Infielder Garabez Rosa, who is approaching catcher Caleb Joseph's games-played record at Double-A Bowie, earned a promotion to Norfolk on Thursday and responded with his first Triple-A home run. Rosa, who impressed in major league spring training, has one short prior stint in Triple-A and was hitting .366 with two home runs and 11 RBIs through 10 games with the Baysox. He had four hits and five RBIs last Saturday for Bowie.
Shortstop Adrian Marin repeated High-A Frederick last season at age 21, but after a stint in the Arizona Fall League, finds himself starting well in Bowie. Marin, a 2012 third-round pick, entered Friday batting .300 with three doubles and three RBIs through 11 games for the Baysox. He started well last year, batting .286 in April before ending the year batting .238 for the Keys. He's on pace for his first month at .300 or better since July 2013.
Top prospect Jomar Reyes is seeing an increase in power for the Keys, swatting his second home run of the season on Monday against Wilmington. Reyes, who has prodigious raw power but is still translating it to games, didn't have his second home run until May 12 last season, and finished with five while hitting .278 for Low-A Delmarva. Reyes entered Friday batting .259 with a .794 OPS, a dozen strikeouts and eight walks.
A pair of international pitchers are off to a fast start in the South Atlantic League for the Shorebirds through their first two starts. Hard-throwing Dominican right-hander Ofelky Peralta, 19, struck out four in five shutout, four-hit innings on Sunday to give him nine strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings entering his start Saturday. Francisco Jimenez, 21, has struck out nine in nine innings while allowing three runs over two starts.