Catcher Chance Sisco, the organization's top hitting prospect, was promoted to Triple-A on Thursday and went 2-for-5 with a grand slam and five RBIs in his International League debut. Sisco, who also homered in the MLB All-Star Futures Game this season, was promoted after batting .320/.406/.422 with four home runs and 44 RBIs at Double-A Bowie. He entered Saturday a career .324 minor league hitter.
Outfielder Henry Urrutia has had a disappointing season, being demoted to Bowie and outrighted off the 40-man roster, but is hitting well over the past month for the Baysox. Urrutia batted .349 (15-of-43) over his 12 games before Saturday to bring his batting average to. 314 with Bowie this season. He hit .351 with two home runs and 12 RBIs in August.
Franderlin Romero, a right-hander acquired earlier this year from the Cincinnati Reds for international signing bonus slots, has struggled some since coming to the Orioles and moving up a level. Romero, 23, entered Saturday 6-4 with a 6.16 ERA for the Keys, having allowed 16 home runs and a .307 average against in 76 innings with 54 strikeouts and 22 walks.
Both the Orioles' organizational Player and Pitcher of the Month for August came from the Shorebirds. Left-hander Brian Gonzalez, 20, was 3-2 with a 2.29 ERA last month to bring his season line to 10-8 with a 2.55 ERA. Outfielder Randolph Gassaway, 21, hit .356 with seven home runs and 15 RBIs with a 1.039 OPS in August for Delmarva.
Outfielder Austin Hays will fall short of qualifying for the New York-Penn League batting title because of time missed with a wrist injury, but will have to settle for being the IronBirds' most productive hitter this year. He enters the final weekend of the season batting .356/.407/.545 with four home runs and a team-high 15 extra-base hits despite playing half of a possible 72 games.