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Orioles prospects 6/22: Good news from pitchers, including Zach Britton

Five starters, five very good performances throughout the Orioles minor-league system. In particular, a pair of 2016 MLB Draft selections had encouraging outings on Thursday.

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Norfolk Tides 11, Durham Bulls 3

Tyler Wilson got the nod for the Tides on Thursday, working into the seventh inning and allowing just two runs. He only struck out two, but scattered four hits and earned a win over 104 pitches.

Pedro Alvarez led Norfolk with three hits and four RBI, a night that included him hitting his 15th HR of the year. He might only own a .221 average, but there’s still power in his swing. Chris Dickerson went 2-4 with three runs scored and Mike Yastrzemski hit a two-run HR.

Bowie Baysox 5, Binghamton Rumble Ponies 4

Bowie starter Matthew Grimes worked seven innings and allowed just two earned runs (four total). He struck out only two and surrendered two HRs, but his effort was good enough to notch the win.

Cedric Mullins hit a three-run home run and worked a walk in the leadoff spot. Remember that Austin Hays guy? He singled, going 1-4 in his Bowie debut. Catcher Audry Perez went 3-4 with a pair of doubles; second baseman Stephen Wilkerson continues to swing a hot bat with a pair of singles.

Lynchburg Hillcats 3, Frederick Keys 0

It was a great outing for 2016 Draft pick Keegan Akin, who tossed six innings of scoreless ball against the Hillcats. He struck out nine and allowed just three hits, lowering his season ERA to 4.11. After a rough start to the year, it appears Akin is beginning to settle into the season at Frederick.

As the final score indicates, there’s not much to mention in terms of offense. There were just three hits — both Ryan Mountcastle and Randolph Gassaway doubled.

Delmarva Shorebirds 6, Lakewood BlueClaws 0

Zach Britton pitched another scoreless inning to start this game, which is the most meaningful note to come from this game. He allowed a single and struck out a pair of batters.

“Starter” Zach Muckenhirn tossed a gem, allowing just two hits and a walk over six innings.

The Shorebirds lineup compiled 14 hits in a great effort on Thursday night. Six of the nine starters had multi-hit games, including 1B Preston Palmiero whose three hits, including a HR, two doubles and three RBI, led the team.

Aberdeen Ironbirds 3, Connecticut Tigers 0

The Ironbirds — and the organization as a whole — got very good news on Thursday night from starter Brenan Hanifee, a 19-year-old right-hander making his pro ball debut after being selected in the 4th round last year. He allowed just five singles, striking out five and walking none. Not a bad start to a minor-league career!

Aberdeen won this game with just three hits, which is rather impressive at any level of baseball. Infielder Garrett Copeland doubled, singled and walked. All Aberdeen runs were unearned, as Connecticut committed four errors. Welcome to short-season!

Today’s games

Norfolk at Gwinnett, 7:05 p.m. Starter: Jordan Kipper

Bowie at Erie, 7:05 p.m. Starter: Jesus Liranzo

Frederick at Lynchburg, 6:30 p.m. Starter: Cristian Alvarado

Delmarva vs. Lakewood, 7:05 p.m. Starter: Matthias Dietz

Aberdeen vs. Connecticut, 7:05. Starter: TBD