Left-hander DL Hall, 19, had the best second half of any pitcher in the Orioles system, and finished the year with an even 100 strikeouts in 94 1/3 innings after pitching five scoreless, two-hit innings Friday for the Shorebirds. Hall, the Orioles’ top draft pick in 2017, lowered his ERA to 2.10.
After hitting seven home runs in the Eastern League before his promotion late last month, first baseman Trey Mancini had a bit of a wait for his first Triple-A home run on May 6. He added to that total with home runs in back-to-back games Tuesday and Wednesday, and enters the weekend batting .258/.347/.485 with three home runs and four doubles in 18 International League games.
Infielder Corban Joseph, the brother of Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph, entered Friday with an 18-game hitting streak for the Baysox. A career .280 minor league hitter who appeared in two games with the New York Yankees in 2013, Joseph hit .349/.394/.465 with a home run, five doubles and 12 RBIs in his first 22 games of the season. He has played first base and second base for Bowie, and entered the weekend leading the Eastern League in hitting.
First baseman Trey Mancini, who last season won the Eastern League batting title, opened the season with four home runs in his first six games for the Baysox. The rest of his team entered Saturday with four home runs between them.
A roster crunch at the highest level of the Orioles¿ minor league system has left first baseman Trey Mancini, among their best hitting prospects, back in Double-A Bowie in something of a surprising decision this month.
First baseman Trey Mancini, who excelled at High-A Frederick and Double-A Bowie, has won the Orioles¿ Brooks Robinson Minor League Player of the Year Award while the organization split its top minor league pitching award for the first time since 1993.
Altoona Curve relief pitcher John Kuchno, a Baltimore native who grew up in the Dorsey's Search neighborhood of Columbia and attended Glenelg Country School, after four years in the minor leagues, is looking to continue his climb toward the majors.
Bowie easily won that fourth game and rolled to another victory in the decisive Game 5 on Saturday night. Garabez Rosa homered twice and drove in three runs while Nick Additon provided four innings of stellar relief as the Baysox locked up the first Eastern League championship in the team's 23-season history with a 7-2 victory over Reading at Prince George's Stadium.
Despite being in their 23rd season, the Bowie Baysox lack much of a playoff history. The Orioles' Double-A affiliate never even won a postseason series until beating Altoona in an Eastern League semifinal last week. That's why Game 3 of the Eastern League championship series with Reading on Thursday night meant so much to the organization — it was the first time the Baysox ever hosted a game in the title series. But Reading ruined the party, taking command early and rolling to a 9-3 win.
First baseman Christian Walker entered the final weekend of the regular season with an International League-leading 13 home runs since the All-Star break, with three in six games before Friday. He homered twice Thursday in a 6-2 loss to Gwinnett, raising his average to .260 on the season with 18 home runs and 74 RBIs.
2007 Catonsville High graduate Adam Kolarek, in his sixth minor league season in the New York Mets organization, wanted to know when the Mets would play at Prince George¿s Stadium on the road against the Bowie Baysox, the Baltimore Orioles Double-A affiliate. Kolarek, his family and extended supporters of Catonsville area friends and fans can mark the dates of June 9, 10 and 11 for his return to his home state.