Orioles minor league report: Alex Wells, Drew Dosch among prospects that finished strong

Jon Meoli
Contact ReporterThe Baltimore Sun

Triple-A Norfolk

A hot final week brought third baseman Drew Dosch, 26, to .276/.340/.408 with seven home runs and 24 doubles in his second go-round in the International League, holding down the everyday third baseman’s role for the Tides. Nearly every season mark was on par with what he did last year, when he was sent to Norfolk after barely a week at Double-A Bowie.

Double-A Bowie

Outfielder Ademar Rifaela, 23, had a pair of home runs on the final day of the season to give him seven in 100 games for the Baysox, batting .265/.322/.396. The reigning Carolina League MVP ended the year with 22 doubles, but failed to reach last year’s lofty heights as he battled for outfield playing time with the likes of Austin Hays, Cedric Mullins, Ryan McKenna, Yusniel Díaz and Anthony Santander.

High-A Frederick

Left-hander Alex Wells, 21, was the Orioles’ minor league Pitcher of the Month for August, with four quality starts in five tries and a 1.97 ERA in the season’s final month. The strong finish helped Wells bounce back from the rockiest stretch of his career and go 7-8 with a 3.47 ERA in 24 starts, with 101 strikeouts and 33 walks in 135 innings as well as a 1.30 WHIP.

Low-A Delmarva

Three pitchers in their full-season debuts — left-hander DL Hall, right-hander Brenan Hanifee and left-hander Cameron Bishop — finished the year with sub-3.00 ERAs for the Shorebirds. Hall, the 19-year-old 2017 top draft pick, led the way with a 2.10 ERA, while Hanifee, 20, had a 2.86 ERA and Bishop, 22, had a 2.94 ERA. They began the year as part of a dominant rotation with Matthias Dietz, Zac Lowther and Michael Baumann.

Short-A Aberdeen

First baseman J.C. Escarra, 23, was named the IronBirds’ team MVP this summer, batting .331/.417/.511 with six home runs and 18 extra-base hits in 51 games. A 15th-round pick in 2017, Escarra led the team in home runs and was the only Aberdeen regular who hit over .300 this year.



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