Veteran Rosa Leads Bowie into Binghamton

The Bowie Baysox come into Rumbletown for a three-game series (6/20-6/22) with a 33-36 record, good for fourth place in the Western Division of the Eastern League, five games behind the first place Altoona Curve. Second baseman Garabez Rosa returns for his fourth year in Double-A, sporting a .336 batting average with 8 homers and 49 RBIs.

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Bowie manager Gary Kendall watches the action on the diamond during a game last year against Binghamton. 

According to Baseball America, Bowie has five prospects ranked within the top 30 of the Orioles organization, with three pitchers and two outfielders making the list (organizational rank shown in parentheses):

Tanner Scott (#11): Scott will not turn 23 until July 22nd and was a sixth-round draft pick of the Orioles from Howard Junior College in Texas in 2014. He is primarily a fastball-slider pitcher and is being used as a starter this year, after being a reliever in 2016. He has hit triple digits with his fastball and the Orioles are hoping he can refine his control enough to be a future closer. While Scott has struck out 48 batters in 39 innings in 2017 and carries a superlative 1.38 E.R.A., he has also walked 26 hitters, showing his control/command is a work in progress.

Jesus Liranzo (#13): Liranzo turned 22 on March 2nd and is pitching out of the bullpen, relying on a fastball-slider mix. He was signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2012 and pitched in 11 games for Bowie in 2016, striking out 20 hitters in 19 innings. Liranzo is still adjusting to Double-A ball, as he has walked 17 hitters in 25 innings this year. He comes into Binghamton with a 1-3 record and 6.04 E.R.A.

DJ Stewart (#19): Stewart, the former Florida State star, signed for a $2M bonus after being drafted in the first round in the 2015 amateur draft by the Orioles. The 6’-0” outfielder is projected as a left fielder in the majors, as he possesses average speed and has an average arm.  Stewart comes into Binghamton with a .251 average, with 8 homers and 31 RBIs. The Orioles like his strength and bat speed.

Cedric Mullins (#26): The 5’-8” outfielder was drafted in the 13th round out of Campbell College in 2015 and will not turn 23 until October 1. Entering the 2017 season, he had a .270 (517 at bats) career minor league batting average, with 47 stolen bases. Mullins comes into Binghamton hitting .313, with six homers and 16 RBIs. He has good speed, is an excellent bunter and is seen as a top-of-the-order hitter, though he needs to improve his on base percentage (only 8 walks this year).

Jason Garcia (#29):  Garcia will turn 25 on November 21 and has already had a season in the big leagues, posting a 1-0 record with a 4.25 E.R.A. in 21 games in 2015. The 17th round draft pick of the Red Sox in 2010 was a Rule-5 pick in 2015, as the Orioles snatched him from the Red Sox. Garcia throws 92-93 mph and mixes in a slider and a changeup with his fastball. Garcia’s 6.03 E.R.A in 34 innings indicates he is battling his command at the mid-point of this season.

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