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Orioles minor league report: First-round pick DJ Stewart off to slow start

Orioles minor league report: First-round pick DJ Stewart off to slow start
Aberdeen IronBirds left fielder DJ Stewart (10) gets high fives as he is announced in his professional debut against the Staten Island Yankees at Ripken Stadium. (Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun)

Triple-A Norfolk

Outfielder Henry Urrutia has emerged from a sluggish start to the season with a strong run at the plate. The 28-year-old batted .327/.359/.455 with eight doubles, two homers, 11 RBIs and 14 runs scored over his 25 games before Friday. Urrutia, who hasn't been called up to the majors since 2013, hit .267 with three homers and 27 RBIs in his first 58 games of the season.

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Double-A Bowie

Right-hander Elih Villanueva has bounced back and forth between Double-A and Triple-A this season, and while he hasn't been able to stick with the Tides, he has posted some nice numbers with the Baysox. The 28-year-old is 7-6 with a 2.63 ERA in 14 starts with Bowie after allowing one run in eight innings Thursday. He didn't permit a hit until there were two outs in the fifth in his last start.

High-A Frederick

Outfielder Josh Hart, 20, set a career high with five hits in a July 9 game completed by the Keys on Wednesday. The 2013 supplemental first-round draft pick went 5-for-6 with two doubles and two runs scored while matching a career best with three RBIs. Hart was officially 0-for-14 in his three games before Friday, but batted .444 (8-for-18) from July 9-12.

Low-A Delmarva

Shortstop Stephen Wilkerson, 23, entered Friday with a streak of four straight two-hit games, raising his team-leading batting average to .312. The Orioles' 2014 eighth-round pick is in the middle of a terrific run, batting .383/.443/.533 with six extra-base hits, seven RBIs and 17 runs scored over his 16 games before the weekend. He was batting .287 before that stretch.

Short-A Aberdeen

Outfielder DJ Stewart, the Orioles' 2015 first-round pick, struggled to start his professional career, batting just .136/.245/.227, going 6-for-44 over his first 12 games. He entered Friday with just one double, one homer, three runs scored and seven RBIs. Stewart's plate discipline has been as advertised, as he had seven walks and seven strikeouts going into the weekend.

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