Orioles minor league report: Branden Kline's prospect status on the rise in return to Bowie

Triple-A Norfolk

Outfielder DJ Stewart was one of three Tides players named to the International League All-Star Game this week, along with infielder Drew Dosch and right-hander Jimmy Yacabonis. Stewart entered Friday leading the Tides with eight home runs and 24 extra-base hits while batting .268/.369/.459 to go with eight steals in 10 chances. Despite missing several weeks with a hamstring injury, his 30 walks lead the team.

Double-A Bowie

Right-hander Branden Kline, 26, has solidified himself as a prospect to watch in his return to Double-A after almost three years out with injuries. After posting a 1.31 ERA for High-A Frederick, he allowed two runs in his first appearance for the Baysox. Since, he's allowed three earned runs over 20 1/3 innings over 11 appearances for a 2.01 ERA for Bowie entering Saturday.


High-A Frederick

Center fielder T.J. Nichting, 23, used a four-hit game Thursday to carry a seven-game hitting streak into the weekend, raising his average to .309 with the Keys. A ninth-round draft pick in 2017 out of Charlotte, Nichting had 10 doubles entering Friday, matching the total he had earlier this season at Low-A Delmarva. He batted .318/.351/.406 in his first 75 games between the two levels while playing a strong center field.

Low-A Delmarva

Left-hander DL Hall, the Orioles' first-round pick in 2017, is showing himself to be one of the best young pitchers out of his draft class for the Shorebirds. Hall ran his fastball up to 97 mph in four innings of three-hit relief of Chris Tillman on Monday. Hall, 19, allowed three unearned runs in that game and entered Friday having struck out 39 against 23 walks with a 3.43 ERA in 44 2/3 innings over 12 appearances (10 starts).


Rookie-level GCL Orioles

A pair of second-day high school pitchers made their professional debuts this past week in the Gulf Coast League. Left-hander Drew Rom, 18, their fourth-round pick, struck out four in four innings of scoreless ball Tuesday. A day later, 17-year-old right-hander Yeankarlos Lleras allowed a pair of hits and a walk in 1 1/3 innings. With the College World Series ending Thursday, the Orioles should round out their draft class soon.