Orioles minor league report: Jean Carlos Encarnacion off to hot start after being acquired from Braves

Jon Meoli
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Triple-A Norfolk

Left-hander Josh Rogers, 24, has three quality starts in three tries since coming over from the New York Yankees in a trade for Zach Britton last month, with his most recent start Wednesday the best. Rogers pitched 7 1/3 scoreless innings, striking out three with one walk and four hits allowed in a no-decision. He’s allowed three earned runs in 20 1/3 innings over three starts for Norfolk.

Double-A Bowie

Another newcomer to the Orioles organization, right-hander Dean Kremer, has put together a quick start since his July trade from the Los Angeles Dodgers for Manny Machado. Kremer, 22, struck out nine in six innings while allowing two earned runs Thursday, bringing his ERA to 2.45 in 22 innings with 26 strikeouts over four starts with Bowie. Kremer has 151 strikeouts in 108 innings this season.

High-A Frederick

Right-hander Michael Baumann, 22, had his shortest outing since April on Tuesday, tying a season high with seven earned runs in 3 1/3 innings while also matching a season-high with five walks. Baumann, the Orioles’ third-round draft pick in 2017, has a 4.04 ERA in 75 2/3 innings with Frederick after posting a 1.42 ERA to start the year with Delmarva.

Low-A Delmarva

Infielder Jean Carlos Encarnacion, 20, acquired from the Atlanta Braves on July 31 for Kevin Gausman and Darren O’Day, has hits in six of his first seven games entering Saturday since he joined the Shorebirds. Encarnacion entered Saturday a pair of doubles and a triple while batting .367/.387/.500, with four multihit games. Previously, he hit .288 with 38 extra-base hits for Rome in the South Atlantic League.

Short-A Aberdeen

Shortstop Jean Carmona had hits in four of his first five games with the IronBirds after the Orioles acquired him from the Milwaukee Brewers for second baseman Jonathan Schoop on July 31. Carmona, an 18-year-old switch-hitter, entered Saturday having walked twice and struck out six times while playing impressive defense at shortstop. He’s sharing time there with last year’s second-round pick, Adam Hall.

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