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Orioles prospects 4/29: D.J. Stewart stays hot for Bowie

Orioles affiliates played five games on Saturday and won four of them. That’s pretty good! Even better, some prospects who matter did well.

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Norfolk Tides 4, Syracuse (Walgreens) 3

In what may be against the rules for an Orioles affiliate, the Tides drew eight walks in this game. Who knew that was even allowed? They needed the walks to get some baserunners because they only got six hits, including a bases empty home run by David Washington.

Chance Sisco, hopeful catcher of the future, was 1-4 with a double in the game. The lone runner who tried to steal a base on him was successful. Sisco has thrown out two out of seventeen baserunners this season. The response to this is the same as Home Alone’s Kevin McAllister makes when he sees a photograph of his cousin Buzz’s girlfriend.

On the bright side, Gabriel Ynoa pitched well for essentially the first time in the regular season, turning in a 6.1 inning effort in which he allowed two runs on six hits and a walk. A few more of those and he might find himself in the picture the next time the Orioles are scrambling for a starter or long reliever, which at this rate will be soon.

Bowie Baysox 8, Akron (Indians) 5

Outfield prospect D.J. Stewart had a night for the Baysox, going 2-5 with a triple and a home run as he drove in four runs in the game. The enigmatic Stewart is now batting .257/.325/.527 on the young season. That’s a drop in OBP compared to his numbers at past stops but with substantially increased power. We’ll have to see where his stats stabilize this year.

Not much else worth highlighting on this Baysox roster, though some credit to Stacey’s favorite Orioles prospect, Lucas Long, entered in relief, pitched four scoreless innings, and got the win for the Baysox.

Frederick Keys 4, Carolina (Brewers) 3 (7 innings)

As with all minor league doubleheaders, these games had a regulation length of only seven innings.

One of last year’s top picks, Keegan Akin, pitched for five innings, allowing two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out six batters. The Keys actually won this game on a walkoff after the Mudcats tied the game in the top of the seventh. Potentially interesting prospect Randolph Gassaway drove in the winning run.

Frederick Keys 7, Carolina (Brewers) 3 (7 innings)

Not much doubt about this one. The Keys scored their seven runs on eight hits - they were helped by three Carolina errors that led to four unearned runs scoring.

Infielder Ryan Mountcastle was 1-4 in both games of the doubleheader, now batting .295 with an .829 OPS for the season. Forgotten prospect Josh Hart was 1-3 with a double in the game and is now batting .300 on the year, hopefully finally finding some success in his third crack at the level.

Charleston (Yankees) 4, Delmarva Shorebirds 1

You’re not going to win a whole lot of baseball games where you only get four hits and also you strike out 14 times. So it was for the Shorebirds on Saturday. Another of last year’s top picks, Matthias Dietz, took the loss, but he only allowed two runs on four hits and a walk in six innings, so really, he deserved better than what he got.

For a complete look at Saturday’s box scores, check out here.

Sunday’s Scheduled Games

  • Norfolk: vs. Syracuse, 1:35. Starter: Zach Stewart
  • Bowie: vs. Akron, 2:05. Starter: John “The Ends Justify The” Means
  • Frederick: vs. Carolina, 2:00 (helicopter candy drop). Starter: Cody Sedlock
  • Delmarva: vs. Charleston, 2:05. Starter: Travis Seabrooke