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Around the minors: August 3rd, 2013

Upper minors pitching leaves something to be desired. Lower minors pitching demonstrates loads of promise.

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Charlotte (White Sox) 8, Norfolk 2

(LHP) Zach Britton was not what one could characterize as 'bad' per se. But he wasn't particularly good either. His performance fell into some sort of murky nebulous region. 6 innings, 10 hits, 4 runs (3 earned), 1 walk, 1 hit by pitch, 1 wild pitch, and 1 K. Dude was a one man worm assassin, inducing 13 ground outs to just 1 fly out. But all those grounders can have a cost. And the bill came due in the form of many hits finding holes through the infield, but also via a slew of errors. One by the 2Bman, one by the Shortstop, and two by the Catcher. dios mio. But when those grounders were being scooped up they were on occasion turned into double plays, three of 'em on the night to be exact. Neat.

The offense didn't do much to help 'ole Zacharias out either. (3B) Danny Valencia and (LF) Xavier Avery each had 2-hit nights. But other than that..../makes fart noise. (2B) Jonathan Schoop did not play.

Portland (Red Sox) 6, Bowie 1

(LHP) Eduardo Rodriguez get touched up pretty badly. 4.2 innings, 8 hits (1 home run), 2 walks, and 5 earned runs. The 5 K's were pretty cool though. As was the 5:0 ground out to fly out ratio. ERod continues to make me look a fool for doubting his ability to generate swings-and-misses at a higher level. I don't know what the impetus behind this was, but his K/9 rate has jumped from 6.96 with Frederick to 8.51 with Bowie. His BB/9, however, have also ballooned, from 2.64 to 4.99. ouch. Still super young though. Plenty of time for him to work out the kinks.

The Bowie offense was marginally better than the Norfolk version. But just barely. (LF) Trayvon Robinson had himself a nifty 3-4 night, included 2 doubles. (DH) Caleb Joseph and (3B) Brandon Waring (2 games in a row at the hot corner! Is this a thing now?) went a combined 1-8, w/ 6 Ks. oof. (1B) Christian Walker did not play.

Frederick 2, Carolina (Indians) 0

I'd wager that this was (RHP) Brady Wager's finest professional performance. A Complete Game Shutout. 4 hits allowed. No Walks. 7 Ks. And he required just 97 pitches to perform this dazzling display. Continuing the theme of worm-burning, Wager put up an impressive 14:4 ground out to fly out ratio. If the defense is playing well behind the pitcher these things can happen.

The offense managed to cobble together 7 hits and 1 walk. ( C ) Michael Ohlman went 1-3, w/ the lone walk of the evening, and threw out the only runner foolhardy enough to test his arm. (CF) Glynn Davis had himself a 1-4 night, but was caught stealing. (3B) Jason Esposito continues to try and rejuvenate his thus far disappointing pro career. He went 1-3, w/ an RBI and a run scored. Also initiated a double play on defense.

Greensboro (Marlins) 3, Delmarva 6

19 year old (RHP) Luc Rennie may be developing into the next ERod in the O's system. After two rough starts to begin his training at the Low-A level, Rennie has put together 3 solid starts in a row. 6 innings here, 6 hits (1 home run), 2 walks, 1 hit-by-pitch, 3 earned runs, and 6 Ks. He's tossed 14 Ks to just 3 walks over his 3 most recent outings, going 17 innings and allowing just 8 earned runs. Gonna have to make it a point to check this kid out at some point in the near future.

(CF) Gregory Lorenzo continues to find the lead-off slot amenable to himself. 1-3, w/ 1 walk, 1 run, and 1 Sac Fly on the night. (LF) Creede Simpson went 2-4, w/ 2 doubles and 2 RsBI. (2B) Anthony Caronia had himself a night though: 4-4, w/ 2 SBs. He also participated in 3 double plays on defense, including initiating 2 of them.

Tri-City (Astros) 2, Aberdeen 6

Boy howdy! The pitching in the low minors of the O's system sure can be exciting at times. (LHP) Mitch Horacek is a tall drink 'o water, standing at 6'5"and a listed 185 lbs. He was the O's 9th round selection in this year's draft, out of Dartmouth. Methinks he may be making Salisbury his home here soon enough. 7.1 IP in this game. 6 hits, 0 walks, 2 earned runs, and 6 Ks. He has a pretty swell 25:2 K:BB ratio on the season now, with a 2.75 ERA and 2.42 FIP over 36 IP. Neat-o! Maybe he'll remain in Aberdeen long enough for me to go see his next home start.

(SS) Jeff Kemp is a Bowie native who was drafted out of Radford with the O's 33rd round selection in this year's draft. He had himself a night: 3-4, w/ a double and a solo HR. He scored twice and drove in 5. (3B) Hector Veloz and (CF) Mike Yastrzemski each took 0-4s on the night.

GCL O's 0, GCL Rays 4

(CF) Josh Hart hasn't played in a couple of days. Not sure what that's about. Probably just a break. Might be getting some personal instruction at the complex or something. Adrickson Zorrila continues to fill in for him, both in CF and in the lead-off slot. He does so, however, quite poorly as he is hitting just .183 on the season with a .269 OBP. 42 Ks in 129 PAs so far. ( C ) Chance Sisco went 0-1, w/ 2 BBs. (DH) Jonah Heim went 1-3. On the mound, knuckler project and Indy League find (RHP) Zach Staniewicz tossed 4 innings of relief, allowing 7 hits and 2 earned runs while K'ing 4 and BBing none. 20 year old Curacao-ian (RHP) Jonatan Jezus Isenia continues to pitch well in short bursts. 2 perfect innings here, with 3 Ks. He now has 18 Ks to 3 walks over his 16 IP.

DSL Tigers 7, DSL O's2 5

19 year old (LHP) Johalis Pacheco got roughed up a bit for the first time. 3 innings, 3 hits, 2 walks, 3 runs (2 earned) and 2 Ks.

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