After hitting seven home runs in the Eastern League before his promotion late last month, first baseman Trey Mancini had a bit of a wait for his first Triple-A home run on May 6. He added to that total with home runs in back-to-back games Tuesday and Wednesday, and enters the weekend batting .258/.347/.485 with three home runs and four doubles in 18 International League games.
Outfielder Mike Yastrzemski doubled his 2016 home run total last week, hitting three in four games from May 8-11 to match his season-long total from 2015 (six). The power surge comes as part of a good bounce-back season in the Eastern League, where he hit .246/.316/.372 with six home runs and 42 extra-base hits in 2015. He entered the weekend batting .276/.364/.474 for the Baysox with four steals in four attempts.
Lucas Long turned in the best performance of his professional career in a win over Wilmington on Tuesday, striking out eight in eight scoreless innings. Long, a 24th-round draft pick in 2014 out of the University of San Diego, was promoted to the Keys after allowing a run on 10 hits over three starts at Delmarva. He went 1-1 with a 2.74 ERA in 23 innings over his first four starts after being promoted to Frederick.
Shortstop Ryan Mountcastle, the Orioles' second first-round pick last season, is enjoying a scorching May after hitting .162 in his first month in the South Atlantic League. Mountcastle entered the weekend with back-to-back three hit games that raised his season line to .262/.322/.364, and gave him a .436/.452/.538 line in May. He has also cut down on his strikeouts, with five in his first 10 games in May after 22 in 18 games in April.