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Orioles minor league report: Paul Janish starts hot at plate

Orioles second baseman Paul Janish reaches down for the throw as Minnesota Twins' Eddie Rosario steals the bag with Eduardo Escobar at bat in the fifth inning of a spring training game, Sunday, March 13, 2016, in Fort Myers , Fla.
Orioles second baseman Paul Janish reaches down for the throw as Minnesota Twins' Eddie Rosario steals the bag with Eduardo Escobar at bat in the fifth inning of a spring training game, Sunday, March 13, 2016, in Fort Myers , Fla. (Tony Gutierrez / AP)

Triple-A Norfolk

Shortstop Paul Janish saw a seven-game hitting streak end Monday, but he still entered Friday ranked fourth in the International League with a team-leading .352 batting average through 16 games. The glove-first infielder had 19 hits, 18 of which were singles. He was joined in the Norfolk infield by Ryan Flaherty, who went 5-for-10 with a double and an RBI in his first two games there.

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Double-A Bowie

One of the more underrated pitchers in the Orioles' system, right-hander David Hess turned in his best Double-A start Wednesday when he struck out five and allowed a run on five hits in seven innings against Richmond. Hess entered Friday leading all Baysox starters with a 2.74 ERA in four starts despite opponents hitting .319 off him this season. He struck out 18 in his first 23 innings, relying on a low-90s fastball and three off-speed pitches.

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High-A Frederick

Left-handed reliever Tanner Scott, who turned heads with a fastball that reached 100 mph in spring training, has struggled with control so far this season. On Wednesday, Scott was charged with seven runs on two hits and four walks while retiring two batters against the Salem Red Sox, bringing his season walk-to-strikeout ratio to 15-to-12. He entered the weekend having allowed 14 earned runs with a 2.13 WHIP in 10 1/3 innings.

Low-A Delmarva

Catcher Yermin Mercedes, 23, won South Atlantic League Player of the Week honors last week and over the two games entering Friday, collected three more hits to bring his batting average to a league-leading .426. Mercedes' 1.198 OPS led the SAL as well. He's sharing time at catcher with Alex Murphy (Calvert Hall), who enters the weekend batting .303/.365/.461 with two home runs in 20 games for the Shorebirds.

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