Outfielder Alex Presley is heating up for the Tides just as an outfield opportunity might be in the making for the Orioles. Presley, 32, had a 12-game hitting streak end Wednesday, but got back in the mix Friday with a three-hit day to raise his season line to .299/.370/.402 entering Saturday's game. He was batting .200 when the streak began, but hit .355 in his 14 games going into Saturday.
Third baseman Ryan Mountcastle, 21, returned this week from a hairline fracture in his wrist to collect four hits in his first two games for the Baysox. Mountcastle, the team's No. 2 prospect according to Baseball America, finished last season at Bowie and hit .222 with a .605 OPS while transitioning to third base from shortstop. However, Mountcastle is an advanced hitter with a .288 career average in the minors with 120 extra-base hits.
Left-hander Brian Gonzalez pitched seven innings of no-hit, scoreless ball Tuesday, posting his third straight quality start in the process. Gonzalez, 22, struck out seven batters and walked two in the outing, and the Keys didn't lost the no-hitter until the ninth inning. He entered the weekend with a 3.12 ERA and a 1.212 WHIP in six starts this season, far better than the 4.91 ERA and 1.73 WHIP he posted last year for Frederick.
Center fielder T.J. Nichting, 23, is collecting hits in bunches for the Shorebirds this year, with seven multihit games in his 12 before Saturday and back-to-back three-hit games Thursday and Friday. Nichting, a ninth-round draft pick out of Charlotte last summer, is batting .372 over his past 10 games to raise his season line to .321/.357/.420 with eight doubles, a triple and a home run in 33 games.