With all of the recent promotions seen by the big club, it has been easy to forget that there are still some potential impact players in our farm system. Today was a much better day for many of our affiliates than it was for the O's...
Norfolk Tides (AAA): In a rare turn of events the Orioles defeated the Red Sox...at the AAA level. Former PawSox star and AAAA'er David Pauley led the Tides to a 5-3 victory. After a rough start with Norfolk, 1B Brandon Snyder has improved his play at the plate. Today he was 2-5 with an RBI and is now sporting in OPS in the low .700's and climbing.
Bowie Baysox (AA): In the pitching performance of the day, Brandon Erbe held New Hampshire (Toronto's AA team) HITLESS over eight full innings in route to a 7-1 win. Since returning from "arm fatigue" Erbe has yet to lose in 5 starts with Bowie, allowing just 9 earned runs over 27.2 innings. His ERA now stands at 2.08 on the year and Brandon could be a candidate for winter ball considering he just broke 60 innings pitched on the season. No Josh Bell again as I am assuming the ankle is still an issue.
Frederick Keys (A+): Zach Britton, one of my personal favorites to land at the back of the future rotation, had a decent outing today against Winston-Salem (White Sox A+ squad). The Keys were 15-3 winners behind the southpaw, who allowed 3 earned runs over 5.1 innings. The effort actually raised Zach's ERA to 2.79, but did earn him his eighth win on the season. Brandon Waring contributed a homerun and four RBI's in the offensive outburst by a team not noted for offensive firepower. I believe that he, along with catcher Caleb Joseph could contribute at the major league level at some point in time.
Delmarva Shorebirds (A): The story of the day in Delmarva was starting pitcher and current K machine Cole McCurry, who didn't allow a run over six full innings of work. Cole fanned eight Hagerstown hitters to raise his season total in strikeouts to 116 in just 108 innings pitched. Throughout his first few professional seasons McCurry has averaged nearly a K per inning and has managed an even 22-22 record since debuting in 2007.
It is tough to stay positive sometimes, but the future continues to look promising. I know CC will be buzzing with excitement at this time in a year or two...