Prospects receive promotions in big minor league day for O’s

There were a few names within the Orioles organization that everyone knew deserved promotions. As of today, a few of those names received the call that we were hoping for.

Leading off this list is the promotion of César Prieto to the Double-A Bowie Baysox. Prieto joins a middle infield that already housed Gunnar Henderson, Jordan Westburg and Joey Ortiz.

Prieto fully earned this promotion. The highly-touted international pick hit .340 in his time in Aberdeen, with a perfect 1.000 OPS. His slugging alone was .619, aided by seven home runs and six doubles.

Darell Hernaiz is the next promotion, this time from Delmarva to Aberdeen. Personally, I am very excited about this one. The new No. 30 Orioles prospect essentially replaces Prieto in Aberdeen.

Again, much deserved, Hernaiz wowed at Delmarva at just 20 years old. His time finished up on the shore with a .283 average and a .853 OPS. Along with his bat, Hernaiz has shown incredible maturity at the shortstop position.

Another member of the Shorebirds is traveling to Aberdeen, and this one is Alex Pham. His 15 strikeouts in just 11.1 innings earned him this promotion.

Pham pitched at least two innings in all of his appearances this year, besides one, and allowed just two runs.

Carter Baulmer and Elio Prado both are headed to Delmarva from the Florida Complex League. Baulmer will be an arm to look for, as he takes the first big step in his professional career.

Prado is a young center field prospect, who will see his first action this year. He currently has a .300 career minor league average in his time in the Red Sox organization. He came over in the Andrew Cashner trade.

Next, we have Shed Long Jr. being sent to Norfolk as a part of his rehab assignment. Long Jr. went 3-for-16 in his time in Aberdeen. Soon enough, Long Jr. will be another major league level option at the middle infield, although his three years in the majors haven’t been all that impressive.

Lastly, starting pitcher Dean Kremer will continue his rehab assignment in Norfolk. Kremer will start for the Tides on Tuesday in hopes of returning to the majors.

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