Outfielder DJ Stewart, 24, is finding his form a bit this month, hitting his fifth home run of the season Thursday for the Tides and collecting hits in six of his last seven games entering Friday. Stewart batted .262/.359/.418 in his first 40 games this season, but his OPS of .838 in May was much better than the .708 mark he posted in April. Stewart, the Orioles’ 2015 first-round draft pick, is splitting time between left field and right field this year.
Outfielder Cedric Mullins carried a nine-game hitting streak into Friday's game, a stretch in which he went 16-for-36 (.444) with a home run and three doubles for the Baysox, bringing his season line to .293/.347/.494 with six homers and 20 extra-base hits. Mullins, 23, started slowly, batting .241 in April, but he's heated up with the weather to the tune of a .345 average and an .890 OPS in his first 22 games of May.
Second baseman Preston Palmeiro, 23, entered Friday with a 16-game hitting streak, hitting three home runs in his five games before Friday. Since the streak began, he has four doubles and those three home runs to bring his season line to .298/.360/.511. His .872 OPS ranked sixth in the league and second on the Keys behind outfielder Ryan McKenna, and his eight home runs tied for third on the circuit.
Right-hander Brenan Hanifee has put together one of the most impressively consistent seasons in the Orioles system, pitching at least 5 2/3 innings in each of his seven starts and never allowing more than three runs — and he only allowed three once. A 19-year-old with a heavy sinker and good command, Hanifee entered Friday with a 2.22 ERA this season for the Shorebirds, holding opponents to a .217 average.