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Ryan Ripken, other players with local ties begin pro baseball careers

Several players with local ties who were picked in baseball's first-year player draft last month have started their professional careers.

Ryan Ripken, a Gilman graduate and the son of Orioles Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr., has struggled in limited action since he signed June 18 and made his debut with the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Nationals on June 21.

Ripken, who was drafted in the 15th round by the Washington Nationals out of Indian River (Fla.) State College, is batting .148 (4-for-27) with a double and four runs scored in eight games. In his best game so far, he was 2-for-4 with two runs scored June 26 against the GCL Marlins.

Right-hander Jake Stinnett, who was drafted by the Chicago Cubs out of Maryland with the 45th overall pick, hasn't made his professional debut. He signed June 19, 10 days after the Terps' season ended in the super regional against Virginia.

Outfielder Troy Stokes (Calvert Hall), a fourth-round pick by the Milwaukee Brewers, was hitting .212 (7-for-33) in eight games through Tuesday for the Rookie-level Arizona League Brewers.

Stokes, who had hit successfully in six of his first eight games, had one double, five RBIs and six runs scored heading into Wednesday. He was 2-for-4 with two RBIs last Friday against the AZL Padres.

Ryan Metzler, an Archbishop Spalding graduate who played in college at South Carolina Aiken, was batting .235 (8-for-34) with two RBIs and four runs scored in 11 games through Tuesday for short-season Single-A Vancouver, the Northwest League affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays.

Metzler, an infielder who was picked in the ninth round by Toronto, had back-to-back two-hit games June 24 and June 25 for Vancouver.

Left-hander Ben Brewster (Park), who was drafted in the 15th round by the Chicago White Sox out of the University of Maryland, was 1-0 and hadn't allowed a run in 6 1/3 innings over two levels through Tuesday.

Brewster started the season with the AZL White Sox before he was promoted to Low-A Kannapolis. Overall, he had struck out 11 batters and walked only two heading into Wednesday.

Center fielder Charlie White, who was picked in the 21st round by the Cubs out of Maryland, was batting .167 (2-for-12) with one RBI in five games through Tuesday.

Infielder Blake Schmit, who was selected in the 26th round by the Minnesota Twins out of Maryland, is batting .200 (3-for-15) with one RBI and three runs scored in four games for Rookie-level Elizabethton in the Appalachian League.

Right-hander Patrick Baker, the Orioles' 29th-round pick out of Anne Arundel Community College, signed June 19 with the club, but he hasn't made his professional debut.

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