Orioles minor league report: Jesus Liranzo primed to continue success at Bowie

Jon Meoli
Contact ReporterThe Baltimore Sun
Double-A Bowie's Jesus Liranzo has struck out seven batters and allowed just two runs in eight innings.

Triple-A Norfolk

Right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne, who spent two months in long relief for the Orioles, has been settling back into the rotation for the Tides. He couldn't make it out of the fourth inning Aug. 4, his first outing back, and allowed one run on two hits and two walks in four innings Wednesday.

Double-A Bowie

Right-hander Jesus Liranzo, 21, was promoted from Low-A this month and has impressed for the Baysox so far. He's struck out seven batters and allowed just two runs on two hits and three walks in eight innings. Liranzo, who has a fastball that sits at 95 to 96 mph, had a 1.05 ERA with 53 strikeouts in 42 1/3 innings for Delmarva.

High-A Frederick

Outfielder DJ Stewart, the Orioles' 2015 first-round draft pick, continues to improve. After batting .230 in the season's first half at Delmarva, Stewart entered Saturday batting .272 with a pair of home runs and a .796 OPS in the Carolina League. He went 10-for-31 over a recent eight-game road trip to Wilmington and Winston-Salem.

Low-A Delmarva

The Shorebirds have had plenty of relievers promoted out this year, but Christian Turnipseed has been a reliable part of their bullpen all season. Turnipseed, 24, is third in the South Atlantic League with 16 saves, and is 1-4 with a 3.14 ERA. He's allowed earned runs in two of his past three outings, but his previous seven appearances were scoreless.

Short-Season Single-A Aberdeen

Austin Hays, a third-rounder selected this year, hit his first professional home run Friday in the IronBirds' 2-0 win over Lowell. Hays has battled a wrist injury this season, but the outfielder from Jacksonville, Fla., enters the weekend batting .351/.415/.526 with four steals in five tries over 17 games. He's the only Aberdeen regular batting over .300.

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