Right-hander Jimmy Yacabonis is having a good transition to his new role as a starting pitcher, an assignment the Orioles gave him because of his development of three pitches and his sturdy pitcher's frame. He allowed a run on three hits with a strikeout and three walks in 3 1/3 innings Friday, but pitched a career-high five innings and allowed no runs on two hits, a walk and three strikeouts in his previous start April 21.
Hunter Harvey, the Orioles' top pitching prospect, pitched four innings of two-hit, scoreless ball with six strikeouts Friday night. In pitching four innings, he did something he hadn't done since July 25, 2014 with Low-A Delmarva, before elbow troubles derailed his career. Harvey, 23, has made three starts, going 8 1/3 innings and allowing a run on six hits with three walks and eight strikeouts.
Outfielder Randolph Gassaway is repeating the first half to the season that made him a 2017 Carolina League All-Star in his return to the Keys this month. Gassaway, 22, entered Saturday batting .278 with a .735 OPS and a team-high eight doubles. He tailed off after his strong start last season, ending the year batting .260/.304/.338 at two levels and returning to Frederick because of a crowded Bowie outfield.
Outfielder Zach Jarrett, a 28th-round draft pick last year out of Charlotte, entered Saturday a league-high seven home runs to go with his .343/.413/.700 batting line in his first month of full-season ball. The son of NASCAR legend Dale Jarrett, he hit .201 with just two home runs last year at Short-A Aberdeen. His teammate at Charlotte, fellow Delmarva outfielder T.J. Nichting, is off to a nice start himself, batting .295 with a .746 OPS.