Orioles minor league report: Christian Walker regaining his power with Tides

Baltimore Orioles first baseman Christian Walker (18) gets a pie in the face from Adam Jones (10) after a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Walker was recalled by the club on July 8.

Triple-A Norfolk

First baseman Christian Walker homered four times over the course of the seven-game hitting streak he carried into Friday, giving him nine home runs on the season and raising his average to .262 with 12 hits in 31 at-bats during the streak. Walker entered the weekend second on the Tides in home runs, and tied for second behind outfielder Dariel Alvarez with 42 RBIs.


Double-A Bowie

Andrew Triggs, a right-handed reliever acquired from the Kansas City Royals in April, has been one of the best relievers in the system this season. The 26-year-old had a 0.64 ERA with a .193 average against in 42 1/3 innings over his first 26 appearances this season, striking out 48 and walking just 10. Entering Friday's game, he hadn't allowed a run since May 20.


High-A Frederick

With six three-hit, one-run innings Thursday, right-hander David Hess turned in his third quality start in six outings since the All-Star break and lowered his ERA to 4.26 on the season. Hess is 3-0 with a 1.29 ERA, a 0.89 WHIP, 30 strikeouts and 11 walks in 35 innings since the break, a span over which he has allowed just five runs.

Low-A Delmarva

Right-hander Josh Walker, a 22nd-round draft pick in 2014 out of New Mexico, picked up his fifth win of the season Wednesday. He allowed one hit and issued one walk while striking out four in 5 1/3 scoreless innings. It was Walker's fourth scoreless start of the season, and lowered his ERA to 2.96 in 48 2/3 innings.

Short-A Aberdeen

Lefty Tanner Scott, a sixth-round pick in 2014, struck out six in three scoreless innings Tuesday for Aberdeen, giving him 30 strikeouts in his first 19 1/3 innings over eight appearances.

Rookie-level GCL Orioles

Right-hander Michael Costello, a 40th-round pick this year out of Radford, entered Friday having allowed 10 hits and one run with 11 strikeouts in 13 innings in the Gulf Coast League.