The Aberdeen IronBirds have enjoyed a successful first half, taking the North Division with the help of three young stars: Connor Norby, Coby Mayo and Colton Cowser, who have all been promoted to Double-A Bowie.
The success of these three players have helped catapult the IronBirds to one of the best teams in the entire minor league system.
Week in and week out, you could find at least one, if not all three, being a part of the success that Aberdeen was achieving. With the help of these three, they made the IronBirds one of the toughest teams to beat this season.
Coby Mayo has led the way, being one of top players in most offensive categories for the team. He leads in OPS (.805), home runs (13), RBIs (42), runs (47), hits (60), games played (63), at-bats (240) and slugging percentage (.479).
Colton Cowser has earned his way with a strong first half of the year as well. Cowser is batting .258 on the year and has four homers to go with 22 RBIs.
Cowser has also been burning up the base paths with 16 stolen bases in 17 attempts. He has a .385 OBP and has collected 45 walks across 62 games this season.
Where Mayo has lead the way, Cowser isn’t far behind, as he is third in slugging (.410), first in walks (45), second in at-bats (229), second in games (62), first in doubles (19) and second in hits (59).
Connor Norby is a combination of players with speed and power. He currently is batting .237 on the year, but he has eight homers, 20 RBIs and six stolen bases.
Norby is second behind Mayo with eight homers and a .425 slugging percentage. On top of his offensive prowess, Norby is strong defensively as well, only committing one error in 44 games this season.
The addition of Mayo, Cowser and Norby will only benefit Bowie going forward and leave big shoes to be filled by the next up-and-comers to Aberdeen.
Speaking of up-and-comers, Aberdeen will be getting newly promoted third basemen Ryan Higgins from the Delmarva Shorebirds.
Higgins used a strong June to earn his promotion to Aberdeen. Batting .292 for the month, Higgins has a .370 OBP and has limited his strikeouts and improved his walks.
He has raised his average .017 points across the month, as he is now hitting .203 ahead of his promotion. The ability to play multiple positions increases Higgins value, as he has slotted in as a first basemen and left fielder as well.
Higgins is coming off a three-week stint on the IL, as he returned June 18. We will see how Higgins fairs in his next level, where Aberdeen will be welcoming him with open arms.
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