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Orioles minor league rundown, 7/17/2014

Happy days for Walker, Alvarez and Yastrzemski; Rodriguez takes it on the chin...

Garabez Rosa...he's alright.
Garabez Rosa...he's alright.
Bert Hindman

Norfolk Tides 7, Rochester Red Wings 4

Christian Walker and Dariel Alvarez made their AAA debuts and you'd have to be satisfied with the results. Alvarez doubled in four trips and Walker...uh, walked three times in five plate appearances.

Getting in his work with the youngsters, Miguel Gonzalez pitched a workmanlike quality start. Nothin to see here. One of our regular commenters posted a nice first person account here.

Bowie Baysox 8, Altoona Curve 5

Eduardo Rodriguez dug a hole for the Baysox and the offense climbed out. Rodriguez allowed five earned runs in 4.2 innings, but Mike Yastrzemski and Chris Marrero led mini rallies in the eighth and ninth to help the Baysox to their 51st win of the season. Though not a prospect, Marrero, the former first rounder doubled and homered, but the night belonged to AA debutante Yastrzemski. The thoroughbred from Vanderbilt went 4-5, including a triple and two runs.

Garabez Rosa continued his solid season with a homer and a single. Johnny Ruettiger also had a a pair of singles and a steal. Ruettiger has only stolen seven bases this year after taking 44 last year and 28 the previous year.

Frederick Keys 5, Salem Red Sox 3

Brady Wager is not a guy that earns a lot of style points on the mound, but he's probably one of the best sinkerballers in the system. This season, Wager has pitched to a 57% groundball rate. The only time he's achieved a higher rate in his career, was in half as many starts at Delmarva last year. In his start against the Red Sox, Wager induced seven groundouts in five innings and allowed three earned runs. Dennis Torres, a relative newcomer to the Keys earned the four inning save shutting the Red Sox out the rest of the way.

It might be sort of damning with faint praise to say that Jason Esposito has had one of his best offensive seasons in the system this year. After all, the 2011 second round pick is nearly 24 and has logged almost 700 at bats at Frederick without breaking through. He's shown some value this season, though, as a bit of lefty masher, slashing .333/.383/.488 against lefties this year. On this night, Esposito doubled off of righty Pat Light.

Wynston Sawyer also walked twice to raise his July OBP to .357 and Glynn Davis stole his 19th base of the year. Catching for the Red Sox, was Jordan Weems, brother of former O's farmhand Chase Weems.

Delmarva Shorebirds 5, Greensboro Grasshoppers 0

I still have no real idea who Luis Gonzalez is. I feel safe in saying, however, that he's good enough for the Sally League. Gonzalez has allowed two or fewer earned runs in eight of his ten starts. He doesn't seem to have an arsenal chock full of swing and miss stuff, but struck out five Grasshoppers and induced eight groundouts. Austin Urban and Big Jon Keller helped preserve the shutout. Keller has struck out 66 batters in 56.2 innings.

Drew Dosch and Creede Simpson doubled while Austin Wynns had three singles. Wynns might be a sleeper catching prospect. Wynns has thrown out 35% of would be base thiefs and has only been charged with two errors. If you're a believer in baseball-reference's range factor, he rates well there, too (8.81). He's had a really nice July at the plate (.457/.524/.486) and his .329 OBP on the year is a nice improvement over his .284 2013 season.

Aberdeen Ironbirds 4, Tri City ValleyCats 6

The Veloz giveth and the Veloz taketh away. Young Hector doubled, walked twice an stole a base, but also was charged with two errors and ruined an otherwise decent outing by Pat Connaugton. The Notre Dame man was charged with four unearned runs in 4.1 innings, but walked none, struck out three and induced eight groundouts.

Jamill Moquete was 3-3 with a steal and Jay Gonzalez stole his ninth base and walked three times.

Rookie League Notes

  • Break 'em up! A day after scoring 23 runs, the DSL O's Dos scored 16 runs. Ofelky Peralta walked five in four innings, but Brailyn Duran struck out six in the next four. Miguel Angel Bonilla pitched a scoreless ninth in his pro debut.
  • The GCL O's had their doubleheader postponed after three innings in game one.

Today's Probables

Norfolk Tides vs. Rochester Red Wings, 7:05 pm
NOR: Josh Stinson

Bowie Baysox @ Altoona Curve, 7:00 pm
BOW: Anthony Vasquez

Frederick Keys @ Salem Red Sox, 7:05 pm
FRE; Parker Bridwell

Delmarva Shorebirds vs. Hagerstown Suns, 7:05 pm
DEL: Hunter Harvey