While the rest of the Orioles and their affiliates were affected by rain delays, the Delmarva Shorebirds got in a normal week of baseball.
On their way to a series split with the Columbia Fireflies, an affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, many Shorebirds shined per usual.
Shortstop Darrell Hernaiz had himself another good series, going 5-for-16 in four games played. His performance in these games keeps him at a .316 average, with an OPS just under 1.000.
Another promising shortstop for the Shorebirds had himself a nice series, and this one goes by the name of Isaac De Leon.
De Leon has had a slow start to the season, but his bat is starting to pick up. The 20-year-old went 4-for-18 in this past series, collecting seven total bases in the process.
The offense as a whole was on its game in this series, scoring 30 runs in total. The number is slighted a bit due to an 11-run performance in game three. However, it further shows the firepower this Shorebirds lineup possess from a group of guys that are all very young.
On the pitching side for Delmarva, things looked not as grand. The staff allowed 34 runs in these six games. Even beyond that, some arms still looked great.
This staff is highlighted by Juan De Los Santos, a 19-year-old who now sits at a 1.71 ERA over 21 innings this year.
In this series, De Los Santos tossed a four-inning gem, giving up just one run in his start in a victory in game two. His six strikeouts in this game is his season-high.
Shane Davis is another hot arm on the Shorebirds’ staff and is one looking for a call-up soon. Davis showed why in this series with another scoreless outing, this one lasting six innings. He struck out seven in this one and now has a WHIP that sits just above one.
As the Delmarva Shorebirds season grinds on, they continue to show extreme excellence in some games, followed by mediocre play in others. As mentioned before, some players like Darrell Hernaiz, Juan De Los Santos and Shande Davis continue to impress, as they work towards eventual call-ups to High-A Aberdeen.
Remember, as these top prospects in Triple-A begin to get called up, roster spots still need to be filled at the minor league level. Once that avalanche starts, you will see a lot of movement of players within this organization.
The Shirebirds see their next action starting Tuesday, May 10, against the Salem Red Sox, affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. First pitch is at 11:05 a.m. Tuesday, and you can keep up with the Shorebirds right here on The Baltimore Battery!
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