O’s make first round of minor league promotions

The time has finally come: Monday’s matter in Minor League Baseball.

All jokes aside, the Orioles have made their first round of promotions on the farm, and let’s say that they started out with a bang. Three players moved into a new team this week, and one of them will attract fans to the ballpark like flies to cow pies.

Let’s review who got the call:

Jackson Holliday: Delmarva —> Aberdeen

The former No. 1 overall pick in 2022 is now a member of the Aberdeen Ironbirds. The second-generation star has been tearing it up this season and has finally hit the next step in his journey. Holliday will be joining the already stacked infield of Freddy Bencosme, Luis Valdez and Max Wagner.

Holliday’s season has been nothing short of amazing thus far. In 51 at-bats, Holliday has slashed .392/.523/.667 with a 1.190 OPS and has 20 hits, six doubles, one triple, two home runs, 15 RBIs, 14 walks and three stolen bases.

Gilbert Lara: Bowie —> Norfolk

Another shortstop is on the move, as Gilbert Lara has been called up to Triple-A Norfolk. Lara has had one of the worst seasons in the Orioles system this year, compiling a .119 average and .297 OPS.

The 25-year-old was called up for a different reason, though. Lara being moved to Norfolk makes room for another prospect to have my reps at short in Bowie. Lara will most likely play around the infield as he has to battle with Joey Ortiz, Connor Norby and Jordan Westburg for playing time.

Anthony Servideo: Delmarva —> Bowie

It’s not very common that a player gets to jump over an affiliate, but in this case, it makes more sense. Anthony Servideo is the third and final shortstop to be moved on Monday, and he will make a great impact for Bowie.

The 2020 third-round pick has struggled offensively with a .147 average and .648 OPS, but his glove at short makes up for some of it. Servideo will join an infield of Jacob Teter, César Prieto and Coby Mayo.

Three shortstops were moved around the farm, and while two of them are not having great seasons, it’s nice to see Holliday face some new competition in a pitcher-friendly ballpark as an IronBird.

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