It was teammate Francisco Pena who got the call-up to replace Caleb Joseph, primarily because he was already on the 40-man roster, but Tides catcher Audry Perez is having quite a season. Perez went 3-for-4 with two RBIs on Thursday to give him four multihit efforts in his seven games going into the weekend. He entered Friday batting .341/.396/.481 with four home runs and 21 RBIs for Norfolk.
In his first two starts after rejoining the Baysox rotation, left-hander Jayson Aquino turned into a strikeout machine. He had 21 in 40 1/3 innings before his two starts entering the weekend, which saw him strike out 15 in 15 innings, and allow no runs on seven hits between the two. Aquino, 23, went 3-4 with a 3.42 ERA in his first 10 games (nine starts) for Bowie, with a 1.34 WHIP.
Catcher Jonah Heim doesn't get much attention for his production at the plate, but the advanced defensive catcher is being noticed in the Carolina League. He was selected to the league's All-Star team for later this month, and batted .236/.330/.395 with five home runs and eight doubles in his first 47 games. He's also showing a good eye at the plate, walking 21 times to 24 strikeouts entering Friday.
DJ Stewart, the Orioles' top pick in 2015, is on his way to the best month of his young professional career in June. Through the first eight games of the month, he hit .281 with three doubles in 32 at-bats, highlighted by a four-hit performance in one of the Shorebirds' back-to-back marathons against West Virginia. They won in 13 innings Monday, then 16 innings Tuesday.