Orioles minor league report: Ben Breazeale named organizational Player of the Month

Triple-A Norfolk

Left-hander Chris Lee was moved to a piggyback role to accommodate the return of Mike Wright from injury, and hasn't allowed an earned run in two relief appearances since. Lee allowed an unearned run on one hit with three walks and two strikeouts on July 27, and pitched 3 2/3 innings with five strikeouts while walking three and allowing three hits Tuesday. Lee, 24, has a 5.70 ERA this season.


Double-A Bowie

Rule 5 outfielder Anthony Santander has been crushing the ball since joining Bowie on a rehabilitation assignment late last month. Santander entered the weekend batting .500/.583/1.050 with five doubles, two home runs and seven RBIs in seven games for the Baysox. Santander, 22, must be activated from the disabled list and added to the major league roster on Aug. 15.

Chris Tillman continues to struggle, leaving club with few options other than relief role

High-A Frederick

Right-hander Cody Sedlock, the Orioles' first-round draft pick in 2016, has made three starts since returning from elbow discomfort. He allowed on earned run on six hits with a walk in 4 1/3 innings Thursday, giving him three earned runs in nine innings over three starts since he returned in late July. Sedlock, 22, has a 6.03 ERA on the season.

Low-A Delmarva

Right-hander Matthias Dietz, 21, is in the middle of a second-half turnaround for the Shorebirds. The 2016 second-round pick entered the All-Star break with a 5.54 ERA, but has a 3.27 ERA over eight starts since to lower his ERA to 4.64 on the season. On Wednesday, Dietz didn't surrender a run in five innings, though he hit three batters, walked three and struck out three while allowing two hits.

Short-A Aberdeen

Catcher Ben Breazeale, 22, slugged his way to organizational Player of the Month honors for July by batting .390/.462/.550 with two home runs and 10 doubles in July for the IronBirds. A seventh-round pick as a senior out of Wake Forest in the June draft, Breazeale entered the weekend batting .378/.466/.541 with 16 extra-base hits in 37 games. He has also thrown out seven would-be base-stealers.

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