C Matt Wieters– Wieters’s batting average continues to rise after he got off to a slow start with Triple A Norfolk. The O’s top prospect is hitting .284, with 5 homeruns and 26 RBIs. Wieters has been swinging a hot bat of late.In his last nine games,Wieters has now hit .343 with four home runs and 14 RBIs. With his call-up imminent, Wieters is picking up speed right at the right time.
OF Nolan Reimold– Since being promoted to the majors, Reimold has impressed the O’s with his hustle and plate discipline. He hit his first career home run off Mariano Rivera in Yankee stadium, and then on Friday hit his second homerun against the Nationals in Washington. After hitting over .390 to start off his Triple A season, Reimold looks for similar success in the majors as he faces consistent upcoming playing time.
SP Chris Tillman– Chris Tillman remains unbeaten on the season and he continues to overpower International League hitting . He is 5-0 with a 2.13 ERA and has struckout 44 batters. Despite Tillman’s prefect record, he has struggled to reach the deep innings ranking fourth on the team with 38 innings pitched in 8 starts. In his most recent outing, Saturday night, Tillman left the game early with tightness in his groin. According to the Orioles it is nothing serious, however he is questionable for his next start.
1B Brandon Snyder– Snyder like Reimold, has had a blistering start to his minor league campaign. Snyder, the leagues second ranked hitter, is hitting .354 with 9 home runs and 37RBIs. On Saturday night, Snyder had a grandslam and finished with a total of 5 RBI’s on the evening. As Snyder continues to power through Double A pitching, he could be making a trip to Norfolk soon.
SP Jake Arrieta– Arrieta has a record of 4-2 with a 2.97 ERA through 8 appearances. He has pitched a total of 39.1 innings this year averaging to four and a third a start. Arrieta has been the work horse for the Baysox early as one of the leaders on the team in innings pitched. One of the Orioles “Big 3”, Arrieta has certainly gotten off to a good start this season.
SP Troy Patton-Patton has been one of the most consistent pitchers so far this year in the Orioles farm system. He is 5-1 with a 1.62 ERA, a record that makes him the second ranked pitcher in the league. On Sunday, Patton pitched 5 innings allowing 3 earned runs as he earned his fifth win on the year.
Sp David Hernandez– David Hernandez had by far the best start this week in the Orioles minor league system. The only problem, he left with a no decision. On Friday night Hernandez struck out 14 batters including the first seven he faced. Of the total 114 pitches that Hernandez delivered, 84 were strikes. Hernandez gave up only 3 hits and 3 unearned runs as he helped lead Norfolk to a win, but was not awarded a decision. In eight starts he is 3-1 with a 2.91 ERA and leads the team with 60 strikeouts. Hernandez could make it up to Camden Yards sooner rather than later, as he was rumored to be an outside candidate in the running for Adam Eaton’s abandoned rotation slot.
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