Orioles minor league report: Parmelee leading Tides offense early this season

Tampa Bay Rays' Eugenio Velez beats the tag of Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Parmelee during the eighth inning of a spring training exhibition baseball game in Sarasota, Fla., Saturday, March 14, 2015.

Triple-A Norfolk

First baseman/outfielder Chris Parmelee entered Friday leading the Tides and ranked ninth in the International League with a .347 batting average, 70 points higher than the next-best Norfolk regular. Parmelee had a .917 OPS through 27 games, and his two home runs tied for the team lead. His 18 RBIs tied for the International League lead.


Double-A Bowie

Catcher Chris O'Brien, acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers, carried a 15-game hitting streak into the weekend and is enjoying the best season of his five-year career. His four home runs led the team and his 15 RBIs ranked second on the Baysox behind first baseman/outfielder Sean Halton. O'Brien entered Friday's game batting .318/.357/.591, with nine of his 21 hits going for extra bases.


High-A Frederick

Left-hander Mitch Horacek struck out a career-high 11 batters in five innings Wednesday against Winston-Salem, giving him a Carolina League-high 39 strikeouts entering Friday. Horacek, who led the South Atlantic League a year ago with 151 strikeouts, is 2-2 with a 2.83 ERA in six starts for the Keys this season. Horacek was a ninth-round pick out of Dartmouth in 2013.

Low-A Delmarva

Outfielder Jamill Moquette is batting just .264, but entered Friday leading the Shorebirds in on-base percentage (.426) and slugging percentage (.585). He doesn't have enough at-bats to qualify for the league title, but his 1.011 OPS through 17 games played would lead the South Atlantic League. Moquette's four home runs led the team, and his 13 walks tied for second on the Shorebirds behind outfielder Jay Gonzalez.