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.
Shortstop Paul Janish saw a seven-game hitting streak end Monday, but he still entered Friday ranked fourth in the International League with a team-leading .352 batting average through 16 games. The glove-first infielder had 19 hits, 18 of which were singles.
Triple-A Norfolk's season could end tonight in the International League semifinals and the Orioles are still deciding whether they will add more players to the expanded roster if the Tides are eliminated.
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.
Outfielder Dariel Alvarez continued his smoldering June this week with a run of four-straight multi-hit games from Sunday through Wednesday, and took an eight-game hitting streak into the weekend. Alvarez's 1.055 OPS in his first 22 games of June was the best in the International League this month and third-best in all of Triple-A.
Left-hander Chris Jones carried a perfect game into the sixth inning Thursday against Lehigh Valley, and left with a season-high six strikeouts and just a single base hit allowed in seven scoreless innings. In 15 appearances (seven starts) this season for the Tides, Jones entered Friday leading the team and ranked second in the International League with a 2.24 ERA.
Before Monday's game, the Orioles purchased the contract of right-hander Josh Stinson from Triple-A Norfolk to bolster a bullpen that was depleted after right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez's short outing Sunday against the Oakland Athletics.
Miguel Gonzalez gets the start tonight in Pittsburgh ¿ his first since May 10, when he registered a quality start in a no decision against Houston. His last outing was in relief of Kevin Gausman on Wednesday.
Monday was a pretty productive off day for the Orioles since both the Rays and Yankees lost. So the Orioles head into tonight's series opener in Boston trailing the Rays by four games for second place in the AL East, as well as the first AL Wild Card spot.
Orioles infielder and designated hitter Danny Valencia, whose name reportedly appeared on a list from Biogenesis, the defunct Miami-area anti-aging clinic, was cleared of any involvement and did not receive a suspension.
Outfielder L.J. Hoes is expected to be announced Tuesday as this year's winner of the Brooks Robinson Award for the best season by an Orioles minor league hitter. He won't be winning it alone, though, not in his mind anyway.
Buck Showalter just wanted to know one thing from Ron Johnson and Mike Griffin. How did they steer the Triple-A Norfolk Tides to a winning record when Showalter spent the whole season stealing their players?
Orioles pitcher Randy Wolf said he knew coming in he would be used in relief, and he didn't have a problem with that. His top priority was to pitch for a contender, but the 36-year-old said coming out of the bullpen will be an adjustment.
Chris Tillman made his minor league transitional start Monday at Double-A Bowie in between the two-hit gem against Seattle that he threw Wednesday and his next Orioles outing Sunday against the Detroit Tigers.
A couple of months after moving its pro scouting department under one umbrella that would focus primarily on amateur scouting, the Orioles have decided to put a little more emphasis on monitoring the minor leagues.