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Orioles Minor League Rundown: 7-1-15

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Shutouts galore throughout the system yesterday

Jeff Kemp broke up the Nats no-hit bid of the Keys in the 9th yesterday
Jeff Kemp broke up the Nats no-hit bid of the Keys in the 9th yesterday
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Charlotte (White Sox) 0 Norfolk 2

Michael Bowden shined over 7 shutout innings, limiting Charlotte to only 3 hits. Over 22 appearances, including 8 starts with the Tides he has accumulated 66.1 IP and a 2.17 ERA. Oliver Drake walked 2 in the 9th but ultimately K'd the side for his 12 Save. Sean Halton provided the pop for the offense, dinging a 2-run dinger in the 2nd off on-time big-time prospect Kyle Drabek. Christian Walker and Henry Urrutia each had 1 for 4 nights. Dariel Alvarez took and 0-fer.

Bowie 2 Akron (Cleveland) 6

Plenty of offense for the Baysox, but their 12 hits failed to translate into more than just 2 runs. 3 GIDPs and having a runner thrown out at the plate will tend to do that. Corban (brother of Caleb) Joseph went 3 for 4 with a two-bagger from the lead-off slot. Trey Mancini notched 2 hits, but was the aforementioned runner thrown out trying to score. Drew Dosch went 1 for 4 and drove in both Bowie runs, but he also committed an error and GIDP'd twice. Sometime you eat the bear, and, well...sometimes the bear eats you...

Parker Bridwell is on a bit of a run of late. 9 Ks over 6 IP in this one. He allowed 5 hits (1 HR), 2 BBs, and 2 ERs. Over his last 3 he has compiled 21 IP, 15 hits allowed, just the 2 BBs from this game, 6 ERs, and 20 Ks. He'll turn 24 in August, and it's his 5th full season in the org., and his stats have never been anything aside from middling, but I maintain belief in his ability to get to the bigs and be a useful arm in some capacity.

Potomac (Nats) 4 Keys 0

The Keys ran into a buzzsaw in this one, as uber-prospect Lucas Giolito came on in the 2nd inning and laid waste to the Keys hitters. 7 IP, 7 Ks, and just 1 BB allowed for him. The Keys broke up the no-hit bid in the 9th to save some manner of face. But, ugh. Chance Sisco did reach base thrice, once via walk and the other two times via HBP. Stop hitting our top prospects, Gnats! Starter Chris Lee was valiant in opposition, going 6 IP while allowing just 1 ER.

Here's some in-person scouting of Lee from the twitters:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Chris Lee 89-92 T93. 4S and sinking 2S. Athletic, projection left.</p>&mdash; Nathaniel Stoltz (@stoltz_baseball) <a href="https://twitter.com/stoltz_baseball/status/616391624562765825">July 1, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Lee with a sinking CH 84-86, good arm speed. Cutter-like SL 85-88. Both flash near avg. Project but interesting, could take a leap.</p>&mdash; Nathaniel Stoltz (@stoltz_baseball) <a href="https://twitter.com/stoltz_baseball/status/616392134854180865">July 1, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Lee can use his SL like a cutter, bust it inside to RHB. Got two swinging Ks in the third on that. I&#39;m intrigued.</p>&mdash; Nathaniel Stoltz (@stoltz_baseball) <a href="https://twitter.com/stoltz_baseball/status/616395534744600576">July 1, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Lee just touched 94 in the sixth.</p>&mdash; Nathaniel Stoltz (@stoltz_baseball) <a href="https://twitter.com/stoltz_baseball/status/616402267688816640">July 2, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">And then a 95 and 97 from Lee, followed by another swinging K on a SL. Wow.</p>&mdash; Nathaniel Stoltz (@stoltz_baseball) <a href="https://twitter.com/stoltz_baseball/status/616403242591850496">July 2, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Lee was acquire from the Astros back in May for some International Bonus slot money. Good use of it if the Warehouse isn't going to spend it, I suppose.

Lakewood (Phillies) 0 Delmarva 2

Josh Walker had his best game as a pro. The 23 year old 22nd round pick in the '14 draft tossed 7 scoreless innings, striking out 6 and allowing just 3 hits. 72 of his 93 pitches went for strikes. That'll make even a control-artist like Wei-Yin Chen jealous. The Shorebirds opened up a scoreless game in the 7th via a couple of singles and a sac bunt. 3 consecutive singles in the 8th would plate an insurance run and that was that.

Staten Island (Yankees) 1 Aberdeen 5

Francisco Jimenez limited Staten Isle to just 1 ER over his 5 innings of work in spite of 7 hits allowed and just 2 Ks. Lazaro Levya got the scouting attention though:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Orioles?src=hash">#Orioles</a> Lazaro Leyva 96-98 mph with life; 77-79 CB with tight spin and moderate depth; premium arm speed; max effort guy</p>&mdash; Tucker Blair (@TuckerBlairON) <a href="https://twitter.com/TuckerBlairON/status/616405423382482945">July 2, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Lazaro Leyva touched 99 mph in his 3rd inning of work <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Orioles?src=hash">#Orioles</a></p>&mdash; Tucker Blair (@TuckerBlairON) <a href="https://twitter.com/TuckerBlairON/status/616414383867084800">July 2, 2015</a></blockquote>

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That'll play. He K'd 4 over his 2.1 innings.

Everyone in the Aberdeen lineup notched a base hit save for C Alexander De La Cruz, who went 0-fer with 4 Ks. Shake it off, buddy.

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Today's probables:

Norfolk: TBD, since the Goose is being recalled to start for the big boys

Bowie: (RHP) Joe Gunkel

Frederick: (RHP) David Hess

Delmarva: (RHP) Matthew Grimes

Aberdeen: (TBD) Though 1st Rd. selection D.J. Stewart is expected to make his debut with the club. Perhaps I'll make the trip down there.