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Sunday, May 22, 2022

Orioles Minor League Report: Adley Rutschmann one step closer to debut; Gunnar Henderson’s tear continues through Bowie

Here’s a fun thought: The Orioles may have played their last home game before Adley Reutsman made his debut.

With baseball’s top prospect heading back to Triple-A this week, there is only one move left between Reutschman and Camden Yards. How quickly he has moved back into Baltimore’s system since returning from a right triceps strain—and the success he’s had while doing so—is likely that a week spent with the Norfolk, while the Orioles are on the road, is all Rutsman. needs to establish “he’s himself,” as executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias recently described while describing what Reutsman would have to do to keep himself on the major league radar.

In a week-long split between Double-A Bowie and Norfolk, Reutschmann showed little relic between himself and his long-awaited debut. Each week, The Baltimore Sun will break down five of the top performers in the Orioles’ potential ranks and hand out some superlatives for those who didn’t make the cut.

1. Triple-A Norfolk Catcher Adley Ratshman

Reutschman’s stay with Bowie may have been shorter than expected, but he was clearly ready for Triple-A pitching. For the week, the catcher hit .364 with .936 Ops, because that was twice as much as he hit. He went 3-for-10 for the Tides, making his first action this year at first base; This position would give Orioles manager Brandon Hyde another option to keep Ratschman’s switch-hitting bat in the lineup on days he does not catch.

2. Double-A Bowie infielder Gunnar Henderson

Taken in 2019 with the Orioles’ second-round selection, Henderson has established that the draft class will exceed first overall pick Ratsman. After a brief stint with Bowie to end last season, the 20-year-old has reached base in all 25 of his games with Bayox this year. Last week, he took a pair of three hit games to a slash line of .529/.600/.765. He also stole four bases without a catch, three of which came in the first half of Sunday’s doubleheader, to earn the Eastern League Player of the Week.

3. Triple-A Norfolk right-hander Grayson Rodriguez

With Reutsman again, baseball’s top pitching prospect played 5 1/3 scoreless innings. Rodriguez did that despite his lack of top command, issuing three walks with the season in strike percentage for only the third time in the past two seasons. He also matched his lowest output of the season with six swinging strikes. But he reached a season high with 82 pitches heading towards a final start.

4. Double-A Bowie right-hander Garrett Stallings

Stallings worked in six of seven innings in Bowie’s no-hitter on Sunday, a Washington Nationals Double-A affiliate, scoring five runs and scoring two runs. One of two pitchers received from the Los Angeles Angels for Jose Iglesias, Stallings has done well for Bowie after struggling in Double-A last year. Through five starts, he has a 2.63 ERA, with four of the seven earned runs he is allowed to come on in one start.

5. Hi-A Aberdeen outfielder Billy Cook

It’s been a short week for Cooke, but we’ll cover him here, given the inevitably weird guy in last week’s report. Cook, Baltimore’s 10th-round pick last year, appeared in only three games for the Ironbirds, but was home in two of them. During Aberdeen’s two-week home stand, Cook hit .348 with a .913 slugging percentage while playing all three outfield spots.

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Left-hander DL Hall was promoted to Triple-A with Ratschmann exiting from a second straight start of four scoreless innings, with two runners scoring base after he came out of his lone outing for Bowie. at the left. He will continue his progress from last year’s stress reaction in his left elbow when pitching for Norfolk for the first time on Tuesday. In his first two starts, he dismissed 12 of the 28 batsmen he faced.

International Acquisition of the Week

One of several late picks by the Orioles after Elias and senior director of international scouting Coby Perez took over, 22-year-old Luis Valdez got a hit in all five games he played this week for Lo-A Delmarva. , Playing four positions – second, third, left and center – Valdez hit .333 / .417 / .476 for more than he hit and was caught on only one of his six stealth attempts. His 13 stalls this year led all Orioles minor leaguers.

Best ex top-30 prospect of the week

Most of the prospects acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Manny Machado trade were well regarded when they entered a system largely devoid of talent, but have since declined in the rankings. In the case of infielder Rylan Bannon, he has been completely ruled out after a disastrous 2021 season with Norfolk. He is finding more success in his return to Triple-A and last week was particularly impressive, short of .261/.370/.565 with a pair of home runs. Being on the 40-man roster means there’s still a chance for Bannon to play in Baltimore.

Time to give some shine…

A disastrous outing spoiled what would otherwise be a great start to the season for Aberdeen right-hander Ignacio Feliz. In his second appearance, he allowed eight earned runs, recording five outs, but in the three outings since, he gave only two hits in 12 innings, while facing 23 of 42 at batsmen. Although his punchout-heavy ways slowed last week, Feliz still scored five runs while one hit in five scoreless frames was named the South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week.

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