by MLB Pipeline batted .500 with an 1.477 OPS in Jacksonville (2 Home Runs and 2 Doubles in 11 total hits). Cowser rakes and makes Birdland anxious everyday for a promotion to majors (he'll debut on MLB this year, folks). He was the International League Player of the Week. Jordan Westburg leads the Tides in Home Runs (3). Unfortunately, Connor Norby finished with a .200 (6-30) batting average.
A busy week for pitchers, with two promotions to MLB for Drew Rom and Nick Vespi, but both didn't play for Baltimore. DL Hall had his best performance so far (6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, HR, BB, 9 K). Old friend Cole Irvin pitched seven frames with five hits, a earned run and four punchouts. Dillon Tate had two appearances with zero runs allowed.
Next series: vs Syracuse Mets
Bowie Baysox (AA)
Series at Harrisburg Senators (Senators wins 5-1)
Record: 9-22 (7.5 GB on Eastern League Southwest)
A lot of 2-3 final scores. Three games out of six finished with the same result, unfortunately with Bowie in the wrong side of win column. In the lone win of the week, Cade Povich shined with 10 strikeouts in five innings of work. An amazing performance that was rewarded with the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week. Another pitcher with a good performance was Justin Armbruester (7 K's in 5.0 IP).
The offense was carried by Cesar Prieto with another great week at the plate (11-21, four extra-base hits, 1.402 OPS). Alongside him: Heston Kjerstad (.300 BAA, HR, 3B, 2B, 2 RBI, R) and Coby Mayo (1.023 OPS). A rarity: Anthony Servideo finished with zero walks.
Next series: vs Altoona Curve
Aberdeen IronBirds (High-A)
Series vs Hudson Valley Renegades (tied 3-3)
Record: 13-18 (7.0 GB on South Atlantic League North)
More 2-3 final scores, both wins by Aberdeen. Jud Fabian and Max Wagner had two Home Runs each and four surpassed the .300 mark: Wagner, Jackson Holliday, Dylan Beavers and Frederick Bencosme. Overall, the Birds stolen 15 bases in six games, with Beavers and Luis Valdez with four each. A well-rounded offense!
On the diamond, two starters had 10+ strikeouts last week: Jean Pinto (15 in two games) and Alex Pham (11 in five innings). Pham allowed only one hit and a walk. It was a solid performance for most of them, especially the starting rotation with only six earned runs allowed.
Next series: at Winston-Salem Dash
Delmarva Shorebirds (Low-A)
Series at Down East Wood Ducks (tied 3-3)
Record: 17-14 (1.0 GB on Carolina League North)
Samuel Basallo regained his form with a 8-hit week (Home Run and 6 RBI) in an quitely offense. Elio Prado had six hits. Anderson de los Santos and Douglas Hodo four hits. Alongside Basallo, Stiven Acevedo, De Los Santos and Prado had a roundtripper each. The pitching staff was headlined by Moses Chace with 12 K's in 5.2 innings (two games, one start).
Next series: at Charleston RiverDogs