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Orioles minor league recap 7/28: Rutschman goes hitless in Aberdeen debut

Nowhere to go but up for the Orioles #1 overall pick after his Aberdeen debut. Norfolk, Delmarva, and Aberdeen were the winners on Saturday.

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Norfolk Tides 4, Lehigh Valley (Phillies) 1

For as much as Dan Straily was terrible for the Orioles this season, he’s revived his fortunes somewhat in Triple-A. That continued on Saturday night, with Straily helping the Tides to a victory with a seven inning effort where he gave up just three hits and two walks while mowing down nine IronPigs batters. Straily has made six starts for the Tides and now has a 2.38 ERA at that level. That’ll work!

It was a good day at the plate for the O’s prospects as well. Outfielder DJ Stewart, the freshly minted #24 prospect in the system, came a triple short of the cycle. He hit his 12th homer of the season along the way. Higher-ranked prospect (#4) Ryan Mountcastle had a 4-5 night. On the negative side, #6 prospect Austin Hays was 0-5 and left eight men on base.

Binghamton (Mets) 2, Bowie Baysox 1

The Baysox came up on the wrong end of this one despite a strong effort by #9 prospect Michael Baumann, who mostly scattered six hits over six innings against the Rumble Ponies (really). With seven Bowie games under his belt, Baumann has a 1.16 ERA and has struck out 39 batters in 38.2 innings, with just nine walks allowed.

#5 prospect Yusniel Diaz was 1-4 in the game and was thrown out trying to steal a base. He now has an .814 OPS on the season. #24 prospect Rylan Bannon was also 1-4, with his hit, an RBI double, plating the lone Bowie run.

Potomac (Walgreens) 7, Frederick Keys 2

Keys starter Ofelky Peralta started the year out in Delmarva, with the O’s new regime trying to build him back up after a tough last season. That went well and he got himself back to this level, which so far has not gone well. On Saturday, Peralta allowed the full Tommy Hunter (five runs, all earned) over 5.2 innings, with nine hits and two walks allowed. He did manage to strike out five batters. In fairness somewhat to Peralta, two of those five runs scored after he left the game.

The Frederick lineup remains something of a prospect wasteland, with apologies to those who are grinding it out there. In this game, they picked up ten hits, but only two went for extra bases, and none of them drew a walk. So they only got the two runs and lost.

Delmarva Shorebirds 5, Charleston (Yankees) 0

Three Shorebirds pitchers combined on the four-hit shutout, with 24-year-old reliever Matthew Hammonds doing the most work with six strikeouts over four innings.

2019 seventh rounder Johnny Rizer, who’s already earned a promotion from Aberdeen, racked up three of Delmarva’s seven hits. Fellow 2019 draftee and already-promoted-from-Aberdeen prospect Zach Watson was 1-4. Delmarva’s record is now 73-32, which is still almost unbelievably ridiculous.

Aberdeen IronBirds 5, Hudson Valley (Rays) 2

The much-discussed Aberdeen debut of Adley Rutschman has finally happened. He went 0-5 as the designated hitter in this one, leaving eight men on base. Hopefully tomorrow will be better for him.

IronBirds starter Jake Lyons, the O’s 22nd round pick in this year’s draft out of Oklahoma State, kept the Renegades hitless in his four inning outing, lowering his ERA over seven professional outings to 1.35. 17th rounder Morgan McSweeney added three more scoreless innings to help Aberdeen stay ahead.

The IronBirds offense was powered by a 4-4 night from shortstop Joseph Ortiz, the fourth round pick, with Ortiz driving in two of the five runs. 33rd round pick Craig Lewis had three hits, with 23rd round pick Shayne Fontana adding another pair.

Complete box scores from Saturday’s games, including the adventures of the GCL Orioles and two DSL Orioles affiliates, can be found here.

Sunday’s Scheduled Games

  • Norfolk: at Lehigh Valley, 1:35. Starter: TBD
  • Bowie: at Binghamton, 2:05. Starter: Bruce Zimmermann
  • Frederick: vs. Potomac, 1:00. Starter: A different TBD (was listed as the DFA’d Nate Karns)
  • Delmarva: vs. Charleston, 5:05. Starter: Still another TBD
  • Aberdeen: vs. Hudson Valley, 4:05. Starter: One more TBD