When the Orioles signed outfielder Tike Redman to a minor league contract May 15, they viewed him as a player who could be useful at Triple-A Norfolk. Jon Knott was hurt, and they saw an opportunity for Redman with the Tides. The expectations were fairly modest.
That's not necessarily true anymore.
Redman could force the Orioles to consider using him at the major league level. He went into Saturday's game batting .292 in 36 games after signing late, with four triples and 24 runs.
Talk about making a good first impression. Redman was named the International League's Batter of the Week for May 14-20 after hitting .481 with three triples and 12 runs. He led the Tides with a .405 on-base percentage through 19 games.
"He's been a spark plug for that club," said David Stockstill, director of minor league operations. "He's an above-average runner; he's been good at the plate, getting on base and scoring runs. He's played mostly center field and done a very good job."
The Orioles liked Redman enough last winter to put him on their preference list, but he chose the Boston Red Sox, who released him during spring training. Spurned once, the Orioles weren't going to miss out again. They tracked his progress in the independent Atlantic League, where he played for the York Revolution, and signed him.
"Our pro scouting has done a great job on guys like him," Stockstill said.
Redman spent parts of five seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates, most recently in 2005, and batted .277 with 52 doubles, 14 triples, 15 homers and 101 RBIs in 392 games.
"We felt like he's been in the big leagues and had a lot of time there and done well," Stockstill said.
"When we first signed him, it was to fill an immediate need. But now we feel like he's someone who could help us."
Left-hander Garrett Olson retired the first 17 batters he faced Thursday night, pitched seven shutout innings and struck out 10. He's 1-1 with 21 strikeouts in his past three starts despite allowing three earned runs or fewer in 20 innings. He has surrendered three earned runs or fewer in 11 of his 14 starts this year. ... Mike Cervenak, a corner infielder, hit safely in 15 of 18 games going into the weekend. ... Jon Knott homered in two straight games, giving him a team-leading seven, but his average remained below .200. ... Catcher J.R. House batted .421 with two homers, seven RBIs and three runs in five games. He led the team with 39 RBIs.
Outfielder Val Majewski, bogged down by injuries in the past, played in 64 of Bowie's first 65 games. ... Outfielder Jeff Fiorentino batted .400 with eight runs in a nine-game stretch and raised his average from .206 to .278 since May 19. ... Jim Miller, anointed the closer after Jim Hoey's promotion to Norfolk, picked up his fourth save Friday after loading the bases and allowing a run. ... Infielder Brian Bass, a supplemental pick in the 2001 draft, was batting .200 after Friday's game. ... Third baseman Oscar Salazar continues to pace the Baysox offensively. Before the weekend, he led Bowie with eight home runs, 36 RBIs and 25 extra-base hits, ranked second with a .286 average and third with a .458 slugging percentage. ... Catcher Eli Whiteside batted .304 with two homers and 10 RBIs in seven games.
Shortstop Blake Davis and reliever Bob McCrory will represent the Keys in tomorrow's Carolina League-California League All-Star Game. ... McCrory led the Carolina League with 14 saves before Saturday. He hadn't allowed an earned run in 18 of 21 appearances and struck out 21 batters in 21 innings. ... Ryan Finan batted .414 with nine runs in nine games. ... David Hernandez leads the league with 76 strikeouts. ... Chorye Spoone (Northeast, CCBC-Catonsville) was seventh in the league with 54 strikeouts going into yesterday's start. He struck out 18 batters in his previous two starts covering 12 2/3 innings. ... Left-hander Carlos Perez is 4-1 in his past five games (two starts) and lowered his ERA from 6.83 to 4.81 by allowing four earned runs in 19 2/3 innings.
Outfielder Brandon Tripp and first baseman Chris Vinyard continue to be a potent one-two punch. Tripp was fifth in the South Atlantic League with a .550 slugging percentage heading into the weekend and led the team with a .396 on-base percentage and 38 runs. Vinyard led the team with 66 hits, 17 doubles and 51 RBIs. He was batting .429 in a five-game stretch. ... Third baseman Bill Rowell was batting .378 with 14 RBIs in 10 games. He was hitting .361 in 11 home games and .220 in 10 road games. ... Brad Bergesen ranks third in the league with 79 1/3 innings pitched and seventh with a 2.27 ERA. Bergesen has allowed two earned runs or fewer in 11 of his 13 starts and leads the Shorebirds with six wins.