O’s announce minor league promotions

It’s Monday, which means that it is roster movement day for the Orioles’ farm system.

But little did we know that 15 different prospects would be moved between Triple-A Norfolk and Single-A Delmarva.

Let’s take a look at who is on the move:

Triple-A Norfolk:

The Norfolk Tides look to keep trying to compete and hope that the two new prospects that were called up help them out.

The first prospect is most likely the biggest name that was called up. Orioles’ No. 17 prospect, left-hander Drew Rom, is going to make his Norfolk debut this week.

Drafted in the fourth-round in 2018, Rom has steadily moved his way up the minor leagues. He made his Bowie debut late in the 2021 season, after an incredible 8-0 start in Aberdeen.

Rom has spent the entirety of the 2022 MiLB season with the Double-A Bowie Baysox. He has appeared in 19 games, 18 of them starts, and has a 7-2 record with a 4.26 ERA in 82.1 innings. He also has walked just 29 batters and struck out 101.

The second prospect to be called up is someone who is not as well known but can still be a huge impact. Right-hander Ryan Watson has gotten the call to be a Norfolk Tide.

Drafted in the 39th round of the 2016 draft by the Dodgers, Watson did not become an Oriole until June of 2020, when he signed after electing to go back to Auburn University. He made his Bowie debut in 2022, where he has stayed the entire season.

Watson has appeared in 20 games, 18 starts, and has a 7-5 record with a 3.41 ERA in 95 innings pitched. He has walked just 21 and punched out 100.

Double-A Bowie:

A team that has been hot just added two new players, and, man, are we excited to see these two.

We will first talk about the No. 12 prospect in the Orioles’ system, right-hander Chayce McDermott. He’s most known as the key piece of the Trey Mancini trade.

McDermott was drafted in the fourth round to the Houston Astros in 2021. After a really solid start to the 2022 season, the Astros dealt him August 1.

McDermott would be sent to Aberdeen and, with a small sample size, looked solid. In two games started, he went 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA in five innings. He walked one batter and struck out 10.

The second prospect is also a top-30 prospect and also came from a trade. The O’s No. 26 prospect, left-hander Cade Povich, has gotten the call to be a Baysox.

Povich was a third-round pick in the 2021 draft to the Minnesota Twins. After a bad start to the season, he was dealt to the Orioles along with some others for 2022 All-Star, Jorge López.

Povich came to Aberdeen and was phenomenal. In two games that he started, Povich has a 2-0 record with an ERA of zero in 12 innings pitched. He has only allowed four hits, walked two batters and struck out 15.

High-A Aberdeen:

Only one person was added to Aberdeen’s roster, but he is going to make a huge impact the rest of the season. Infielder Luis Valdez is now an IronBird.

Valdez officially signed with the Orioles May 20, 2019, and spent time in the Dominican Summer League. He started the 2022 season as a Shorebird and immediately made an impact.

In 95 games, Valdez slashed .271/.347/.342 with a .689 OPS. He has 102 hits, 13 doubles, four triples and two home runs.

On top of that, he has 20 RBIs and 29 walks. Oh, and what he is most known for, 59 stolen bases. Yes, you read that correctly.

Low-A Delmarva:

The Shorebirds’ roster is going to look very different. They had 12 players get called up today to join them.

Below is a list of each player, position and either draft position or transaction that occured.

  • RHP Cameron Weston – 2022 Round 8
  • RHP Bradley Brehmer – 2022 Round 12
  • LHP Jared Beck – 2022 Round 13
  • RHP Keegan Gillies – 2021 Round 15
  • RHP Reese Sharp – 2022 Round 20
  • RHP Juan Nuñez – 2022 Jorge López Trade
  • C Silas Ardoin – 2022 Round 4
  • C Adam Retzbach – 2022 Round 14
  • INF Max Wagner – 2022 Round 2
  • INF Adam Crampton – 2022 Round 9
  • OF Dylan Beavers – 2022 Round 1
  • OF Jud Fabian – 2022 Round 2

Congrats to all who were called up! We can’t wait to see what the future holds.

Which promotion are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments below! And make sure to follow The Baltimore Battery on Facebook and Twitter, and use the hashtag #baltimorebattery when sharing our content!

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