Left-hander Jayson Aquino has had an up-and-down stretch, alternating good and bad outings in his last four starts. He allowed six earned runs in 4 2/3 innings on June 21, but came back five days later to allow one run on three hits in seven innings. Aquino, 24, entered the weekend 2-7 with a 4.50 ERA in 11 starts for the Tides.
Infielder Adrian Marin is one of the surprise stories of the system this summer, with the 2012 third-round draft pick named to the Eastern League All-Star Game as he entered the weekend batting .297 with 15 doubles in 64 games for the Baysox. Marin, 23, hasn't hit above .286 in any season with that coming the year he was drafted.
Left-hander Keegan Akin's near no-hitter Tuesday was the latest in an impressive stretch that came after he skipped a start in late May to regroup. The 22-year-old's eight innings of one-hit scoreless ball gave him three earned runs in 30 innings over his last five starts (0.90 ERA), allowing 13 hits and walking 11 but striking out 31.
Right-hander Lucas Humpal, 23, struck out seven and allowed one run without issuing a walk in seven innings Monday, continuing a strong stretch for the 2016 ninth-round pick. He entered Friday with 14 starts for the Shorebirds, including eight quality starts, and had a 3.93 ERA to go with his 4-6 record and 1.153 WHIP.
Tobias Myers, a high school right-hander selected last year in the sixth round, is off to a strong start to his professional career for the IronBirds. Myers, 18, struck out eight in five innings of two-hit, scoreless baseball in his season debut on June 23, and allowed one run in four innings Thursday.