Orioles minor league report: Kyle Stowers retains pushing for an additional call-up; new pitchers get promotions
Over the weekend in opposition to Tampa Bay, the Orioles gave left-hander DL Hall a taste of the majors, hoping he would be taught from his one begin and apply those lessons as he prepares to serve in a relief role down the stretch.
With Triple-A Norfolk, he’ll have a very good instance of the way to deal with such circumstances. The Orioles are actually in Toronto, the place they deployed the same tactic in June with outfielder Kyle Stowers, called up for a series as a substitute player. Stowers acquired solely eight plate appearances throughout that stint, going 1-for-7 with 4 strikeouts, however since rejoining Triple-A Norfolk, he’s hit .288/.371/.531 — good for a .902 OPS — with 22 of his 46 hits going for further bases.
Stowers, Baltimore’s No. 11 prospect in keeping with Baseball America, leads the International League in RBIs and ranks second in extra-base hits. He paces Orioles full-season minor leaguers in these classes and residential runs, trailing solely prime general prospect Gunnar Henderson in slugging share and OPS.
“When guys can get a taste and see what it’s like up here, I think that’s always a positive,” Orioles supervisor Brandon Hyde mentioned. “They go back down, they know what they’re working toward, what it felt like up here. You never know until you’re here, honestly, and playing in these environments and facing the pitching that you’re facing and the hitters that DL was gonna face. Now, you have something to work on and something to work towards, and hopefully, that’s what DL is going to do, and I think Kyle’s done a good job of that this year.”
Stowers continued to take action this previous sequence. Each week, The Baltimore Sun will break down 5 of the highest performers within the Orioles’ prospect ranks and hand out some superlatives for individuals who didn’t make that minimize.
1. Triple-A Norfolk outfielder Kyle Stowers
Stowers’ efficiency continues to supply wonders of why it’s coming in Triple-A somewhat than the majors. In a sequence in opposition to Rochester, he slashed .304/.429/.522, doubling twice with a house run. Although he additionally drew 5 walks, he did strike out 9 occasions, all in a three-game span; if there’s one clear weak point in his sport, it’s swing and miss, although his strikeout and swinging strike charges are down from 2021. But it’s attainable that will probably be a tradeoff for the ability he gives. Notably, he’s really carried out higher in left-on-left matchups, with a .996 OPS in comparison with an .865 mark when he has the platoon benefit.
2. High-A Aberdeen left-hander Cade Povich
Executive vice chairman and normal supervisor Mike Elias labeled Povich as the important thing piece of the 4 minor league pitchers Baltimore received from the Minnesota Twins for All-Star closer Jorge López, saying the 22-year-old left-hander has front-of-the-rotation potential. He confirmed it in what proved to be his lone two begins with Aberdeen, pitching six shutout innings in each earlier than getting promoted to Double-A Bowie. Chayce McDermott, acquired from the Houston Astros as half of the return for first baseman Trey Mancini, additionally moved up after putting out seven over 4 innings final week for the IronBirds.
3. Triple-A Norfolk infielder Jordan Westburg
Early in his stint with Norfolk, Westburg appeared on the quick observe to a possible promotion, ending June with a 1.077 OPS earlier than his bat slowed exceptionally. In a five-series stretch from early July to early August, the Orioles’ No. 6 prospect hit .183 with a .517 OPS. He lastly started to shake that off final week in opposition to Rochester, posting a 1.100 OPS because of a pair every of dwelling runs and doubles. He additionally walked six occasions reverse six strikeouts, a big development after putting out 3 times as a lot as he walked through the earlier hunch.
4. High-A Aberdeen utilityman Billy Cook
Baltimore’s Tenth-round choose within the 2021 draft, Cook has been pretty streaky in his first full skilled season. He managed 4 extra-base hits among the many IronBirds’ earlier 4 sequence, then delivered 5 alone — three doubles and two dwelling runs — final week in opposition to Hudson Valley, including two steals. He’s performed all three outfield spots and each first and second for the IronBirds, hitting .202 with a .684 OPS general.
5. Double-A right-hander Garrett Stallings
That Stallings was acknowledged because the Orioles’ minor league pitcher of the month for July speaks to how far he’s come from a disastrous June. He’s saved it stepping into August. Since permitting 10 earned runs whereas recording 10 outs to go away his June ERA at 28.50, Stallings, who turned 25 final week, has a 1.73 ERA over his previous seven outings, strolling solely three of the 138 batters he’s confronted in that span. Last week in opposition to Akron, he allowed one run on three hits over six innings, putting out 5 whereas strolling none.
The prime prospect not featured thus far
As baseball’s prime prospect, Henderson mechanically qualifies for this spot with something apart from a standout week. The 21-year-old infielder was stable for Norfolk, hitting .269 with a .790 OPS, however struck out an atypical 13 occasions. He’s struck out in 16 of his previous 34 plate appearances, a development that can hamper any inner consideration of including him to the main league roster for a playoff push.
International acquisition of the week
César Prieto’s bat hasn’t fairly thrived the best way it did with Aberdeen since he moved as much as Bowie, however maybe this previous week generally is a turning level. The 23-year-old recorded 9 hits, a double and residential run amongst them, and posted a .942 OPS. Known for his bat-to-ball expertise, Prieto struck out solely 3 times, although he additionally walked simply as soon as. Baltimore’s No. 16 prospect has hit .285 with a .711 OPS whereas enjoying throughout the infield for the Baysox.
The greatest former top-30 prospect of the week
A backend prime 30 prospect in 2019, Bowie right-hander Brenan Hanifee received little probability to construct on that standing, shedding the 2020 season as all minor leaguers did earlier than present process Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgical procedure in May 2021. He had a few tough outings in Bowie’s rotation in July however had his greatest begin since returning with 4 2/3 innings Thursday by which the one run he allowed was unearned. Baltimore’s fourth-round draftee in 2016, Hanifee is barely 24 years previous and will quickly reestablish himself as a prime 30 expertise.
Time to offer some shine to …
Having joined Delmarva as an 18-year-old, right-hander Yaqui Rivera had his struggles early, however that actually wasn’t the case Friday. Now 19, he pitched 5 good innings of aid on solely 50 pitches, putting out six as he mixed with Juan De Los Santos on a one-hitter. Rivera was one of many prospects the Orioles received from the Miami Marlins in alternate for relievers Tanner Scott and Cole Sulser.
In his first week within the Florida Complex League, 2022 first general choose Jackson Holliday went 2-for-6 with a stroll and a stolen base. In what proved to be his final week within the FCL, 67th general choose Jud Fabian went 5-for-8 and drew six walks earlier than a promotion to Delmarva. Jose Ramirez, a 19-year-old left-hander signed out of Venezuela in 2019, struck out 11 over 5 innings in a Dominican Summer League begin.
Fabian and 9 different draftees joined the Shorebirds from the FCL, with Dylan Beavers (aggressive steadiness A spherical), Max Wagner (second), Silas Ardoin (fourth), Cameron Weston (eighth), Adam Crampton (ninth), Bradley Brehmer (twelfth), Jared Beck (thirteenth), Adam Retzbach (14th) and Reese Sharp (twentieth) additionally promoted. Keagan Gillies, Baltimore’s Fifteenth-round alternative final yr, and Juan Nunez, acquired together with Povich and two others for López, will head to Delmarva, as effectively.
To create area at Bowie for Povich and McDermott, the Orioles promoted left-hander Drew Rom, their No. 18 prospect, and right-hander Ryan Watson, among the many system’s prime breakout gamers, to Norfolk. Infielder Luis Valdez, who leads all Baltimore minor leaguers with 59 steals, jumped from Delmarva to Aberdeen.
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