This week, the Delmarva Shorebirds faced off against the Fredricksburg Nationals. It was a much better week than the previous for the Shorebirds, as they won five of the six games in this series.
Here are the final scores from this week:
Game 1: DEL 11, FBG 6
Game 2: DEL 7, FBG 4
Game 3: DEL 6, FBG 12
Game 4: DEL 16, FBG 4
Game 5: DEL 2, FBG 1
Game 6: DEL 8, FBG 5
Once again, the offense for the Shorebirds absolutely showed out this week. There were five home runs hit, production from the entire lineup, multiple players with plus 1.000 OPS for the week and a Carolina League Player of the Week honor.
Here are your key standouts from this week for the Shorebirds:
JACKSON HOLLIDAY – INF
Since this will be the last you hear of Holliday in a Delmarva recap, let’s start with him. This was Holliday’s last series with the Shoebirds before his promotion to High-A Aberdeen on Monday morning, and it was one to remember.
Holliday finished the week winning the Carolina Player of the Week honors, as the Orioles No. 2 prospect went 9-for-20 with two home runs, six singles and six RBIs. Both of Holliday’s home runs came in game four, and both were to the opposite field.
SAMUEL BASALLO – C/1B
Again, Basallo proves he may be the most underrated prospect in the entire Orioles organization.
The 18-year-old went 8-for-21, with two doubles, a home run, a triple and 10 RBIs in this series. In his five games played, Basallo struck out just three times. That power, plus his ability to stay patient, is incredibly impressive for his age.
Basallo is another player we will soon see make the move to High-A Aberdeen. It’s just a matter of time at this point.
STIVEN ACEVEDO – OF
Acevedo continues to fly completely under the radar. However, that may start changing soon.
Acevedo turned in a great series at the plate, recording six hits in 23 at-bats with three doubles and eight RBIs. Especially with the graduation of Holliday, Acevedo should start getting more of the spotlight in the middle of this Shorebirds offense.
CREED WILLEMS – C/1B
No Shorebirds recap would be complete without mentioning Willems. Better yet, my fellow Baltimore Battery writer, Zack Bucklew, may have a heart attack if he isn’t mentioned.
Luckily for Willems, his play constantly deserves some recognition. This week saw three hits in 10 at-bats in four games, as Willems collected two RBIs and two walks to just three strikeouts.
Willems, as of Monday, is leading the entire O’s farm system in OPS at 1.310 and WRC+ at 247.
CESAR ALVAREZ – RHP
The pitching was a little better this week for the Shorebirds. Alvarez saw two appearances out of the bullpen, allowing no runs and just one hit in two innings of work. The 20-year-old’s season ERA is still at 0.00.
JUAN NUNEZ – RHP
Nunez had himself one of the better outings for Delmarva, going five innings with five strikeouts and two earned runs allowed. This outing lowered his season ERA to a 3.60.
The Shorebirds’ next action comes at home against the Salem Red Sox. The series begins at 11:05 a.m. EST on Tuesday.
Also, we wish Jackson Holliday the best of luck in High-A Aberdeen! You can catch up on his first week with the IronBirds in The Baltimore Battery’s Aberdeen Weekly Recap next week.
Lastly, it was announced Monday afternoon that 24-year-old infielder Anthony Servideo was promoted to Double-A Bowie. In 10 games for Delmarva this season, Servideo has hit just .147/.383/.265 in 47 plate appearances, with one home run and three RBIs.
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