Right-hander Yefry Ramirez, 24, got his season back on track Friday with his fourth quality start, striking out six with a walk and a hit batter while allowing two runs on seven hits in six innings. Ramirez, acquired July 31 from the New York Yankees in a trade for international signing bonus slots, lowered his ERA to 4.72, and he's struck out 58 batters with a 1.25 WHIP in 55 1/3 innings for the Tides.
Infielder Corban Joseph, brother of catcher Caleb Joseph, hasn't stopped hitting since he arrived at Bowie this spring. Entering Saturday, he had five multihit games in his previous 10 to bring his season line to .341/.393/.562 with seven home runs and 18 doubles in 48 games. Joseph, 29, hasn't seen his average dip below .320 since April 11 and has made just one error in his time at first and second base.
Wilson Garcia, a 24-year-old switch-hitter from Venezuela acquired in a minor league trade with the Philadelphia Phillies on May 1, has hit well since joining the Keys. Entering Saturday, he was batting .303/.322/.535 with five home runs and nine doubles in 27 games with Frederick. Garcia never advanced above Single-A with the Phillies, and fills a familiar need in the Orioles system as a castoff corner infielder with power. While he's caught some in his career, he's only played first base for the Keys.
Right-hander Matthias Dietz, 22, has been worlds better in his second crack at the South Atlantic League than his first, even as a short and wild start Friday stunted some of his progress. Before that outing, when Dietz allowed two runs on three hits and five walks in 3 2/3 innings, he fanned seven in seven innings of three-hit, scoreless ball. Dietz, a second-round draft pick in 2016, is 5-1 with a 2.91 ERA and 52 strikeouts in 46 1/3 innings with a 1.29 WHIP.