Orioles minor league report: Ademar Rifaela, Max Hogan earn postseason league honors

Jon Meoli
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Triple-A Norfolk

Entering Saturday, third baseman Drew Dosch led the International League with 35 doubles in 117 games. Dosch, 25, had 45 extra-base hits, batting .268/.326/.419 in his first taste of Triple-A. A seventh-round pick in the 2013 draft, Dosch is eligible for this year's Rule 5 draft if the Orioles don't protect him on the 40-man roster.

Double-A Bowie

Utility man Garabez Rosa was a postseason All-Star for the second straight year in the Eastern League. Rosa, 27, entered Saturday batting .312/.335/.444 with 39 extra-base hits and a team-high 87 RBIs in his fifth season with the Baysox. His 13 home runs are a career high, as are his 87 RBIs, which place him one off the Eastern League lead with three games to play entering Saturday.

High-A Frederick

Outfielder Ademar Rifaela won the Carolina League MVP award this week for his breakout season with the Keys. His .860 OPS entering Saturday was second best in the league behind fellow Orioles farmhand Ryan Mountcastle's .885, while leading the circuit with 24 home runs. His 78 RBIs were second most in the league. Rifaela, 22, is a native of Curaçao signed in 2013.

Low-A Delmarva

Left-hander Alexander Wells' season ends with his last walk issued on June 25, with his last 11 starts free of free passes. He struck out 55 batters in that span, and ends the year having issued just 10 walks with 113 strikeouts in 140 innings. The 20-year-old’s 2.38 ERA and 0.91 WHIP were best in the South Atlantic League.

GCL Orioles

Second baseman Max Hogan, a 32nd-round draft pick this year out of Missouri Southern State, was named a postseason All-Star in the Gulf Coast League. Hogan, 23, entered Saturday batting .310 with a .971 OPS and 18 extra-base hits in 40 games. Thanks to his 32 walks, Hogan's .452 on-base percentage is best in the GCL, while his .519 slugging percentage is second.

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