The Bowie Baysox are on fire to start the 2021 season, as they completed the series sweep of the Reading Fightin Phils this past week, moving to 9-2 on the season.
A mixture of exciting offense and dominant pitching led the Baysox to their first sweep of the year, including performances from young prospects you need to know about for the coming years. Bowie outscored the Fightin Phils 55 to 26.
Let’s start with the biggest name in the organization, the No. 2 overall prospect in all of baseball, catcher Adley Rutschman.
Rutschman went 5-for-18 at the plate this week, launching two home runs that left Prince George’s Stadium and tallying six RBI. The young catcher has also seen time at first base this year.
The O’s No. 11 overall prospect, infielder Terrin Vavra, also continued to show success this season, going 10-for-24 (.417) with a pair of homers and six RBI.
A name most of Birdland is familiar with, Anthony Santander, went 4-for-12 with a home run is three games played with Bowie on his rehab assignment.
D.L. Hall led the way for Bowie pitching once again this week. Even though he gave up five earned runs in 7.2 innings of work, the O’s No. 4 overall prospect struck out 13 batters and held them to a minuscule .207 batting average.
The O’s No. 13 overall prospect, right-hander Kyle Bradish, picked up a win on the mound, tossing five innings of scoreless ball and striking out nine.
Another name that is making buzz for Bowie is left-handed reliever Nick Vespi, who is absolutely dominating on the mound. Vespi tossed 3.2 scoreless innings this week, striking out five and only giving up one hit.
Here are the final scores from the week:
Game 1: REA 1, BOW 6
W: Hall (1-0), L: Morales (0-2)
Game 2: REA 0, BOW 9
W: Bradish (1-0), L: Eastman (0-1)
Game 3: REA 3, BOW 9
W: Joyner (1-0), L: Glogoski (0-1)
Game 4: REA 5, BOW 11
W: Erwin (1-1), L: Hennigan (0-1), SV: Peralta (1)
Game 5: REA 5, BOW 7
W: Lebron (1-0), L: Cesar (0-1), SV: Naughton (1)
Game 6: REA 12, BOW 13
W: Almengo (1-1), L: Potter (0-1)
The Bowie Baysox head back out on the road to play the Richmond Flying Squirrels, the San Francisco Giants affiliate, beginning Tuesday night at 6:35 p.m. EST. You can catch every Baysox game on MiLB.TV.