Infielder Breyvic Valera batted .357 (15-for-42) with a home run in his 11 games entering Saturday, bringing his season line with Norfolk to .273/.350/.420 with eight extra-base hits since he was acquired last month from the Los Angeles Dodgers. Valera, 26, had hits in 11 of his first 13 games after being optioned from Baltimore on Aug. 2.
Left-hander Chris Lee, 26, has pitched well in a relief role since the Orioles outrighted him off the 40-man roster and knocked him back to Bowie. Lee pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings Friday to bring him to 9 2/3 innings with one earned run on six hits for the Baysox. Of the 29 outs he’s recorded, 19 were ground balls and seven were strikeouts.
Infielder Jomar Reyes, 21, entered Saturday with hits in seven straight games, including four multihit games, to help him to a .462 average in that stretch. It’s part of a late-season resurgence for the hulking Reyes, who was batting .241 at the All-Star break in his third season at Frederick but has hit .292 with a .795 OPS since.
Reliever Nick Vespi made it nine innings over five appearances without an earned run after pitching three scoreless innings Friday, allowing two hits with two strikeouts in the Shorebirds win. The 22-year-old left-hander entered Saturday with 62 strikeouts, a 2.30 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP in 58 2/3 innings. Opponents are batting .196 off him.
Shortstop Adam Hall, the Orioles’ second-round pick in 2017, hit his first professional home run Wednesday and carried a nine-game hitting streak into the weekend for the IronBirds. Hall, 19, began the streak batting .224, but is 14-for-31 (.452) since it started to bring him to .267 through Friday. Hall also has 11 steals in 14 attempts overall this season.