Right-hander Asher Wojciechowski, 29, followed up his pre-break gem with another strong start Friday coming out of the All-Star break. After striking out 12 in seven innings of three-hit, scoreless ball July 6 against Durham, Wojciechowski pitched eight innings, allowing one run on five hits with eight strikeouts to lower his ERA to 3.51.
Outfielder Anthony Santander, who has been at Double-A Bowie since mid-May when his Rule 5 draft requirements with the Orioles were fulfilled, is in an extended skid with the Baysox. The 23-year-old was batting .303 on June 14, but has fallen to .266 with a .716 OPS entering Saturday. Santander went into Saturday batting .179 (7-for-39) in July, though he returned from the All-Star break Thursday with two hits.
First baseman Wilson García, 24, has made quite an impact since joining the Keys in an early-season trade from the Philadelphia Phillies. García entered Saturday with 18 home runs and 15 doubles, including six homers in his past 11 games. and has hits in eight straight through Friday. He batted .327/.364/.604, and struck out 25 times against 15 walks in his first 65 games with the Keys.
Shortstop Cadyn Grenier, the 37th overall pick in this year’s draft for the Orioles, is off to a steady start while making his professional debut with the Shorebirds. Grenier, 21, entered Saturday with three multi-hit games in eight played, including a bases-loaded double to score three Wednesday. Grenier batted .233 with five extra-base hits, seven strikeouts, six walks and a pair of steals in his first eight games.
Rookie-level GCL Orioles
Right-hander Jake Zebron of Federalsburg, the Orioles' 18th-round pick in the 2018 draft, is off to a good start professionally. With three innings of relief Friday, where he allowed three runs (one earned) on four hits without a walk, Zebron has a 3.77 ERA with 10 strikeouts and one walk in 14 1/3 innings. The 6-foot-3 Zebron, 18, features an 88-93 mph and a curveball as his primary pitches.