Left-hander Josh Edgin was unfortunate not to make the Orioles' major league roster out of spring training after a 1.29 ERA in Grapefruit League play, and he's carried that on into the first week of the International League schedule. With two scoreless innings in Friday's matinee win over Syracuse, Edgin has struck out seven in 5 1/3 innings of scoreless ball, allowing five hits and issuing two walks.
Catcher Martin Cervenka, a Czech Republic-born backstop who signed as a minor league free agent out of the Cleveland Indians organization this offseason on the recommendation of Bowie hitting coach Keith Bodie, is off to a hot start in his first taste of Double-A. He entered Saturday batting .360 (9-for-25) with three doubles and just three strikeouts without a walk. His .840 OPS was best on the team through seven games.
Outfielder Ryan McKenna, a toolsy fourth-round draft pick in 2015, is off to a strong start in his Carolina League debut. McKenna entered Saturday batting .308/.341/.385 with 12 hits and the Keys' only home run through nine games. McKenna spent 2017 with Low-A Delmarva, batting .256 with a .712 OPS and 42 extra-base hits.
Zac Lowther, the Orioles' second-round pick in last summer's draft, made a sparkling debut for the Shorebirds on Monday. The left-hander out of Xavier struck out 13 and walked one in six no-hit, scoreless innings against Hickory. Lowther works from a funky delivery that allows his fastball to jump on hitters, and had similar success at Short-A Aberdeen last year, striking out 75 in 54 1/3 innings with a 1.66 ERA