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Orioles minor league report: Chance Sisco promoted to Triple-A, hits grand slam in debut

Catcher Chance Sisco swings during a game with the Bowie Baysox.
Catcher Chance Sisco swings during a game with the Bowie Baysox. (Patrick Cavey)

Triple-A Norfolk

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.

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Double-A Bowie

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.

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High-A Frederick

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.

Low-A Delmarva

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.

Short-A Aberdeen

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.

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