Pedro Álvarez, 31, homered four times in his 10 games before Friday, including twice Tuesday, as he continues to hit since he was sent down to the Tides on June 20. In 26 games entering Friday, Álvarez batted .283/.333/.475 with five home runs and four doubles. Álvarez has played first base twice for the Tides, with the rest of his action coming as the designated hitter.
Left-hander Keegan Akin, 23, struck out nine batters in seven innings of two-run ball Thursday, giving him three straight quality starts and 12 in 20 starts. Akin has 116 strikeouts to 52 walks in 111 2/3 innings with a 1.20 WHIP, giving him the best season among all the starters in the high minors in the Orioles system.
Third baseman Jomar Reyes, 21, just wrapped a bounce-back July for the Keys, batting .310/.398/.465 in 20 games last month to raise his average to .249. Reyes batted .419 with a home run and five doubles in his 10 games before Friday, though with Ryan Mountcastle at third base above him in Bowie, there’s no apparent path out of his third season in Frederick.
Right-hander Luis Perez joined the Shorebirds in early July and posted a 1.84 ERA in his first five starts, with a 0.99 WHIP and 29 strikeouts in 29 1/3 innings. Perez, 23, spent two years in the Dominican Summer League before debuting last year in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League, and he allowed one run on four hits in 16 innings over three starts for Short-A Aberdeen this season.
Left-hander Matthew Hammonds didn’t give up a run in seven innings, allowing four hits and a walk with two strikeouts in a win Monday for the IronBirds. Hammonds, 23, was selected in the 29th round of the 2017 draft, and entered Friday with a 2.15 ERA over seven appearances (six starts) with a 0.98 WHIP for Aberdeen.