Orioles minor league report: Tides' Julio Borbon could be speed option for O's in September

Triple-A Norfolk

Julio Borbon remains a staple in the Tides lineup for a second straight year, with the former Texas Ranger batting .295 in his first 30 games before Friday to bring his season average to .275. Borbon hit his first home run of the season on Aug. 22, and had 21 steals on 29 attempts through Thursday. He could be a speed option off the bench for the Orioles in September.


Double-A Bowie

Cuban left-hander Ariel Miranda has made a smooth transition to the Eastern League, winning five of his first seven starts with a 2.38 ERA while striking out 38 in 41 2/3 innings for the Baysox. In stops in the Gulf Coast League, Frederick and Bowie, Miranda, 26, is 6-2 with a 2.84 ERA in 66 2/3 innings (13 starts) with 68 strikeouts.


High-A Frederick

Right-hander David Hess, the Orioles' fifth-round draft pick in 2014, posted his first career complete-game shutout in the first half of a doubleheader Tuesday against Potomac. He struck out five and allowed just one hit in the win. Hess is 9-4 with a 3.58 ERA this year, and is a perfect 7-0 with a 1.34 ERA since the All-Star break.

Low-A Delmarva

Dominican catcher Yermin Mercedes, making his affiliated debut this year after playing independent ball in 2014 and spending three years in the Dominican Summer League before that, batted .351 in his 10 games before Friday, with a pair of home runs and 10 RBIs in that span. Mercedes, 22, hit .278/.313/.486 with a team-high eight home runs and 16 doubles in his first 57 games.

Short-A Aberdeen

Shortstop Ryan Mountcastle, the Orioles' second first-round pick in 2015, homered in his second game with Aberdeen last Sunday, the first of three hits he picked up in his first three games with the IronBirds.

Rookie level GCL

Outfielder Gerrion Grim entered Friday leading the team with five home runs this season. Outfielder Jaylen Ferguson led current members of the club with nine stolen bases.