Orioles minor league report: First-rounder Grayson Rodriguez showing his stuff in rookie ball

Jon Meoli
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Triple-A Norfolk

Catcher Chance Sisco was 4-for-33 (.121) before hitting a hot stretch this week, going 9-for-25 (.360) in seven games entering Saturday. Sisco, 23, has struggled since he was optioned back to the Tides on July 13 for his second minor league stint of the season. He batted .220 with a .573 OPS in 26 games since being sent down, bringing him to .241 over two spells in Norfolk.

Double-A Bowie

Infielder Corban Joseph was one of two Bowie players named to the Eastern League Postseason All-Star team this week, along with left-hander Keegan Akin. Joseph, 29, batted .311/.378/.487 with 15 home runs in his first 114 games for the Baysox, and also returned to the majors for the first time since 2013 with four games for the Orioles in June.

High-A Frederick

Left-hander Zac Lowther, 22, has continued his steady season over two levels for the Orioles, arriving at the home stretch with a 2.68 ERA in his first 15 games with the Keys. Lowther, a competitive-balance pick in last year’s draft, has 137 strikeouts and a 1.04 WHIP between Low-A Delmarva and Frederick, with his 2.26 ERA over two levels the second-best in the system among full-season starters.

Low-A Delmarva

After pitching out of the bullpen earlier this year with Aberdeen, right-hander Brandon Bonilla has joined the Delmarva rotation this month. In five appearances (four starts) entering Saturday, Bonilla has a 4.15 ERA with 14 strikeouts against nine walks with a 1.15 WHIP in 13 innings with the Shorebirds. Bonilla, 24, is the son of former All-Star Bobby Bonilla.

Rookie-level GCL Orioles

Right-hander Grayson Rodriguez, the Orioles’ first-round draft pick in June, struck out five without allowing a run in three innings Monday in the Gulf Coast League, bringing his ERA to 1.40 in 19 1/3 innings as a professional. Rodriguez, 18, hasn’t allowed a run in seven of his nine appearances, and has struck out 20 against seven walks.

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